Shakespeare irrelevant to modern young people? Not if the talented students at St John Fisher College have anything to do with it! Competing against thousands of entries from all over Queensland, three talented and creative St John Fisher College students have been selected to take part in a unique student production of “Much Ado About Nothing”, to be held at the Judith Wright Centre in February of 2018.
Of the 171 Queensland school students involved in the Shakefest State Finals at the Brisbane Powerhouse, only 37 were selected to become cast members of “Much Ado About Nothing”, which is to be produced and directed by respected theatre company Shake and Stir.
St John Fisher College Year 12 student Meagan Aquilina and Year 11 students Michelle Krueger and Georgina Lock, wowed the audience with their music and dance performances, well and truly earning their places in the group of 37.
College Cultural Coordinator Ms Suellen Geran commented, “This is the fourth year in a row that we have had our talented students selected for the Shakefest student production. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to work with industry professionals. The Shakefest competition is a celebration of Shakespeare and his works, and students compete in a wide variety of categories: music, dance, drama, stage design, photography and costume design. Over 5000 students from the Gold Coast to Cairns competed this year, making the achievements of Michelle, Georgie and Meagan even more outstanding.”
Participation in Shakefest requires many hours of dedicated rehearsal, predominantly self-directed, and is one of the many “beyond-the-classroom” activities offered to students of the College. These opportunities give students the chance to push themselves out of their comfort zones, and are a real-world example of the five dispositions that lie at the heart of the John Fisher Way of Learning. The young women of John Fisher are encouraged to be inquisitive, reflective, collaborative, courageous and resilient, and Meagan, Georgie and Michelle are inspiring examples of these qualities.