Stage set for school musical return

Grant High School students will host their original musical ‘Musical She Wrote’ at the end of this month – taking the stage for the first time in three years.

It is an original script by Grant High School teacher and director Abbey Marston-Kleeman about a family and their origin story, told in part through flashbacks, featuring tunes from the school’s musicals over the past 46 years.

Musical She Wrote pays homage to the first Grant High School musical in 1976 of ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ through its opening song ‘One Boy’.

The student driven musical is made up of 65 performers from Years 7-12 who choreographed the entire show.

Grant High School teacher Tessa Megaw, who provided creative input, is an ex-student who featured in Mrs Marston-Kleeman’s first directed musical ‘Zanado’ in 2013.

Mrs Marston-Kleeman said the overarching theme of the musical was connection.

“I think over the past two years everyone has lacked connection with one another, through family or just in general,” she said.

“Going to the theatre for me is about connection, connecting with the characters, the stage, and the story so I wanted that for the audience.

“My goal is for people to be able to relate with the story whether it is through a character, plotline or familiar song.

“I think the students have been keen to get into the theatre and actually do a public performance because they have not been able to for so long.

“We would love for the public to come and see just how phenomenal these kids really are.”

Musical She Wrote will run on June 29 and 30 at 7.30pm.

Visit countryarts.org.au for tickets.

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