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Past Programs

Peter Pan Jr

Term 1 2018

This cast have worked tirelessly for 12 weeks to unpack characters, learn music and choreography, all the while building relationships with their cast and teachers.

The story of Peter Pan emphasises the importance of play and freedom in youth and encourages silliness and melodrama in the rehearsal process. It is always such a pleasure to work with a musical that requires just as much play as it does acting!

For many students this was their first musical. After 12 weeks, it is very difficult to tell who those students are. The whole cast has embraced difficult numbers, confusing fight sequences and learnt to trust and support their team - their cast - their friends.

We are so proud of what they have achieved.


Term 3 2017

This production has been an incredible collaboration by 19 creative young people. Students and teachers worked together to discuss many different topics that present themselves in the lives of young people. We discussed friendships, what it's like to fit in, what it's like to not fit in, why being naughty is such fun and how the pressures and challenges of being a young person can be tackled and discussed.

The students worked together in their groups to create a 15-20 minute performance piece that highlighted the issue they found most relevant. Together they scripted dialogue, selected songs to learn and structured an entire cabaret. Through those 12 weeks, students have had to practice patience and negotiation skills, stretched their creativity and worked hard to communicate their own ideas, while respecting and drawing on those of others.

We are so proud of how far these students have come. From our most experienced performers to our junior cast, some of whom are completely new to the stage, these students showed their voices and what they stand for.

Seussical Jr

Term 1 2017

Dr Seuss’s stories are some of those that have encouraged generations of young readers. Originally written to help support speech development and language acquisition, Seuss’s stories grew to introduce colourful, quirky characters, messages and phrases to young readers all over the world.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas taught us the true meaning of celebration. The Cat In The Hat taught us how clever, resourceful and creative we could be as young children and how we could have power and authority over our lives. The Lorax taught us to love and treasure our world and take nothing for granted.

Seussical Jr carries with it morals upon morals. The RASCALS have explored the meaning of friendship and how sometimes we don’t notice the best things we have because our heads are in the clouds. We learn that ‘a person’s a person no matter how small’ – a very important message for a young cast to take away. Most importantly however, we learnt not to judge; to be lifelong learners and to show kindness to all in our path. Whether a Who, a Wickersham or a Sour Kangaroo!

Shrek The Musical Jr

Term 3 2016

It has been an honour working with each and every member of the Shrek Jr cast this term. We are incredibly grateful for the hard work and enthusiasm that was demonstrated over the last eleven weeks, and we couldn't be prouder of the results. Beyond the show itself, we have witnessed incredible growth in these young performers who have strived, and overcome the challenge of learning an entire musical in such a short space of time. Well done RASCALS!

Fairytales are an important part of many people's childhood, and Shrek Jr is a wonderful amalgamation of many of these stories, addressing their flaws and cliches with tongue in cheek. This term, we have been able to deconstruct the morals of the show, and also explore the backstories of the many individual characters and 'freaks' that the cast has had the opportunity to create.

Ultimately, the Shrek story emphasises the age-old lesson of not judging a book by its cover, and the importance of embracing each other's individuality as well as our own. Being confident and letting your 'freak flag fly' isn't always easy, and again, we are so proud of our cast for taking a risk and perhaps stepping out of their comfort zone to be a part of this production.

Audition Workshop

Term 2 2016

Going in for an audition whether it be your first time, or twenty-first time can be super intimidating! Especially for young performers who are just beginning to learn where their talent and abilities can take them. In 2016, RASCALS offered an Audition Preparation Workshop to help support young performers in their audition skills.

Participants learnt about warming up their voices, their range and how to choose an audition song. They learnt to skills on learning choreograph quickly, cold read skills and techniques and worked with two fabulous RASCALS teachers and AIM graduates to work on putting their best foot forward in auditions. Thanks Briony and Chelsea for a wonderful rainy afternoon.

High School Musical Jr

Term 1 2016

High School Musical celebrated its 10 year anniversary of influencing young people with confidence, musicality and an overwhelming theme of ‘be yourself’, this year. We strongly believe this show was the perfect show with which to launch RASCALS. It was our pleasure to teach these children songs about doing what makes you happy, focusing on your goals and not being confined by a group of people telling you who you should be.

The students truly took on what it means to be an individual and in the spirit of High School Musical and Rascals Musical Society, they broke free of traditional direction and choreography and embraced their own unique selves in their performance choices. We were blessed beyond belief with such a wonderful cast!

Our mission in these term long programs is to support the social, emotional and physical development of children through the performing arts. It was our pleasure to see these performers grow in confidence as well as capability as they watched themselves turn into the kind of performers they want to be, as well as strong, capable and efficient individuals.