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AN adaptation of The Butterfly Ball will be
staged at New Town High School from
November 19-21, involving more than 60
students and staff.
The Butterfly Ball was originally a short
skit that featured widely on ABC television in
the 1970s and has since been adapted for
“We chose The Butterfly Ball because it’s
not a traditional musical and it’s very hard to
find a musical that just includes boys,” head
of drama Tony Soszynski said.
An intensive after-school and weekend
rehearsal schedule has ensured the cast and
crew will be ready to deliver a high-quality
show from opening night.
New Town High has been staging musicals
for more than 60 years. The first, Gilbert and
Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, was
performed in 1948. The musical enjoyed a
resurgence with the likes of Oliver! (1995),
Treasure Island (1997) and Ned Kelly (2001).
In 2013, Mr Soszynski revived the
tradition by directing a production of Joseph
and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. This was a
resounding hit and Mr Soszynski hopes to
build on that success with The Butterfly Ball.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for
children and are available from the school
office or by phoning 6278 0400.
Story and photo by Harrison Cock
DRAMA: Alex Beswick, Daniel Harper, Will Smith, Samuel McGown and Joseph Bangura prepare for the school production of The Butterfly Ball.
School band hits the road
THIRTY-FIVE students from
New Town High recently completed a four-day tour of the
North-West Coast.
The late September tour
provided participating students with the opportunity to
perform for and work with
members of other schools’ musical groups.
The busy schedule included
visits to Latrobe, Devonport
and Ulverstone high schools as
well as Deloraine Primary
The touring party consisted
of five performing groups: the
guitar ensemble, brass ensemble, saxophone ensemble,
combined concert band and
stage band.
Music teacher Catherine
Morris organised the trip in
order to give students the opportunity to perform to fresh
and unfamiliar audiences.
The tour also served to emphasise how privileged the students of New Town High are
to attend a school with such a
large and well-resourced
music department.
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In addition to Ms Morris,
students were also accompanied by music specialists John
Goldsmith, Vincent Howe and
Sue Harradence.
When not performing at the
various schools, students spent
their spare time practising,
doing homework, playing
games and working out.
Students were also fortunate enough to experience a
trip on the Don River Railway.
In the evenings, a data projector was used to screen viewings of music-themed films
Brassed Off and Oliver!
from educational agencies all
across Asia recently visited
New Town High.
The purpose was to identify
schools suitable for students
seeking to undertake their secondary education outside of
their home country.
The delegates were given a
brief presentation in which
they learnt about the strong
sense of respect for tradition.
Prefects and current international students spoke to the
delegates about the school, explaining what they enjoy about
being a “New Town boy”.
Student-guided tours then
provided delegates with a
small first-hand experience of
the types of subjects and programs offered at New Town.
There are currently 53
international students at New
Town High representing 22
Having international students at New Town helps all
members of the school community build their knowledge
of, and appreciation for, different cultures and countries.
“The program gives our students more opportunities for a
better future,” principal Sandy
Menadue said.
The agents also spent time
at other schools during their
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