N.W.T.C. President praises Company and School collaboration

June 7, 2010

North West Theatre Company President John Wearne welcomes all members of the community to attend and be involved in the joint Bingara Central School – North West Theatre Company production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, being performed at the Roxy Theatre from Wednesday June 16 to Sunday June 20.

“The benefits from having virtually the whole of the school and school community involved either onstage or behind the scenes are massive in terms of community cohesion”, he said.

“ A production on this scale requires a huge effort on the part of many people , and we in Bingara are particularly fortunate to have an enthusiastic and progressive school Principal and staff , some very talented young performers, the collective technical capacity of the theatre company, a very supportive Shire Council and other significant sponsorship from Country Energy, who have an outstanding record of supporting community events in rural areas, he added.

The idea was first proposed by Rick Hutton, who is particularly familiar with the musical through having directed major school productions of “Joseph” in the past.  With this background, it was a natural “fit” for Rick to direct this production.

He has been working with the various school classes to fine tune  rehearsals already conducted at the school.  A further benefit comes from the involvement of the Gwydir schools band, which will provide the musical backing, and from the school choir with vocals.

According to John, the benefits will be ongoing.  “As well as providing quality entertainment for both visiting schools and the whole community, an exercise such as this gives the scores of young people an introduction to theatre, and the pleasure of performing to large audiences – a further set of life skills, if you like.   I’m sure much pride  will be felt throughout the school as a result of their efforts.”