Coram Boy—a Senior School production

The Senior production, Coram Boy, presented over the weekend of 13–15 May 2016 has been described as nothing short of epic.

More than 70 actors, singers, musicians and stage crew were involved. The cast of girls from Ascham and boys from Cranbrook School tackled issues such as child abuse, racism and slavery with a maturity beyond their years. Director Peter Mussared’s treatment of the play was creatively thoughtful and unique. Professional-level stage craft techniques such as an ocean morphing into an angel, and a voice changing slight-of-hand, were executed effortlessly by the company. Although Coram Boy is not a musical, there is a huge musical component necessary to the story. Mr Richard Charlton conducted a fabulous student orchestra and Miss Catriona Turnbull directed the choir, underscoring the play with the essential Handel melodies. Music staff members Ms Alison Cameron and Mr Simon Hilberding added their expertise, playing with the orchestra. An innovative set and lighting design by Ms Megan Venhoek and Mr Tim Hope completed this stunning theatrical event. The entire production was stage-managed by Year 11 student Emma Maple-Brown. Coram Boy was a very challenging play to present and it was a credit to all involved to have created such an outstanding piece of theatre.

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