Last week the families and friends of Brunswick Heads Public School students were treated to a whole-school musical extravaganza, ‘The Bruns Magical Mystery Tour’ at the Brunswick Picture House.
The School received a $9,270 grant from Splendour in the Grass and has used it to stage the show written by staff member Verity Bee. The three performances held over two days featured all 230 students on stage for the 70-minute sing-a-long adventure featuring Paulette, Richard, Georgie and Johnny, who contemplate the mysteries of life: what is the true meaning of friendship?; and is there life without Wi-Fi?
Ms Bee said the school previously held a one-evening event called Arts Under The Stars and every class would put on a performance. ‘We felt we could have something more cohesive. So I wrote a play that could potentially intertwine the classroom acts. I chose the Beatles songs for the classes that worked in with the script.
Fully immersed in the Beatles
‘Let’s just say now the school is fully immersed in the Beatles.’
Ms Bee says production started last year but was cancelled because of COVID restrictions. ‘We knew we had to perform live in front of an audience, and there’s none better than at a Picture House setting in sign-a-long style. The cast had already been chosen, the songs begun. Luckily the cast were happy to return this year to reprise their roles.‘
Any profits from ticket sales will go towards financing the next musical in 2024, and it’s hoped this will become a recurrent event in future years.