Recently QACI students collaborated on a combined music and dance creative ensembles showcase. Lauren Trumbull, Year 10 provides her reflection of the evening.
As I pulled open the dressing room door, I was greeted with
the honestly terrifying sight of someone crimping their eyelashes. Cliché
though it sounds, there was a buzz backstage tonight – of dancers mocking
through steps; of instruments tuning; of people racing about.
“Cello Club!” someone was yelling, “Don’t panic -- I’ve got
the duct tape!”
There are ten basins in that dressing room, and I hadn’t
understood how we could possibly need that many until tonight. Now there were
trios of creatives gathered around almost all of them, touching up hair and
makeup, zipping backs and buttoning sleeves.
Costumes glittered and shoes clicked. Buttons were buttoned
and excited whispers hissed. You could run your fingers through the thrilled anticipation
in this room.
At 6.10, we all gathered around Ms Place, Ms Freeman and
Miss Collis for some final words of wisdom before the first performers went on.
As Ms Place reminded us, grinning, this showcase was a rare and amazing chance for
some of QACI’s musicians and dancers to perform live together for our school
community, to be propelled forward by each other’s energy as we played and danced.
Then, those of us performing later in the second half
dispersed into the audience, and Mr C. took the stage to introduce the night. A
percussion ensemble stepped out of the wings, a trio of dancers glided out in
front of them, and the night really began!
It was a truly fabulous showcase of everyone’s hard work for
the past term-and-a-bit. Our audience was in for a treat! We heard and watched
and waved our arms around to everything from a ballet excerpt to the YMCA.
It’s an incredible feat to play for dancers or to perform a
dance to live music -- to time things right, to space things out on stage --
but all the talented geese who planned, choreographed, danced, played and sang
tonight were more than capable. Our showcase came together stunningly.
Congratulations to all of my fellow musicians, to the luminous
year 10 dance ensemble and to the teachers and stagehands who organised the
(Our Music for Dance Showcase was the first of two creative
ensembles showcases this year, and if you couldn’t make it to this one, I
thoroughly recommend keeping an ear out for next semester’s. It’s sure to be
just as brilliant!)
...article written by Year 10 Lauren Trumbull