A group of 43 students made up the cast, musicians and lighting team for the show and they have grown together to become a cohesive and very successful group.
Rehearsals started way back in September with each scene blocked in the Drama studios and songs being learnt in the music rooms. Every Monday and Wednesday students committed themselves to the creation of the piece. As we moved into Term 2 and our rehearsals moved to the performance space, the auditorium, we could see the different sections of the show slotting together. There were some challenging rehearsals where the actors and musicians worked closely together to ensure that the show flowed.
At times it was hard, we were tired, and there was so much other school work to do. For those six hours a week we dug deep and came together to immerse ourselves in the show, and enjoy the new friendships that were forming. The cast had to rise to the challenge of a tough script and equally tough score, but those that were able to come and see the show would agree that they did this triumphantly.
The ultimate goal of any director is to see the cast bond as a group. It is heart-warming to watch. The close relationships formed amongst the cast as well as the true care and respect they show for each other made this, the very special show that it was. I would like to extend my thanks to everyone involved for their hard work in bringing everything together but my biggest thanks and my huge respect go to every single student involved in the show. You rock my world!
So, as we hang up our hats, fishnets and sequins we can look back on a very special moment in all of our lives. With this thought, I hand over to some of the cast to share their thoughts with you. JK Kazzi and Gin To, two Year 13 students for which this was their final show and to Saanya Mishra and Lan Anh Dinh who joined the production for the first time.
Mrs Astley | Director
I am, and will be, forever grateful that I was given an opportunity to be a part of this production. Stepping into my first rehearsals, I was a complete rookie - but being surrounded by more experienced cast members, I slowly began to build my confidence with their guidance. This is by far the most challenging performance I have ever given, but there was not a single moment where I felt bored or disengaged. If I could, I would do it all again!
Lan Anh Dinh | Year 12
A while back, the idea of singing alone in front of a crowd was definitely on the list of things that scare me to death. It still does , but I couldn't have done it without my fellow cast members, I really couldn't thank them enough. And of course to Ms. Astley, Ms. Sargent, Ms. Tappin, Mr. Alexander and everyone else who was part of the process, trust me we couldn't have done it without them! I am going to miss the whirlwind of rehearsals, strepsils, long weekends, scaring Ms. Tappin with our vocals and even getting yelled at by Ms. Astley. It was our belief and faith (and endless support & encouragement) in each other that got us through this fabulous ordeal. I will miss every bit of it!
Saanya Mishra | Year 12
It was lovely to be a part of my favourite musical, and better yet, a part of Cell Block Tango, in my senior year at BIS. I hope everyone enjoyed the show, and all that jazz. *flirty wink*
Gin To | Year 13
It's been a roller-coaster ride of commotion, emotion and devotion spanning from day one of auditions to the final performance. The enduring development of the performance, the stage, the costumes, the lighting, the music and the friendships made across the year groups has been challenging at times, however with the strong support and leadership of our teachers, staff and parents, the result was more than rewarding. The audience reactions and reviews really said it all and I believe this show will be remembered by the many that it has touched. This is my final year and thus my final school production, and having been fortunate enough to be a part of the Blood Brothers and this musical, I can say that I have relished every moment and will continue to cherish the memories made as I leave these incredible experiences behind. Thank you for everything team, I'll miss you but I won't forget you!
JK Kazzi | Year 13