The Production

'The Tempest Reimagined' was a spectacular production for 2023!! A massive well done to all students involved and thank you to the support system behind them ❤️

On Nov 29, 30 and Dec 1, students and staff performed ‘The Tempest Reimagined’  with both modern and Shakespearian text adapted by playwright, R Johns, for Hawkesdale and our local area with poem generously shared with us with the permission of Gunditjmara Elder and poet, Uncle Jim Berg. There was also a lighthouse, a royal court and references to the history of our country. Rosemary Johns and Carolyn Myers-Bock, who is an actor/choreographer, staged the show. This was our 6th production with this dynamic duo.

The show was performed at the Hawkesdale Memorial Hall. This is a special location for us as Rose Gunn, who was a teacher at our school who put on and performed in a lot of fabulous performances at the Hall for many years, passed away earlier this year. Her brother, John Gunn, always did the lighting design and production for us as well.
This was our first production since COVID so it has been 5 years since the school has had a production and the first at the Hall in many many years. It was a big community affair with the Art and Design teachers, led by Denise Regan including Megan Russell and Callena Vaughan making all of our amazing scenery and props entirely out of upcycled or recycled materials. Our Hands on Learning students led by artisan teachers Jarad Hoeksema and Shannon Drysdale making a wooden pirate ship which will be on display in the foyer; One of our parents spent hours pulling together costumes from productions of years past; Our tickets and program were designed by Education Support staff member Anne-Maree Huglin; All of our primary classes were involved in chorus movement numbers, and speaking roles were held by a stellar cast of upper primary/secondary students plus English teacher, Ms Roney in a speaking role and Assistant Principal John Ralph on guitar. Some students have had to memorise hundreds of lines despite this being their first production! We had students helping behind the scenes and a troupe of students, parents and staff on hair makeup led by Kylie Habel and Carolyn. We can't wait to watch the video recording by the wonderful Brendan Grandell to help us get over the post show blues!!