Next week’s production at St Peter’s Catholic School looks to be a fun-filled spoof about a troubled school hoping for rescue at the hands of a bunch of celebrities.
The X-Factory is being staged at the St Peter’s School auditorium (Hanlin Rd) on July 3 and 4. The biennial production will involve all 171 children at the school, from Year 1 though Year 8, with the senior students taking on the lead roles.
The story is set in St Dithers School, an establishment heading into damage control after a poor ERO report labelled it ‘average’. A worried Board of Trustees has just six weeks to turn things around and decides to bring some ‘super-talent’ to replace the head and pupils, with entertainment celebrities set to replace the staff.
With the stage set for disaster steered by new head teacher Simon Trowel, the school is on its way to becoming a breeding ground for superstars with their eyes on reality TV. Among the ‘super-teachers’ brought in to make it happen are Will.I.Was, Dusty Barrel, Bruno Macaroni, Adelica and Craig Cardboard. The comic duo Batgirl and Robin come in as ‘superstar announcers’.
The twist comes when the staff and pupils decide to fight back, making for plenty of unexpected fun.
Directing the production are Year 7/8 teacher Susie McCreery and performing arts teacher Rachael Hunt. The producer is class teacher Cushla Hounsell, and costumes and set design has been at the hands of parents Harriet Di Maio, Nerina Sommerville and Abigail Owsley.
There will be two performances on Wednesday July 3, a matinee at 12.30pm and an evening performance at 7pm. The performance on Thursday July 4 will be at 7pm.
Tickets are on sale from the St Peter’s Catholic School office from 8.30am to 3.15pm – adults $12, high schoolers and seniors $6, children and pre-schoolers $2. If tickets haven’t sold out prior, door sales will be available.