Redlands Students Own the Stage at Gala Arts

Posted on June 15, 2019

Over 50 talented students showcased their exceptional performing arts talents at this year’s Gala Arts Festival held at The Concourse, Chatswood on Friday 31 May.

The capacity audience of fellow students, teachers and parents enjoyed a wonderful evening of entertainment, with 24 acts competing across the four categories of vocal, instrumental, theatre and dance.

The Gala Arts Festival is the School’s Arts equivalent of the Swimming and Athletics Carnivals – combining school spirit with a healthy dose of competition.

This year’s Guest Judges, Alumni Hannah and Eliza Reilly (Class of 2009) who are acclaimed producers, writers, directors and actors, selected the overall winning performance, with four other recent Redlands Alumni judging the category winners – Music composer Jack Frerer (Class of 2013), Musical Theatre performer Luke Haberecht (Class of 2014), Opera singer Jordan Auld (Class of 2014) and actor and medical doctor Dr Nicholas Xiradis (Class of 2013).   

Congratulations to Flynn Henry (Yr 11) who was awarded overall winner as well as Dance category winner, stunning the audience with his dance performance – an unaccompanied tap number entitled I Wish.

Veteran Redlands triple threat performer Rebecca Burchett (Yr 12) won the Vocal category with an exquisite performance of No One Else from Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, an electro-pop Russian folk opera based on Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

Year 11 students Leilani Heath and Apsara Lindeman were awarded Theatre category winners with their inspired performance of Good Boy, Pretty Girl; and Matilda Williams (Year 12) won the Instrumental category with her virtuoso euphonium performance of Fuego.  

For the second year in a row, Dumolo won the shield for the Winning House.

 “The Gala Arts Festival is always an incredible opportunity to showcase the remarkable talents of our performing arts students,” said Redlands Principal, Dr Peter Lennox.

“The evening has again proven the diverse talent within our Secondary School students, from virtuoso instrumental performances to captivating dramatic pieces.

“Congratulations to all our students who took to the stage at this year’s Gala Arts and especially to the winners. It was a highly enjoyable evening to see all those exceptional talents shine.

“I also recognise the many teachers, tutors, students and parents, who worked behind the scenes from the lead-up to the auditions to making the night such a wonderful success.”