More than 115 students from 23 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle came together at the Civic Theatre between 23 – 25 July to ‘blur the line between reality and imagination’ for the 2015 ASPIRE production, Stranger than Fiction.
The production was the culmination of many months of preparation by students who participate in ASPIRE, an audition-based performing arts program within the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The ASPIRE cast was selected in November 2014 and students from across the diocese participated in auditions for each ensemble including vocal, instrumentation, drama, dance and strings.
Director of Catholic Schools, Ray Collins, offered his congratulations to the students and staff involved in the performance.
"As more than 100 students from across our diocese engaged in music, singing, dancing and drama with incredible energy, passion and talent, I witnessed their sense of fun, achievement and celebration of months of hard work and practice schedules," Mr Collins said.
"ASPIRE continues to provide our talented performing arts students with the opportunity to give expression to their talents and this production demonstrated the depth of those talents and the magnificent way in which they are able to work together in often complex acts to entertain the audience. To all involved I offer my sincere congratulations on another quality performance. In particular I acknowledge the great work of Artistic Director Anna Kerrigan, the ensemble directors and back up crews, the Chair of the ASPIRE Committee, Craig Wattam, Executive Officer, Lisa Little and the ASPIRE Committee for all that goes into providing these students with the chance to shine. And shine they did."
You can view a huge gallery of images from the 2015 ASPIRE performance below.