MEGA GALLERY: Diosounds 2017

In its eleventh year, over 500 students from the 11 secondary Catholic schools across the Hunter, took to the Civic Theatre stage yesterday (Thursday, 8 June) for the annual diocesan musical showcase, Diosounds.

Student musicians from as far as Taree and Aberdeen travelled to Newcastle to perform on stage in both the matinee and night show performances in front of more than 3000 people.

"Broadway Melodies and Hollywood Harmonies" was this year's theme and features performances made famous on stage and screen. The show features scenes from Broadway shows Mama Mia!, Dirty Dancing and Matilda, and songs from films such as La La Land, Sister Act 2 and Pitch Perfect.

With some new additions to the show, Diosounds featured a more contemporary and visually engaging stage than in previous years, making full use of intelligent lighting and floating stages. Schools also incorporated traditional orchestral instruments with a contemporary flare in their performances.

"For the past 11 years, the secondary music teachers from across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle have worked collaboratively to present a musical extravaganza featuring the talents of students in their respective schools," says Michelle Burgess, Creative and Performing Arts Coordinator of All Saints College, St Peter's Campus, Maitland.

"Each school has been learning and rehearsing since the start of the school year in preparation for this annual showcase, and the show was a true example of all their hard work paying off through entertaining and energetic performances."

Music performed during Diosounds 2017 is as follows:

St Joseph’s Aberdeen
Dirty Dancing - Be My Baby Medley: Spector

San Clemente Mayfield
Lion - Never Give Up: Fuller, Kurstin
Suicide Squad & Despicable Me 2 - Without Me: Mathers, Bass, Kris, Baumgardner, Bell
Sister Act 2 - Joyful, Joyful: Beethoven

St Mary’s Maitland
Matlida - The Musical Medley: Minchin

St Paul’s Booragul
Steven Universe - It’s Over Isn’t It?: Sugar
Deadpool - Careless Whisper (Unfaithful edit): Michael, Shaffer 'Ne-Yo Smith

St Peter’s Maitland
8 Mile - Lose Yourself: Mathers, Resto, Bass
9 to 5 - 9 to 5: Parton, Dean 

St Pius X Adamstown
Heathers: the Musical - Kindergarten Boyfriend: Murphy, O’Keefe
Pitch Perfect - Bella’s Final: Beck, Killan

St Joseph’s Lochinvar
Mamma Mia - Fernando Johnson: Ulvaeus
Mamma Mia
Take a Chance
Dancing Queen

St Mary’s Gateshead
La La Land - Mia & Sebastian’s Theme: Hurwitz
The Sapphires - Tracks of My Tears: Robinson Jr, Tarplin, Moore
I Heard it Through the Grapevine: Whitfield, Strong

St Catherine’s Singleton
Happy Days - Welcome to Wisconsin: Williams
Happy Days

St Clare’s Taree
Breaking Your Own Heart: Clarkson
Jivin in Be Bop - Be Bop: Gillespie

St Francis Xavier Hamilton
Stage Performance - White Cockatoo: Edwards
Hannah Montana Movie - The Climb: Alexander, Mabe
Glee - Reapers: Bellamy

Photography by Alyssa Faith, Amanda Skehan and Gabrielle Sutherland. 

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Alyssa Faith was the Communications Manager for the Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle from 2016 - 2017 and a regular contributor to Aurora and