St Joseph’s go back to the 80s

St Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen entertained more than 1300 people over three nights in the Upper Hunter at the start of December with its production of Back to the 80s.

The talent of more than 85 students was on display and left crowds raving.

A pop-culture trip down memory lane, Back to the 80s tells the story of Corey Palmer and his senior year of high school including his best friends, the class bully, and the girl he loves. In the present day, Corey takes us back to William Ocean High School. The music, dancing and singing entertained the audience for more than two hours.

For St Joseph’s, the Back to the 80s journey began way back in late-2018.

“We were very excited to launch the show and then bring the show to life from February this year,” said Director Chelsea Carr. “It has been a huge 10 months for the entire cast.”

More than 24 songs were learnt, 21 dances choreographed, and many hours went into polishing the scenes.

St Joseph’s has so many talented students and this performance allowed them to showcase their amazing talents,” Ms Carr said. “At the beginning of this process, I encouraged students to take risks and believe that anything is possible. Hard work and dedication have been shown by the entire cast and crew.”

The cast spent every Thursday during sport, recess, lunch, and most recently weekends, bringing the show to life. A production on this scale needs a supportive school community and staff, parents and students worked alongside each other in getting the show ready. The cast comprised students from Years 7-12.

“The community of St Joseph’s is unique, and it was wonderful to see the staff and students working together to bring the show to life,” Ms Carr said. “The journey from script to stage was huge, but it has been an absolute honour directing and leading my team through this process. The planning is now on for the next show.”

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