MN News Article – ASPIRE Pirate Code Article

Abstract: Students from Catholic Schools across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle came together to perform the 12th ASPIRE production, ‘The Pirate Code’ at Civic Theatre from 26 – 29 July.

The story line:

Follow Captain Lucy Dastoor and her swashbuckling crew as they hunt for the lost treasure of Andreas against the backdrop of an over-taxed community under the control of a greedy Governor.

To find it they’ll have to sail through storms, fight off the villainous Cutthroat Crowe and defeat the fabled Kraken while proving to everyone around them that women can make some of the very best pirates.

This fun filled adventure is designed to entertain and excite with a host of popular music that punctuates the storyline throughout as well as some sea shanties thrown in for good measure!

This program addresses the concept of girls being considered ‘less strong’ than boys, highlighting the fact that everyone has something to offer and something special to bring to the world. This is something that resonates with both students and the audience.

Artistic Director Anna Kerrigan said “I would like to thank the wonderful ASPIRE staff who work tirelessly to provide the young performers, designers and backstage crew with a hugely enjoyable experience that develops them as performers. Your commitment and energy is so appreciated.”

“The biggest thanks of all of course goes to our young performers and crew. Your passion for this story and for the creative and performing arts is inspiring. You are hilariously funny, wonderfully creative and such a lovely bunch of people. You should be so proud of what we have created here and of your performances whether onstage, in the pit or in the wings. Massive respect to each and every one of you!”

An incredibly well-established initiative of the Catholic Schools Office, ASPIRE continues to offer a range of creative and performing arts opportunities for students within our diocese including song writing, scriptwriting, theatre makers programs and concert band as well as working with many of our diocesan schools with a range of workshops and performance support.

Photography by Peter Stoop

Follow on Facebook.