THE 50th anniversary celebrations continued at Sacred Heart College with this month’s musical production of Beauty and the Beast.
The production involved 110 cast members from Years 7 to 12, 30 band members, 22 backstage crew, 30 staff and other student helpers, with all six shows sold out days in advance.
They also performed a show for 400 Year 6 students and staff from local primary schools.
Director Caitlin Wills said Beauty and the Beast was chosen for the Sorrento school’s 50th production because it was a timeless story.
“We wanted something magical that would create a celebration for everybody at the college,” she said.
“We also loved that it is set in France, which is where the RNDM Sisters, who founded Sacred Heart College 50 years ago, originally came from.
“We placed a number of symbols of the sisters into the production to honour this link.”
The production has been a commitment from students starting with auditions in Term 3 last year.
For the past 12 weeks, students and staff have spent at least eight hours a week rehearsing as well as the second week of the school holidays.
“The holiday rehearsal was intense,” Year 11 student Laura Golding said.
“I think we all worked exceptionally hard, whether it was performing on stage, working backstage or performing in the band.
“Everyone’s minds were set on creating a spectacular 50th year performance and all the passion translated into a fantastic show.”
Beauty and the Beast was one of the many events Sacred Heart College has planned to celebrate its 50th anniversary, culminating on Back to the Heart Day on September 18.