Published on June 23, 2021

Three one-act plays over three nights. That’s what audiences were treated to as part of Senior School’s drama production of Kaleidoscope Reimagined.

Actor performing in   a play
Amber (Year 10) performs in A Murder Mystery Dinner Party

It was the annual School Production, but not as we know it. A reimagined version to fit with time constraints and other restrictions brought about by a worldwide pandemic; Kaleidoscope Reimagined was a welcome and entertaining addition to the School events calendar. The three plays which made up Kaleidoscope Reimagined were performed by students in Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8), Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) and Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12), with each play being considerably different to the next. On any one performance night, audiences were treated to two of the
three plays.

Stage 4 brought to life a Harvest of Voices, a play representing how listening to other people’s stories can help develop empathy and understanding. The premise was that two teenagers were making a documentary for a school project presenting footage of various community members sharing their stories. As the audience witnesses these stories, they learned that people have more going on in their lives than we might see in our daily interactions.

It was a real whodunnit for the audiences of Stage 5’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party. From fun accents to crazy costumes and enough twists to make your head spin, the cast decided how the play would end, which kept the audience guessing along the way.

“What a wonderful night. Everyone should be so proud of what they have achieved. A bit of fun, laugh out loud.”

HVGS Theatregoer

Stage 6 brought Lachlan Philpott’s play The Chosen to the stage in a multimedia narrative exploring the experiences of a troubled teenager. The talented cast played multiple roles, remaining on stage for the duration of the play while sharing in the storytelling and bringing the main character’s imagination to life. In a toy kaleidoscope, many different and colourful moving parts come together to form a fantastic experience for the viewer. True to its namesake, Kaleidoscope Reimagined wowed audiences with a combination of unexpected and entertaining performances that were a credit to all cast and crew.