Students Help Back Stage for MS Production

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 26-10-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

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As part of their final assessment Theatre Studies students at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle undertook an internship at this year’s Multiple Sclerosis (MS) society musical production, Oliver.

Each year the MS society, a not for profit organisation that raises money for MS research, produces a musical at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco. This event is one of their main fund raising activities.

For the past two years Notre Dame students have assisted in a number of different roles with musicals such as Les Miserables and Guys and Dolls. From assistant stage manager to wardrobe assistant the students have received valuable experience and learnt practical skills in a semi professional environment.

This year four students have been helping with stage managing, producing, directing and costumes.

Student, Eloise Bettenay, said the jobs they were given were interesting and different because of the type of production they were helping with.

“Because it’s a period piece, set in early 19th century London, we had to do things like break down the costumes by dirtying, ripping and dyeing them. From then we started working with the children on their chorus, helping them with their costumes and makeup and generally keeping them in order.

“It’s been a lot of work and we’ve had some unexpected roles. I’ve really enjoyed the experience. It’s also rewarding to be involved in the charitable side of the production,” said Ms Bettanay.

Theatre Studies coordinator, Janny O’Connell, said the students have benefited greatly from helping out the MS society.

“The alliance has given Notre Dame students wonderful opportunities to appreciate all the different and complex elements involved in the theatre production. The hands on experience is invaluable,” said Mrs O’Connell.

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