Excellence in talent and diversity wins festival honoursPosted in General School News on Wednesday, 27 September, 2017
Mandurah Catholic College has won the Catholic Performing Arts Festival’s top honour – the Zenith Award for Overall Excellence in Performance and Participation – for the second consecutive year.
150 MCC students participated in nine of the 14 Performing Arts disciplines represented at the 2017 festival and six artworks were selected for the Angelico Exhibition, the visual arts component of the Festival. A broader range of Performing Arts entries in all disciplines has been increasing every year and more Junior students participated this year in the Solo sections.
This year’s festival was the first in which the College has entered the Swing Band, Guitar Ensemble and Bible Reading sections.
27 individual Awards were presented, including six from the Angelico Exhibition. These awards are representative of the entire Catholic School system in the State.
Seven Outstanding awards were achieved this year; this award is the highest a school can achieve in each discipline, other than the Shield. Seussical, the musical production staged earlier this year at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, finished second in the Statewide festival, which is an outstanding achievement.
The College’s Annual Music Concert, staged last week as a fitting finale to Term Three, was an impressive showcase of the talents that achieved so highly at the festival.
The small, but appreciative, audience was treated to a 22-item program that ranged from swing to rock, jazz to classical and everything in between. The diversity and talents of the students’ performances was outstanding and highly entertaining. Performances of two original pieces – Waltz in Bm by pianist, Julian Wheeler and Paper Chains by guitarist/vocalist, Felicity Bassett were highlights of the evening, as were a haunting solo by songster, Clodagh Berryman and a masterful piano performance by Liam Doyle.