Suncoast Christian College’s specialized Drama program VIP is an extensive acting and stage-craft course which students do after school and is available from prep through to year 12. Twenty-one students competed in the weekend’s Sunshine Coast Youth Theatre Festival, entering their play, Cinderella in the Junior section.
Written by VIP Drama teacher, Naomi Clasohm, Cinderella is a witty and humorous piece, completely in verse, full of wonderfully wicked characters, most of whom are reformed by play’s end- all except the wicked stepmother Lady Spendthrift, Mooloolaba’s Esther Bullivant, who is carted off in a straight-jacket in the play’s final scene.
The talented cast range in age from 8 to 12 years old and have been diligently rehearsing for the past few months. The fabulous and sumptuous costumes were made by a local costume designer or sourced from overseas and make the show a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.
The Adjudicator obviously agreed as she awarded Cinderella, Best Junior Play, Best Actress (Lucy Rockliff as Cinderella), Best Actor (Tristan Bishop as Tippet), Best Supporting Actress (Esther Bullivant) and a Certificate of Distinction to Stefanie Cooper as one of the Ugly Sisters. The excited and deserving cast is now getting prepared to show their schoolmates what they can do, with two upcoming performances on campus and already looking forward to next year’s festival.