School’s new take on Shakespeare

November 08, 2017

Berrigan Public School’s annual play was a brilliant merger of three popular genres — Shakespeare, musicals and fantasy.

‘Zombio and Juliet the Musical’ was performed in front of a full house at the end of term three.

The night was an opportunity for the Year 5/6 students to show off their singing and dancing skills.

Principal Gayle Andriske said it was amazing to see so many students ‘‘blossom’’ during rehearsals.

‘‘The production gives the students a really good opportunity to develop their self confidence and self esteem,’’ she said.

While the older students hold the lead parts in the play, the whole school was involved in the production. Younger students from Kinder to Year 4 were instrumental in the song and dance numbers.

Helen Dickie directed the play and was assisted by Jill Petzke with her costume design.

‘Zombio and Juliet the Musical’ is an upbeat take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Mrs Andriske said Mrs Dickie’s direction was ‘‘amazing’’.

‘‘Helen found the script and it was perfect for the students.

‘‘She adapted the script to fit in well for the kids, and they really enjoyed it — it was wonderful to watch.

‘‘I deliberately don’t watch any of the rehearsals; this year I didn’t see the show until the night and it was just magic.’’

Mrs Andriske also thanked Malcolm Dickie for his job manning the electronics and lighting, Bec Ware for her promotional skills and Kindergarten teacher Gillian Arnold and her assistant Leigh Jeffress for the set design.

■More cast photos online at

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