by Matthew Whittet
Crew roles available:
* Stage Manager
* Sound operator
* Graphic Designer
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- Name, age, contact details, study status (UNSW, USYD, not studying, etc.)
- Experience within NUTS/theatre/other artistic endeavours (includes school, personal projects, etc.)
- Brief explanation about your interest in selected positions
- Question: "Looking at this Pinterest page, what do you see yourself working towards regarding merging these ideas and position/s you are interested in?
‘School Dance’ by Matthew Whittet follows three teenagers, Matt, Luke and Johnathan on the night of their school’s dance. Matt is on a mission to ask the girl he has been pining for, Hannah Ellis to dance with him. When she enters the dance and sees Luke and Johnathan, but not Matt, it kicks off a chain reaction and Matt slowly becomes invisible. He is doomed for the land of invisible teens and make-believe.
This is a fun, sweet, coming of age story. A contemporary Australian comedy it brings to light pop culture references wrapped up in a cloud of whimsy, fun and spotty faced teens. It is a breath of fresh air and will have audiences leaving titillated and in stitches. Like we all did for our year 6 farewells, School Dance will be a wonderful way to end the university year. This show will go out with a bang (of confetti and streamers)!
School Dance is a comedy that will take the audience back to the pimply depths of puberty and high school crushes. Inspired by the big hair and big sleeves of John Hughes films, the show will have a 80s theme with elements of magical realism and meta-theatre. Think Pyramus and Thisbe meets Napoleon Dynamite with a hint of Puberty Blues.
I am excited to stage School Dance as Whittet’s writing has the ability to perfectly capture the hilarity of such an awkward and chronically embarrassing period of everyone’s lives while revamping these overdone, mundane teenage experiences with fantastical elements. The daggy and inherently Australian style of humour of the play gives a whole new perspective on the coming of age trope.
Full of random dance breaks and 80s bangers, I want to emphasise the aesthetic, visual experience of the play through a dynamic set and costume design. The overall style of the show is reminiscent of a school play with a very ‘hand-made’ appearance. In addition, a strong sound and lighting design is paramount as the play relies heavily on synth music and unnatural lighting to heighten the comedy and ridiculousness of each scene.