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Top Acts Program 2022

Top Acts Program 2022 

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Top Acts – Friday 20 May, 7.30pm

Welcome to Top Acts, part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2022, presented by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which Top Acts is presented, the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and their emerging leaders

Foreword

On behalf of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), I am delighted to welcome you to Top Acts 2022.
Tonight’s dynamic concert is a celebration of VCE performing arts and media studies and a highlight of the VCE Season of Excellence. This is a showcase of talented VCE and VCE VET students from 2021 who achieved exemplary results in their subjects.

Under the guidance of Artistic Director Candy Bowers, these accomplished young performers will present exceptional pieces of contemporary and classical music, as well as drama, dance and media.

I congratulate all our young performers and producers here tonight on their outstanding collaborative efforts and achievements, especially during what has been a challenging time. I also acknowledge the dedication and support of their teachers and school leaders, and families and friends. Thank you also to the iconic cultural venues that have hosted the 2022 Season of Excellence, including the acclaimed Melbourne Recital Centre for this event.

I commend Top Acts and the other VCE Season of Excellence events to you. The Season proudly demonstrates the value and importance of an education system that encourages and celebrates creativity.

Enjoy the show!

Chris Wardlaw
Chair, VCAA

Introduction

Top Acts 2022 is a daring mix of the light and the dark; a wondrous constellation of joy, pain, protest and play.
The past three years have been extraordinarily tough on the education and performing arts sectors, my two great loves. Students of music, dance and drama have endured multiple lockdowns, online classes and rehearsals, and have experienced the depths of isolation.

The work that fills this year’s presentation is virtuosic, rich, skilled and expressive. From the traditional to the contemporary, feminist theatre and festival bands, clowns and jazz ballet to heart-stilling compositions, Top Acts 2022 is a testament to the resilience and power of performance.

Candy Bowers
Artistic Director, Top Acts 2022

Act One

VCE MUSIC STYLE AND COMPOSITION
KATE PENGELLY
Composer, Voice
Virtual School Victoria, Thornbury,
Wurundjeri Country
Box Hill High School, Box Hill,
Wurundjeri Country
Missa Brevis
Missa Brevis explores contrast, repetition and variation, structuring the traditional form and text of an abbreviated Mass into a modern harmonic context.
Kate is studying classical voice at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, while continuing to pursue composition and performance opportunities.


VCE DANCE
BETH PERT
Skills-based Solo
Melbourne Girls’ College, Richmond, Wurundjeri Country
Contemporary
Beautifully executed, this piece showcases excellent use of time, space and energy. Thoroughly creative work from a beautiful technician.
Beth is completing Year 12.


VCE THEATRE STUDIES
GABRIELLE ROTA
Acting and Direction Monologue
Nossal High School, Berwick, Bunurong Country
The Double
Lake Disappointment by Lachlan Philpott and Luke Mullins
When Kane and their lifelong body double start working on small-budget indie arts film, Lake Disappointment, tensions, egos and illusions arise.
Gabrielle is taking a much-deserved gap year after completing 13 years of study.


VCE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
HARRISEN HUGHES
Guitar
St Michael’s Grammar School, St Kilda, Bunurong Country
Moonlight Sonata, 3rd movement
Ludwig van Beethoven
A solo performance featuring a confident display of shredding and virtuostic electric gutair solo style.
As well as pursuing a music career, Harrisen is studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne.


VCE DRAMA
RUFARO ZIMBUDZI
Solo
Haileybury, Keysborough, Bunurong Country
Ida B Wells
American investigative journalist, educator and civil rights leader Ida B Wells appears before the US Vice President to campaign for social and political change.
Rufaro is studying Musical Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts.


VCE DANCE
BETH PERT
Composition Solo
Melbourne Girls’ College, Richmond, Wurundjeri Country
Mould
Mould depicts mould spores developing and growing until the mould becomes out of control and takes over the entire surface.
Beth is completing Year 12.


VCE DRAMA
ANTHONY YONG
Solo
Mazenod College, Mulgrave, Bunurong Country
The International Rescue Team Member
In 1979, the imminent crash landing of a space station in Australia forces an International Rescue member to demonstrate why their team is right for the job.
Anthony is completing a double degree in Education and Music at Monash University.


VCE THEATRE STUDIES
DOMINIQUE DOIG
Acting and Direction Monologue
Mentone Grammar School, Mentone, Bunurong Country
Polly
The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Ralph Manheim and John Wilett
In Victorian London, Polly marries bandit and gang member Mac the Knife. Polly’s father does what he can to thwart the relationship and destroy Mac.
Dominique is completing Year 12.


VCE VET MUSIC INDUSTRY (PERFORMANCE)
HENRY THOMPSON
Composer, Bass
Northern College of the Arts and Technology,
Thornbury, Wurundjeri Country
SAMUEL STANISLAWSKI
Composer, Keys


THOMAS SMITH
Composer, Drums
WILLIAM GRAGE-PERRY
Composer, Guitar, Voice
Northern College of the Arts and Technology,
Thornbury, Wurundjeri Country
Northcote High School, Northcote,
Wurundjeri Country

 

Intermission

Act Two

VCE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
DANIEL WHELAN
Bagpipes
University High School, Parkville,
Wurundjeri Country
The Company’s Lament
Anon.
A commanding performance with outstanding
technical ability and a mature understanding of
expression, interpretation and subtle phrasing.
Daniel is enrolled in a Science degree at the
University of Melbourne.


VCE THEATRE STUDIES
JOCELYN LAMBOURNE
Acting and Direction Monologue
Sacré Coeur, Glen Iris, Wurundjeri Country
Emilia
Emilia by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Radical, feminist, subversive poet and mother Emilia
Bassano was responsible for one of the first published
poetry collections by a woman in England. Her
contribution was largely forgotten for centuries but has
been rediscovered in recent decades.
Jocelyn is completing Year 12.


VCE DANCE
FREYA STILLS-BLOTT
Skills-based Solo
Haileybury, Keysborough, Bunurong Country
Street
A dynamic street routine with sophisticated movement
and vibrant style.
Freya is completing Year 12.


VCE THEATRE STUDIES
ZOE WAKELIN
Acting and Direction Monologue
Viewbank College, Viewbank,
Wurundjeri Country
Lettice
Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer
A flamboyant tour guide at English country manor
Fustian House, Lettice improvises wildly untrue but
entertaining ‘histories’ about the house, enthralling
manor audiences.
Zoe is undertaking the musical theatre course Showfit
with Centrestage Studios.


VCE VET DANCE
TENIELLE GOODMAN
Performance Solo
Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance,
North Melbourne, Wurundjeri Country
McClelland Secondary College, Frankston,
Bunurong Country
Jazz
A dynamic solo jazz performance, showcasing moves
and techniques associated with cabaret and Broadway.
Tenielle is completing Year 12.


VCE DRAMA
ELLIOT SHUTE
Solo
Blackburn High School, Blackburn,
Wurundjeri Country
The Concierge
The quick-witted and long-serving Concierge of
London’s Savoy Hotel confronts developers pitching to
convert the hotel into a carpark, making a passionate
plea to save the iconic hotel.
As well as performing in theatre productions, Elliot is
studying Screen and Media Production at RMIT.


VCE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
GRACE DE VOS
Voice
Accompanied by Thibaut Favalessa, Piano
Billanook College, Mooroolbark,
Wurundjeri Country
What a Little Moonlight Can Do
by Harry M Woods
A dazzling rendition of a jazz classic. Poised and
focused; a commanding vocal performance with
superb accompaniment.
Grace is completing a Bachelor


VCE VET DANCE
NATALIE HUDONO
Performance Solo
Russian Choreographic Academy,
Hawthorn East, Wurundjeri Country
Camberwell Girls Grammar School,
Canterbury, Wurundjeri Country
Ballet Solo
Michel Fokine’s Chopiniana pays homage to the
Romantic era, inspired by images of the legendary
dancer Marie Taglioni and her contemporaries.
Natalie is completing Year 12 and preparing


VCE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
AMELIE HOW
Harp
Fintona Girls’ School, Balwyn,
Wurundjeri Country
Harpicide at Midnight
by Pearl Chertok
A dynamic jazz performance featuring many harp
techniques, showcasing a high level of technical
ability and musical expression.
Amelie is completing Year 12.


VCE DRAMA
KAITLYN GUST
Solo
Mortlake College, Mortlake,
Eastern Maar Country
Emmanuel College, Warrnambool,
Eastern Maar Country
The Princess
Fed up with a life of waiting for her ‘happily ever after’,
the Princess implores her community to break free
from traditional stereotypes and pave the way for a
new generation of fairytale characters.
Kaitlyn is spending the year preparing


VCE MEDIA
ERIN KIM
Filmmaker
Templestowe College, Templestowe Lower,
Wurundjeri Country
The Flower in Me
Insecure about the flower buds on her antlers not
having bloomed, Bom struggles with self-acceptance.
Her self-doubt takes physical form, leaving Bom in
need of rescue.
Erin is enrolled in a Bachelor of Design (Animation and
Interactive Media) at RMIT.


VCE VET MUSIC INDUSTRY (PERFORMANCE)
BENJAMIN WOODING
Piano, Vocals
FINN SCHWALGER
Drum Kit
KEAHAN OMEARA BROMFIELD
Electric Guitar
NED CARNEY
Bass Guitar, Vocals
Apollo Bay P–12 College, Apollo Bay,
Eastern Maar Country
Basket Case/American Idiot
by Green Day
Get ready for Temp Workspace, a pop-punk band with
the fun-loving energy to hype audiences and make
them dance.
As well as continuing to play live shows with the band,
Ben, Finn, Keahan and Ned are finishing high school.

Performing Arts Studies in Top Acts 2022

VCE DANCE
COHESIVE COMPOSITION SOLO
This solo is devised by the student in Unit 4 and focuses on choreographic skills. Students design a cohesive work that communicates an intention. It also demonstrates an expressive selection and arrangement of movement vocabulary to create an overarching formal structure.
SKILLS-BASED SOLO PERFORMANCE
The skills-based solo performance, composed by students in Unit 3, focuses on dance technique. The solo reflects a personal movement vocabulary and understanding of how movement can be arranged to communicate an intention. The solo allows students to demonstrate artistry and physical skills through a range of movement categories and manipulation of the elements of movement.

VCE VET DANCE
This solo performance is designed to assess a student’s technical ability and interpretive skills in performance. Students are required to perform two solos, in different dance styles, learnt from the repertoire of a choreographer or teacher. Dance styles are selected from ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, social, street or a nominated culturally specific dance style. Students are required to present an Industry Statement describing the style, context and appropriate market or audience for the performance, underpinning the aim of the program to prepare students for employment in the performance industry.

VCE DRAMA
Students devise a solo performance based on a prescribed structure, using conventions, dramatic elements and an eclectic performance style to devise performances that go beyond the reality of life as lived. These styles allow an actor to explore and present ideas or stories conceptually. In VCE Drama, students are assessed against criteria that include the use of expressive skills, performance skills and the application of production areas.

VCE THEATRE STUDIES
Students select a monologue from an annual prescribed list. They may choose to apply either acting and direction or two areas of design to interpret the monologue. Their interpretation is informed by dramaturgical research into a prescribed play script and its contextual background.

VCE MEDIA
VCE Media provides students with the opportunity to analyse media concepts, forms and products in an informed and critical way. Students consider narratives, technologies and processes from various perspectives, including an analysis of structure and features. They examine debates about the media’s role in contributing to and influencing society. Students integrate these aspects of the study through the individual design and production of their media representations, narratives and products.

VCE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
VCE Music Performance offers students with varied music interests an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through the study of performance, performance technique and musicianship. The performance examination requires students to develop informed interpretations of a program of work, and to present a musically engaging performance to the audience. Students choose to perform as a member of a group or as a soloist.

VCE MUSIC INVESTIGATION
VCE Music Investigation challenges students to design an investigation into a specific area of music, focusing on representative performance practices. The investigation involves the study of repertoire, performance conventions and techniques, as well as the creation of a composition, improvisation or arrangement that reflects the characteristics of the Focus Area. Students may present their performance as a member of a group or as a soloist.

VCE MUSIC STYLE AND COMPOSITION
In VCE Music Style and Composition, students create an original music work inspired by the study of music from different styles and traditions. They document their creative processes from initial intention through to the completed work. Students investigate the music characteristics and style of two selected works or collections of minor works, one of which being created after 1910. They develop an understanding of the processes used to create the works and how contextual issues may have influenced the creative process.

VCE VET MUSIC INDUSTRY
VCE VET Music Industry provides students with the knowledge and skills to enhance their employment prospects in the music industry. In Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance), students can apply a broad range of knowledge and skills in varied work contexts. Depending on the electives chosen, the study includes understanding the music industry, exploring style and genre, producing a demo, songwriting, incorporating music technology into performance, developing improvisation and stagecraft skills, preparing for performances, and performing music as part of a group or as a soloist.

Thanks

The performers and their families, friends and teachers

Melbourne Recital Centre staff and stage crew

Coburg High School, Big Bang Studios and Headstone Records

for generously hosting Top Acts rehearsals

All VCAA performing arts assessors and panel members

Credits

Artistic Director: Candy Bowers

Performing Arts Coordinators: Catherine Devery

Festival and Events Manager: Miranda Picton-Warlow

Festival and Events Coordinator: Jenny Sun

Festival and Events Officer: Jim Thomas

Festival and Events Assistant: Jessica Dunn

Curriculum Manager, Dance, Drama and Music: Margaret Arnold

Curriculum Manager, Media Arts, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design: Kathryn Hendy-Ekers

VCE VET Program Managers: Danielle McAuliffe and Ben Fitzgerald

VCE Assessment Project Manager, Performing Arts: Glenn Martin

Lighting designer: Nicholas Moloney

Graphic design: Nuttshell Graphics

Auslan interpreters: Auslan Stage Left

Concert and Event Manager: Kevin de Zilva

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