A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school on Kaurna Country, Adelaide, South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Drama - Edition 18 - 2023

The Junior Play: The Alchemist - A Quest

Drama continues to thrive at Westminster with the recent Years 8-10 Junior Play Rehearsal Retreat galvanizing a talent cast of 47 juniors, Production Team of 16 Year 11s and support from recently finished Year 12s, along with Old Scholars Gracie Greenrod (’22), Immi Beattie (’22) and Amy Bower (’15).

The central symbol of Paulo Coehlo’s 1994 best seller, The Alchemist, entails coaxing lead to achieve its own 'Personal Legend' to turn into gold.

The book’s primary theme is the idea that all individuals should live in the singular pursuit of their individual dreams, hence turning their 'personal lead' to 'gold'.

With this central theme, The Alchemist- A Quest is a lively, entertaining adaptation of Paulo Coelho’s best seller, “The Alchemist". It is an apt play for a group of young people to explore and perform; they, after all, in that formative stage wherein the crucible of teen life shapes the foundation of who they will become.

Rehearsal Retreat is always an extremely active environment in which students learn to deal with the challenges of staging a complex, entertaining stage show with music. Young actors have honed their craft, singers have explored their interpretation and rendition of popular songs; dancers have, under watchful Year 11 eyes, interpreted dynamic choreography, and the young Years 8-10 band has experienced the rigors and excitement of playing in a production band. Each day of the rehearsal Retreat is a fun-filled pressure cooker in which great performances are devised! Under the critical, safety focused eye of professional stunt choreographer Sifu Ruth Fallon, a battle was conceived and rehearsed and rehearsed again, affording the participants great insight into the artifice and work that goes into any fight scenes they see on screen.

As usual, Nunyara Conference Centre, Belair, provided a great rehearsal environment and frequent, excellent meals conducive to creating good theatre!

The cast and crew of The Alchemist- A Quest looks forward to entertaining you with their great show on Wednesday 29 November, Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December, 7-10.15pm. There will be two intervals of 15-minute duration.

Bookings can be made via Try Booking via the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1149691

John Doherty
Head of Drama