Science Fair @ VILE

The final scene of Villain School features a Science Fair and what better way to bring in cross-curricular opportunities into the Production than by including actual science! Mr Gerber has been generous enough to organise the opportunity for our students to experiment with some real science as part of the scene. We will have some surprises up our sleeve so keep your eyes peeled for some colourful goings on throughout the show!


Showtime Draws Closer!

Things are really starting to come together for Villain School with sets completed, costumes looking unreal and tech starting to take shape. It has been a busy week for Cast and Crew as we welcomed back our Senior School students and entered our final five weeks of rehearsals.

Students hit the promotion trail during the week with tickets going on sale on Monday. A group of nine cast members were involved in a Q&A session with the Year 5 and 6 classes. The Junior School students were able to quiz the students on their characters, the plot of Villain School and the experience of being a part of the Production team.

On Thursday, it was time to give our cast a brush with fame as members of each order donned full costume and make up in order to undertake a Photo Shoot and Interview for an Ellenbrook Advocate feature which will be coming soon!

Tickets for Villain School are now available from www.trybooking.com/346290 and with over 300 tickets sold in our first four days of sales, make sure you get in quickly to avoid disappointment!

EXCITEMENT BUILDS AT VILE!

It has been an exciting first two weeks of term for the Middle School cast of Villain School. With the Senior Cast members focused on exams, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have had the chance to work closely with Production staff in really honing their characters and working their evil mannerisms and characteristics into their performances. With scripts down, set complete, tech starting to be set up and costumes nearly finished, students are getting a sense that performance week is near. With six weeks to go until the Opening Matinee, students are excited and nervous and their is an air of anticipation in rehearsals.

Next week, the cast will hit the promotion trail! Several cast members will be involved in a Q&A and Behind the Scenes session with students from the Junior School and the Ellenbrook Advocate will be visiting to interview staff and students and assist in promoting the show to the Ellenbrook community.

Tickets for the production will go on sale next Monday for the three public performances on Thursday 21, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June from www.trybooking.com/346290 and ticket prices are below:

- Adults $15
- Students/Concession $12
- Children $10
- Family Ticket (Good for 2 Adults, 2 Students/Children) $40




First Look Friday!

After a long but very productive and exciting term of rehearsals, we are excited to reveal your first look at some of the wild and zany characters from VILLAIN SCHOOL!

Drake and Marcella Jekyll (Bianca Scinto and Alex Smilovitis)

Frank Stein (John Botha)

Sandra (Eva Ladyman)

Sharkey (Ethan Armstrong)

Animal (Nikolas Dragicevich)

Beatrix (Chloe Andrews)

Davy Backstabber (Rowan Paluszak)

Hack (Finn Doust)

Heidi (Breannah Rigoli)

Hetty (Jordan Bailey)

The Monsters (Jordan Reith, Makayla Pugliese and Luke Riedel)

Pick (Iestyn Devenport)

The Professors (Brinda Jhaya, Samantha Cosmas and Tiara D'Lima)

Sasquatch (Jordan Reith)

Werewolf (Makayla Pugliese)

Costume and Hair/Makeup Testing

Week 11 at VILE saw students don their full costumes for the first time and gave our Year 12 student crew members their first taste of organisation of costume, hair and make up accessories. Student Costume Manager Chloe Ryan has done a fantastic job along with Miss Pratt and Mrs Azzopardi in sourcing the wildly colourful and funky costumes.


Student Hair and Make Up Manager Brianna Armstrong along with Hair and Make Up Assistant Alanah D'Evelynes trialled make up with the Genius Girls, Witches and Professors for the first time with some amazing results! We can't wait to see all characters in fully realised costumes and make up as we approach performance week next term!



Production Camp a VILE Success

Over the weekend of the 6-8 April, the Cast of the 2018 College Production of Villain School headed off on Production Camp to the Swan Valley Adventure Centre. Intensive rehearsals, character workshops and team building activities gave the students a great opportunity to get to grips with their quirky and zany characters. We were also lucky enough to have former student Max Hughes attend the camp on the Saturday to work with the students in their workshops and give some insight into building a successful character and performance. 

Students kicked things off on Friday night with the first of their team building workshops in which they worked in their 'orders' (Convicts, Geniuses, Witches, Monsters, Misfits and Adults) in a musical game of Giant Jenga. The competitive nature was high as was the energy in the room! In the end it was the witches who sent the Jenga stack for a tumble and lost their points. Students were then given the challenge of an order lip sync battle in which everything from Imagine Dragons to Beyonce's Single Ladies was tackled. Full of adrenaline, the first rehearsal of Act 1 that night was a great chance for students to really get some character energy happening and their orders began to click.


Saturday began bright an early with a game of freeze tag in the beautiful sunshine in the grounds of the Swan Valley Adventure Centre before the traditional 'ten fast feet' production warm up lead into a run of Act 2. Students picked up from where they left off the previous evening, exploring the quirks, traits and eccentricities of their characters. Miss Pratt then led students through the choreography for what is set to be a colourful and energetic final dance number! All students had a go and did a fantastic job in learning the choreography and giving 100% to the rehearsal process.


After morning tea, former student and six time HCC production member Max Hughes visited camp to run the students through some characterisation workshops as the cast broke up into groups. Max worked with the Geniuses, Mr McRae with the Monsters, Miss Lester with the Convicts and Adults, Mr Jackson with the Witches and Misfits and Miss Pratt with the characters of Quasi and Garbage. This was a great chance for the orders to connect and students to really experiment with the evil nature of their characters and orders. A full run through followed lunch as students put into practice what they had worked on in their character workshops.

That evening, it was time for some down time and what better way to chill out after a long day at one magical and mystical school than by enjoying some time at another. Students and staff settled in for a movie night featuring 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' with consistent quoting and commentary from the Potter obsessed teachers.


Before departing camp for another year, it was time for one last team challenge as students worked in their orders to compose and create an inventive order chant. What resulted were some truly phenomenal and creative performances which just went to show the talent across the cast. Finally, one final run of Act 1 concluded the camp for 2018.

Lasting friendships were formed and the cast grew in confidence in themselves as well as in each other. It was a truly fantastic experience and one which cast members will cherish as part of the 2018 production process.

Mr Chris McRae
Learning Area Coordinator (The Arts)

Week 8 at VILE

The cast and crew of Villain School have now blocked out the entire show in record time! Mr McRae, Miss Lester and Miss Rafferty are now at the stage of fine tuning the character quirks, traits and personalities of each monster, pickpocket, misfit and witch in this very talented and vibrant cast.

Mr Jackson has been hard at work with the tech team in beginning to create what is set to be a very different and impressive technical geared backdrop with Year 11 student Mya Ubalde working hard on putting together some striking backdrops.

With last week's eerie and very clever first teaser, Media Manager James Evans is now putting his thoughts into Teaser #2 which is due to be released in 2 weeks time. This will give you a further taste of life at VILE.

Our dancers along with Miss Pratt have been in every week and even at lunchtimes beginning to put some character into their highly energetic dance numbers. We can reveal that our cast will make a special appearance in the final number which we are looking forward to.

Miss Pratt, Mrs Azzopardi and Year 12 Costume Manager Chloe Ryan will be out and about in Mt Lawley tomorrow hunting for and gathering the final costume items for our cast. We will be running a dress rehearsal and holding some character photo shoots before the end of term so keep your eyes peeled!

We are looking forward to a great couple of weeks of rehearsals up until the end of term, which will also include our Production Camp at Swan Valley Adventure Centre at the end of Week 10!



Final Order Crest Logos

Year 12 Graphic Designer Darrell Chiu has completed his designs for the VILE Order Crests. Modelled on the colours and ideas from Harry Potter's four houses, the Orders of Marvels, Enchantment, Anarchy and Mayhem will be well represented in the production this year!



Order Order!



We are now past the halfway mark of Summer Term and Villain School is looking sharp already. The focus this week has been getting the students to work more closely in their Orders to further develop their character quirks and traits. The students at VILE are separated into Orders, which we have modelled on the Houses from 'Harry Potter'. These orders represent the students' personality and sub-group.


- The Order of Marvels: Evil Geniuses who are top of the Food Chain
- The Order of Anarchy: Thieves and Pickpockets who are out to make mischief
- The Order of Monsters: Characters who are mean, cruel and always hungry
- The Order of Enchantment: Witches who specialise in making a mean brew

We are proud to revel the first two Order Crests which reflect the ideals of each order, designed by our Year 12 Graphic Designer Darrell Chiu.



We ran a full cast rehearsal earlier this week and students got to grips with the students in their order and are really starting to gel as a cast team. We are looking forward to our first weekend rehearsal which will take place tomorrow as well as our upcoming Production Camp at the Swan Valley Adventure Centre at the end of Week 10.


Behind the Scenes- Your First Look at Villain School!

Year 12 Student and five time production cast member James Evans has taken on the role of Student Media and Promotion Manager this year. He has been working hard over the past couple of weeks with Year 11 student John Botha (Frank Stein) and Mr Guy Jackson our Technical Director and Miss Jessica Vaini, our Media Coordinator to produce the first teaser trailer for Villain School. This teaser, set to be released this week will tell the story of how Frank came to be at the Villain's Institute for Learning Evil. Just how was he banished from his previous school and how does a mysterious blue potion come into it? Find out when our first teaser trailer is released later this week!

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