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Kennedy makes College production comeback

Published in The Ararat Advocate, Ararat's weekly newspaper published by West Vic News Pty Ltd.

ARARAT College has announced that former drama teacher, Bryan Kennedy, is returning to the school 18 years after he departed to direct their 2021 production.

Mr Kennedy has been involved with local theatre for decades, directing and starring in productions with Ararat Musical Comedy Society and Ararat Theatre Company.

PHOTO: Bryan Kennedy is ready to inspire a new generation of young performers. (Jack Ward/Ararat Advocate)

This year he will return to Ararat College, bringing the story of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to life with a new generation of students.

“After last year, I wouldn't be the only person looking for stuff to do because all the stuff I did (performing), we didn't do. We've got a script and auditions are next week so let's hope we can get this going,” he said.

“I want a lot of colour, that's for sure. A lot of characters and there's a bit of a message in the play too, as Alice searches for her identity.”

Ararat College cast the show early last year under the direction of teacher, Janine Poole, who has since moved away.

Principal, Ellie McDougall, said Bryan Kennedy was the perfect fit to take on the project this year, having staged around 20 productions during his time at the school between 1984 and 2003.

“It is new but we're really excited about it. Bryan is a past teacher and member of our school community so we're very keen to welcome him and his expertise back into the school,” she said.

New staff members in the school’s music department, Nicole Potter and Riley Mason, will be assisting Mr Kennedy with the production’s musical elements.

“So again, some more expertise to add to the production,” Mrs McDougall said.

“We have put a cast list together and we’re at the point now where we will be conducting auditions next week.”

Mr Kennedy said he looks forward to bringing the same enthusiasm to the role as director, which grew participation in College productions in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.

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