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Much Ado about Shakespeare

St John Fisher students Michelle Krueger, Georgina Lock and Meagan Aquilina
are aiming to keep Shakespeare relevant
to today's youth

THREE students at St John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge, are doing their bit to ensure Shakespeare stays relevant to young people.

The talented and creative trio, Michelle Krueger and Georgina Lock (Year 11) and Meagan Aquilina (Year 12), were selected to take part in a unique student production of Much Ado About Nothing, being held at the Judith Wright Centre in February 2018.

Of the 171 Queensland school students involved in the state finals of the annual Shake Fest Competition at the Brisbane Powerhouse, only 37 were selected to become cast members of the witty love story, which was being produced and directed by respected theatre company Shake and Stir.

Shake Fest provides a unique opportunity for students across Queensland to focus their artistic abilities in an all-inclusive creative competition celebrating the works of William Shakespeare.

The cross-school festival helps connect students with a professional arts organisation.

The three St John Fisher students wowed the audience with their music and dance performances, well and truly earning their places in the final group of 37.

College Cultural Coordinator Suellen Geran said the talented students competed against thousands of entries from all over Queensland to earn a spot in the production.

“This is the fourth year in a row that we have had our talented students selected for the Shake Fest student production,” she said.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for students to work with industry professionals.”

Suellen said Shake Fest was a celebration of Shakespeare and his works and students competed in a wide variety of competition categories: music, dance, drama, stage design, photography and costume design.

“More than 5000 students from the Gold Coast to Cairns competed this year, making the achievements of Michelle, Georgie and Meagan even more outstanding,” she said.

Participation in Shake Fest required many hours of dedicated rehearsal, predominantly self-directed, and is one of the many “beyond-the-classroom” activities offered to students of the College.

Suellen said these opportunities gave students the chance to push themselves out of their comfort zones and were a real-world example of the five dispositions that lay at the heart of the John Fisher “Way of Learning”.

“The young women of John Fisher are encouraged to be inquisitive, reflective, collaborative, courageous and resilient and Meagan, Georgie and Michelle are inspiring examples of these qualities,” she said.

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