Wade High School’s annual Music, Art, Drama, and Dance – or MADD – performance showcases the talent of artistic, dramatic, and musically-inclined students.
It is also an opportunity for friends and family to come along and get a glimpse of the magnificent spectacle and talent the school and its students have to offer, which they may not otherwise see.
Teacher-Librarian Nadine Cox took The Area News on a tour around the school to see the ensemble groups as they rehearsed for the show.
“It’s a night to showcase the students’ work,” Ms Cox said.
“It’s about celebrating our school community and students’ achievements – we’ve got some amazingly talented kids here.”
Ms Cox said attendees to the event can expect a variety of performances such as group singers, solo singers, dancers, and instrumental work.
Year eight pianist Lina Ait Toudghi will be performing two group ensembles – ‘Georgy Girl’ and ‘Hallelujah’ – and a duet with pianist and clarinet player Leo Forner, playing ‘Stranger on the Shore’.
Lina said she is taking part in MADD because it is “a good experience, and will be fun”.
When asked if she is proficient with the piano, Lina laughed, “Hopefully.”
Leo, who has been playing the piano for nine years and the clarinet for four, said he is excited to participate in MADD; being his second year performing.
“I think it’s good for people to come and watch,” Leo said.
And, in terms of a possible career in music, Leo responded:
“I think I’ll have a go at music and see if I can pursue it for a career.”
The dance finale will be a piece based off the The Sapphires film, titled ‘Land of a Thousand Dances’, a jazz-oriented performance.
One of the stars of the performance, Molly Jones, said while it is jazz-based, there is “a bit of everything” in the dance.
“There’s a lot of group work – we do some roles,” Molly said.
Molly said her friends and family will be in attendance and that she is “really excited about the performance”.
Though dance won’t be a career – it’s “just a bit of fun”.
MADD has been delighting Griffith for over 12 years, but this will be its final showing before the school merger between Wade High School and Griffith High School, to become Murrumbidgee Regional High School.
Wade High School will be presenting MADD Night on Thursday September 6 at the Griffith Regional Theatre, with a 7pm start.
Tickets are on sale from the theatre at $25 for adults, $20 for concession, and $75 for a family pass.