Oxley College's The Book of Everything performances

Dutch classic on stage: Come see Oxley College's senior production of 'The Book of Everything' on March 17 and 18. Photo: AJMoran Photography

Dutch classic on stage: Come see Oxley College's senior production of 'The Book of Everything' on March 17 and 18. Photo: AJMoran Photography

Follow the story of nine-year-old Dutch boy Thomas, who sees things no one else can see.

Oxley College’s senior production for 2017 is The Book Of Everything, an adaptation of Guus Kuijer’s book of the same name.

Director Phil Cunich and his assistant student directors Madeline Kalde and Ryan Muir have worked with 13 cast members and a hard-working support crew behind the scenes to bring the play to life.

Phil said he saw the play at the Belvoir Theatre, and thought it would be interesting to stage the piece at a school level.

“The power of people and relationships shines through in this play,” he said.

“It shows a generous and loving community can galvanise together and overcome many difficult moments.

The students have rehearsed for the past seven weeks, and Phil said their talent and hard work filled him with much hope for the future.

“What a wonderful, vibrant and positive group of young people they are,” he said. 

“From the actors, to the assistant directors, to the crew, it has been a real pleasure,” he said.

The story is set in post-war Netherlands in 1951. Main character Thomas has a vivid imagination and unique outlook of the world, which he uses to try and right the wrongs in his life.

Phil said the issues featured in the piece were still relevant today.

“In our modern global society, these stories are important ones to be told,” he said. 

“As young people aren’t immune to tragedy or difficult times, it’s vital for them to face these moments with hope and courage, just as we see in this story.”

The play can be seen March 17 and 18 from 7.00pm at Hoskins Hall, Oxley College. Tickets are $10 concession, $15 adults, and are available at the door.

Students in Oxley College’s previous production of Pippin received nominations for the Canberra Area Theatre Awards.

Student Mia Healey received a nomination for Best Youth Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her portrayal of Catherine, and Claire Allan was put forward for Best Youth Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her role, Leading Player.

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