Woolgoolga High School
Performance dates: May 21, 22, 23, and 24 2008
Woolgoolga is a beautiful beach town, 15 minutes drive north of Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales north coast. If you drive the Old Pacific Highway, you’ll know you’re at Woolgoolga when you pass the unique white Sikh Temple situated on the highway. Way back when I was composing “Surf’s Up!”, I wrote some of it in a little place called Arrawarra, a few beaches north of Woolgoolga. In fact the song “Stars Over Redhead” was originally titled: “Stars Over Red Rock”.
So it was with great pleasure that this production changed “Red Head” references to “Red Rock”, giving it a legitimate localisation. I attended all three evening performances. The commitment, enthusiasm and talent on display was exceptional. It was a wonderful production full of joy, humour and fun.
My thanks go to Ian Cook for believing in “Surf’s Up!” and wanting to stage it at Woolgoolga High School, after all those years since we taught together and produced it at Maroubra High School.
Bruce Bell: Samuel Wiggins
Rhonda: Aimee Jellicoe
Bikie: Thomas Aitken
Caroline: Rebecca Riches
Suzy: Sarah O’Loughlin
Mick: Thomas Laan
The Man: Jake Pohlman
Rhonda’s Mother: Sarah Turnbull
Prefects: Kate Flew; Brianna Miller; Holly Wall; Jazmin Wills.
Juniors: Jessica Aitken; Rachel Bennell; Kimberley Dean; Hailey Lemin; Madelin McMahon; Sarah McMahon; Cheyenne Russell; Alice Williams.
School Boys: Will Jeffery; Thomas Podbury; Jesse Schembri; Toby Taylor; Adrian Wares.
Dancers: Taylin Blackadder; Amber Clarke; Tiana Eggleston; Brooke Gibbons; Elly McKenzie; Brooke Mison; Arnie Morgan; Tahleah Murphy; Emily Portsmouth; Catlin Schmidt; Jessica Seymour; Charmaine Skinner; Annie Taylor; Lana Tynan; Mikayla Walters.
Flutes: Jessica Baker; Kobe Martin; Mikayla McIntyre
Clarinet: Molly Blackburn
Alto Sax: Steven Young
Tenor Sax: Carmen Jenkins
Trumpet: Dylan Quinlan-Basket
Keyboard: Jesse Ikin
Drums: Erica Feeney
Bass: Alex Bennett
Guitar: Mr Gareth Berglund
Jimmi Allen; Michael Babbage; Michael Cross; Geyne Feeney; Jake Funnell; Te Rangi Regler; Kurt Russell; Josh Way.
Painters and Props:
Staff: Pam Ezzy (Director) Kerrie Hall; Tara Hewitt; George Smede; Cassie Stirton; Marilyn Gibson (Parent Helper)
Students: Erica Feeney; Kate Flew; Aimee Jellicoe; Jamie Klum; Georgina Lock; Sarah O’Loughlin; Bronte Seymour; Caitlin Steuart; Kelsey Van Gastel
Special Thanks to:
Lighting and Sound: Experts from BEP; Roland, Steve and Mark.
Costumes: Jennifer Williams
Makeup: Jo Rees and Jill Fulton
Surfing Memorabilia: Bob Weeks (Photography)
Surfboards and Photographs: Robyn and Paul Woods; Liz and John Scholten