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50 Years of School Musicals

posted Apr 10, 2012, 6:01 PM by Eddie Woo
By Gerard Yeo. 

Greetings from the committee overseeing the celebration of 50 school musicals. It is indeed an extraordinary achievement as James Ruse AHS continues to host a musical annually. You are invited to a night of music, laughter, fun and camaraderie on Saturday 9th June, 2012 (June Long Weekend) commencing at 3:00PM with a tour of the school. At 4:30, the school band is scheduled to play a selection of music from various musicals in the quad. Some memorabilia will be on display in the hall where high tea will also be served from 5:00PM. From 6:30PM, groups from various years / musicals will perform a song or two from their musical. If you or a group of your friends are interested in performing (costumes are optional), please let me know and I will include you in the program. 

The night will conclude with a launch of the online publication of musicals at James Ruse. If you wish to contribute to this publication, send your images to me with an annotation of who is in the image and the name and year of the musical conducted by James Ruse AHS. 

This activity provides an opportunity to contribute towards the refurbishment of the school hall, namely replacement of the curtains on the stage that were initially installed in 1979. A number of companies that tendered for this job commented on the longevity of the present curtains and were surprised that they were still being used. Contributions to this activity are tax deductible. Excess donations (above the cost of replacing the curtains) (if any) will be used to refurbish the dated canteen / kitchenette in the hall. This will enable us to host events in keeping with the reputation that is James Ruse. 

Please advertise this event to your extended network – especially former students, parents and staff. Even if they were not directly involved in the musicals, it is a forum at which you are able to renew acquaintances and forge inter and intra generational friendships. I look forward to meeting many of you on the night. It will be great to put a face to names that I see on a computer screen.