Hello again everyone. Welcome to the James Ruse “old boys & girls club” to the Class of 2011 and congratulations on your results achieved in your HSC. You did yourselves, your families and, of course, your school and teachers proud. I am sure you are still finding your way around your “brave new world” in whatever you are now pursuing in 2012 so good luck and best wishes in all your endeavours and as one of my teachers wrote on my last day at Ruse: Be careful where you tread as life is like snow, your footprints will be seen, if only for a short time. The school celebrates 50 years of musicals in 2012 with an afternoon and evening of fun, performance, memories and camaraderie opportunities with students, front and back of stage of musicals past on Saturday, 9th June commencing at 3pm.
Of course in my era, (many years ago), the school musicals required both the male and female roles to be performed by all guys creating some challenging and interesting scenarios. But times changed in the mid-1970s, with the introduction of girls to the school, and the “rush” to play the lead male role opposite the heroine became thunderous, especially for those G&S plays with the occasional “romantic” scene! But importantly, the celebration also is providing an opportunity to assist in fundraising for the school to replace the auditorium curtains that were hung originally and for the first and only time in my last and HSC year at Ruse, in 1979.
I am unsure as to whether the Ruse curtains or I have survived best in these ensuing years since ’79 but I am sure there is no doubt that the curtains, like parts of me, have seen better days. If you are interested in finding out more please email Gerard Yeo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. RSVPs are due by Friday 1st June. Hope to see you there.
“If we do meet again, why, we shall smile; If not, why then, this parting was well made” (Julius Caesar, Act V)
Till next time.
Paul Harris (1979)
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