School Productions

Thornbury High School is proud to present its Performing Arts programme for 2017! Throughout the year, Thornbury High involves over 600 students in Music, Theatre, and Media Studies, Visual Communication and Technology, and Photography, providing a myriad of opportunities to present, exhibit, and perform their work for audiences in both their local and broader communities.

2017 builds on one of our strongest programs in recent years, which featured student performances as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, an ongoing series of concerts from our various stage and jazz bands, as well as the return of our annual CREATE Week showcase and exhibitions. Many of these highlights return in 2017, along with our second bi-annual Performing Arts Tour to Sydney, which involves 45 interdisciplinary students in workshops and performances at such landmark locations as the Sydney Opera House, NIDA, and the Sydney Theatre Company.

2017 is an “away” year for the THS musical, and we’re taking a well-deserved rest from one of our largest productions ever: 2016’s The Wizard of Oz, which performed at the Darebin Arts And Entertainment Centre and involved over 150 students from Thornbury High School, as well as 150 “special guest performers” from Fairfield Primary. Congratulations to all involved for a spectacular show!

From all our dedicated staff and students, we are delighted to extend you a warm invitation to the events, performances, and exhibitions at Thornbury High School, and wish you a creative and inspiring 2017!

Emma McCulloch
Head of Performing Arts

Library at The Dock – Performance Space
September 16th

“The art challenges the technology…” says John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation, “…and the technology inspires the art.” How then, is art inspired by technology?

We’re fast approaching a future that, until now, we’ve only dreamed of. Technology is everywhere; we spend our lives online, and see the world through screens and windows. We consume and discard, up-vote and like, break and repair, abandon and re-connect.

VCE Theatre and Media students attempt to answer these questions through a series of short devised works, focusing on the intersection of art and technology through interactive projection, digital doubles, and live performance.

Presented by Thornbury High School
Performed & Devised by VCE Theatre & Media Studies students

Season Dates: 16 September
Venue: Library at The Dock – Performance Space


Darebin Arts And Entertainment Centre
August 4th to 6th

Thornbury High School’s 2016 whole school production is the classic MGM musical, The Wizard of Oz!

When Dorothy Gale is whisked away from Kansas by a terrifying twister, she finds herself over the rainbow in the magical land of Oz, where Scarecrows talk, Tin Men move, and Lions lack courage. Together with her unlikely new friends, Dorothy sets off along the Yellowbrick Road to meet the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, and learn there’s no place like home!

2016’s production will be our biggest yet, with over 70 Thornbury High students joined live on stage with 150 students from Fairfield Primary School.

The Wizard of Oz
By L. Frank Baum

Music and lyrics by Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg
Adapted for the Royal Shakespeare Company by John Kane
Presented by arrangement with Origin Theatrical

Season Dates: August 4th to 6th
Venue: Darebin Arts And Entertainment Centre

Past Productions

The Wizard of Oz
Music and lyrics by Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg
Adapted for the Royal Shakespeare Company by John Kane

The Insect Play
By Josef Capek and Karel Capek

Little Shop of Horrors
Book and lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken

Beauty And The Beast
Book by Linda Woolverton
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Music by Alan Menken

Back To The 80s
By Neil Gooding, Scott Copeman, and Brett Foster

By Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey, and John Farrar