Former TCC student steps behind the scenes of new production
THE Cathedral College's vocal coach, Celeste Hack shares how it feels to be on the opposite side of the stage.
The past student is assistant director of That's Your Funeral!, a theatre restaurant show that will premiere at the college next month.
Alongside Ms Hack is director Therese Quinn, who also teaches at the college.
That's Your Funeral! centres around an Aussie man, Harvey who "becomes obsessed by his own mortality” and the cost involved with a funeral (if he was to die).
Going through a mid-life crisis, he decides to "take matters into his own hands”, with best friend Bazza by his side.
However, he has mistakenly misread the clues after trying to keep it from his family; guaranteed to bring mayhem and confusion.
Auditions for the show took place last year, before rehearsals kicked off at the beginning of this year, which Ms Hack said went very well.
She said the show's surprise dance numbers would be memorable for audiences.
Some huge Elvis Presley hits will be performed by Steph Coughlan, Cory Owens, Nic Kateifides and David Wenitong; musicians who recently performed in We Will Rock You.
"The kids are working so hard which, as a director, fuels your motivation to keep pushing them and they push you along the way as well,” Ms Hack said.
"That's the rewarding part about doing what you do is watching them enjoy being up there and the product they're presenting too.”
Almost 80 students and staff have been involved in the production.
It has given students the opportunity to sing, dance and act as well as work behind the scenes.
Ms Hack graduated from The Cathedral College in 2012, and starred in one of the school's theatre restaurants.
"It's very cool to sit back and know what the kids are going through, from an empathetic point of view...I was actually in their shoes,” she said.
"And now, I'm on the other side of the stage and actually directing them and helping them.
"That helps them in a way because they know I've been standing where they're standing.”
Ms Hack started dancing when she was five, before taking up singing lessons at age nine. At about age 15 or 16, she stopped dancing to focus on her school work and music.
That's Your Funeral! will be shown in Our Lady's Hall at The Cathedral College from May 3 to 5. A two-course meal will be served at the event, with a bar operating.