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Emmaus musical stalwart ready to put on a show

BEHIND THE SCENES: John Loch has been busy preparing for Emmaus College’s Peter Pan.
BEHIND THE SCENES: John Loch has been busy preparing for Emmaus College’s Peter Pan. Contributed

FEATURED in 29 consecutive productions, but never to take a bow to the audience, John Loch lines up for his 30th production next week when Emmaus College perform Peter Pan.

Behind the scenes each year, John volunteers his time and talent towards making the college's productions a must see.

The man behind the amazing photographs, John is also the co-director and generally organises the students for rehearsals and then for the thrill of opening night. This year's production of Peter Pan - the school's 33rd production - will feature 130 students, including John's daughter Mary, who will play Smee in her final school production.

Co-director Joy Philippi describes this version of the famous forever-young character created by J.M. Barrie as a "panto-musical".

"The production features a narrator (Anji Greenwood) who while keeping the audience up to speed with the story of Peter, Wendy, Mr and Mrs Darling, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, Hook, the crocodile; does encourage the audience to interact with the characters, but between are many fantastic songs which are beautifully performed by the talented cast," Joy said.

Making her first role call and starring role as Peter Pan is Hanna Bourke.

Year 8 student Hanna is continuing a family tradition, following her sister Ellie who also scored a leading role in the Emmaus production of Oliver when she was a Year 8 student.

Ellie has four roles playing Peter's shadow, a Londoner and one of the pirates as well as mermaids.

Peter Pan opens Friday, July 22 with three performances at the Pilbeam Theatre including a matinee showing on Sunday, July 24. Tickets are now available at the theatre.

With daughter Mary finishing high school this year, production number 30 may be John's final high school production hurrah.

However there will be many photos recording the thousands of students John has seen take to the stage for maybe their only time, and the exhilaration of being involved in a high school musical.

Each and every one of those students thanks John for capturing those moments.

If you go

  • What: Peter Pan 'A Musical Adventure', an Emmaus College production
  • When: July 22-24
  • Where: Pilbeam Theatre
  • To book: Go to, the Pilbeam Theatre Box Office or call 4927 4111

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