We’re all in this together: Dubbo College holds first whole-school musical

SHOW-STOPPER: Lead performers Phoebe Farrell, David Woods and Maeve Sparrow with the Man of Steel musical cast. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
SHOW-STOPPER: Lead performers Phoebe Farrell, David Woods and Maeve Sparrow with the Man of Steel musical cast. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

The Man of Steel will soon make a visit to Dubbo.

Dubbo College is preparing for its first whole-college musical. While it won’t hit the stage until next year, on Wednesday the school did their first read through.

David Woods has been chosen as the male lead, the Man of Steel, Phoebe Farrell has been cast as Linda Street and the villain will be played by Maeve Sparrow.

David, who has been performing in musicals for the past two years, said it was exciting to be part of the largest show the school had ever held.

While he was still learning his lines, David said there was a lot to like about the script.

“There’s a lot of funny jokes and a lot of quirkiness involved in the play. It’s always on the go, it’s always moving, there’s always something to laugh at,” he said.

Triple-threat Maeve said she was thrilled when she heard she was taking on the villain.

“Right from the very start when I heard it was Man of Steel I knew I wanted Olga,” she said.

“She gets to speak with a Russian accent and she has a lot of tricks up her sleeve. I really enjoy doing it.”

The excitement around the musical was already building, Maeve said.

“Reading the script is really engaging because I get to see who’s playing the characters and how they’re portraying them,” she said.

It’ll be the first major role in a musical for Phoebe.

The Year 12 student said she wanted to join the National Institute of Circus Arts and was hoping to increase her performance skills through the Man of Steel.

While the cast have began working on their lines, the crew have also been busy.

Producer Barb Livingston said having the students from all three campuses, including the support students, was pretty special.

The performance won’t be at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre until June but Ms Livington said time was needed to get everything coordinated.

“We want a really high standard of production. We’ve got teachers already deigning costumes, we’re designing sets, we’re designing wigs,” she said.