Opening Night an Unspeakable Triumph!

The 2017 Senior College Production of 'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance' opened to the public yesterday with two performances. The opening matinee was presented for staff and students from Swan Valley Anglican Community School along with Aegis Aged Care Facilities in Ellenbrook before an evening show for a public audience.

The production has so far been received with overwhelming positivity with Vic Principal Mr Collins labelling the show as 'brilliant'. Swan Valley Drama Teacher Meredith Corr could not speak highly enough about the cast, saying that "all cast members created quirky characters brilliantly". She also said that her students left buzzing, wanting to perform the show themselves.

The cast and crew will perform two more public shows tonight and tomorrow night for sold out audiences! 

We thank all audience members who have supported the production so far and can't wait for the rest of the performance run. 

Mr Chris McRae
Production Director

Good Luck from Minnesota

Mr McRae has been in touch with a personal friend of his who hails from Minnesota. Dan Collar has lived in Perth for two years and was kind enough to send this message of luck to our production cast and crew with some last minute Minnesotan accent tips. Thanks for the support Dan!


Production week has arrived for 2017! Students and staff spent all day yesterday perfecting the show in preparations for four performances later this week. The highly physical and comedic nature of the show became apparent as students ran the full show close to three times over six hours with some frenetic energy and the comedy building each time. A behind the scenes trailer will be released in the next couple of days in anticipation of this year's performances.

"What I wouldn't give to fly"
Tilly (Chloe Ryan) and Samson (John Botha) 

'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance' will be performed by the Holy Cross College Senior School Drama students over three days this week in the New Norcia Performing Arts Building. An opening matinee on Thursday will presented for residents from Aegis Aged Care Ellenbrook and students from Swan Valley Anglican Community School before three public evening shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday commencing at 6:30pm.

"I thought I smelled something amateurish" 
Svetlana Gustarfson (Zophia Paluszak) and Samson (John Botha)

Limited tickets for Friday and Saturday are still available as well as good seats for Thursday from

"I've been working on my own show"
Bob (Calvin Thiel)

We look forward to presenting this madcap comedy to the College Community in 2017!

"I'm an unstoppable zombie"
Delilah (Brianna Armstrong), Tilly (Chloe Ryan) and Audrey (Laila Davies)

Mr Chris McRae
Production Director

Unspeakable Triumph Hits The Advocate!

With just over a week until the Senior Production takes to the stage, the cast has been featured in this week's Ellenbrook Advocate. Tickets available for all shows from

Unspeakable Triumph Feature in Swan Magazine

Local actor, director and all round community theatre expert Douglas Sutherland-Bruce was kind enough to feature HCC's Senior Production of 'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance' in the June issue of The Swan Magazine with a fantastic write up! The show takes to the stage next week at Holy Cross with shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:30pm in the New Norcia Performing Arts building. Tickets are still available from

Mr Chris McRae
Production Director

A Sneak Peek of 'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance'

With the Senior Production just over three weeks away, here is a sneak peek of what our cast and crew got up to at Saturday's Dress/Tech rehearsal. Students were full of energy we were lucky enough to have a visit from former student Max Hughes (2016) who is now studying a diploma of Musical Theatre at the Australian Performing Arts Network (APAN). Students were looking great in some slick contemporary costumes and the lighting and sound team started to put together the look and sound of the show. Check out our sneak peek images below.

Mr Chris McRae
Production Director

Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets for the 2017 Holy Cross College Senior Production of the contemporary comedy 'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance' are on sale now! The show will be performed by the talented Year 10, 11 and 12 Drama students and will be a fantastic showcase of their comedic abilities. The witty script has been written by contemporary American playwright Don Zolidis and students have tackled both the humour and the challenging Minnesotan accent with great enthusiasm.

The show will be performed over three nights on Thursday 22, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June 2017 in the New Norcia Performing Arts Building at HCC (the first performance in the new facilities)

Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for Students/Concessions, $7 for Children and Free for Under 5's. The content of the show is more appropriate for an older audience and is recommended for Secondary students and older.

Tickets can be purchased from and we are looking forward to what should be a fantastic Senior Production!

Mr Chris McRae
Production Director

Producing an Unspeakable Triumph!

Rehearsals are well underway for the 2017 Senior Production of 'An Unspekable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance' which will be performed in Week 9 of this term. Students and staff have been working particularly hard with rehearsals running after school, in class and at lunchtimes. The script itself is incredibly witty and complex in nature which has been a big challenge that students have risen to. The added challenge of undergoing accent training to master the General American and specific Minnesotan mannerisms has been an amazing addition and students have blended this into their character development.

The story itself is zany, crazy and very very funny with everything from an imaginary blue tortoise, a botched horror play and an unfortunate incident involving a frying pan being tackled by our talented cast.

Students have also been very lucky this term to have been rehearsing in our brand new New Norcia Drama space which has been a privilege to work in and settle into!

Tickets for 'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance' will go on sale next Monday 22 May at 9:00am and will be available from

Show dates are Thursday 22, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June and tickets will be $15 for Adults, $10 for Students/Concession, $7 for Children and Free for Under 5's with 100 seats available for each show.

The show is mature in nature and is recommended for Year 7 upwards!

We are looking forward to what should be a fantastic Senior Production!

Mr Chris McRae
Production Director

Unspeakable Shenanigans Week 3

This week has been an engaging and productive one for the cast and crew of 'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance'. Students received their costumes early this week and this has assisted greatly with their character development and has given them a sense of 'realism' in rehearsals. The costumes reflect each characters' quirks and personalities perfectly and big thanks must go to Costume managers Maria Bravo-Echevarria and Michelle Karuga along with Production staff Mrs Cuff and Miss Goodwin for their work in developing and sourcing these awesome outfits

Students were also given two fantastic opportunities to expand their experiences with this show beyond Holy Cross. On Wednesday, our cast and crew got the opportunity to Skype with none other than Don Zolidis, the playwright of the show. This was a huge thrill for students and staff alike as Don skyped from his home in Austin, Texas to HCC on Wednesday morning. He encouraged the students to bring their own personal touch to his characters and expressed his love for theatre and writing which was a big inspiration for the students. This was a memorable experience and we thank Don sincerely for giving us this opportunity.

Tickets for the Senior Production will go on sale on Monday 22 May (Week 5) and as part of the promotion process, cast members John Botha, Jamie Evans, Abbey'Lee Quantock, Brianna Armstrong and Zoe Paluszak along with Mr Chris McRae sat down with College Marketing and Community Relations manager Mrs Carolyn Jess to interview for an upcoming piece in the Ellenbrook Advocate. Students enjoyed the chance to reflect on their experiences so far.

Next week will see a break as students go off on Exams. In Week 5, we will be having two intensive rehearsals on Wednesday and Saturday to begin our attention to detail in the lead up to the shows in Week 9.

Mr Chris McRae
Production Director

Skype with Playwright Don Zolidis

It's not often that you get to speak with the playwright of the show you are working on. But for our Senior Production students that is exactly what they got to experience this week. Students got the chance to talk via Skype with the playwright of 'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance' Don Zolidis, who resides in Austin, Texas. Students were able to speak with Don about their characters, the play itself and his other works as well as discussing more generic topics such as Theatre in the USA and his influences and inspirations. He gave them a very good humoured insight to his approach to the play and it was an invaluable experience for both students and staff alike!

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