Springwood High School presents NSW premiere of new musical, The Theory of Relativity

Springwood High School will present the NSW premiere of The Theory of Relativity – a new musical that explores relationships, connections, interactions, and the shared human experience we call life.

Through the use of some of Newton and Einstein’s theories, The Theory of Relativity analyses the stories of a handful of people, and determines how they connect, correlate, and change each other’s lives.

This wonderfully uplifting musical has only recently been produced in Australia. Written by Brian Hill, with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram, the show is driven by a beautiful musical score, consisting of 13 memorable songs that cover a diversity of styles.

The songs are the heart of the show, and they explore a wide variety of human experiences, common to us all, as we journey through life. The musical was originally written for a group of college students in Canada. From their personal stories the musical emerged. Springwood High School students have embraced these stories with great enthusiasm, identifying with the very human stories that each song presents.

New musical: Katie Stratford (standing) and Rebecca Smith in rehearsals for The Theory of Relativity.

New musical: Katie Stratford (standing) and Rebecca Smith in rehearsals for The Theory of Relativity.

Under the skilled musical direction of music teacher Matthew Herne, the students have risen to the challenge, producing an impressive display of solo and ensemble singing, as witnessed by the fine reception the students received when excerpts of the show were performed in the rain at the recent Springwood Foundation Day.

A strong ensemble cast led by the prodigious skills of students Caitie Stratford and Rebecca Smith, has been working hard for many months, to prepare for opening night.

“It has been very exciting to work on a show that no one has ever seen before,” said Caitie Stratford.

“The show has so many great songs and wonderful theatrical moments. I’m sure our audiences will enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed working to bring it all together. It has been a privilege to be involved with this show.”

The show will feature extensive technical support thanks to recent upgrades to the school’s performance space. Exciting lighting, dynamic high spec sound, and a live video feed using multiple screens will be a feature of the show. Experienced industry professional and Mountains resident John Grimshaw, has been working tirelessly with the student technical team to make this show truly innovative, providing students with industry based learning experiences of genuine quality.

As part of the night’s entertainment, prior to the show, students from the local Mountains primary schools will be presenting short performances based upon the themes of the musical. This is part of the strong links that the school has established with local primary schools in recent years.

The show features a large extended cast which has tested the skills of the highly experienced choreographer and dance teacher Rachel Berg. 

The show opens on Friday, June 15 and runs for only two weekends. Performance dates are June 15,16, 22, and 23 at 7pm.

Tickets can be obtained from www.trybooking.com/uvqk.