Kings Meadows High School play Lucky embraces Australian arts

AUSTRALIANA: Taylor Brooks as Captain Cook and Keelan O'Byrne as Captain Bligh in the Kings Meadows High School production Lucky. Picture Neil Richardson
AUSTRALIANA: Taylor Brooks as Captain Cook and Keelan O'Byrne as Captain Bligh in the Kings Meadows High School production Lucky. Picture Neil Richardson

It’s an untold story of Australia, the day the First Fleet hits a iceberg and they all burst into a Bollywood dance.

And it’s a sensationalised Hollywood blockbuster Australian filmmakers Lucky and Byron hope will never see the light of day.

Embracing Australian arts is one of main messages from Kings Meadows High School production Lucky.

Following the journey of Lucky and Byron, the musical comedy shows their attempt to turn Australian history into an epic motion picture before sleazy producer Dingo steals their baby – the film’s script.

More than 50 students will appear on stage during the production with students also taking over most of the roles backstage roles with support from teachers and members of the community.

The production embraces Australian culture from At the Movies with David and Margaret to Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Grade 10 student Ava Wheatley, 16, decided to audition for Lucky after identifying with the title character when she read through the script.

They were both incredibly passionate about the arts and working hard for their dreams, Ava said.

Ava, who is a dancer, relished the opportunity to return to the stage as Lucky, despite juggling school work and the production for the past 18 weeks.

While Lucky could settle for the sensationalised and warped Hollywood history of Australia, she doesn’t, she said.

When co-director Sharon Geale first picked up the script, she laughed all the way through.

“It also has lovely messages about Australian culture and identity,” Ms Geale said.

“At the heart of it, it’s a celebration of Australian arts … It’s a show for everyone.”

Lucky fights to stop Australian stories from being Americanised, she said.

The production shows the audience that Australia has plenty of stories to tell and they did not need to be outsourced to another country to be told, Ms Geale said.

  • Kings Meadows High School’s production of Lucky will be on show at the Country Club Tasmania showroom on Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm, and on Thursday at 11am. Tickets, which cost $15 for adults, $10 for students and concession and $40 for a family, are available from the school’s office.