IT was back to the future, past and present for audiences at Brauer Auditorium this week.
More than 50 primary school pupils from Merrivale, Warrnambool East and Port Fairy Consolidated primary schools performed in Play It Again, a production written and acted by the pupils themselves.
Two public and three school performances were held at Brauer College, earning praise from parents and teachers.
Merrivale Primary School principal Susan Farrell said the three schools received a grant from the CASS Foundation for performing arts and worked together to develop the play.
“The project was for the children to write and produce a performance,” Ms Farrell said.
“At the start there were three plays and they were combined into one.”
With the help of Brauer College drama teacher Paul McFadden, three pupils from each school were involved in writing the script.
Set in three time periods — 1963, 2013 and 2063 — the play follows three children who switch places in time.
Two former Brauer students, Daniel Farrell and Travis McCarthy, were called upon to direct the play.
Mr Farrell said the play had a big emphasis on family and what was important about growing up.
“The main characters discover the importance of family and juggle the three time periods and stories,” he said.
It was Mr Farrell and Mr McCarthy’s first time directing and they enjoyed their involvement with the three schools.
“It has been hard work and a huge learning experience,” Mr Farrell said. “Students from each school were included in all aspects of theatre and seeing the group come together so strongly has been great.”
The grade 5 and 6 pupils shared varying roles including acting, set making, sewing costumes, script writing, ushering and stage, sound and light management.
Ms Farrell said the play had received excellent feedback and the schools would consider another performance next year.
“Drama is a lovely way for pupils to develop confidence and self-esteem.”