How the set began…

The set for Emil and the Detectives, designed by Mr Stratton, was certainly very impressive – the moment when the curtains opened to reveal the full expanse of the stage was a great moment of theatre.

But all great things start from humble beginnings. Mr Stratton was in school on the recent public holiday to start the set design:

First reviews are in!

Here are some of the comments we’ve received about the first performances of Emil and the Detectives:

Amazing, amazing, amazing. So so amazing. It was so impressive. The students were incredible and the ensembles were brilliant. The set was fantastic, and so too were the costumes and props. Thank you for giving us all a fabulous evening. What an achievement. We are all full of admiration. 

What a thoroughly entertaining evening – sometimes funny, sometimes quite moving but always fully engaging. 

Wow!! Amazing individual performances, stunning ensemble moments, and incredible set, poignant moments of song, hilarious moments of action and dialogue, bikes, goats, crazy old ladies, moustaches, chase scenes . . . Emil and the Detectives had it all, and I can’t wait to see it again!

I would just like to say ‘FANTASTIC’ to the opening night of Emil and the Detectives! The children once again showed how much they enjoyed being on the stage: professional, clear and at times extremely funny!! You definitely have some very talented actors and actresses.

I was amazed at the quality of the performances and the production as a whole – a tour de force. And everyone I’ve spoken to about it feels the same way. 

Firstly congratulations on last night’s opening performance; once again the performances, the staging, scenery which really did evoke the density and pace of a city . . . were outstanding. Given the size of the ensemble, it was an impressive production and you could see that all the performers were enjoying it. 

Very well done to . . . the performers tonight, on what was an excellent production. Not only could you clearly see the effort that had gone in and the enjoyment they were having, but to keep the momentum with such a large cast was truly impressive.

Well done, everyone!


It’s showtime! The Prep School Production of Emil and the Detectives will be performed at 7pm tonight and for the next two nights. Rehearsals have gone extremely well and it looks like being an outstanding show featuring 95 excited and enthusiastic Prep School students!

There will be a few tickets available for purchase on the door, or you can still get them from the Upper School Office during the day. If you are coming to watch, don’t forget that there will be live music from the Prep Soul Band, plus an art exhibition, in the courtyard next to the Transport Centre from 6pm each night.

The running time for the performance is approximately 110 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.

Dress rehearsal photos:

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