Catholic talent shines on like the moon, the stars and the sun.
‘No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light’ (Luke 8: 16).
There’s The Voice. There’s The X Factor. There’s Australian Idol. And then there’s our very own Time to Shine. Following the massive success of the first two Catholic Schools Performing Arts Galas in 2014 and 2016, Time to Shine returned in 2018. Brighter and more dazzling than ever, it was staged at our city’s most prestigious venue, the State Theatre, where a capacity audience of 2,000 made this the most successful show so far.
Our incredibly talented students blew everyone away with their spectacular performances of music, song and dance. With 75 individual singers, a massed choir of 160 and almost 200 dancers, the production had something for everyone – from musical theatre to hip-hop and contemporary to classic hits, all backed by a combined professional and student orchestra.
This cast of close to 500 students from Catholic schools across Melbourne joined forces with some of the city’s best known theatre and television professionals. Again, this year, the musical director was Greg Mills, whose CV includes directing everything from AFL Grand Final entertainment to the Logie Awards. Our choreographer was Linda Henderson, renowned for her work in a number of award-winning Rock Eisteddfod productions.
‘The depth of talent we discovered over months of auditions was enormous’, said Time to Shine Executive Producer, Graeme Rowland, whose former credits include producing Channel 7’s Good Friday Appeal galas for 30 years.
Seeing that it was all about showcasing Catholic school talent, we even had the Pope to MC. That is, veteran compere Michael Pope, widely acclaimed as one of Australia’s best known and most loved warm-up acts. ‘I’ve seen the best of the best and believe me, these kids have got what it takes’, declared Michael.
In the words of the Apostolic Administrator, Denis Hart, ‘time and time again, Scripture talks about the joy of singing, of music, of dance’, and we were blessed to witness all three in the one show.
For those on stage and backstage, Time to Shine was a unifying experience that brought remarkable skill, incredible effort and shining talent together. For those in the audience, it was an occasion to brim with pride for everyone in our Catholic school communities.
Once again, Time to Shine proved beyond doubt the wealth of talented students within our regional and suburban Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
They do indeed shine on and on and on …