Terra Sancta students stage Mars tale

Colour-coded mission: Terra Sancta College students Emma Ward, Georgie Turner, Joshua Straw, Bree Tuite and Francinne Buenaagua in costume for their musical Apollo 14. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Colour-coded mission: Terra Sancta College students Emma Ward, Georgie Turner, Joshua Straw, Bree Tuite and Francinne Buenaagua in costume for their musical Apollo 14. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Drama students are seeing red at Terra Sancta College, Quakers Hill.

The college's latest musical Apollo 14 follows Ben, a human and monkey hybrid created by experiment and adopted by a NASA scientist, on a journey to Mars.

Tired of all the paparazzi following him, Ben agrees to go on the voyage across space and finds himself at the centre of a prophecy and targeted by a quirky megalomaniacal king on a planet fraught with danger, magic and red dust.

He is joined by his human sister Annabelle, who is strong, and his intelligent brother Napoleon.

Year 10 student Francinne Buenaagua took on the role of Ben after taking part in the vocal ensemble of a previous musical.

"I wasn't really interested in drama or acting back them but this year I gave it a shot," she said.

"It's very creative and has a very good vibe.

"There's a theme of discovering who you are and the whole deep side of working out where you belong and being happy with what you are given."

Year 10 student Joshua Straw plays the king's overpaid security guard Marsland, who organises a welcome for the visitors from planet Earth.

"The king is a bit of a coward and he has me and other security members who do his work for him," he said.

"The musical is really fun because it can be serious but there's some comedy here and there."

The action was plotted by music teacher Jason McDonald.

It is the forth time a teacher has written a script for students at the school, a former Rock Eisteddfod competitor.

Apollo 14 is on July 17 and 18, 7pm, at Nirimba Hall, Eastern Road, Quakers Hill.

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