28th March 2018
Year 12 graduate from 2017, Khaden Jones, is the fifth Girton Grammar Student in consecutive years selected for the prestigious Top Acts Season of Excellence in Theatre Studies, having achieved a perfect A+ score for his performance examination last year.
Headmaster at Girton Grammar School, Mr Matthew Maruff, said that the School was producing more graduates heading into the Performing Arts every year.
“We currently have eighteen recent graduates studying Music, Drama and Film subjects at University, five of whom are at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts and two at National Academies.
“Khaden was a lead cast member in last year’s Senior School production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was Girton’s 2017 Performer of the Year awardee.
“His flawless performance of “Charlie” from the play Jasper Jones has earned him the exciting opportunity of performing his piece to a Melbourne audience at the Arts Centre on the 19th and 20th March.
“His performance is highly physical, and both comic and eerie, which Khaden handles deftly. His performance involves talking directly to the audience to reveal the mysterious character of “Jasper Jones” as well as pre-recorded sound effects,” Mr Maruff said.
Girton graduates from the past five years pursuing studies in Performing Arts are:
Ruby Shirres 2017 (Australian National Academy of Music); William Archibald 2017 (University of Melbourne, Music); John Lavery 2017 (Monash University, Music); Keziah Roesslar 2017 (VCA, Dance); Nicola James 2017 (VCA, Screen Writing); Ky Kearin 2017 (Ballarat Academy of Performing Arts); Julia Conley 2017 (Melbourne Polytechnic Stage Management); Hannah Holmes 2016 (NIDA, Small Screen Acting and Production); Grace Phillips 2016 (VCA, Musical Theatre); Lynne Dwyer 2016 (Monash, Music Composition); Hayden Musgrove 2016 (University of Melbourne, Music Composition); Jennifer O’Sullivan 2016 (Australian Catholic University, Music Education); Eleanor Mollar 2016 (Monash University, Music); Oliver Northam 2016 (Collarts Melbourne, Music); Matilda Gibbs 2015 (VCA, Drama); Lachlan Geary 2015 (Patrick Studios, Melbourne, Musical Theatre); Oliver Cox 2014 (VCA,Music); Olivia White 2013 (Monash University, Science and Music).
“Our School has a long and rich culture in the Performing Arts, giving our students an exceptional foundation in Music and Drama, as well as a taste of what it takes to perform at the highest level.
“From our Junior School production to our compulsory Year 8 Production, our One Act Plays and our highly professional Senior School production, there are many opportunities to be involved on and off the stage,” Mr Maruff said.
Pictured: Khaden Jones in the 2017 Girton Grammar Senior School production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.