Italian Update

Ciao a tutti!

Early in Term 3, the Fitzroy High School community launched an outstanding Italian week.
Students across all year levels participated in a wide range of activities celebrating the Italian language and culture.

A special thanks to Make A Scene theatre company for their engaging Commedia Dell’Arte performances, Monticello Pasticceria in Thornbury for their fresh cannoli and biscotti and staff members who helped with pizza making, gelato stalls and more. Funds raised will go towards purchasing resources for the Italian department.

We hope that our enthusiasm for Italian grows and look forward to what 2020 will bring for Italian at Fitzroy High.

Venice In Love

Last Friday, Make A Scene theatre group performed Venice in Love, a Commedia Dell’arte that entertained students from year 7 to 11.

Perhaps everyone thought this would be a serious rendition of the high renaissance themes of love, betrayal and death performed in Italian with maybe a bit of opera.

What we experienced instead was the timeless art of toilet humour and of audience participation. The former makes people laugh in any language, and the later instils a mix of fear of being picked and schadenfreude of those who are. The best is when the teachers themselves are drawn into the fun.

With puppetry, music and pantomime, the show had everything, and at one point, even the weather joined in with an earth-shattering thunder-clap that the performers integrated seamlessly into a fart joke. Classic.

At the end the students had time to ask a range of questions about a style of theatre that is as engaging now as it was in the 16th century.

Travis McKenzie