The story begins on a cloudless summer day in the year 1900, as the young ladies at Appleyard College celebrate Saint Valentine, and agree it is a perfect day for a picnic to Hanging Rock.
The girls are giddy with excitement as Mr Ben Hussey promises Mrs Appleyard to have the group back no later than eight o’clock that evening. After lunch, a group of four girls led by Miranda, climb the rock in the blazing afternoon sun, while the rest of the students and teacher doze peacefully. Pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of Hanging Rock they climb higher and higher…and then disappear. Shrouded in mystery, the story unfolds…
Whether you’re a fan of the novel, or Peter Weir’s iconic 1975 film, or coming new to the tale, you’ll be left transfixed by this mesmerising journey and must decide for yourself if Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction.
Christian College Senior students were thrilled to share this classic Australian story with three sold-out performances at Platform Arts in Lt. Malop St Geelong. It’s a story that has been in our national imaginations for decades, and one that will undoubtedly be retold for many decades to come.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with students and fellow staff at Christian College for the Senior School production of Picnic at Hanging Rock, a captivating and mysterious drama based on the classic novel by Joan Lindsay. Set in 1900, the story follows a group of students and teachers from Appleyard College who venture to Hanging Rock for a Valentine’s Day picnic. But what starts as a pleasant outing soon turns into a nightmare when three girls and a teacher mysteriously vanish without a trace. As the search for them continues, secrets and lies are exposed, and the impact of their disappearance is felt throughout the community.
Directed by our new drama teacher Ms Kelly Clifford, this production featured a wonderful cast and crew of talented students from Years 10 to 12 who worked hard to bring this Australian masterpiece to life. With stunning costumes, sets and lighting, created by a team of CCG staff and students, Picnic at Hanging Rock took the three sold-out audiences to a different time and place where nothing is as it seems.
The College community proudly congratulates all students, staff and others for their outstanding work in making this year’s production such an outstanding success!
Thursday 11th May
Opening Night 7.00pm
Friday 12th May
Evening Show 7.00pm
Saturday 13th May
Final Show 6.00pm