Spellbinding Excursion to the Princess Theatre in Melbourne!
On Wednesday 1 March, the Year 9 cohort had the privilege of attending a matinee performance of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" at the prestigious Princess Theatre in Central Melbourne. Our cohort was joined by 23 other schools, who were equally thrilled to witness this spectacular show.
Our excursion began with a train ride to Parliament Station, followed by a rendezvous at the Royal Botanic Garden at 11 am. The garden was a picturesque sight, with its immaculately manicured lawns, vibrant floral displays, and an awe-inspiring fountain. We took some time to bask in the garden's serenity before dispersing to nearby eateries for lunch around 12 pm. I personally savoured some delectable Indonesian cuisine, and despite the rainy weather, our cohort bonded over shared excitement for the show. After lunch, we reconvened at the garden and headed to the theatre, where we were promptly ushered to our seats, eagerly anticipating the start of the performance.
As the show began, I was transported into the magical realm of Harry Potter, with stunning visual effects, remarkable choreography, and captivating performances by the cast. The story followed the time-traveling exploits of Harry Potter's son, Albus, and his best friend, Scorpius, as they sought to rescue Cedric Diggory from an untimely death, ultimately endangering the entire wizarding world.
The entire audience was wholly engrossed in the story, enraptured by the intricate choreography and spellbinding special effects. The cast's performances were outstanding, with each actor seamlessly embodying their characters and bringing the story to life. Despite the unfamiliar setting, the play felt so realistic that it was almost as though I were watching a movie, with the actors' artistry capturing a fleeting moment in time. After the show, a select few Year 9 students, including my classmate and friend Anhad Panchhi, had the opportunity to ask the cast some questions, capping off an unforgettable day.
One memorable highlight of the excursion was the audience's rapturous response to several scenes. There were several moments throughout the show where the entire theatre erupted into thunderous cheers, gasps of surprise, and moments of genuine admiration for the characters. It was evident that every member of the audience was wholly invested in the story and emotionally connected to the characters.
All in all, the excursion to witness "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" at the Princess Theatre was an indelible experience. The combination of breath-taking visuals, exceptional performances, and an enthralling storyline made for an enchanting day, one that I will treasure for years to come.
Adayat Anis - Year 9