Mr Nick Allen
Anyone involved in the arts at Mazenod College will have had the pleasure of working with, or learning from Mr Nick Allen. A graduate from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Art Education, Mr Allen started teaching at Mazenod in 1984 and has taught at the College for 25 years.
“It’s very important to have a rapport with the students and support them in building a voice with which they can express themselves creatively”, he said.
Mr Allen is a passionate advocate of boys’ education and his two sons are Mazenod Old Boys.
“I deeply relate to the culture and ethos of the College and value the camaraderie and friendliness of my colleagues and fellow teachers”, he added.
In his 10 years as Head of the Arts Department, Mr Allen’s efforts have helped to develop a strong appreciation of the arts at Mazenod. In that time the College produced two major musical productions, The Addams Family and Little Shop of Horrors, both of which were very successful.
This year, Mr Allen is very busy with the production of Oliver! and we were treated to a behind-the-scenes look this week. Year 10 student Leo Rimmer who plays the character of Fagan in the play, was fitted with his prosthetic makeup and costume for a photo shoot on Thursday afternoon. The photos will be used in creating the poster for the production and other promotional activities.
“Oliver! is going to be different from the previous productions”, he explained, “it is going to be a theatre in the round, with the stage built in the middle of the gymnasium.”
A huge amount of effort is going into ensuring that Oliver! is a success. We cannot wait to see what Mr Allen and the creative team have planned for the set design and the whole visual approach to the play.
Sculpture of Eugene de Mazenod
In 2016 the Parents & Friends Association commissioned Mr Allen, a talented sculptor, to create something special for the College. He decided on a portrait of Eugene de Mazenod. The sculpture is designed to be a metaphor "to walk in the right direction" as is evident when viewing the piece from different angles and as a daily reminder to all who see it, to walk a righteous path.