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Krokodiloes perform to perfection

THE Harvard Krokodiloes performed to a sell-out crowd who willingly braved the ‘arctic blast’ to attend Newhaven College’s inaugural performance on Tuesday, July 14.

In the midst of their 18 country world tour, The Kroks delighted an audience of all ages with a polished and professional a cappella performance featuring solo performances that showcased each individual’s stunning voice to perfection.

The evening’s program featured songs from The American Songbook such as Run Around Sue and Danny Boy.

The clever arrangements took the crowd on an emotional journey with upbeat barber-shop songs providing comical highlights, and then subtle and soft melodies mesmerising the audience.

It was an opportunity to sit back, be entertained and enjoy a truly amazing auditory experience from this group of gifted young men.

The Newhaven College Boys Vocal Group enjoyed front row seats at the performance before joining the Kroks on stage for their final two numbers.

The boys’ talents matched those of The Kroks during their combined performance of the vocal group’s signature arrangement of Waltzing Matilda and I Still Call Australia Home.

The evening concluded with the Kroks paying tribute to their Australian hosts with a grand rendition of Waltzing Matilda followed by no less than three encores as director of music Kirk Skinner jovially prevented his visitors from leaving the stage!

Earlier in the day The Kroks had conducted a invitation only workshop with the boys vocal group.

Mr Skinner was proud to see his boys “come of age as a performance entity. Watching them absorb the music form the Kroks in the sectional rehearsals and then teaching the Kroks ‘our’ song with such pride and absolute joy was one of the highlights of the whole day”.

The college pulled out all stops to share the beauty of the local environment with their guests, taking them to feed the pelicans at San Remo, and then to the Koala Park and Nobbies.

Between the workshop and performance, the group even managed to squeeze in a visit to the Penguin Parade. A team of local ‘master chefs’ from the college’s Friends of Music and led by Lyn and John Ward took over the college’s food technology centre for the day to keep the singers and their entourages well fed and in fine form to perform.

In closing the show, Mr Skinner highlighted a number of firsts for Newhaven College.

“The first time a visiting vocal froup of such prestigious and acclaimed reputation attended our college; the first time our Middle School was converted into a ‘theatre’; the first time we had a major performance completely sold out three days prior to the event,” he said.

“But it was not the first time our students were exposed to and offered a unique, challenging and inspiring opportunity to follow their passions and dreams and learn how to build this into a skill which, I believe, is what sets Newhaven College apart from other educational institutions.”

He thanked college principal Gea Lovell for her “inspiration and continued leadership in wanting to ‘think out of the square’ for what we offer at Newhaven College.”

Watch this space. With the outstanding success of the inaugural event, Newhaven College hopes to become a regular host to the Kroks on their annual World Tour.

 

 

Talented local: audience member Jennifer Savage was surprised to be invited on to the stage by Krok Robert Flitsch during their song, Tell Me Your Name.

Talented local: audience member Jennifer Savage was surprised to be invited on to the stage by Krok Robert Flitsch during their song, Tell Me Your Name.

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