An Interview with Annie

This May, St Rita’s College will open the doors of Trinity Hall for 3 performances of Annie. Opening night is Friday, 1 May at 7:30pm, followed by two performances on Saturday, 2 May. Tickets are on sale now through

Gabrielle Lofthouse is set to play the endearing role of Annie. In person, she is as bright and bubbly as the loveable character and it is understandable why she was cast as the lead. Enjoy this brief interview with the star of Annie and don’t forget to book your seats as tickets are selling fast!

Gabby stars as Annie

Gabby will play Annie

What was your first ever role?

I was in a little theatre group called Fame, we did a musical called a ghosts story and I played one of the main characters.

If you could score any role, which character would you play?

Being a Disney princess would be so cool!

Why did you want to play Annie?

Annie is gorgeous. She exudes optimism. People can’t help but love her.

What did you do when you found out you got the part?

I looked at the casting list, saw my name and screamed.

What has the character taught you?

Annie has taught me to be optimistic, even in really horrible times.

What is your favourite scene in Annie?

The opening scene because it introduces all of the characters to the audience…and you know what they say, “If you have a great opening scene, the rest of the show is going to be great” (I actually don’t know if they say that).

What is your favourite song from the musical?

N.Y.C. I’ve always been fond of it.

If you could change anything about the character, what would that be?

I wouldn’t want to change anything because Annie is such a beautiful character that brings hope to people when they most need it. Annie is perfect. She may have flaws but that’s what makes her a realistic character.

Annie 2015

Leapin’ Lizards! This year St Rita’s College presents Annie the musical. The popular comic strip heroine takes centre stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. Tickets will be available soon, for 3 shows in May. Production is underway and excitement is growing. Stay tuned for more Annie updates.

This is your official backstage pass to our rehearsals…annie_logo

2014 Interschool Track and Field

St Rita’s College hosted this year’s event at QSAC, Nathan. The weather was very kind, given recent showery conditions! The whole College was present, with our competitors coming an admirable third overall, and the entire student and staff body in strong voice offering support all day.

Congratulations to Mr John Pendall and his team of coaches, athletes and supporters for organising and running such an efficient and enjoyable meet.

Catholic Education Week

This week is Catholic Education Week. On Sunday, our College captains attended Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral. Cathryn Kuhanez, Kate Comerford, Georgia Cook and Josephine Tuntomo represented the College in the combined choir. These students will also perform at the official launch of CEW on Wednesday 30 July.

Our College captains met Mr Mike Byrne, Executive Director QCEC and Ms Annabel Pike, CEW Ambassador and St Rita’s alumna. Thank you also to Mrs Libby Stockdale for accompanying the students to the Mass on Sunday.

Mr Richard Rogusz

Assistant Principal – Mission

New traditions: Mother’s Day Classic & Hogan Day

The introduction of the new House system has meant that many new events, celebrations and traditions have been introduced to life at St Rita’s College this year.  For the students in Hogan House two of these events occurred this month.

On Sunday 11 May, 16 Hogan families joined together to compete in the Mother’s Day Classic that was held at Southbank.  Members of team ‘Hogan House’ participated across all of the events on offer, including the 4.5 km run, 4.5 km walk, 8 km walk and 8 km run.  The most popular event was the 4.5 km walk and as a group we strode along the river on what was a beautifully clear and crisp Brisbane morning.  As a team we had over 50 registered participants and it was with great surprise and excitement that we won the award for the largest school team entered!  Thank you very much to the Salmon family who stayed around to watch the presentations and accept this unexpected award!

In addition to this, we celebrated Hogan Day on Monday 12 May.  The students had the opportunity to invite their mothers, grandmothers or other significant mother-figures to join the celebrations.  Again, we were blessed with a stunning sunny morning.  We commenced the day in the Chapel with a liturgy led by House Captains, Georgia and Phoebe. Following this, we all gathered together for tea, coffee and cake at Hogan Place.  The delicious cake was prepared by the Pantry Convenor and Hogan staff member, Mrs Marissa Burtenshaw in the Pantry.

These two events were a lovely way to celebrate the beginnings of Hogan House and I am very grateful for the support of families of both of these events and for the new house system in general.  I am sure we will continue these traditions for many years to come and it will be great to see Hogan family involvement at these events in the future.

Angela Custance, Head of House