Students’ talent, creativity on display

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Year 1 students Matilda Muir and Lucia Della Gola wait in the wings before their performance of Possum Creek’s Big Flood.
Camera IconYear 1 students Matilda Muir and Lucia Della Gola wait in the wings before their performance of Possum Creek’s Big Flood. Credit: Supplied

About 90 Pemberton District High School students from all year groups showcased their acting abilities last week, for their end-of-term performance night.

The students acted in one of four plays, with Years 1 and 2 performing Possum Creek’s Big Flood, Years 3 and 4 performing Wombat Stew, Years 5 and 6 performing Boora the Pelican and Years 7 to 10 performing a Shakespeare classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The performance night was run by the school’s performing arts teacher Karrianne Hughes-Batt, who said the students had worked hard all term in preparation for their performances.

“They showed exemplary resilience and teamwork, which was especially evident on the night,” she said.

“It was fantastic to see so many friends and family members in the audience, the Mill Hall was packed and the night was a huge success.”

Jack Ellingham (Year 4), preparing backstage for his role in Wombat Stew with the help of parent volunteer, Tammy Messer.
Camera IconJack Ellingham (Year 4), preparing backstage for his role in Wombat Stew with the help of parent volunteer, Tammy Messer. Credit: Supplied

All students who performed spent term one learning about key drama skills including projection, blocking and improvisation and then spent term two learning and rehearsing the plays.

High school principal Lee Illingworth said the performance night had been a great way for students to showcase their creativity and skills.

“Our students loved studying drama this semester,” she said.

“We have so many talented performers at Pemberton District High School and this gave them the chance to tread the boards for a real audience.”

The performance night topped off a fortnight of arts celebrations at the school, with the Arts Festival taking place the week before.

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