Su­rat Basin teens share their dreams on Home Turf

Central and North Burnett Times - - SCHOOL NEWS -

Hun­dreds of peo­ple from Dalby, Miles, Chin­chilla and Tara watched and ap­plauded as students from lo­cal high schools came to­gether for a spec­tac­u­lar stage per­for­mance of “Home Turf.” The Home Turf project, funded by QGC, saw Bris­bane’s award- win­ning La Boite The­atre Com­pany in­stall eight pro­fes­sional artists-in-res­i­dence at lo­cal schools to run work­shops and re­hearsals which cul­mi­nated in a stun­ning per­for­mance at the Chin­chilla Cul­tural Cen­tre be­fore an au­di­ence of 400. More than 90 students from Tara, Dalby, Chin­chilla and Miles high schools took part in the nine-week project, ex­plor­ing their feel­ings about their “home turf” through drama, dance, mu­sic and tech­nol­ogy. Home Turf Co-Di­rec­tor Daniel Flood said the La Boite team had helped the students on a very per­sonal jour­ney. “When we be­gan work­ing with the young peo­ple, thecom­mon link was their thoughts and feel­ings on what they would do toim­prove their community,” Daniel said. “The fi­nal show was their ideas, hopes, dreams and, some­times, their fears. It’s the work of these young peo­ple — and that been the most im­por­tant thing.” Tara Shire State Col­lege Prin­ci­pal Sharon Barker said she­was very proud of her students’ ef­forts. “They worked out of class time and were very ded­i­cated to this project,” Ms Barker said. “I could see the de­vel­op­ment of their con­fi­dence from when they started to the fi­nal per­for­mance.” QGC Vice Pres­i­dent Sus­tain­abil­ity Brett Smith said QGC’s Home Turf aimed to nur­ture the growth of community arts by putting students and teach­ers in contact with pro­fes­sional artists for an ex­tended pe­riod. “More than dou­ble the num­ber of young peo­ple we expected par­tic­i­pated,” Mr Smith said. “They re­ally took the project to heart, and their com­bined per­for­mance was a very gen­uine and mov­ing trib­ute to their feel­ings about their home com­mu­ni­ties.”

Chin­chilla High stu­dent Isiah Bligh wows with his moves Tara State High students re­veal their hopes for the fu­ture

Per­form­ers fro­mall four schools con­verge

Dalby State High put on a game show

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