Successful performance leads to call to support the arts
Ovation Performance Company finished a successful year with an innovative fairytale-themed show and a call for more recognition of the arts in the Karratha community on Saturday, December 5.
The youth performance compa- ny’s Once Upon a Time concert was high-concept and high-tech, melding the themes of a day at the circus, classic ballet The Nutcracker and dances inspired by musical Wicked to showcase its students’ talents.
Ovation Performance teachers Megan Wood-Hill and Leah Nagy said the different sections meant all the students could perform in an interesting format.
“We based everything around a story,” they said.
The concert’s high standard also stood out, held in the St Luke’s College gym, which was packed to capacity with a 500-strong audience.
It prompted Ms Wood-Hill to say the arts needed to have higher priority in Karratha.
“We keep saying we have this vision and we have these ideas, but we don’t have the facilities to make it happen,” she said.
“Arts, generally and particularly in Australia, are not well support- ed. It’s like we’re not valued for what we contribute.
“And yet people come and they have an amazing time and they take that away with them. Why is that not worth something?”
The teachers said they were proud of their dedicated students and how far they had come.