Suc­cess­ful per­for­mance leads to call to sup­port the arts

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

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.

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