Abil­ity goes on show

John MacMil­lan Park will come alive with the sound of mu­sic when Abil­ity Idol takes place on Mother's Day dur­ing the Vic Park Farm­ers Mar­ket.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

A SINGING com­pe­ti­tion cel­e­brat­ing chil­dren of all abil­i­ties will light up the Vic­to­ria Park Farmer’s Mar­ket on Mother’s Day.

Abil­ity Idol was orig­i­nally pen­cilled in to be the pre-show en­ter­tain­ment at Mu­sic by Moon­light in March, but a se­vere thun­der­storm can­celled the event.

How­ever, the Town of Vic­to­ria Park will hon­our its com­mit­ment and peo­ple will be able to en­joy the sounds of the seven fi­nal­ists while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the mar­kets.

The cre­ative mind be­hind Abil­ity Idol is Ca­hoots com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer and Attadale res­i­dent Ben Cox, who has an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity.

“We had to go to our backup plan as soon as knew the weather was bad; we phoned all of our fi­nal­ists,” he said.

“The show will go ahead no matter if there is rain, hail or shine be­cause we have a mar­quee. It feels good to put the show to­gether be­cause it shows what peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties can do.”

The per­form­ers all filled out an ap­pli­ca­tion form and sent in an au­di­tion tape be­fore they were short­listed and then picked as fi­nal­ists from a team of judges that in­cluded for­mer Danc­ing with the Stars dancer Carmelo Pizzino.

Forrestfield res­i­dent Lilyan Smith (17), who has autism, a rare form of mi­graine and mild cere­bral palsy, is among the fi­nal­ists.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to singing; I be­lieve that any­body can sing, it doesn’t matter who you are,” she said.

“I love per­form­ing; I’m com­plet­ing my ad­vanced diploma in mu­si­cal theatre at Aus­tralian Per­form­ing Arts Net­work Acad­emy.

“I want to give back to the peo­ple who have helped me; I want to per­form mu­si­cals and pro­mote autism at the same time.”

It is the se­cond year that Abil­ity Idol has been run.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d468725

Abil­ity Idol founder Ben Cox and fi­nal­ist Lilyan Smith.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d468725

Abil­ity Idol founder Ben Cox and fi­nal­ist Lilyan Smith.

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