THE PLAY’S THE THING!

Kids at two pri­mary schools put on shows to re­mem­ber

Campaspe News - - FRONT PAGE - By KIM­BER­LEY PRICE

LO­CAL chil­dren have been ex­plor­ing their cre­ative tal­ents in re­cent weeks in the per­form­ing arts fields.

Rochester and Col­binab­bin pri­mary schools per­formed their school plays and wowed their au­di­ences.

Novem­ber 1 saw the chil­dren of Col­binab­bin Pri­mary School per­form Elaine Keely’s stone age mu­si­cal, When Fire Be­gan. Set in the Ne­an­derthal era, it is the day of the Feast of Fire where all the vil­lagers cel­e­brate the gift of fire. A fire has been burn­ing and has pro­tected the vil­lagers from The Beast — an enor­mous di­nosaur. Stone­head and his friends, Ag and Oghave, formed a rock band and re­ally want to play, but

‘ The stu­dents prac­tised all term un­der the watch­ful eye Quinn.’ of So­phie

Stone­head’s fa­ther and the other el­ders, have given him the re­spon­si­bil­ity of look­ing af­ter the fire. Through a se­ries of events, Stone­head and his friends must work out how they can play their mu­sic and reignite the fire.

Rochester’s per­for­mance of Un­der The Big Top last Thurs­day was a spec­tac­u­lar show.

The tal­ented whole-school cast, and a cameo staff ap­pear­ance, put on a mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mance of the cir­cus-themed drama/dance pro­duc­tion. The stu­dents prac­tised all term un­der the watch­ful eye of So­phie Quinn, a pro­fes­sional dancer and chore­og­ra­pher from the STOMP dance com­pany.

Set in a ru­ral town called Rochester, a cou­ple of bored kids no­tice the cir­cus has come to town. The bore­dom dis­ap­pears as the magic of the cir­cus takes over.

Both pro­duc­tions showed off the many tal­ents of the pri­mary school stu­dents and their en­joy­ment was clearly ev­i­dent, with huge smiles adorn­ing their faces through­out the show.

Rochester Pri­mary School stu­dents on stage.

The Rolling Rocks - Eli­jah, Innes and Jude.

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