ENTERTAINING: Students from Rosebank Public School in the Performing Arts Festival at the Lismore Workers Club.
ENTERTAINING: Students from Rosebank Public School in the Performing Arts Festival at the Lismore Workers Club. Jacklyn Wagner

Schools show their talents

CHILDREN from 30 Lismore public primary schools have been strutting their stuff on stage at the Lismore Workers Club for the annual Performing Arts Festival in the past week.

This is the 15th year of the event in its present form, but such festivals have been held in Lismore since the early 1970s, according to the chairman of the Performing Arts Festival (and principal of Eureka Public School) Michael Coleman.

It's a chance for each school to produce a six-minute performance showcase involving music, singing, dancing and spoken word, just for the joy of it. There's no competition involved. Teachers have been making time in their lunch hours for rehearsals.

"It's gone really well again this year," Mr Coleman told The Echo.

"It has been a true festival of performance, with musical theatre featuring prominently with excerpts of Cats from Tregeagle, Grease from Rosebank, and Wizard of Oz from Dunoon.

"The Festival also has a concert band and an extension band, featuring kids from all schools as well as a small schools choir.

"A number of those children will also perform in the small schools Sydney Opera House choir for a choral concert at the end of next month."


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