Students united in rehearsal of note
By NERIDA BLOK
IT WAS the perfect scene for a Qantas commercial.
Around 1000 primary and high school students from 39 schools belting out lyrics to an ABBA medley in the Lismore Workers' Club auditorium yesterday as part of a Northern Stars Under The Big Top combined choir rehearsal.
And if rehearsals alone were any indication, goosebumps are guaranteed.
Twelve months in the making, Bogangar Public School choir director Mary Seckold admitted it had been a logistical nightmare for those involved in organising the second bi-annual event.
"Huge ? the logistics are just mind-blowing," she said.
But Ms Seckold oozed with pride when she said it was definitely worth the effort.
"These are the things the students remember long after they've forgotten how to multiply and divide," she said.
Ms Seckold said the event was what public school education was all about.
"There is so much talent out there in public schools and this is their showcase," she said.
Choir director Leone Cox, from Goonellabah Public School, agreed it had been a huge undertaking.
"But you've got to do it," she said.
"What we're trying to do is create the opportunities that Sydney kids get all the time."
She said the theme for this year's performance is 'The Sky's the Limit'.
Tickets for the event, to be held at the Lismore Showground, cost $35 for adults and $22 for students. They can be purchased from Harvey World Travel, Lismore, on 6621 2548.
Show times are: Thursday, 11.30am and 7pm; Friday 11.30am and 7pm; Saturday 7pm.
Saturday night and the matinee performances have almost sold out, but plenty of tickets are still available for Thursday and Friday nights.