School students hit high notes

THE annual Lismore Performing Arts Festival is on this week and for the first time local high schools have been invited in.

Although only a small number of high schools are participating this year, the idea to include them was to "give the [primary school] kids an overview… so they can [see they can] get to a level of extreme professionalism," event spokesman Michael Coleman said.

More than 1000 students from 35 local state schools (with a lot of help from teachers) have prepared a variety of acts ranging from drama to dance to music.

"With a lot of schools, the whole school is in. We take everybody, no matter what their level of skill is," Leone Cox, a teacher at Goonellabah Public School said.

The festival has a history of producing talented performers.

Students have gone on to perform in major events such as Schools Spectacular and the Festival of Choral Music, both held in Sydney, Mr Coleman said.

Alisha Herington and Renae Shepherd, students at Lismore Heights Public School are keen dancers whether it is ballet, jazz or contemporary.

In their school's item they play sworn enemies, Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham, but in real life they are best friends.

Erin Miller, also in Robin Hood plays "a made-up character called Egbert… who's goofy".

Stella Maddock of Albert Park Public has been given a starring role in her school's performance playing the Cat in the Hat.

"It's about Dr Seuss… there's Sam I Am… and there's trees and elephants," Stella said.

Because of the festival's success it has been extended by a night.

The festival has been running for "long enough for some of the teachers who are part of the organizing to have been [performers when they were] students," Mrs Cox said.


MORE than 1000 students from 35 local public primary and secondary schools perform a variety of choir, drama, dance and instrumental items at Lismore Workers Club.


Three evening performances: Tuesday August 27, Wednesday August 28 and Thursday August 29 from 6.30-8.30pm.


One matinee performance: Tomorrow 10.30am-1.00pm.


Tickets: or at reception on the night


Prices: $14 for adults and $6 for children.

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