Preparations are currently underway for what will be a truly magical night at Coledale Public School on October 10.
Parents, staff and students are working hard learning new skills, practicing old ones and weaving it all together into a night of performance art and creativity that will become Unexpected Magic.
This is the third year the school has embarked on such a massive undertaking, which utilises the professional talents of the amazing parents, with the enthusiastic support of the entire school community!
The whole show has been put together, and is being run, by professional artists.
Organiser (actor and circus performer) Alicia Battestini says they’re lucky to have so many parents who are artists, musicians, actors and dancers.
“Our school is surrounded by people who perform professionally, so we have combined our skills into what will be a fantastic show,” she says.
“Unexpected Magic will be a quality artistic work, showcasing the amazing parents and students at Coledale Public School.”
The credits for Unexpected Magic read like a who’s who of Australian artistic endeavour. Parents include Bangara choreographer Francis Rings, award-winning ballroom dancers Donna and Alan Shingler, artist Lizzie Buckmaster-Dove, and actor/producer Jane Fullerton-Smith. The school parent-body also boasts many professional musicians.
“We have harnessed all the ideas and imagination from these amazing people,” says Alicia, ” and handed it over to the kids, who take an active role in presenting what will be a memorable night of music, dance and circus.”
Alicia says none of this would have been possible without the support of school principal Tanya Potter. “Tanya has fully embraced the importance of art and creativity in the school,” says Alicia. “She has opened her arms to the concept, working this project into the music, arts and drama curriculum and basically turning the school into a performing arts academy for a few months. “
She says there are plenty of circus elements in Unexpected Magic.
“We have set up an aerial ring, where we can explore the concept of two bodies working together to keep safe, exploring the concept of big bodies and small bodies working together both physically and emotionally to develop a healthy relationship,” says Alicia. “This will be part of the circus piece performed on the school oval.”
Alicia says there is also a multi-media component for children who are reluctant to perform, but happy to be a part of the creative process. “The students have taken portraits of each other to reveal their ‘secret self’. These images will be projected across the oval to music which has been composed specifically for this event. It will be beautifully surreal,” she says. “We are teetering on the edge of total chaos and total beauty.”
In addition to the amazing individual elements, there will also be a full-school dance performance involving all 135 students, wandering performers, food stalls and a live band.
Unexpected Magic will be held at Coledale Public School, Lawrence Hargrave Drive Coledale on Saturday October 10 from 5pm. Tickets are $15 for adults.