REIDY Park Primary School Year 4 and 5 students were char-grilling chili peppers in a far away galaxy and showing off their acrobatics last night during the bi-annual production Magic Telescope.
The audience was taken on a bumpy ride past Saturn and Jupiter as they looked through a magic telescope and were transported to many different worlds.
Performing arts teacher Andrew Bone said the storyline was brainstormed by students and staff around space theme.
“It suddenly transformed into something imaginative and creative which involved everything from a world of partying to an unidentified flying object airline involving grumpy staff and passengers,” Mr Bone said.
“It turned into a comedy which allowed students to perform on a large stage in front of an audience.
“I think this is the next step for students after a class or assembly performance and it is important to provide those opportunities.”
Mr Bone said the school was quite unique, offering a full reception to Year 7 performing arts program.
“They develop their speech, confidence and many different skills when involved in a stage production,” he said.
“With Year 4 to 5 students we aim to include more dialogue so students have to remember their lines and become more involved.
“The main characters had to remember 30 to 40 lines in total and work on performing them to their best.”
With only a short month to prepare, Mr Bone said the group of around 80 students were sometimes pushed to their limits.
“This could be considered quick to other screenings but each varies depending on many different factors,” he said.
“They were all very excited before the performance and were talking about how nervous they were.
“It is the excitement and bubbly feeling which makes it something different.”
Mr Bone said the school focussed on giving students extra opportunities which were not just inside the four walls of a classroom.
“I love these shows and I think they are great fun,” the performing arts teacher said.
“Sometimes students may not be given the opportunity again once they finish primary school.
“Hopefully this will give them to taste which will then lead to something else in the future.”