Small Schools Spectacular puts heroes under the theatre spotlight

STAGE TIME: Patrick Toberty, Eva Keegan, Jordan Cox, Sulli Want, Finley Gutherson, Sophie Brooking, Hannah Bennetts, Edward Southwell and Piper Dening. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
STAGE TIME: Patrick Toberty, Eva Keegan, Jordan Cox, Sulli Want, Finley Gutherson, Sophie Brooking, Hannah Bennetts, Edward Southwell and Piper Dening. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

A heroes theme dominated performances by children during the Smalls Schools Spectacular at Orange Civic Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Co-ordinator, director, writer and producer Michele Marriott said this is the fourth year small schools from across the Orange and Canbolas region have gathered to host their own music, drama and dance extravaganza.

“We participated in the Sydney School Spectacular with some of the other small schools and it’s such a massive task to get them down there for the week and accommodate them,” Mrs Marriott said.

“We thought [this] would be a good opportunity to get them on the stage. 

“We wrote it in January, this one we’ve been working on for [almost] 12 months because there were 11 small schools involved.

“Then we had a drama, a dance and a choral ensemble from all there schools, there were over 500 [people] there [Wednesday] night.” 

Mrs Marriott is from Spring Hill Public School and said there is a different theme to the show every year and this year it started with a superhero theme but shifted to general heroes.

She said there were various roles according to students’ abilities and talents including ensembles for students who take part in extra curricular performance activities.

“[It gave] kids who have never been on stage a chance to perform,” she said.  

The Orange Regional Conservatorium worked with the choir this year.