Students are in the throws of final preparations for this year's CAPERS event.
It's the biggest biennial showcase of emerging talent from the New England and North West, and this year CAPERS will celebrate its tenth season at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC). This year's season takes on the theme CARNIVALE.
Creative Director, Di Hall, says it's not just another school concert.
"It's so much more in size and quality of performance and staging," Ms Hall said.
"CAPERS audiences are always thrilled, coming out describing it with words like 'extraordinary', 'amazing' and 'sensational'.
There is a matinee for schools on Friday and two public performances on Friday and Saturday nights.
Tribute to Kamilaroi Country
By Sally Alden
Intertwining their exceptional gifts of language and music, QHS students Jackson Worley and Indiah Nean have created a 'Special Tribute' to our beautiful Kamilaroi Country as a feature of this year's Creative Arts in Public Education Regional Spectacular.
In a moving collaboration, the duo have produced and composed an unique 'Acknowledgement to Country' as part of the Opening Act performed on both Friday 8 and Saturday 9, November.
"Through their performance, they will acknowledge our past and remember the people who have made a difference for Aboriginal people. When our students form a connection from their own passion and strengths, inspirationally powerful things happen," said QHS Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Mrs Outerbridge, who continued, this creation is one of four parts produced for the Indigenous Segment.
This segment, has offered students immersion into many aspects of performing arts such as singing, dancing costume design, photography and a strengthened their connection to country.
Indiah said she and Jackson have an immense appreciation for all those who have helped them along their journey.
"This astonishing experience has allowed us to immerse ourselves fully into our culture. Through this, we have been able to learn more of our Gamilaraay language. I have been able to polish my performance and we have both formed relationships with people who have offered us a deeper, fuller appreciation for our culture and the arts as a whole," Indiah said.
As the biggest biennial showcase of emerging talent in New England and North West, QHS will play a massive part of CAPERS this year - Mrs Hinsleys' Dance Troop will appear throughout the show with 5 costume changes, Mr Turners' students are playing in the mass band.
Molly Owen and Jackson Worley are featured artists, and the Indigenous segment is 4 parts that flow into 1. This year, QHS performing students have been exposed to choreography, costume design, story-telling, cultural connections, composed music for a dance item and Indiah and Jackson have composed and will perform a unique QHS (copyright) song in Gamilaraay language which is the opening act which encompasses the 2019 Naidoc theme VOICE & TRUTH.
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QHS is cheering all of our students, teachers and parents who have worked so hard as part of the Creative Arts in Public Education Regional Spectacular (CAPERS) tenth season at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre.
Now is the time to book tickets for the 7pm public performances on Friday and Saturday, 8 and 9 November. Tickets are available for both evening performances by:
- Telephoning 02 67662028
- Online through www.trecc.com.au
- In person at the Capitol Theatre, Tamworth or at The Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth.