2011 Rock Eisteddfod Challenge - Premier Division
Right from the beginning this reporter was blown away by the enthusiasm and hard work evident in every school’s performance at the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge 2011's Premier Division concert.
Fairhills High School opened the show, bringing the Great Barrier Reef to life with a blaze of colour. Overnewton Anglican Community College kept the ball rolling with a stunning performance ending in a Jekyll and Hyde finale, with some inspired costume ideas. Traralgon Secondary College had a quirkier approach, and their theme of "plastic" certainly struck some chords with the crowd.
Next to take the stage were the performers from Emerald Secondary College, who used some strong choreography to make an interesting comment on school uniforms.
Boldly choosing the story of Joan of Arc, St Helena’s Secondary College were next up, putting on a beautifully captivating performance, while James Fallon High School chose comedy to combat discrimination in a unique and cheeky show just before intermission. And as one judge commented, "What’s a show without a drag queen?"
After the break, Belmont High School’s giant calendar set the Halloween mood, and some impressive choreography impressed the crowd. The eighth school to perform (and eventual winners), Brunswick Secondary College transformed the stage into an underwater city with a superb set and impressive costumes.
Then Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School took the character of Jack on a journey which included and impressively choreographed forest (among many other things).
Lara Secondary College then came out for the final performance of the night, with Peter in his red jacket exploring the forest and stumbling on the wolf in an exciting and dramatic show. As the final performance came to an end, the crowd was left amazed, impressed, and rather breathless from cheering.
The judges then had tough decisions to make, and awards went to all schools as credit was given for fantastic performances. Congratulations to all the schools who participated, with a special mention to Brunswick Secondary College, who took out first place, Lara Secondary College, who came second, and Traralgon Secondary College, who took home third.
About the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge
The Premier Division concluded several nights of performances in Melbourne, starting with the RAW Division for schools who performed without sets, and including some fantastic J Rock shows for primary school students. For more information, check out www.rockchallenge.com.au (new window).
The Rock Eisteddfod Challenge is part of the Global Rock Challenge, which was started in Australia 31 years ago. The aim is to achieve social change through the use of creative arts by inspiring young people. If you think it’s something your school could get involved in, you can check it out at the REC website (new window).
Reviews written by Lauren B
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