Coolnwypin State School performing arts stars light up Creative Generation: State Schools on Stage arena spectacular

COOLNWYNPIN State School students have had a month to remember, appearing at an arts spectacular in Brisbane and welcoming Queensland Ballet for workshops.

TALENTED GROUP: Coolnwynpin State School students performed at Creative Generations: State Schools on Stage. Photo: supplied

TALENTED GROUP: Coolnwynpin State School students performed at Creative Generations: State Schools on Stage. Photo: supplied

The school took 23 students to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the state government-run Creative Generation: State Schools Onstage last weekend.

More than 1500 students from across Queensland star in singing, dancing, instrumental and other performances at the arena event each year.

Performing arts teacher Lisa Rose, who has been involved in Creative Generations for six years, said the show gave students a chance to see performing arts from every perspective.

"Covid has affected the performing arts in so many ways," Ms Rose said. "I wanted to make sure students still had opportunities to enjoy live arts experiences as we really missed that last year."

Queensland Ballet put students through their paces at workshops less than a week after the arena spectacular.

FINESSE: Queensland Ballet visited Coolnwynpin State School to run workshops with students. Photo: supplied

FINESSE: Queensland Ballet visited Coolnwynpin State School to run workshops with students. Photo: supplied

Prep students were taught traditional steps from The Nutcracker, while those in grade 1 also learnt choreography.

"Queensland Ballet have supported our school in various ways, with workshops, previews, video workshops in lockdown and resources to support class dance lessons," Ms Rose said.

"The workshop was a great example for our youngest students of the ways we can tell stories with our bodies and use technology when choreographing. I'll be using these ideas in future lessons."

Coolnwynpin arts students have shifted focus to the school musical, which is scheduled for September 2.

Ms Rose said The Jungle Book was an ideal choice with the musical to be held on the school oval where surrounding trees and bushland would provide a natural backdrop.

"Having the musical on the oval is a way to ensure that our audience can socially distance while still engaging in this great community event," she said.

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