Students to perform for Wakakirri festival next week

READY FOR TAKE OFF: Will West, Kayla Todd and Evan Lukin will re-enact the moon landing on stage.
READY FOR TAKE OFF: Will West, Kayla Todd and Evan Lukin will re-enact the moon landing on stage.

Port Lincoln Primary School students are set to host their first Wakakirri performances as a Festival, the only one to be held in South Australia.

The school has participated in the Wakakirri screen challenge for many years, however with the focus of the challenge turning to film making, the school wanted to retain the performance aspect for their students.

Wakakirri granted the primary school their own festival, allowing them to keep the stage performance aspect, and they will also film their performances to enter into the 'story of the year' competition.

"It's a wellbeing event as well as an arts event," said school organiser Anne Hueppauff.

"They (Wakakirri) do really encourage country people to be involved in any way they can.

"We wanted to give the students the opportunity to perform on stage, tell stories."

The students are helping to put together the five to 10 minute sketches, and have spent the term rehearsing and making their props.

Ms Hueppauff said topics cover everything from bullying to the moon landing.

She said props aren't expensive and often use recycled materials, and the fact that the school children have chosen topics like the environment and waste management themselves was "pretty cool".

"They are stories relevant to the children," she said.

Ms Hueppauff said the performances, held next week from Monday through Wednesday, often sell out and ticket prices are kept affordable to be inclusive.

If interested in purchasing a ticket, contact the Port Lincoln Primary School office on 8682 1544.