A taste of something different

Traralgon College’s latest Wakakirri performance is a celebration of all things different.

About 60 of the school’s students from years seven to 12 will bring their interpretation of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ to the Wakakirri Secondary Schools’ Challenge in Frankston next week.

Wakakirri is an Australian national story sharing festival where students tell stories through music.

Traralgon College students have spent the past six months rehearsing for the competition, which this year is set to the theme of diversity.

The school’s performance director, Toni Callander, said students took the reigns of their entry, deciding everything from the music, to costumes and choreography.

“The students have committed a lot of time and energy into this year’s performance,” Ms Callander said.

The school has participated in Wakakirri and the previous Rock Eisteddfod competition for the past 24 years.

“The opportunity to perform is really important for our students, especially those that continue right through to year 12,” Ms Callander said.

“It’s a great stepping stone for performing arts and careers within the industry.”

At next week’s performance students will compete against schools from across the state.

If selected as a finalist, the school will then perform in the grand final in September.

For more information about Wakakirri, visit www.wakakirri.com