What is possible when a teacher hands over the reins to a group of 11 to 13 year olds to create their own school production? What if the teacher stands back and allows the students to drive their own show; as Directors, Producers, Scriptwriters, Assistant Directors, Stage Manager, Choreographers, Musical Directors, Prop and Set Designers and Constructors, Costumers, Stage Crew, Advertising Team, Acts, Judges, Hosts, Lighting and Sound Designers, Photographers and Front of House?
Some would say this is a bold move, but at Faith Lutheran College TLS Campus, it’s a part of how students learn.
Principal Darren Stevenson explained the idea, “I am really excited that our students have been given the opportunity to plan, coordinate and implement an entire production on their own. Their teacher has taken a mentor role in guiding them in their specific roles on how to stage the production, rather than coordinating, rehearsing and staging the production. The students have demonstrated enormous amounts of creativity, team work and responsibility and their ownership of the production is like nothing we have seen before. I very much look forward to the show!”
The students have developed their own show, entitled ‘Wannabes Got Talent’, which takes the audience of the premiere episode of a reality Talent TV show on a journey as it sets out to find Australia’s very best talent act, and to change their lives forever.
Students Clara Slade, Keo Fechner, Bailey Schwarz and Jack Farley from the student led advertising team have reflected collectively, “We started not that stressed – by just writing down what roles/jobs we would like to do like being a director, judge, acts, designers or advertising. Then Mrs Adams picked jobs and roles for us based on what we wanted to do. Then we had to write our personalities and quirks and so forth as an act, judge or host. After all that we got are jobs and roles also the script. So everyone had their parts to go with. The acts had to come up with an act. After all of that we got started. We rehearsed, changed things, came up with amazing ideas and after all that we had ended up with Wannabes Got Talent!”
The experience has captured each student’s interests, strengths and talents to fuel their learning and perseverance through this mammoth challenge.
“Anyone who has ever been involved in a production will know how much work and stress is involved. Yet, I am astounded at how the students have taken on the project with such passion, collaboration, creativity, autonomy and leadership.” Mrs Adams, Performing Arts Teacher explained, “Being given freedom of creative and industrious license has had enormous benefits for the cohort.”
Year 6 student Jack Fechner said, “..Everyone has been using teamwork really well … we stuck to our roles and worked hard to do everything that we needed to finish. We are having some laughs here and there along the way but we are sure it will still be awesome!”
And the proof will be on show this Friday 28th September at the Barossa Arts and Convention Centre at 7pm for all to see. The students invite members of the public and their school community to show support for the work they have done by coming to be part of the live audience, with real-time live voting.
The student led advertising team’s encouraging words; “You will be inspired and awed by the creative talents, collaboration, passion, dedication and the vision that the students bring to staging this 100% one of a kind production. Nowhere in the world but here at BACC can you come and see WANNABES GOT TALENT.”
Tickets can be purchased from the BACC, ph: 85614299.