Kepnock High Arts Night shows talent

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Kepnock State High School's Arts Night
Kepnock State High School's Ryan Smith and Sarah Ryan performing an excerpt from their assessment task for Our Crazy Dreams, where two people go on an emotional journey as they are drawn inside works of art.

Kepnock State High School students wore their emotions on stage as they performed to the highest standard at their annual Arts Night event.

Head of department the arts Jess O’Neill said the Arts Night event was held annually at Kepnock State High School to celebrate and showcase what the arts students had achieved each year.

Jess said this year the calibre was particularly high as teachers had the difficult task of dwindling the 40 auditions down to 24 acts who would take to the stage for the end-of-year performance.

“This year our student talent was of an extremely high standard and this was very evident on the night,” Jess said.

“At intermission we received feedback that it was the best Arts Night some had ever seen and that the level of performances was of a very high calibre.”

The Arts Night auditions were open to all art students from Year 7 to 12, with the Year 10, 11 and 12 dance and drama classes auditioning as a whole to perform as part of their assessment.

“In term one we select a theme and then students and classes explore ways to express the theme through dance, drama, music, film and art. The 2019 theme was emotions,” Jess said.

“By the end of the show it was truly evident that this year was one of our best Arts Nights to date and that each year it keeps getting bigger and better.”

Kepnock State High School's Arts Night
Kepnock State High School Year 12 student performing on Arts Nights. Photo: In blue representing sadness is Emma Donohoe-Dix and Olivia Smith, wearing white is Corrina Haynes, in pink representing love is Ebony Wheeler and Zislla Taylor, performing a contemporary dance where Corrina was battling her emotions.

Kepnock State High School Arts Night a success

Jess said Kepnock State High School Arts Night was well attended with a market held before the show, which enabled more students to dance and act, as well as an almost hour-long set of musical performances.

“Arts Night involves all 15 of our arts staff and staff from other faculties volunteer to help out for the evening,” she said.

“Our film, tv and new media students had a showreel in the art gallery and some of their films were featured on the big screen.

“Students who are not performing also help out with hair, makeup, photography, market stalls and ushering on the night.”

Kepnock State High School's Arts Night
Kepnock State High School student's clay artwork on display at the Arts Night evening.

With six months of planning Jess said the support from everyone at Kepnock State High School was amazing and this was what made the Arts Night exceptional.  

“The sound and lighting is run by our music teacher Mr Luke Roberts and his year 11 and 12 music in practice students with the help of Greg Frampton from Live Production Services Australia,” she said.

“Dance teacher Alana Davies works tirelessly on choreography with her students whilst drama teacher Amanda O’Donnell and her year 12 drama students worked on ways for the MC’s to tie all of the acts and emotions together.”

Jess said even the home economics and catering students played a big part in the evening as they had market stalls, and with the help of the special education program, who ran a sausage sizzle, filled the bellies of guests with their catering on the evening.

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