Student performance to showcase turtle life cycle

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North Bundaberg State High School students rehearsing for their Milbi Festival performance. Front: Alison Quinn, Amba Lindsay-Martyn, Kateisha Wright, Jess Gillam. Back row: Anish Lal, Cade McMillan and Alex White

Bundaberg Region students will dance in Buss Park on Friday to show the life cycle of turtles as part of the inaugural Milbi Festival gala opening.

The students have been practising hard in the lead-up to the event, rehearsing weekly at the Civic Centre under the lead of Bundaberg Regional Council’s Trevor Green and Robert McLellan.

“The opening will feature some very spectacular costumes with a performance showcasing the life cycle of our turtles,” Trevor said.

“Up to 130 students from the region’s Reef Guardian primary and high schools have been rehearsing for the last month to get ready for the gala opening.”

Performance by students to symbolise turtle season

Trevor said the students will perform to a commissioned soundtrack written by local artists, telling the story of nature through dance and movement.

“The students have been split into four groups with elaborate costumes to distinguish certain elements of nature,” he said.

“One group will be adorned in over 150 metres of silk to symbolise the river meeting the sea.

The Milbi Festival student performers rehearsing in Buss Park with Bundaberg Regional Council's Trevor Green and Robert McLellan.
The Milbi Festival student performers rehearsing in Buss Park with Bundaberg Regional Council's Trevor Green and Robert McLellan.

“Another group will have golden capes to symbolise sand, then our smaller children will be carrying inflatable, glow in the dark balls to represent turtle eggs.”

Trevor said all of the different elements would meet to begin the evolution of turtles.

“The sea and the river collide while the sand covers the eggs so they can be protected and ready for hatching,” he said.

“The costumes are magnificent, it is set to be a spectacular performance.”

The performance is just one part of the Milbi Festival’s gala opening, which will begin in Buss Park at 6pm on Friday, 15 November.

Participants will learn an acknowledgement of country in song and dance and will become part of the world premiere of a new composition written specially for Bundaberg to welcome the turtles.

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