The Upper Ferntree Gully Performing Arts program includes a school production every second year. All students are encouraged to participate in this musical extravaganza.
Depending on the production, Year 5 and 6 students are cast in the main roles and all classes participate in choreographed dances.
In the alternate year, students can choose to participate in Wakakirri. Established in 1992, Wakakirri is Australia's largest Performing Arts event for schools, involving over 20,000 students across every State and Territory each year.
The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through creating and sharing stories and by this process develop students' educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness. A great story can change the way people think about the world around them and Wakakirri gives schools the opportunity to do just that.
Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect their students' thoughts, ideas and aspirations. These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official Wakakirri Panel who are searching for 'Story of the Year'. Over 1 million people watch Wakakirri performances each year.
Performing in Wakakirri is an experience students never forget.
Schools spend show day rehearsing and meeting other schools and that same night walk the red carpet with the Wakakirri Panel and perform on the big stage.
In 2017, Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School were extremely proud to win a Wakakirri regional award for 'Best Global Awareness Story' and we were priviledged to move onto the State Awards at Hamer Hall where we won an award for 'Best Sustainable Use of Materials'.