By ZARSHA MERLO
The Sunshine Coast Schools’ Drama Festival has announced it will be presented online this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Previously held at the Event Centre in Caloundra, this year’s festival will showcase school students work on the festival’s YouTube channel.
Sunshine Coast Schools’ Drama Festival co-founder and president Ricki-Lee Bernhardt-Turpin says the committee behind the event will be collecting performance videos from local schools.
“We had to do something because lots of the students are creating fantastic work and it just seemed a real shame that we couldn’t share their work beyond the classroom,” Ms Bernhardt-Turpin says.
“We didn’t want to cancel the festival which is why we decided to go online.”
The festival’s videos will be posted in week one of the next school term, where students will showcase a series of performances from solos, small group work and larger ensembles.
“This is our sixth year of the festival, we founded it as a result of feeling like there wasn’t enough opportunities for young people on the Sunshine Coast to showcase, share and celebrate their work,” Ms Bernhardt-Turpin says.
“Our philosophy is not focused on competition, it’s about celebration.”
St John’s College grade 12 student Ewan Cassidy says the festival has always been an “amazing” event to watch and participate in.
“To be able to support and watch local student theatre for free is a spectacular opportunity,” Ewan says.
“Online acting has been a realm of acting I’ve only just dipped my toes into and to have this event as a catalyst for a new chapter is awesome.”