About the program
Larrakeyah Primary School celebrates all aspects of the curriculum. Over the past 10 years we have firmly cemented Performing Arts into our school culture. Over time we have jived the night away with a little bit of Rock and Roll and travelled the world on a night of wonder and intrigue.
In recent years we have begun to add acting to our school productions. In 2012 we embarked on our first adventure into the world of drama and dance and produced our first play 'Wizard of Oz'. 'Alice in Wonderland' followed in 2013. 2014 saw us move the school production to the Darwin Entertainment Centre. Students experienced the frenetic pace of being back stage, the wonder of large acting and dancing areas and the dazzle of lights. The students presented 'Peter Pan' to our school community. Since then we have showcased 'A Night on Broadway- the musical', 'Aladdin', 'Under The Big Top' and 'The Lion King'.
Students in middle and upper primary are invited to audition for the main cast. This requires a true to commitment to education and the production, as students spend time completing school work during the day and learning lines by night. This culminates in a night of fun and laughter as we perform for our school community.
Each year a group of students take part in The BEAT festival. The Beat Festival is the NT Department of Education's annual performing arts showcase. It is a large scale combined schools production led by the NT Music School with the support of the Beat Foundation, showcasing the great work of our schools. An annual and keenly anticipated event since 1979, the 3 shows in September are performed at the Entertainment Centre and each year typically feature:
- 300 voice choir
- 25 piece orchestra
- dance groups and other physical performers
- rock bands, soloists and other musical ensembles
- talented vocalists from ages 9 to 18
- a great production featuring great lighting, sound and audio visual content
Our school has a lunch time Dance Club where interested students meet once a week during terms 2 and 3 to choreograph, learn and practise the BEAT dance routines. The students are welcome to come and have a try but once they have agreed to take part in the project they cannot opt out.