In news hot off the press, the region’s biggest musical spectacular, Southern Stars 2013 Extra!, will open at WIN Entertainment Centre tomorrow.
The stars, of course, are the 3000 public-school students who will sing, dance and act their way through the high-energy production, which will be performed twice tomorrow and twice on Saturday.
This year another star, one of sartorial splendour, has emerged from the headline acts: the tailored jacket made out of newsprint-themed fabric.
Student comperes will wear the striking jackets as they introduce the different segments to the show, which follows the newspaper’s journey from traditional ink on paper to its transition to the digital age.
The jackets were the brainchild of Keira High School teacher Karen Mors, who is part of the Southern Stars creative team.
Ms Mors searched worldwide and finally found suitable fabric in Korea.
It took her a while because she had to find something that looked like authentic newsprint and was suitable for children to wear.
Ms Mors bought 20metres of the material online and it has been used to create eight jackets for students, including an extra one for Southern Stars producer Suzi Clapham.
Keira High School colleague Kathy Davies helped Ms Mors cut out the material at school. Ms Davies then took the material home and sewed the jackets together.
If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars in their snazzy jackets and haven’t yet bought tickets to the show, Saturday night’s evening performance has nearly sold out.
Southern Stars is a production of the Department of Education and Communities Illawarra and South East Region Arts Unit.
Tickets are available through Ticketek for tomorrow night’s performance at 7.30pm and for the Saturday shows at 2pm and 7.30pm. Students will also perform a closed matinee tomorrow for public schools to watch.