More than 2500 Southern Stars' dancers ignite WEC

Southern Stars creative director Peter Hayward. Picture: Robert Peet

Southern Stars creative director Peter Hayward. Picture: Robert Peet

There was a sea of colour as more than 2500 student dancers and their choreographers hit WIN Entertainment Centre on Wednesday for their first mass Southern Stars 2017- Postcards dance rehearsal.

Students from all over the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, South Coast, Sydney and Wollondilly areas were at the WEC to perfect their dance moves ahead of the main extravaganza on August 25-26.

And Southern Stars creative director Peter Hayward liked what he saw, adding the mass dance rehearsal was all about getting students familiar with the dance space.

‘’It’s also about refining our show stopping finale items Nut Bush City Limits and Geronimo, from Australian band Sheppard,’’ Hayward said.

‘’With show time just a couple of weeks away this is the last chance before show week for the entire dance cast to get together. I’m sure the new comers to the show will be amazed at the scale of the show and the energy of the mass dance items.’’

Thirroul Public School students Harper Cooke and Bronte Dengate waiting in the wings ahead of Wednesday's rehearsals. Picture: Robert Peet

Thirroul Public School students Harper Cooke and Bronte Dengate waiting in the wings ahead of Wednesday's rehearsals. Picture: Robert Peet

With over 3000 performers from about 120 public schools from as near as Wollongong Public School and as far as Bourke Public School, Postcards is aiming to be the biggest show so far in Southern Stars’ 17-year history.

Hayward, who has  been executive director since 2015, said the show has certainly become more and more embraced by the community over the years.

‘’We’ve become a real stalwart on the entertainment scene down here and the whole community looks forward to it, which is great,’’ he said.

There is not a lot of shows that you have a cast of 3200 kids, with huge lighting, big sound, 40-piece orchestra and 350 to 400 kids in the choir...it is a really big show. - Southern Stars creative director Peter Hayward

‘’One of the great things we get to do is work with great teachers, schools and great kids but also the best of the best in terms of the technical crew involved.

‘’This is one of the biggest shows that is produced in Australia. 

More than 2500 Southern Stars' performers rehearse at the WEC.  Picture: Robert Peet

More than 2500 Southern Stars' performers rehearse at the WEC. Picture: Robert Peet

’’There is not a lot of shows that you have a cast of 3200 kids, with huge lighting, big sound, 40-piece orchestra and 350 to 400 kids in the choir...it is a really big show.

‘’To be able to work with those technical professionals, to be able to bring it to life and to try to add something new to it each year and make it interesting for the audience is really important.’’

Four shows of Postcards will take place at WEC on August 25 (10am and 7.30pm) and August 26 (2pm and 7.30pm).

Tickets cost $49/$39/$29 and are available from Ticketmaster outlets.

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