Rock Eisteddfod may not be as big in Adelaide as it has been in the past but the winner of this year’s event, Kangaroo Island, is proof that the standard is high and the event is still a winner when it comes to showing teenagers a fun way to enjoy and learn about life without alcohol and drugs.
After performing for the local community recently, the team has now won the overall state event which was held in Adelaide on Monday night and will go straight into the national competition against the rest of the country. National judging is done by video and will be shown in November on Channel 99.
Kangaroo Island Community Education won best community award, best stage crew, as well as excellence in choreography, costuming character, visual enhancement, set design and function, stage use and performance skills; an excellence score in six out of nine possible elements.
“For our KI teenagers it is the only chance of ever dancing or performing on stage and to do it at the Entertainment Centre is the ultimate venue,” said producer Tracie Heinrich.
“It was an amazing day for all our students and to come out winners was just the icing on the cake,” she said. “We had to overcome many obstacles to get here.”
She said putting together a Rock Eisteddfod Challenge performance took a lot of work but the rewards were great.
“To work with teenagers is refreshing... how responsible they can be, and that our future is in great hands,” Ms Heinrich said.
“To see the pure joy and excitement of everyone involved and to be part of something when so many different people, of all ages, bond together to make something wonderful for no reason but just for fun is an amazing thing. The life skills, confidence and respect that come out of this is the gift we all get to take with us forever.”