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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 November 1994



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 November 1994

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Parliamentary Record 6


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Wednesday 23 November 1994 are Wally and Barbara Braitling, Jason Archer, Rodney Verstegh, Renata Peters, Alex Wallach, Alan Dowler and Stuart Graham. Their efforts prove that we are able to produce a very professional television program in Alice Springs, and it is a shame that we do not do more o f that and actually cooperate a great deal more together. While I am talking about Centralian College, I would like to comment on the Rock Eisteddfod that was held in August this year. As members know, the Rock Eisteddfod is sponsored by the Drug Offensive and Living With Alcohol program and its message to students is that they can have a good time without alcohol. The government high schools in the Southern Region participated in this event, and the quality o f their productions was great to see. There was no doubt that they had put a huge amount o f effort into their contributions and their presentations and the final production o f the Rock Eisteddfod were quite outstanding. The schools involved were Anzac Hill Junior Secondary, Centralian College, Alice Springs High School and Tennant Creek High School. The Tennant Creek students brought with them a large contingent o f supporters and their contribution was invaluable. All in all, a cast o f hundreds took part in this production o f the Rock Eisteddfod and it is something that our schools and students can be very proud of. The students were tremendous. Centralian College took first prize. May I add that it took first prize in a number o f sections also - best choreography, best costumes, best stage setting and best soundtrack. It was probably an indication o f the quality o f the performance that it won all these prizes. Glenda Ward, the drama teacher involved, devoted a huge amount o f time and effort to this production and I know the end result was something she was very proud of. In toto, 20 weeks o f preparation time went into this one-night production. Glenda says that her reward was in seeing the students gain so much in self-confidence and the fact that they gain great respect from other students. She noted also that they enjoy success, something that they may not usually achieve, and that they develop new friendships. She regards it as part o f a great experience for the students. She said: The process is far, far more important than the product. The 20 weeks o f time and effort are what she was referring to as the process o f putting the production together and, to her mind, that was more important than the final production. The production was called Gangster Party and was set in the 1920s with a speakeasy setting. It was a fantasy. There were flappers and gangsters and, o f course, the police were involved in a raid. Basically, the underlying theme o f the evening was that you could have a good time with your friends and with good music without alcohol. The production wound up with the whole cast joining together to have a great time dancing. An interesting component was the backstage crew. As we all know, the backstage crew is a very important part o f any production. These were the students who formed the Gillette Cup Cricket Team. Might I add that the Alice Springs Gillette Cup Cricket Team won the right to represent the Northern Territory in the national competition, and this was part o f their effort to raise money to facilitate their trip away. The fact that a whole group o f sporting guys, who normally would have had nothing to do with drama or the arts, actually helped with this production proves how important it was to all the students. All in all, there were 40 dancers and 15 backstage crew. A very large number of students were involved and I make particular mention o f one girl who assisted 1858

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