THE Canning Vale College Circus Troupe had the honour of performing at the 2018 Perth Fringe Festival.
Their two sell out shows saw talented young performers write and direct a 50-minute stage production, which highlighted important aspects of children’s mental or physical health.
This year’s show was called There Is a Place for Us and explored the theme of difference and inclusion.
The school’s Extension Circus Arts Program and Circus Troupe has been running for the past nine years and engages 87 young circus performers from ages 12-18 years.
Circus program coordinator Crystle Challinger said she was delighted with their performance.
“It was a great experience, this is a very unusual opportunity for youth performers, allowing them to perform with professional performers from around the world is a huge boost,” she said.
“The kids are always slightly unhappy with how they performed, but I thought they were great. They had great reviews, they sold out.
“We had some professional artists come and give feedback so I could improve the performance for next year, and they said they were really good and wouldn’t change much.”
Canning Vale College spokeswoman Tiffany Wild said the school’s involvement in the Fringe Festival was a huge achievement.
“The two sold out weekend shows capped off an amazing 2017 season for the Canning Vale College Circus Troupe,’’ she said.
“To perform alongside truly gifted professional touring circus shows and in an authentic big top arena, was an incredible experience.
“Students not only got a sense of what it’s like to be a successful performer in the Arts industry, but they also received real world experience of working with technicians and professional venues, with live audiences.”