Liquid Gold takes gold

Armadale Primary School students, from left, Kyla Gilberton, Georgia Parry, Patric Sorbello, Joel Lambert, Brendan Schottli and Bai Belingher act out a scene from the school’s award winning production Liquid Gold.
Armadale Primary School students, from left, Kyla Gilberton, Georgia Parry, Patric Sorbello, Joel Lambert, Brendan Schottli and Bai Belingher act out a scene from the school’s award winning production Liquid Gold.

The national arts festival celebrates learning by encouraging Australian primary and secondary schools to create stories through dance, creative movement, acting and song.

Stories are performed, filmed and screened to audiences across Australia, allowing them to be shared with family, friends, industry professionals and other school communities.

Teacher Jody Dorrington said Armadale Primary School’s production was based on the Kalgoorlie Goldrush when clean, fresh water was more precious than gold.

The story follows Irish engineer Charles Yelverton O’Connor’s quest to construct the world’s longest water main ” from Perth to Kalgoorlie ” so the Goldfields could be habitable and prosperous.

The seven-year project brought harsh criticism, political rivalry, personal tragedy, but prosperity to Kalgoorlie. A cast of 34 students performed Liquid Gold at the State finals.

Armadale Primary School staff spent many hours preparing for the production.

The school won 10 awards in the 2014 Wakakirri Primary School Story Dance Challenge, including environmental awareness, best historical story award, best story WA, best public speaking and staging.

Mrs Dorrington said the school’s entry had been sent over east for the national finals next month.