A group of enthusiastic and talented young people aged  7-18 have been gathering over the last month to prepare for a challenge. 

Soon they will be meeting every day for one week to act, sing, dance and play instruments to perform a musical production of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.

Musical Director Lavina Wagner and her daughter Chloe have been involved in musical productions with Australian composer and Steiner music teacher educator Judith Clingan over the last eight years. 

“Judy studied music teaching at the Kodaly Institute in Budapest and writes beautiful, lyrical music to enhance the story, as well as composing parts for new and more experienced musicians to be able to perform the music,” shared Lavina.

“Our cast are all homeschooling and so are able to meet for a full week to create a performance together. When they are not on stage, they are helping create backdrops, props and costumes, or practising their instruments to provide the music for the show. “

Jonah Osborne, who plays Pug the Slave Trader said, “It is nice to meet new people, and to try something different. I like acting.”

River Usso echoed this sentiment: “It’s such a great experience for me. It’s been great to hang out with people my own age. i”’m really looking forward to doing some acting and being a part of something’

Chloe Gibbard, who is playing Lucy Pevensie, added, “I’ve been doing Judy’s musicals since I was seven. I love acting and playing music, so recreating another time and place on stage is an experience I’ve always found inspiring.”

Director Lavina Wagner has worked as a primary school music teacher and school principal over many years but has enjoyed homeschooling her daughter for the last 10 years.  

“The performance is a great example of the power of multi – age learning,” Lavina explained. “Younger and older people working together gives support to the younger children and also gives opportunity for the more experienced ones to share their skills and help others.”

A recent article Lavina mentioned, discussing career advice for your kids, advises that the best place to learn skills needed for the future workplace are on the stage.

“Theatre is the closest thing in high school to a real business environment,” Lavina said. “Students learn to command an audience, collaborate with people of all ages and perform varying tasks in order to create something.”

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is on at the Landsborough School of Arts

Friday March 11 at 6pm, and Saturday March 12 at 3pm. Tickets are $20 per person, $10 per child and are available at the door or through trybooking.com. 

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