Southern Stars set to shine

Nareena Hills students Eliza Taylor and Amelia Eshman rehearse for Southern Stars at the Croome Road Sporting Complex yesterday. Picture: SYLVIA LIBEREverything was coming up roses for some of the youngest members of the Southern Stars cast yesterday, as they twirled their way through one of the final dance rehearsals for the annual student spectacular.

Students from seven Illawarra primary schools took part in the last rehearsal for an item called Rose Garden, where 230 children build a spectacular garden to a mash-up of The Foundations’ song Build Me Up Buttercup and 1970s favourite I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.

Southern Stars operations manager Sharon Buikstra said the dance was part of a segment about inspiring love and being happy with who you are.

‘‘It’s very pretty,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve got some very cute little garden gnomes and little bees, as well as dancers dressed as white roses, buttercups, crimson roses and some maintenance workers doing some work in the garden, so there’s a place for everyone.’’

She said the practice was one of the last before the whole Southern Stars cast – made up of 3000 Illawarra students – begins technical rehearsal week at the WIN Entertainment Centre.

‘‘We’ve been rehearsing for six months now and we’re at the crazy end… and it’s coming together beautifully,’’ she said.

‘‘From writing the show on paper with the creative team back in October, right through to where we are now, it’s exactly what we wanted.’’

Southern Stars is on at the WIN Entertainment Centre on August 31 and September 1. Tickets are available through Ticketek.

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