Marian students ready to rock the Creation story

Jess and Ellie playing with temptation.
Jess and Ellie playing with temptation.

ARARAT - Marian College students are ready to rock this year's Rock Eisteddfod Challenge.

Sixty students from Marian College will perform 'In the beginning....' retelling the story of Creation and the fall from grace of Adam and Eve.

The 60 dancers have been assigned to groups depicting Land and Sea, Fish, Plants and Trees, Animals and Temptation, with the title roles being played by Ellie Jeffery as Eve and Rory Jones as Adam.

This year the performance was designed and choreographed by a year 10 team comprising Chelsea Vincent, Sheridan Hancock, Telisia Smith, Jessica Hammerstein, Ariane Hurkens, Ellie Jeffery, Heather Osborne-Rigby and Ashley Arnfield.

"The students have been rehearsing for 12 weeks and are very excited to perform on the big stage," Marian College teacher Teresa Tonks said.

Rock Eisteddfod Challenge is now in its 32nd year, with 49 school teams from across Victoria set to raise the roof off Melbourne's Hisense Arena.

Students will compete in four nights of extreme dance and drama that are sure to entertain audiences of all ages. Primary school students will perform in J Rock before the high school students battle it out in Rock Eisteddfod Challenge on the final two nights, with Marian College lining up next Thursday night against eight other schools.

Minister for Youth Affairs, Ryan Smith said that Rock Eisteddfod Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to showcase young people's creativity and talent, not just in performing but in organising events.

"The Rock Eisteddfod is about giving young people the chance to showcase their talents both onstage and behind the scenes. I commend the young people who have been working so hard over the past few months to plan, prepare and rehearse for this event," he said.

"The Victorian Coalition Government wants to see more young people involved in their communities and decision-making, engaged in education, training and employment and creating culture, communities and change. I am delighted we are able to restore sponsorship of the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge so that Victorians can be creative, have their say and gain practical skills."

Rock Eisteddfod Challenge encourages students to be their best without the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

While it has adapted and evolved since 1980, the core goal of Rock Eisteddfod Challenge is unchanged and the primary vision is to achieve social change through the use of the arts and by inspiring creative thinking among the youth who shape the future.