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Never Centre Stage
ALL: Welcome to Kingswood South Public School.
STUDENT 1: Kingswood South Public School is located in the Penrith region of New South Wales, the [? dark ?] nation. It has 11 mainstream classes, four for special education classes, one early intervention class for preschool, students with special needs, and a New South Wales Department of Education preschool.
Also, we have the Penrith Hearing and Vision Teams, braille interpreter, and senior psychologist as part of the school staff.
STUDENT 2: At Kingswood South Public School, we try our best and work hard every day to achieve our goals.
STUDENT 1: The school is committed to our well-being and welfare. This is highlighted by having an on-site chaplain, a breakfast programme, lunches provided by Food Bank, and Eat Out, as well as the school assistance programme.
STUDENT 3: Kingswood South Public School has 31% of students who also have a language background of other than English. And 14% of the school population identify as Aboriginal.
STUDENT 1: Our caring teachers always go above and beyond, and always look to provide us an amazing education.
STUDENT 4: We are a PBL school with three key values-- be safe, be respectful, and be [? loyal. ?]
STUDENT 5: We have resources and opportunities for--
STUDENT 6: --our STEM learning numeracy and literacy--
STUDENT 5: --and performing arts.
STUDENT 7: We have heaps of different clubs such as drama, dance, debating, and gardening.
STUDENT 8: And check out our nature.
STUDENT 9: Kingswood South has been part of the Kingswood community for over 50 years.
ALL: Thank you for visiting our school, Kingswood South Public School. Bye.
ALICE AND EMILY: I--
BELINDA AND ZOE: Didn't--
ELLA: The lead--
KIM AND LAURA: part--
SOPHIE AND CHARLOTTE: In the--
FELICITY AND GRACE: Play--
FELICITY: They never pick me.
GRACE: They never choose me.
KAYLEE: I never get the lead part in the play.
ALL: It's so unfair.
MADISON: We need to stand up to the teachers who don't choose us.
JACK: We need to stand up for those people who think we are not good enough.
EMILY: We need to prove that we can act.
ALL: We can be dramatic.
ZOE: Watch out. We've going theatrically poisoned.
SOPHIE: Oh, Billy Bob, no.
FELICITY: Oh, Lorna Jane, no.
BELINDA: Did no one see me in our last play? I played a tree, a lousy tree. Do you know how humiliating it is to be playing a tree?
My only line was 'whoosh--' whoosh, that's literally it. I thought I would ad lib on performance night by adding a second whoosh to my dialogue.
Well, I didn't get it exactly perfectly right.
I was standing there, looking the part. It was my line. I was going for it. I was going to say it. I was about to announce to the world that a tree could have two whooshes, but it all went horribly wrong.
CATE: What happened, did you choke?
GRACE: Lose a branch?
KAYLEE: Did you break a leg?
MADISON: Did you fall over?
ELLA: Was it all of the above?
ALL: What happened?
BELINDA: I-- I forgot my line.
ALL: Oh, no.
JACK: That's happened to me before. I forgot my line. And so I just froze.
ALL: What's my next line?
KIM: I only ever get one line.
BELINDA: Well, at least it's more than one single word.
KIM: Yeah, but I deserve to get at least-- well, my mum says I deserve to be the main part of any play I'm in.
EMILY: You're a great actor.
ALL: A great actor.
KIM: I'm a fantastic actor.
ALL: A fantastic actor.
KIM: And all I ever wanted was to--
ALL: And all she ever wanted was to--
KIM: To win an Oscar.
ALL: To win an Oscar.
ALICE: And to know that someone loves me-- that they really love me.
CATE: I would like to thank--
ELLA: I would like to thank--
GRACE: I would like to thank--
LAURA: My mum.
SOPHIE: My dad.
FELICITY: And I would like to say thanks to nothing.
KIM: To the drama teachers who never pick us.
ALL: To be the lead part in the play.
KAYLEE: And so it must be said we need to stand up to the teachers who don't choose us.
MADISON: We must revolt.
JACK: We must start a revolution.
EMILY: We should.
ZOE: She could.
ALICE: Someone should.
BELINDA: And stand up and let us do battle.
ALL: But how?
CATE: With extreme violence.
ELLA: With peaceful demonstrations.
GRACE: What do we want?
ALL: The lead role.
LAURA: And when do we want it?
SOPHIE: Let me check my calendar.
CHARLOTTE: I should be right to have a lead role after term eight, I think.
FELICITY: I've actually got dance group practise every Monday, Tuesday, and every second Wednesday. So I'm not sure if I'll have time to practise for a lead role until next term at least.
KIM: And I've got--
KAYLEE: Guys, if we're going to start a revolution, we need to act now. We need to stand tall.
ALL: Left, left, left, right, left. Left, left, left, right, left.
MADISON: I don't know what they've been told.
ALL: I don't know what they've been told.
JACK: Our acting talent's pure gold.
ALL: Our acting talent's pure gold.
EMILY: Centre stage is what we need.
ALL: Centre stage is what we need.
ZOE: We've got more talent than Keanu Reeves.
ALL: We've got more talent than Keanu Reeves.
ALICE: So are we going to stand up to those teachers?
LAURA: Are we going to demand better roles?
CATE: Do we want to be a tree?
ELLA: Do we want to be the narrator?
GRACE: What do we want to be?
ALL: The lead role.
BELINDA: So who is going to stand up and lead us to battle? Who is going to tell us just what we deserve? Who?
ALL: Umm, she can.
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