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Taking part in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival National Secondary School Class Clowns 2015 Competition


Class Clowns is a national youth development program which is part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. One of the national heats for the comedy competition, open to all Year 9 to 12 students in the region, will take place at Cairns State High School this Thursday, 12 March. Preceding the competition, students will participate in workshops with a professional comedian, Josh Earl.

Peter James in year 12 has been crowned the winner of this heat for the past 3 years and will be competing again this year. As Peter has in the past, the winners will go through to the State Finals in Brisbane. This is followed by the opportunity to compete in the National Grand Final, at the actual Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Grand finalists will have the chance to personally win $1,500 as well as a $1,000 workshops package for their school. Student entry acts can include up to 3 participants and be of 3-5 minutes in length.  Possible genres include sketch acts, stand up, parody and musical comedy routines.

The Thursday morning workshop entails Josh Earl coming to Cairns High and taking the Year 9 Creative Arts Class (as well as other entrants from Year 9-12) through a 2 hour ‘crash course’ exploring comedy writing and performance skills. The workshop is followed by the competition which is proudly supported by triple j and headspace and encourages hundreds of high school students to enter heats around the country every year.

“Class Clowns is a fantastic opportunity for our students to work with industry professionals direct from the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Our Comedy unit has become a highlight of the Year 9 Creative Arts programme and helps students develop fundamental skills required within the Performing Arts world.  Developing their own comedy act is a chance for our students to articulate their ideas and understandings whilst demonstrating their creative imaginations”, commented Lauren Portman Performing Arts Teacher.

The Creative Arts course was created for students with a desire to expand on their skills in the arts through community based projects that work both within the school and the wider community. The ultimate aim of the course is to provide opportunities through learning experiences where Cairns High can give back to the community.