CLOWN wigs and rainbow socks will take the place of school uniforms for some drama students on Saturday.
The James Fallon High School year 8 students will be roving around as clowns during Saturday’s Applause Festival with one of Australia’s top roaming performers, Mandy Pickett.
“The students are taking a clowning act to the festival to help develop their acting and drama skills,” teacher Anni Gifford said.
“They are excited at the prospect of working with a professional street performer.”
The event, now in its 12th year, relies heavily on volunteers.
Festival co-ordinator Cathy Chapman said the students, while working on their acting skills, would form part of the clean-up crew.
“It’s a win-win situation,” she said.
Ms Chapman said the key to the festival’s longevity was the community and local talent.
“It’s a platform for locals to showcase their abilities,” she said.
New attractions this year include a Mac1-sponsored social media hub in AMP Lane providing updates to the festival Facebook and Twitter accounts, and an Instagram photo competition.
The festival runs from 11am-5pm at QEII Square. Visit applausefestival.com for the program.