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Community Recognition Statement - Stage Artz Performing Arts School

Today I acknowledge the amazing work of Stage Artz Performing Arts School. I am lucky enough to be a patron, despite not dancing or singing—and I do not even like musical theatre. Since 2001, the Stage Artz Performing Arts School and Stage Artz Theatre

Company have combined their talents for an annual family musical production where all profits made are donated to the Children's Hospital at Westmead. I look forward to seeing this year's performance ofShrek the Musical. Cast members—some as young as four—come together each year to give their time and skills to these incredible productions. The largest possible portion of all profits from the ticket sales is donated to the hospital. In total, Stage Artz has raised $309,000, with the company now recognised by Westmead as an official hospital benefactor. Not only is their incredible talent on display for the communities who enjoy their productions, but also their hard work helps to provide the necessary, often life-saving, care for sick children, as well as support for their families in the hardest of times. I sincerely thank Sam Neaves, her team and the whole ensemble that is Stage Artz, past and present productions. I cannot wait for Saturday night.

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