Star supports Shepparton youth

Volunteers and the young participants of the ‘Shepp Shed’ project will receive a special message of support  from patron and Hollywood celebrity Pamela Anderson, just in time for the world premier of their original show ‘Ghost Gum High’.

Shepparton youth at holiday programPamela Anderson will be talking to the young students via Skype to see how they are faring for their big performance happening on Saturday 22 January, and congratulate them for their effort so far.

‘Experiencing inclusivity and diversity using theatre and the performing arts means that our young people have the chance to move confidently into the future,’ Ms Anderson says.

Just like Ms Anderson, her close friend and music director of the project, Warren Wills, believes that programs like ‘Shepp Shed’ provides young people with a unique opportunity to come together to create something they can be proud of.

‘Our students have already achieved so much both personally and technically.  Their commitment to the program and their determination to learn the different facets of the performing arts that we are teaching has been phenomenal,’ he says.

Students have also had the chance to meet local Aboriginal elder, Uncle Boydie, William Cooper’s grandson, and Abe Schwartz from Catalyst.

‘Ghost Gum High’ explores the story of William Cooper an Indigenous Australian who fought tirelessly against injustice to peoples of all races and creeds.  

Mr Wills says the opportunity to meet a relative of the hero of their musical has made the story even more real.  Along with Yamin Choudry from London’s West End, Mr Wills has also joined forces with other talented volunteers to bring student musical theatre to the community.

‘Shepp Shed’ which has been running since January 10, has brought youth who have special needs, and who come from different cultural and religious backgrounds to have the rare opportunity to work as a team.  

Organisers and participants of the program would like to thank their sponsors who have made the very first creative arts holiday program held at La Trobe University’s Shepparton campus a success:

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, Riverlinks Eastbank, La Trobe University Equality and Diversity Centre and Shepparton campus,Uniting Care Cutting Edge, Moira Shire Council.

Media Opportunity

What: Pamela Anderson offers youth of greater Shepparton encouragement via Skype

When: 3.30pm Wednesday 19 January

Where: 210 Fryers Street Shepparton, La Trobe University

To arrange another time to interview Ms Anderson about the project please contact:

Warren Wills

Shepp Shed Musical Director

M: 0419 158 553

Media Opportunity

Premiere performance of ‘Ghost Gum High’ all welcome to attend, tickets are free but bookings are essential.

When: 6.30pm Saturday 22 January

Where: Riverlinks Eastbank Centre

To find out more about the performance contact:

Janet Congues

Shepp Shed project Manager

T: 03 5820 8628 M: 0419 158 553 E:

For any media enquiries:

Lisa Prowling

La Trobe University Media Officer and Communications Officer

T: 03 9479 5517 E: