Mates Theatre Genesis (MATES) is calling for youth participants aged 10–21 years and mentors experienced in theatrical production to join the Youth Theatre mentoring program.
The program starts on May 22 at the Donald Simpson Community Centre and will provide young participants insight into all roles of theatre production.
They will also be invited to take an onstage cast role and a backstage crew role as they rehearse and perform a show.
Mentors will share their knowledge of directing, stage management, acting, lighting and sound, set design and construction, costume design and marketing.
The Youth Theatre Mentoring program is funded with assistance from the outgoing Mt Cotton Drama Group which donated funds to MATES in 2016 with the express caveat that it be used to foster youth in theatre.
MATES’ president Kath Kunde said it was hoped to keep community theatre alive through developing well-rounded theatre skills.
The first production will be Confounded Nugget, a pantomime written by Redland locals Merle Bowden and Trisha Cation, originally for performance by the Macleay Entertainment Group.
The author’s notes to the director clearly state that as a pantomime, acting should be ‘over the top’ and that every emotion, action and reaction is extreme.
The script promises fun and entertainment for actors, crew and audience alike.
Auditions will be held on May 22, with performances scheduled for September 14-17.
Auditions, rehearsals and shows will be at the Donald Simpson Community Centre. Participants 18 years or older will need to hold or be prepared to obtain a Blue Card.
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