Theatre comes alive with young actors

SARAH MCCARTHY
Last updated 05:00 27/06/2014
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GAMUT OF EMOTIONS: Magician Jett Anderson, 7, left, Spiderman Thomas Scheepers, 7, and Snow White Megan Ashton, 6, rehearsing Snow White.

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Youngsters bitten by the acting bug will be performing at their end-of-classes show at Repertory House this weekend.

Youth Drama co-ordinator Anya Bowman said a record 90 students aged from 5 to 18 would take the stage to showcase what they have learned at the Invercargill repertory Society Youth Drama Classes this year.

From revised fairytales to musical acts, monologues and short plays, the goal was for the young thespians to use what they had learned, she said.

"It's all about learning a bit more about theatrecraft."

The classes could not take place were it not for the tutors, who all volunteered their time, Bowman said. "It's a big commitment from them."

Six classes - two drama starter classes of 5 to 8-year-olds, two junior drama classes of 8-12-year-olds and two intermediate classes for those aged 13 and over - have been running since the beginning of the year.

The classes are a "nice wee confidence-builder" for children, and also provide an outlet for some who aren't necessarily into sport.

"What they learn in Youth Drama they can translate into other activities," Bowman said.

It was very exciting for the young actors to be in dress rehearsal, when it all became real.

"They're all quite amazed when the lights come up on them."

The showcase will be performed at Repertory House on Friday night at 6.30 and on Saturday at 1.30pm and 6.30pm. The show is open to the public and door sales are available.

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