Samsonvale’s Kelsey Berrington and Mt Samson’s Hannah Ellis opened the curtain on their life on stage with Green Mango Theatre, which is set to roll into Samford in late January.
The acting talent of more budding stars of stage and screen is set to ripen with a local drama group set to expand later this month.
Green Mango Theatre, which has run the Samsonvale Drama Club out of the Samsonvale Hall since 2006, will also run classes at Samford Village from 29 January.
Overseen by qualified drama teacher and Samsonvale resident Belinda Berrington, the drama group encourages young people to develop their artistic abilities and promotes life skills such as communication, teamwork and self-confidence.
Ms Berrington, who has used her degree in applied theatre to run street theatre and community drama projects, said Green Mango Theatre offered children the chance to enter a world of imagination and creativity.
“We’re focused on children just having confidence and preparing them to speak publicly, have good enunciation, good communication skills and enjoy social interaction,” she said.
“Not everyone will go on to become actors – it’s all about having fun.”
Part of this creativity includes the group studying different forms of theatre and developing and presenting regular drama and musical productions.
Past performances have included original stories and children’s adaptations of the famous tales of Hansel and Gretal and The Pirates of Penzance.
Even William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night has been given the Green Mango treatment, freshened up for today’s audiences by incorporating modern music and familiar settings.
Classes at Samford Village, to be held at the Farmers Hall in Main Street, will begin on 29 January and will run each Tuesday afternoon.
The hour-long classes will cater to intermediate (eight to 13 years) and senior (13 to 17 years) classes at 3.30pm and 4.30pm, respectively.
Classes at Samsonvale Hall, Winn Road, Mt Samson, will be held on Thursdays at 3.15pm.
The cost per class is $12, payable by the term.
Green Mango Theatre will also be running theatre sports workshops during the first term of the new school year for Mt Samson State School students in outside hours care.
For more information phone 3289 9025 or visit www.greenmangotheatre.com.au