Healthy stage

Broome Advertiser - - HAPPENINGS - Carly Laden

Two drama stu­dents from Broome’s St Mary’s Col­lege have been given the chance to show­case their act­ing prow­ess against per­form­ing arts stu­dents across the State.

Shoshone Lup­ton and Dakota Leak were an­nounced as fi­nal­ists of the Act Be­long Com­mit YOH Fest for their re­spec­tive solo drama works Sam and The Shop.

The pair will com­pete against each other as well as stu­dents from Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale Gram­mar School, Grace Chris­tian School and Man­durah Catholic Col­lege in the solo/duo drama cat­e­gory on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26, at Man­durah Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre.

Broome Se­nior High School, St Mary’s Col­lege and Derby District High School com­peted in the fi­nal re­gional heat of the Act Be­long Com­mit YOH Fest on Tues­day, Septem­ber 18. YOH Fest, stand­ing for Youth on Health, en­cour­ages young peo­ple to ex­plore and ex­press them­selves on health is­sues rel­e­vant to them and their com­mu­nity through drama, dance and vis­ual art. Each year an Act Be­long Com­mit youth lead­er­ship group chooses a theme for the fes­ti­val, which the per­form­ers must base their per­for­mances on.

The theme for YOH Fest 2018 was “pushed to the limit”.

YOH Fest direc­tor of judg­ing Ca­role Dhu said the idea of the fes­ti­val in­volves the per­form­ers demon­strat­ing cop­ing strate­gies as well as demon­strat­ing a health is­sue in their piece.

“It’s not enough to say ‘drugs are ter­ri­ble’, the idea is to demon­strate ways of com­ing to terms with the is­sue,” she said.

“It doesn’t have to be a fairy­tale end­ing, it’s not al­ways the case, but it’s all about giv­ing chil­dren the keys to find help and build re­silience.”

After judg­ing 11 heats across Western Aus­tralia, Mrs Dhu said the ta­lent on dis­play has been amaz­ing.

“To see schools get­ting stronger over the years is just amaz­ing to see,” she said.

“I’m al­ways struck by the vis­ual art in Broome be­cause liv­ing in such a colour­ful en­vi­ron­ment re­ally shows in the kids’ work.

“Across the board it’s been ab­so­lutely ex­cel­lent watch­ing all the per­for­mances and look­ing at the vis­ual art pieces.”

To see schools get­ting stronger over the years is just amaz­ing to see. YOH Fest direc­tor of judg­ing Ca­role Dhu

Pic­tures: Carly Laden

St Mary's Col­lege stu­dent Oseyahn Monck-O'Meara per­forms her solo Un­stop­pable.

St Mary's Col­lege’s Shoshone Lup­ton per­forms her solo drama piece Sam.

Broome Se­nior High School stu­dent Mol­lie Bayliss per­forms her solo Taken.

St Mary's Col­lege stu­dent Dakota Leak per­forms her solo drama piece The Shop.

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