Boys take centre stage
Skate production gets teens psyched about acting, attracting males to drama
MONTO State High School has again shown its passion for the arts, attracting more boys to show their dramatic side.
In an attempt to get more boys to participate in drama, teacher Kirsten Burgess introduced the play Skate, by Debra Oswald, to the junior curriculum six years ago.
The manual arts teacher built skate ramps that attach to the stage.
Ms Burgess said the play was still a drawcard six years later and boys made up 40% of the 9/10 drama class.
“The play is based on a true story, about a group of young people, in a small country town, who lobby the local council to build a skate park. In the middle of it all, a tragedy strikes and one of the young people die.”
The teens build the skate park and name it as a memorial after their friend.
“There were about 50 people in the audience on the night and most of them cried,” she said.
The performance was sponsored by Blank, a skateboard artist organisation, who donated a t-shirt and skateboard which were raffled in the middle of the performance, as the teens fundraised for their skate park proposal.
Twenty students were cast, as part of the 9/10 drama class.
ENTERTAINERS: Monto State High School drama students in their production Skate.