Boys take cen­tre stage

Skate pro­duc­tion gets teens psyched about act­ing, at­tract­ing males to drama

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT& BEYOND - Ge­orge Smith ge­orge.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

EN­TER­TAIN­ERS: Monto State High School drama stu­dents in their pro­duc­tion Skate.

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