Let creative juices flow

Isaac re­gion takes on a stage show

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A SMALL mu­si­cal in Cen­tral Queens­land pushed New Zealand di­rec­tor David Char­teris across the in­ter­na­tional bor­der for the first time in his life.

Isaac Per­form­ing Arts de­cided to put on a show for the re­gion called Back to the 80s: The To­tally Awe­some

Mu­si­cal and who bet­ter to di­rect than a na­tion­ally renowned di­rec­tor?

Mr Char­teris re­ceived the phone call from old friends Corey and Leah Fraser, of Isaac Per­form­ing Arts, who were ac­tors in his pro­duc­tion of An­nie in Grey­mouth, New Zealand, nine years ago.

Know­ing Mr Char­teris was a free­lance di­rec­tor and had the abil­ity to move around, Mr Fraser asked him to ven­ture to the re­gion to di­rect the show.

“He rang me and said ‘come on’, so I had to talk my­self into it,” Mr Char­teris said.

“I’ve never re­ally wanted to travel, I was ter­ri­fied of fly­ing.

“I thought, ‘Come on you silly old bug­ger, just do it,’ so I said yes.”

Hav­ing never flown be­fore, or even left the coun­try, Mrs Char­teris fought his fears and trav­elled across the ocean to the land Down Un­der and said he ac­tu­ally loved the flight, which had no tur­bu­lence.

“It was re­ally ex­cit­ing, com­ing out from New Zealand and see­ing Aus­tralia, another coun­try, for the first time was quite emo­tional, ac­tu­ally,” he said.

“I re­ally en­joyed it, so I’m go­ing to start do­ing more of it. Out of Auck­land to ru­ral Queens­land is quite a change. I caught the travel bug. Fly­ing was nowhere near as bad as I thought it was go­ing to be.”

Miss­ing his speech and drama school in New Zealand, Mr Char­teris is look­ing for­ward to im­part­ing his knowl­edge.

“I ex­pect I will be teach­ing the ac­tors not just how to per­form but pro­jec­tion, how to read a script, how to de­velop a char­ac­ter, not just the teenagers but ev­ery­one,” he said.

“It will be a learn­ing curve as well as a lot of fun.

“I think the show is cre­at­ing ex­cite­ment be­cause it’s some­thing dif­fer­ent for these small towns.”

The 55-per­son pro­duc­tion, fea­tur­ing a range of ages from the re­gion, will move between Mo­ran­bah, Dysart and Cler­mont between May and June this year.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AC­TION: Pro­ducer Corey Fraser, mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Emily Walker and di­rec­tor David Char­teris.

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