CLARISSA PULLS THE STRINGS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

A GI­ANT pup­pet, a dragon­fly, and the Greek gods of ter­ror Red­cliffe lo­cal Clarissa Lee meets them all in a new Curtin Univer­sity pro­duc­tion.

The sec­ond year the­atre and ac­count­ing stu­dent is one of the cast mem­bers bring­ing the pup­pet Leor to life in 12 Strings and the Scale of Things, as well as work­ing be­hind the scenes as a deputy stage man­ager.

Directed by Re­becca Bradley, the live mu­sic spec­tac­u­lar ex­plores fear, courage and love us­ing pup­pets and vis­ual the­atre.

Lee (19) usu­ally works be­hind the scenes, tak­ing on stage man­ager and sound de­signer roles, and said it had been a great ex­pe­ri­ence to tread the boards.

“It’s quite ex­cit­ing. You get to see ev­ery­thing play­ing out from the very be­gin­ning un­til the end, and be part of the process,” she said.

“We’ve got Leor, who’s a gi­ant pup­pet, and he’s ac­tu­ally from Spare Parts in Fre­man­tle.

“What we’re do­ing now is two dif­fer­ent shows. The string sym­phony is at lunch time for half an hour out­side with a metal truss, and we get the au­di­ence to come and play with him. At night time, it’s 12 Things in the the­atre. We’ve cre­ated a story for Leor, and we’re just the pup­peteers to tell his story.”

“There’s a girl, there’s Leor, a dragon fly, and the Greek gods of ter­ror. The girl and Leor are friends, and the dragon­fly helps Leor along the way,” she said.

“Pho­bos and Deimos, be­cause they’re the gods of ter­ror, come and grab Leor’s heart one day. All of his parts are dis­con­nected, be­cause the heart is the main part of him. Through­out the show, he’s try­ing to find ways to get his heart back from Pho­bos and Deimos.”

12 Strings and the Scale of Things opens at 7pm on Tues­day, Au­gust 1, at the new Hay­man The­atre. It runs ev­ery night un­til Satur­day, Au­gust 5.

Tick­ets are $15. Go to pay­ments.curtin.edu.au.

Clarissa Lee is all tied up with the Curtin Univer­sity pro­duc­tion of 12 Strings and the Scale of Things.

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