Cast brings play to life

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

CLAS­SIC chil­dren’s tale The Wind in the Wil­lows has en­tranced chil­dren for gen­er­a­tions with its ec­cen­tric yet lov­able char­ac­ters: Ratty, Mole, Badger and way­ward, race-car lov­ing Mr Toad.

The four friends’ ad­ven­tures through the English coun­try­side with the wild weasels is be­ing brought to life in Woom­bye by Act­ing Up! Youth The­atre Academy.

Act­ing Up! di­rec­tors Naomi Cla­sohm and Tanya Holthausen have as­sem­bled a gifted cast with many sea­soned per­form­ers as well as young­sters who are mak­ing their act­ing de­but.

“We are lucky to have such an ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tor in Tris­tan Bishop who makes an ex­cep­tional Mr Toad,” Naomi said.

He com­pletely in­hab­its the char­ac­ter, in­vest­ing Toad with all the en­thu­si­asm, ma­nia and wack­i­ness of the orig­i­nal writ­ing.

Tris­tan, who has trained with Act­ing Up! for many years and lit­er­ally grown up in the academy is now step­ping into an­other role as a trainee teacher, work­ing along­side Act­ing Up! staff to pass on the train­ing, stage-craft and act­ing skills he learned there.

Tris­tan is sup­ported on stage by a tal­ented cast of 30 young per­form­ers aged 8-18.

Naomi said act­ing is all about ob­serv­ing; tak­ing in what you see around you and re­act­ing to that.

“So for an ac­tor, watch­ing is one of the best ways to learn,” she said.

“Our younger Act­ing Up! stu­dents learn so much from watch­ing and work­ing with per­form­ers like Tris­tan.

“It helps them to see what they can be.”

Tris­tan is more than happy to pass his love of per­for­mance onto the next wave of per­form­ers.

The Wind in The Wil­lows is show­ing Novem­ber 11, 1.30pm and 6.30pm at Sun­coast Au­di­to­rium Woom­bye.

Adults $12, Chil­dren $8. Book­ings at try­book­ing.com/ SKZC or cash tick­ets at the door.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

THE WIND IN THE WIL­LOWS: Act­ing Up! Youth The­atre Academy stu­dents.

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