In­dus­try in­stru­men­tal in suc­cesses Build­ing an arts cul­ture

Townsville Bulletin - - FEATURE -

TOWNSVILLE has long been known for its rich­ness and di­ver­sity when it comes to the arts in­dus­try. With an out­stand­ing ar­ray of lo­cal theatre, vo­cal and in­stru­men­tal groups and en­sem­bles, the arts in­dus­try is alive and strong; some­thing that is unique for a re­gional cen­tre.

Mulkadee artis­tic di­rec­tor Sandy Neal said the Mulkadee Arts Fes­ti­val added to this pool of artis­tic de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, of­fer­ing an ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able pro­gram for young peo­ple with a pas­sion for the arts.

“Although many of our col­leges stage their own mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions as part of their arts cur­ricu­lum, Mulkadee takes this to a new level,” she said.

“Stu­dents come to­gether from all parts of the dio­cese and learn to work in a new venue and with a new group of peers. This is a very valu­able part of the Mulkadee process, teach­ing stu­dents the im­por­tance of per­form­ing and work­ing as part of a team in an in­tense time pe­riod.

“For many stu­dents, even the op­por­tu­nity to per­form in a venue such as the Townsville En­ter­tain­ment and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre is an ex­pe­ri­ence in it­self.

“Stu­dents come from ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas where arts pro­grams are of­ten few and far be­tween and venues are com- par­a­tively smaller. Per­form­ing in a venue such as the En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre, even for stu­dents from Townsville, is a thrilling part of the Mulkadee ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Over the years, many stu­dents who have par­tic­i­pated in Mulkadee have gone on to de­velop ca­reers in the en­ter­tain­ment and arts in­dus­try.

“Mulkadee adds richly to the arts de­vel­op­ment of young peo­ple in this re­gion,” Ms Neal said.

“We have had many stu­dents from our Catholic schools who have gone on to en­joy a ca­reer in the arts both on and off the stage.’’

For­mer Ryan Catholic Col­lege stu­dent Sarah Murr was in­volved in Mulkadee dur­ing her school years and is this year per­form­ing in Les Mis­er­ables at QPAC in Bris­bane.

Cameron Hooper, who also at­tended Ryan Catholic Col­lege and par­tic­i­pated in Mulkadee, is now in pro­duc­tion man­age­ment at WAAPA, the Western Aus­tralian Academy of Per­form­ing Arts.

Brooke Ar­blaster, who grad­u­ated from St An­thony’s Catholic Col­lege, Deer­a­gun, last year, par­tic­i­pated in Mulkadee and now is com­plet­ing a Bach­e­lor of Per­for­mance at the Univer­sity of Wol­lon­gong, re­ceiv­ing a Dean’s Schol­ar­ship.

Mulkadee stu­dent Alexan­dra McDon­ald is cur­rently in Year 9 at St Mar­garet Mary’s Col­lege, this year fea­tur­ing as Jane in the TCS pro­duc­tion of Mary Pop­pins.

“Many of the arts teach­ers in Catholic schools are in­volved in the­atri­cal, vo­cal, dance and in­stru­men­tal groups and gain rich ex­pe­ri­ence by be­ing in­volved in lo­cal pro­duc­tions,’’ she said.

“They are also in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in Mulkadee, as­sist­ing the work­shop lead­ers as a pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity.

“If the Mulkadee ex­pe­ri­ence can ig­nite a pas­sion in some of our stu­dents to pur­sue a ca­reer and/ or a life­long en­gage­ment in the arts, then we have achieved our ob­jec­tive.”

Over the

years, many stu­dents who have par­tic­i­pated in Mulkadee have

gone on to de­velop ca­reers in the en­ter­tain­ment and arts in­dus­try

DREAM CHASERS: From the pres­ti­gious NIDA are ( from left) Daniella La­cob, Sean Hall, Jack El­lis, Margie Breen and Ju­lian Curtis.

Pic­tures: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

NOTE­WOR­THY: Chloe Has­son, 16, of St Mar­garet Mary's.

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