Mother of all shows

Lo­cal mums go from YouTube to TV series

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - PEYTON HUTCHINS peyton.hutchins@news.com.au

TWO Gold Coast mums will take to the big screen in their own TV show after their web minis­eries was picked up by the Ten Net­work.

Stage Mums tells the story of two Gold Coast moth­ers, Shaz and Trace, as they try to take their teen daugh­ters to the top of the stage scene.

Stars Anna Wa­ters-Massey and Tara Page have been se­cretly shoot­ing at Ms Wa­ters-Massey’s Gold Coast fam­ily home for the past year and can now re­veal that the show will air on Channel 11.

Ms Wa­ters-Massey said it started as a way of keep­ing her and Ms Page ac­tive in act­ing – and then the idea grew and grew.

“I be­gan writ­ing skits for Tara, to keep us ac­tive in act­ing and to have fun and then the idea grew and a pro­ducer came on board,” she said.

“It’s crazy to think we started with just Tara and I in my kitchen post­ing YouTube videos, which any­one can do – to now where we have a cast of 30 and our own TV show, it just proves any­one can do it.”

Stage Mums draws from Ms Wa­ters-Massey’s time per­form­ing and man­ag­ing her own daugh­ter’s ca­reer, but she said she never went over­board.

“Some par­ents spend way more when they’re do­ing the com­pe­ti­tions, they’re join­ing agents and ev­ery cast­ing site,” she said.

“I guess if you’ve got lots of money, you in­vest it in what you think is go­ing to get your kid and your­self more op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The show will fea­ture guest ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing Ms Wa­ters-Massey’s daugh­ter and H20 star Cleo Massey.

Though she said the show is all in good fun, she hopes those who see their lives in the char­ac­ters can laugh at them­selves. “It’s very tongue in cheek, self-dep­re­cat­ing hu­mour,” she said.

Keep an eye out on their so­cial me­dia to find out the first episode’s re­lease date.

Pic­ture: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

Tara Page (plays Trace Gro­gan), Brooke Lee (plays Pene­lope Kings­ford-Smythe), Cleo Massey (plays Shenaya Dicker) and Anna Wa­ters-Massey (plays Shaz Dicker) on set.

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