Two start cre­ative drama class for kids

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By SHAN­NON OSRIN

TEENAGER Jo­hannes Korn­berger (18) and part­ner Elsa Sil­ber­stein (17) have started a drama-cre­ativ­ity course called A Lit­tle Loud for chil­dren in Mos­man Park.

Mr Korn­berger hopes to in­spire young peo­ple to get in­volved in arts and to build their self-con­fi­dence.

“I no­tice this more and more when I spend time with my older friend’s younger sis­ters and broth­ers, as they are in­creas­ingly bored by the arts and not of­ten want­ing to en­gage in things a lit­tle out­side of their com­fort zone and that re­ally wor­ries me,” he said.

“I’d love to in­spire young peo­ple to be more com­fort­able not only with them­selves but work­ing with a group.

“I guess it is re­ally about pass­ing on that fas­ci­na­tion that I have with the arts to other peo­ple.”

Mr Korn­berger said he had been in­volved in the arts for a long time.

“I’m born in Fre­man­tle and I at­tended a small pri­vate school where we did a per­for­mance ev­ery month and that was the be­gin­ning of my in­tro­duc­tion to the arts,” he said.

“Now I’m at­tend­ing John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts in Fre­man­tle where I’m in a spe­cial­ist tal­ented drama pro­gram and that is quite in­tensely fo­cused on drama and the arts, not only on act­ing but the the­ory of dra­matic art.

“I have also been in­volved in a lot of out-of-school pro­duc­tions, such as Jan­uary’s Keep­ing Time, which is this Fringe show that I’m in­volved with not only in an act­ing ca­pac­ity but also I have been writ­ing the mu­si­cal score for that.”

Ms Sil­ber­stein said she has al­ways been pas­sion­ate about the arts.

“I grew up in Bangkok in an ex­pat com­mu­nity and I was en­cour­aged to do all the plays and ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said.

“I have al­ways been in the school plays and the school mu­si­cals.

“Re­cently I have been in­volved in the Fringe Fes­ti­val, where I was a pub­li­cist for the show Keep­ing Time and it was sold out for all the seven nights that it was on, so that was re­ally ex­cit­ing.

“At school, we have done drama per­for­mances and also im­pro­vi­sa­tion and since I have been ex­posed to that and the Fringe and in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple from the arts, I have seen that ben­e­fit.”

Classes start at Mosarts on Fe­bru­ary 14 from 3-4pm. En­try is $25 a week per child.

Elsa Sil­ber­stein play­ing with some kids.

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