Des­ti­na­tion Oz

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage -

DANCER Billy Hal­ton will fol­low the Yel­low Brick Road these school hol­i­days when the sec­ondyear WAAPA stu­dent per­forms as Tin Man in Prompt Corner pro­duc­tion, The Wizard of Oz, pre­sented by Act-Be­long-Com­mit.

Fel­low WAAPA dancer Mar­cell Stei­dle and John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts stu­dent Brent Carson will round out the trio of Lion and Scare­crow.

All three were of­fered their parts by Prompt Corner artis­tic direc­tor Diana Wal­dron through their work with Perth City Bal­let, which Wal­dron also di­rects.

“We were all quite in­ter­ested and it’s al­ways nice to ex­pand your hori­zons,” Hal­ton said.

“It’s great work­ing with the other guys; we have fun and work well to­gether.

“There’s a lot of move­ment in it and each sec­tion of the show has a lit­tle dance to go with it; I have a tap solo and I’ve never done tap danc­ing be­fore, so it’s been in­ter­est­ing.

“The act­ing and speak­ing is quite chal­leng­ing for me and I’m learn­ing a lot.”

Hal­ton got his start as a dancer in a rather un­con­ven­tional way, through his am­bi­tion to at­tend John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts.

“I was des­per­ately try­ing to get into John Curtin how­ever I could and au­di­tioned for ev­ery pro­gram,” the 19-year-old said.

“Dance was the one I got into and thought I’d give it a go.”

Hal­ton is part of a 32-mem­ber cast fea­tur­ing per­form­ers from across the Perth met­ro­pol­i­tan area in the one-hour show.

He said he had been for­tu­nate enough to squeeze The Wizard of Oz re­hearsals in dur­ing his WAAPA com­mit­ments and his sched­ule was made eas­ier now thanks to mid-year break.

“It’s a won­der­ful show and we bring a lot of hu­mour to it. And there’s some fun in­ter­ac­tion with the au­di­ence too,” Hal­ton said.


Wil­liam Hal­ton, Sophie Marsh, Brent Carson, Char­lotte Fenn and Madi­son Hall (9). Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie

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