Dance away the clas­sics

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - The Tales of Beatrix Pot­ter Perth Town Hall July 5 and 6 www.tick­et­mas­

MIS­CHIEVOUS and play­ful char­ac­ters called Peter seem to be dancer Brent Car­son’s forte when cast in Prompt Cor­ner chil­dren’s pro­duc­tions.

Af­ter danc­ing in Swan Lake for Perth City Bal­let, City Beach artis­tic di­rec­tor Diana Wal­dron saw the po­ten­tial to com­bine the 17 year old’s tal­ent with act­ing and in­vited Car­son to per­form in Prompt Cor­ner shows, which Wal­dron also di­rects.

He be­gan in Peter Pan as the ti­tle char­ac­ter and is pre­par­ing for his lat­est role as Peter Rab­bit in The Tales of Beatrix Pot­ter at Perth Town Hall.

Car­son, who grad­u­ated from John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts and is in his first year of dance at WAAPA, said Pot­ter’s lov­able rab­bit was def­i­nitely a part of his child­hood clas­sics.

“I read about Peter Rab­bit and Jeremy Fisher,” he said.

“Mar­cell Stei­del from WAAPA is play­ing Jeremy Fisher and I’ve been re­hears­ing with him a lot and then there’s been one-on-one re­hearsals with Diana to work on my tech­nique for some of the so­los.

“Mar­cell and I are the old­est in the cast of about 20. There are a few per­form­ers a cou­ple of years younger and also a few lit­tle kids who play group roles.”

Car­son, who is also the nar­ra­tor, said he en­joyed per­form­ing for a younger au­di­ence.

“It’s just the great­est feel­ing when you see their faces light up as they watch these char­ac­ters come to life,” he said.

“It’s def­i­nitely my favourite part of it.”

Car­son said he had al­ways loved to dance and did mostly tap danc­ing be­fore re­dis­cov­er­ing his pas­sion for clas­si­cal bal­let in Year 8.

“My dream com­pany is The Royal Bal­let in Lon­don, but I’ll start at any com­pany and build my way up as a clas­si­cal dancer; that’s the goal,” he said.

“My fam­ily are re­ally sup­port­ive (he has three younger sib­lings) and I think my mum’s a bit jeal­ous. She’s the one who got me into danc­ing from the start.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d470236

Brent Car­son stars as Peter Rab­bit in The Tales of Beatrix Pot­ter WHAT: WHERE: WHEN: TICK­ETS: at Perth Town Hall dur­ing the first week of the July school hol­i­days.

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