Play sets stage for talented brothers
A flair for acting runs in the Elliot family.
Keegan and Anton Elliot’s parents met in a production of Grease and the boys grew up with the spotlight heavily thrown on dramatics.
But it wasn’t until they both graced the stage with their father in 2012 that their own passion took off.
‘‘It is the fact that you get to bring enjoyment to someone else’s life as well as your own,’’ Keegan says.
The Mt Eden boys are taking to the stage in the Epsom Girls Grammar School and Auckland Grammar School combined production of Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Director Anna Richardson says the boys bring an astounding skill set to the stage.
‘‘They were both amazing in their auditions, lots of character came through from both of them.’’
She says it was an easy decision to cast Anton in the lead role of Sweeney Todd. Keegan is in the ensemble.
‘‘He auditioned for Anthony as well. It was amazing, we heard him as Sweeney and we were like ‘ boom, that’s it’ and then he sang Anthony which was equally as good but completely different as a character so we knew he was very talented from the first audition.’’
She says the brothers, who have no formal musical training, polished up their vocals during the 13 weeks of rehearsals.
‘‘I have had the opportunity to teach a lot because the boys at Grammar don’t have drama classes and have never been taught how to act. It was important that every single person on the stage felt that they were important – they have to have a reason to be there and feel valued and I think that is why this production has worked so well, they’ve felt they had that creative license.’’
The project involves more than 100 students from both schools.
Brotherly love: Siblings Keegan, 15, and Anton Elliot, 16 are taking to the stage in a production of