Play sets stage for tal­ented broth­ers

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ROSE CAWLEY

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

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