Play­house sharp­ens skills

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They are a school drama troupe with­out a suit­able theatre but that has not pre­vented Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School from putting on their pro­duc­tion of A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream.

Close to 30 stu­dents have been catch­ing the train from Mt Al­bert to Glen Eden for re­hearsals at the Play­house Theatre.

Di­rec­tor Lilicherie McGre­gor says she chose the theatre be­cause stu­dents could get there cheaply and eas­ily on pub­lic trans­port.

Go­ing to the Play­house has also al­lowed the stu­dents to pick up skills they wouldn’t get at a pro­duc­tion held at the school, she says.

‘‘They are work­ing in a real theatre, on a real stage with real light­ing and sound,’’ she says.

‘‘The light­ing ex­pert there has been do­ing it for more than 30 years, he did a work­shop and trained up five stu­dents from year 9 to year 12 so that is a re­source we will have for years to come.’’

Head boy Liam Fer­gu­son says catch­ing the train for 40 min­utes has brought a dif­fer­ent sort of en­ergy to the play.

‘‘It does take a bit more com­mit­ment and in a way you have a bet­ter sense of unity with all the ac­tors con­sid­er­ing they are go­ing there quite late, trav­el­ling to­gether and putting in that ex­tra en­ergy.’’

The 17-year-old, who plays Oberon, says ev­ery mo­ment has been worth it.

‘‘It is thrilling to work in a theatre like this and put to­gether a pro­duc­tion of this scale.’’

Stu­dent Emma McShane, who plays Puck, says the au­di­ence should ex­pect the un­ex­pected.

‘‘We are get­ting to demon­strate not only the drama and act­ing side of things but also the dancing and mu­sic skills stu­dents have.’’

Drama time: Matthew But­ler, 16, and Der­rian God­frey, 17, in a scene from Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School’s pro­duc­tion

A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream.

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