Young ac­tor’s dual role in play

Central Leader - - NEWS - By SHEL­LEY GRECO

A Hills­bor­ough ac­tor who strug­gles to get parts hopes to prove his crit­ics wrong.

Zane Flem­ing has been act­ing since he was 6 and be­lieves the fact that he is short and ‘‘chubby’’ pre­vents him from be­ing cast.

Friends asked him what char­ac­ter he’d like to play and he set­tled for Ben­der, the crim­i­nal stu­dent from The Break­fast Club.

Fol­low­ing that con­ver­sa­tion, Flem­ing and friends set about bring­ing the pro­duc­tion to the stage, where he will play the lead role of Ben­der and will try his hand at pro­duc­ing.

The pro­duc­tion will be at the Play­house Theatre next month.

‘‘There’s a be­lief that younger ac­tors in Auck­land can’t put on a pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tion,’’ Flem­ing, 21, says.

‘‘We are not am­a­teur but we are all un­der 25.’’

The sto­ry­line fol­lows five teenagers who spend a Satur­day in de­ten­tion to­gether.

In Jan­uary, Flem­ing at­tended a two-week Hol­ly­wood im­mer­sive act­ing pro­gramme in the United States where he was taught the busi­ness side of act­ing.

‘‘[It was] ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic . . . the people we work with are the top

people in Los Angeles.’’

Photo: SHEL­LEY GRECO

Young pro­ducer: Zane Flem­ing says young people have the abil­ity to put on a pro­fes­sional stage pro­duc­tion.

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