Actor ascends from Basement
The UCOL Performing Arts scholarship for 2016 has been awarded to Sarah-Paige Sturm of Awatapu College. It’s a scholarship awarded annually to a member of Centrepoint Theatre’s Basement Company.
‘‘Sarah-Paige has shown dedication to her work throughout the year,’’ says Basement Company director Craig Geenty. ‘‘She has a strong presence on stage and is a natural leader within the company."
The Basement Company is made up of Manawatu secondary student actors, selected by audition each year. This is the eleventh year Centrepoint Theatre has run the company, which is aimed at giving young actors a taste of working in a professional theatre environment.
This year, in a first for the company, members were cast in the ensemble of Frankenstein, performing to sell-out crowds.
‘‘Being part of the Basement Company and the cast of Frankenstein has fuelled my passion as a performer, and helped me grow as a person,’’ Sturm said.
Centrepoint Theatre’s artistic director, Jeff Kingsford-Brown says the UCOL theatre scholarship provides a tremendous opportunity for a Basement Company student to extend their practical knowledge base, and hopefully put them on the first rung of the performing arts ladder.
UCOL’s Diploma in Performing Arts is a one-year fulltime course led and offers introductory training for aspiring theatre professionals with the scholarship covering one semester’s tuition.
Acting head of UCOL’s School of Photography Art and Design, Tricia Falkner says there were some stunning young candidates for the scholarship, and UCOL is looking forward to helping SarahPaige develop her skills in 2016.
Actor Sarah Tuck as a not-so jolly trolley dolly in her solo comedy show The Things We Do on in The Dark Room this week.