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.

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