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A call for young as­pir­ing ac­tors could be the be­gin­ning of a ca­reer in per­for­mance. Cen­tre­point Theatre’s Base­ment Com­pany has up to 17 spots avail­able for 16 to 18 year olds.

For teens se­ri­ous about theatre, Cen­tre­point’s artis­tic di­rec­tor Jeff Kings­ford-Brown says the pro­gramme of­fers an in­sight into theatre prac­tice.

‘‘Apart from per­form­ing they get to see the me­chan­ics and ev­ery­day work­ings of a pro­fes­sional theatre. They get to work with in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and they can ex­pect it to be fan­tas­tic fun, but it’s not a drama club – it takes com­mit­ment, and in re­turn, we give them the best time we can.’’ The pro­gramme runs over eight months, with a site spe­cific pro­duc­tion in con­junc­tion with Te Manawa, ‘‘in amongst the col­lec­tions’’ and cul­mi­nates in a fi­nal pro­duc­tion. ‘‘They also get to come to all of the Cen­tre­point Theatre pro­duc­tions for the year and be­come part of the fam­ily here.’’

At the end of the year, one com­pany mem­ber re­ceives a schol­ar­ship to help with ter­tiary study. This year’s Base­ment Com­pany di­rec­tor is ‘‘young, upand-com­ing di­rec­tor’’, Sa­muel Phillips

Open Base­ment Com­pany au­di­tions are at the theatre this Sun­day March 13 with more in­for­ma­tion at .cen­tre­

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