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 .centrepoint.co.nz.