Base­ment Com­pany au­di­tions

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - RICHARD MAYS

Ev­ery per­for­mance ca­reer starts some­where. Take Laura Daniel - co-cre­ator of TV3’s Funny Girls, and a reg­u­lar on Jono and Ben.

Daniel first drew at­ten­tion dur­ing a Palmer­ston North Girls’ High pro­duc­tion of Nun­sense in 2006, and for the part she played in its se­quel the fol­low­ing year.

That was also when Daniel joined Cen­tre­point’s Base­ment Com­pany, and per­formed in its film noir spoof pro­duc­tion of Brain Power di­rected by Jamie McCaskill.

The Base­ment Com­pany ‘old girl’ re­turned to Cen­tre­point last year to take part in a night of White Rab­bit, Red Rab­bit.

Other Base­ment Com­pany alumni in­clude stunt­man Jamie Smith, dancer and ac­tor Ria Sim­mons and play­wright Adam Goodall.

The train­ing ini­tia­tive was set up in 2005 by Cen­tre­point’s then artis­tic di­rec­tor Si­mon Ferry, to give promis­ing se­condary drama stu­dents a taste of a ter­tiary level the­atre school.

Now en­ter­ing its thir­teenth year, Base­ment Co is set to re­launch as an in­ten­sive the­atre train­ing pro­gramme for young ac­tors aged 16 to 21 years.

The pro­gramme would be over­seen by Cen­tre­point The­atre’s newly ap­pointed creative di­rec­tor Daniel Pen­gelly, who ran the renowned Court Youth The­atre Com­pany in Christchurch.

‘‘Base­ment Com­pany’s pro­gramme gives pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence, act­ing tools, and chal­lenges its mem­bers to be con­scious and ar­tic­u­late artists,’’ Pen­gelly said.

Lim­ited places are avail­able to am­bi­tious, com­mit­ted and tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als who will meet weekly to gain ex­po­sure to pro­fes­sional act­ing, di­rect­ing, and life as a the­atre prac­ti­tioner.

For 2017 com­pany mem­bers, the pro­gramme will cost $600 - or $150 per term, and can be paid in in­stal­ments by prior ar­range­ment.

This cov­ers weekly work­shops un­der the tute­lage of pro­fes­sional prac­ti­tion­ers, free ad­mis­sion to ev­ery Cen­tre­point main­bill show, and the op­por­tu­nity to be part of a pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tion in Wil­liam Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

Au­di­tions will be held on Satur­day, March 11 at The Dark Room. Name, age and con­tact de­tails should be sent to Pen­gelly at Cen­tre­point.

DAVID WHITE

‘‘Funny Girls’’’ Laura Daniel is an alum­nus of Cen­tre­point’s Base­ment Com­pany.

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