Fam­i­lies told to ‘act out’ in new pro­gram

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS YOUR SAY - SAM TURNER sam.turner@cnbtimes.com.au

IT’S time for North Bur­nett res­i­dents to ‘act out’ af­ter months of coro­n­avirus iso­la­tion.

An on­line Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund pro­gram called Act Out is set to be­gin in July, treat­ing those in the re­gion to sev­eral weeks of on­line per­form­ing arts mas­ter­classes.

The se­ries of interactiv­e home chal­lenges and ex­er­cises was cre­ated in re­sponse to the rise of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Arts fa­cil­i­ta­tor Rachel Koster said the shut­downs caused sev­eral planned drama ses­sions, projects, and mas­ter­classes to be can­celled.

“This new con­cept was put to­gether to still pro­vide up­lift­ing and en­gag­ing cre­ative ex­pres­sion op­por­tu­ni­ties for the artis­tic pro­gram,” Ms Koster said.

“Some parts of the pro­gram will suit those with act­ing ex­pe­ri­ence or a keen in­ter­est in it, and other ac­tiv­i­ties will be com­pletely open to any­one.”

Fam­ily and house­hold based ac­tiv­i­ties will be avail­able, part­nered with in­di­vid­ual chal­lenges to test your art skills.

Script work will then be on the cards, along with top­ics such as pod­casts, com­edy, char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment, au­di­tion tools, and more.

A high­light of the pro­gram, ac­cord­ing to Ms Koster, was the ad­di­tion of hour-long guest mas­ter­classes with en­ter­tain­ment pro­fes­sion­als.

“Fea­tured guests are ac­tors Michala Banas (McLeod’s Daugh­ters), Kym Valen­tine (Neigh­bours), ac­tor and co­me­dian Gary Eck, pod­caster and jour­nal­ist Matt Collins and more,” she said.

“Par­tic­i­pants will be able to tune in at a set date and time and lis­ten to in­for­ma­tion­packed ses­sions from each pro­fes­sional and take part in a Q&A.”

Act Out is open to all, from school age chil­dren to teens, and par­ents to grand­par­ents.

To get in­volved, head to Act Out Com­mu­nity’s Face­book page.

“Watch the live talks to­gether and en­joy a shared ex­pe­ri­ence with their kids,” Ms Koster said.

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