The Ac­tor Fac­tory – MMuDS’ youth drama pro­gram

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AC­TOR Fac­tory is a Mans­field Mu­si­cal and Dra­matic So­ci­ety (MMuDS) youth drama ini­tia­tive, co-or­di­nated by MMuDS com­mit­tee mem­ber, Shan­nen An­drews.

Some 16 young peo­ple from the age of 10 par­tic­i­pate in the af­ter­school pro­gram each Tues­day from 4pm – 5.30pm at the Mans­field Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre.

Drama sports, mono­logues and duo­logues, team build­ing and the­atre skills, in­clud­ing light­ing and sound are all part of the pro­gram de­signed to give young peo­ple the skills that will help them to be in­volved in fu­ture MMuDS pro­duc­tions.

Last week the group took part in a singing work­shop with Ber­nadette Gif­ford who runs MMuDS’ Lo­cal Vo­cals pro­gram.

“There’s real value in train­ing young peo­ple how to sing in a group,” said Ber­nadette, “many peo­ple be­lieve they can’t sing, but af­ter vocal coach­ing they come away with a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.

“A lot of mu­si­cals re­quire a cho­rus and this is how many peo­ple be­come in­volved ini­tially in mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions.”

Last year Ac­tor Fac­tory co­or­di­na­tor, Shan­nen An­drews, went to New York to up­date her drama and the­atre skills and ear­lier this year at­tended the Vic­to­rian Drama League Youth The­atre pro­gram.

“The courses I have at­tended made me re­alise how valu­able early train­ing in drama is for young peo­ple,” said Shan­nen.

“When the op­por­tu­nity came up to take on run­ning the Ac­tor Fac­tory, I jumped at it.”

Ac­tor Fac­tory will run for the re­main­der of term 2, then de­pend­ing on feed­back and in­ter­est the MMuDS com­mit­tee will con­sider of­fer­ing fur­ther courses.

Through the in­volve­ment of vol­un­teer train­ers, MMuDS has man­aged to keep the cost of Ac­tor Fac­tory to an af­ford­able $5 per week.

MMuDS pres­i­dent, Michael Is­bis­ter, said that the pro­gram had been most suc­cess­ful and he praised the par­tic­i­pants who were keen, cour­te­ous, pre­pared to work in a group and will­ing to learn the­atre skills.

“It’s our goal to in­vest in young peo­ple to as­sist their per­sonal devel­op­ment and en­sure the fu­ture of MMuDS,” he said.

In­ter­est in the Ac­tor Fac­tory can be di­rected to sec­re­[email protected] mmuds.org.au.

Young ac­tors learn how to por­tray their char­ac­ters on stage at the Mans­field Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre youth drama pro­gram.

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