Logan's youth theatre program continues in 2015
Published: 19 May 2015
Highly successful youth theatre program, Traction, is continuing in Logan City in 2015 thanks to confirmed funding for another three years from the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) is thrilled to be able to continue the Logan youth theatre ensemble, with 40 students already on board and rehearsing a production piece for Queensland Music Festival's extravaganza, Under This Sky: Logan's Musical Celebration, to be staged in August.
The additional Federal Government funding of $240,000 recognises Traction's importance in strengthening communities and promoting inclusion and participation in community cohesion.
An initiative of the Logan: City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan, Traction involves free weekly workshops for young people in Logan City aged 13 to 19. Participants work with actors and artists through workshops in acting, drama, signing, writing, stage management, beat boxing, stage combat, dance and movement.
The aim is for all participants to discover their confidence, deepen or expand their talents, learn how to think critically about performance and career pathways in the arts, and work with respect and acceptance in a diverse group.
The program was held for the first time last year, culminating in an acclaimed performance at the Logan Entertainment Centre in November. Rehearsals are held in the Logan Central Community Centre.
QTC Producer New Work and Development, Shari Irwin, said that along with performance, technical and team-building skills – taught by industry professionals – the Traction participants attend productions in Brisbane throughout the year, with the opportunity to meet the artists involved.
"The Traction participants have already attended four performances in Logan and Brisbane this year: KELLY by Matthew Ryan, THE 7 STAGES OF GRIEVING by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman, BRISBANE by Matthew Ryan, and ARGUS by the Dead Puppet Society," Ms Irwin said.
"It's fantastic to see the group develop their understanding of the performing arts sector, give a critical analysis of the plays they have seen, and deepen their self-assurance. I am consistently impressed by the respect they show for each other and the artists they meet and work with through Traction."
As well as being part of the Queensland Music Festival production in August, this year's Traction participants will also perform a work of their own at the Logan Entertainment Centre on October 24.
For more information on Traction: www.queenslandtheatre.com.au/Education-and-Youth/Youth-Program/Traction