Arts/Music/Film

A modern take on Snow White delivers ‘extra bite’!

Coffs Harbour’s rising young stars take to the stage on December 1st for two new shows by the Young Actors Studio: Snow White and Take A Bite.

The endless hours spent rehearsing will all be worth it when the curtains are raised on this edgy, modern day fairytale, featuring 52 students aged 8 to 18 years, who not only act, sing and dance, but also have input into the script, direction and work backstage.

Described as a cross between a Bruno Mars concert and Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, the first show titled ‘Snow White’ is staged by the junior ensemble (pictured left). The evil Queen has moves like Mick Jagger while a procession of crazy characters will have audiences of all ages rolling in the aisles.

The second show, ‘Take a Bite’, (picture below left) by the senior ensemble is set in a steampunk world where Snow White is kicked out of home by her evil stepmother and ends up on the streets. It’s a non-stop adventure featuring the Huntsman, the loveable Dwarves and many other favourites, singing and dancing to classic 80’s tunes.

Some of the talented cast have been training for up to 7 years with the Young Actors Studio, established in 2011 by Director, Belinda Lemair. Her mission is to give local youth the chance to learn the craft of acting and access opportunities not available regionally.

“It’s all about creating a pathway for kids who want to follow a professional career in theatre,” said Belinda. “Many hope to land a placement into an acting school or complete their University studies, secure an agent and finally work in the industry.”

Each year a group of hopefuls from the Young Actors Studio travel to Sydney for a week of workshops at schools like NIDA, AIM and the Actors Centre, sponsored by Bryant McKinnon Lawyers. Past students have successfully gone onto University studies and full time careers in creative industries including television and theatre.

Belinda adds the value of acting classes is more than just learning the finer points of performance. It’s providing a safe, creative space where young people can meet to express themselves and explore new roles for their own personal development.

“Students can try out different situations and choices to deal with problems, which may be from their own life. Their actions and consequences can be examined without the risks experimentation could lead to in the real world.”

All ticket proceeds will help cover the costs of staging the productions by the Young Actors Studio, who also rely on the support from sponsor, Bryant McKinnon Lawyers.

Young Actors Studio perform two shows on Saturday 1st December:-
2.00–3.15pm: ‘Snow White’ & 6.30–8.30pm: ‘Take A Bite’
Lifehouse Theatre, 167 Orlando St, Coffs Harbour

Tickets $10 concession, $15 adults, cash only at the door 1hr before show

Or pre-purchase 27 Nov 4.30-5.30pm; O Block Theatre, Coffs Harbour Education Campus

Call 0408 169 415 or bmlemair@gmail.com

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