Craigieburn youth to set the scene

Young people in Hume

Young people in Craigieburn are set to tread the boards as part of the recently-established Craigieburn Youth Theatre group.

Residents from across Hume are invited to sit in the audience of the group’s new production at 6pm on Thursday 14 April 2016, at the Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the performance would cover a number of serious subjects.

“The members of Craigieburn Youth Theatre have scripted a show that touches on the issues that affect people right across Hume, and Australia,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“The production will consider topics like family violence, self-esteem, mental health and self-harm, and the performers shall give their perspectives on these social issues.

“The night is set to be very interactive, as performers act out particular scenarios, and ask members of their audience to suggest what should happen next.

“Some people from the audience may also be invited to come on stage and take part in particular scenes.

“This is a show by young people, for young people, although residents of all ages are encouraged to attend for what should be a thought-provoking night.”

Craigieburn Youth Theatre commenced in September 2015, as an initiative of Hume City Council.

Teenagers attend weekly workshops on Friday afternoons at the Craigieburn Youth Centre, where they practice a variety of skills.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the young people who would soon perform have worked on their show for many weeks.

“It’s really a terrific way for the youth of Craigieburn and beyond to express themselves,” she said.

“The participants have come up with the ideas for the show, and worked in all aspects of its production.

“They have written a script, rehearsed their parts, prepared costumes, and even directed the show.

“Craigieburn Youth Theatre has helped young people to develop talents that can assist them to perform on stage or even work behind the scenes.

“Many well-known Australians started in youth theatre, and I’m confident that a number of our performers may want to follow in the footsteps of people like Magda Szubanski and Rob Sitch.

“Performance on stage allows actors to gauge how an audience reacts, and that’s a rare thing in a world in which entertainment is increasingly centred around a screen.”

Hume runs a wide range of programs for young people aged between 12 and 24 years.

Council’s youth services team coordinates school holiday activities, drop-in sessions, and a popular youth leaders initiative.

Hume also offers counselling to youth who simply want to talk about something that is on their mind.

People who would like to attend the Craigieburn Youth Theatre performance can reserve a seat through Council’s youth services team, on 03 9205 2556 or youth@hume.vic.gov.au

For further information about activities for young people across Hume, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 6 April 2016


Updated : 4:16 PM, 13 April 2016

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