Craigieburn youth to tread the boards

Young people in Craigieburn will now have the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of Australia’s legendary entertainers, and take part in youth theatre.

Hume City Council will commence Craigieburn Youth Theatre for residents who are aged between 12 and 24 years.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said Craigieburn Youth Theatre would deliver a terrific opportunity for many young people.

“Showbiz greats like Barry Humphries, Magda Szubanski and Rob Sitch all honed their craft in theatre groups, and we want to offer Hume’s young people a chance to express themselves on stage,” Cr Atmaca said.

“While many parts of the entertainment industry are based around a screen, such as a television, tablet or smartphone, it is theatre that enables people to perform directly in front of others.

“The stage permits performers to gauge how an audience reacts, and offers moments to be moved by their gasps, laughter and tears.

“Live theatre gives participants a tremendous adrenaline rush and helps people to build confidence, so we encourage any young person in Hume to give it a go.”

The theatre program will take place on Fridays from 4pm to 6pm at the Craigieburn Youth Centre, 83-85 Craigieburn Road.

Participants will be stimulated to develop theatre performances that are based on their own ideas and themes.

At the end of the year, young people will present their production on stage and in front of an audience.

Cr Atmaca said Craigieburn Youth Theatre has been designed to help develop a variety of skills.

“We’ve developed a comprehensive program in which young people will write scripts, improvise, act, direct, and nurture their musical talents,” he said.

“It will suit budding actors who are inspired by the likes of Lisa McCune and Hugh Jackman, as well as others who would like to work behind the scenes with a group of fun people.

“Melbourne is arguably Australia’s capital of theatre, and it’s wonderful to offer an opening for young people to practice their skills in a craft that has boomed in recent years.

“Theatre is such an exciting art form, and I look forward to seeing the stage shows of our very talented residents.”

Craigieburn Youth Theatre builds on a number of services that Council coordinates specifically for young people.

Hume’s Youth Services team runs school holiday programs, drop-in sessions, and a youth leaders’ initiative.

Council also makes counselling available for young people who wish to simply chat about something that is on their mind.

Many of the programs offered by Hume City Council enable youth to meet others in their neighbourhood, and make new friends.

Anyone who would like to join Craigieburn Youth Theatre should call 03 9205 2556 or email

Posted on 12:00 AM, 31 August 2015

Updated : 9:16 AM, 31 August 2015

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