20 December 2017
The Positive Benefits of Drama – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
Last week Interchange Australia’s drama group the Stage Fright Players performed A Cracking Christmas Cruise to delighted audiences, with some commenting that it had been “their best performance yet!”. Both nights had audiences in laughter as they watched this original entertaining production!
The Stage Fright Players meet weekly to develop their skills in theatre production, including acting, directing, writing, set design, lighting, sound and costuming under the professional guidance of Director Mandy Bransgrove. The inspiring, supportive environment increases participants’ creative expression abilities, builds confidence and develops communication skills of all clients.
The positive benefits of joining the Stage Fright Players include:
• increasing communication skills – we develop positive ways of showcasing client’s abilities, in our production of Bonanza Shelley used her iPad to communicate her lines.
• increasing self-confidence – one performer recently went home after his performance and told his family “I was brilliant”. We foster an environment where clients’ feel safe and confident to express themselves and showcase their abilities.
• recognising individual talents – at Interchange Australia we recognise individual strengths and personalities, and positively showcase these in performances. Whether you are interested in acting, sound, lighting or narrating we have a role for you!
• increasing creativity and imagination – all of our performances are original productions! They write their own scripts and each actor is supported to create their own characters and design their own costumes.
• promoting cooperation and teamwork – there is great sense of cooperation amongst members in an empathic and encouraging environment. Every week there is a focus on different drama skills, providing an opportunity to work in smaller groups and increasing different skill levels.
• FUN – lastly but not least you are guaranteed to LAUGH and have fun!
The Stage Fright Players rehearse on Wednesday evenings at Welby Hall. Anyone interested in joining the Stage Fright Players are welcome to attend a rehearsal and see how the drama program is structured and to ask our staff any questions. New participants are welcome to join all year round!
For more information, please call 1300 112 334.