Our high school years often involve drama classes and being on stage in live theatre but the need to pursue a career and perhaps start a family often means those theatre interests have to take a back seat.
But all is not lost!
Four young women have recently reignited their passion for the performing arts by auditioning for and securing roles in Bay Theatre Players’ next production, House on Fire.
The play, written by well-known Australian playwright Debra Oswald, has a cast of 11 females ranging in age from 12-40.
And, it was the perfect vehicle for local young women, Michaella Finch, Ash Magoffin, Rachael Golbach and Patti Gray to get involved.
Michaella has performed in such high school productions as The Rocky Horror Show and Grease and spent time in New York exploring other opportunities.
Last year she completed a degree at Canberra University and recently moved to the Bay.
“I decided to join BTP to further develop my stage skills and continue to have a creative outlet,” Michaella said.
Ash said: “I’ve always enjoyed participating in theatre and have been lucky enough to be involved in a variety of genres ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary works.
“I am returning to theatre as I love the community aspect behind a production and find there's rarely anything as fascinating as the human psyche.”
Rachael spent a lot of time in the theatre while growing up because her mum is a dance teacher!
“I was in shows on stage as a kid and into my early teens and I've wanted to get back into it ever since,” Rachael said. “House on Fire has given me the opportunity to reconnect with the theatre. I'm having heaps of fun so far!”
Patti was involved in theatre 10 years ago but then life with two kids became very hectic. She has worked in backstage roles and after stepping up to be stage manager on House on Fire was instead offered a role in the play.
“Everyone is lovely and it’s good to be able to step out of my life for a moment and indulge my love of theatre in such a hands-on way,” she said.
House director, Lyn Sterling said: “These four amazingly energetic and enthusiastic young women are a real asset to our production. Come see what they have to offer on stage from October 15-28 at The Playhouse. Tickets will go on sale from September 18, at Batemans Bay Newsagency in Orient Street or by phoning 4472 5811.”
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