Central State School students learn about mime, slapstick and other visual comedy routines with the help of Charlie Chaplin’s silent movies and an InterAct workshop.
Central State School students learn about mime, slapstick and other visual comedy routines with the help of Charlie Chaplin’s silent movies and an InterAct workshop. Contributed

Drama classes start for kids

A NEW drama school will be launched with a free open day in Gympie this Saturday with mask making, mime and a performance by Queensland Arts Council to showcase what InterAct is about.

Gympie is the first town to have an InterAct school with future expansions planned for the Sunshine Coast.

InterAct is the brainchild of Tony Kishawi, a former NIDA teacher and actor, director, creator and producer.

He is also a successful Queensland Arts Council contributor.

During his performing career, spanning 35 years, Mr Kishawi discovered a lifetime passion for developing the talents of other performers.

Since graduating at the Victorian College of Arts in 1980 he has been pursuing a love of performance theatre through Commedia dell ’Arte, incorporating extensive training in mime, clowning, move.

This experience and knowledge in his field led Mr Kishawi to teach a master class at the 2009 Queensland Drama Teachers Conference and publish a teaching manual that enables teachers to successfully convey the magic and history of Commedia dell ‘Arte in a method understood only by a performer.

“InterAct drama classes are based on student-centred learning.

"We use theatre games, masks, puppetry, mime, all the fun stuff of theatre,” he said.

“Students create the Youth Theatre.

"They are shown the tools of theatre and allowed to play and create their own ideas.

"This creates a feeling of ownership.”

While the first round of InterAct drama classes are aimed at primary school-aged children, classes for adults as well has high school aged students are currently being planned.

“This type of theatre doesn’t lend itself to musicals or plays off-the-shelf but more of a home-grown self devised performance,” he added.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who would be interested.”

The free open day will be held at the AICM building, Channon St, Saturday, from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

Class registrations on the day or phone 5408 2137.

Gympie Times


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