The region’s youth get into character with a selection of masks used in drama classes as props.
The region’s youth get into character with a selection of masks used in drama classes as props.

Youth 'interact' in new drama school

THERE’S no shortage of talent among Gympie’s youth – it spilled out at an open day at the weekend to showcase the new drama school, InterAct Youth Theatre.

The unique event, held at the Australian Institute of Country Music interactive, was a lot of fun and a great way for parents and children to experience the special classes, which are about improving self-confidence in young people.

“This is all about learning to be confident in an environment where it’s not about who wins, it’s about who you are,” one parent said.

InterAct is the brainchild of Gympie Civic Centre curator Tony Kishawi, a former NIDA teacher and actor, director, creator and producer, and successful Queensland Arts Council contributor.

In fact, Arts Council performed a free show on the day called Thoughts Have Feelings Too, which was directed by Mr Kishawi. The play discusses feelings, emotions and positive thought in a fun way.

“The day was overwhelmingly successful,” Mr Kishawi said.

“I was worried that no one would be able to come because the winter sports keeps everyone busy, but because of the rain the soccer was called off and we had a bottleneck at the door with people trying to get in.

“We had more than 75 kids of all ages, not counting their parents, in the AICM’s wonderful newly renovated building. We played drama games, made masks and the highlight of the day was the Arts Council performance. The show is touring as part of QAC’s Ontour Inschools Program 2011.”

Drama classes will be held after school hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning next week. The teaching method is a “student centred learning” methodology to encourage collaboration and creativity. Enrolments are still being accepted. Call Tony Kishawi on 5408 2137 or 0418 881 063, or email admin@interactyouththeatre.com.au. Adult classes also.

Gympie Times


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