Talent coaches combine forces

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A series of workshops for Oamaru’s promising performing artists is to be held at the Oamaru Opera House Ink Box.
Three workshops will be held over consecutive days next week, each focusing on a particular area.
On July 12, Anna Keno will take a workshop focusing on acting and the stage, while Vanessa Kelly-Brown will take a singing and performance workshop on July 13.
Maddy Maxwell will run an auditioning and film workshop on July 14.
Mrs Maxwell said the workshops had generated plenty of interest and about 50 pupils had signed up so far.
“People are like, `Wow, that looks like a really cool thing for my child’ … there’s been good interest.”
Mrs Keno said the collaborative effort showed Oamaru had a group of talented coaches, teachers and tutors, which was an advantage for local children and young people looking to get into performing arts.
Her workshop will be focused on speech and oral language skills, which she said were essential on the stage, and stage presence.
Other areas such as mime and improvisation will be covered.
Participants in Mrs Kelly-Brown’s workshop will work in groups on harmony and performance vocals, and perform songs they knew well to “sing with confidence”.
Mrs Maxwell said she hoped to develop confidence in her pupils’ abilities through “fun activities”, and show them that acting on stage was different from acting on film.
They will make a short commercial, which will be filmed.

The school holiday workshops will be held between 9am and 12pm each day, for those aged between 8 and 18. More information on the workshops can be found on the Perform It Facebook page.