Teenagers create film production

PRACTICE: The mentorship team is fostering an acceptance of self and a passion for personal goals among the participants. Photo: Emily Sanderson
PRACTICE: The mentorship team is fostering an acceptance of self and a passion for personal goals among the participants. Photo: Emily Sanderson

More than 45 teenagers and performing artists have been working hard producing a youth production which celebrates what it means to be different.

The multi-discipline production, Mavericks and Misfits, tells a tale of self-discovery and celebrates what it means to be unique.

The plot was devised by the teenagers themselves and tells the story through drama, dance, circus and song. 

The teenagers have been collaborating with the region’s performing artists to write the script and song lyrics, choreograph dances and perfect circus tricks.

They are creating all aspects of the show from creating characters and designing costumes to documenting the production process through photography and film. 

Theatre mentor Jen Bray said the adults working on the project had been blown away by the creative response from the young people.

“The kids wanted to tell an exciting story so there’s lots of action, drama, and plenty of comedy.

“They wanted to have the chance to play quirky, fascinating characters and have them all come together in a grand adventure. They are coming up with ideas we would never have thought of. It’s going to be an electrifying show,” she said. 

The project has involved weekly practice with mentors in smaller groups, while the whole production has met once a month.

Performance mentors include theatre directors Jen Bray and Kirstie Babbage, songwriter Geoffrey Williams, who wrote for the likes of Michael Jackson and Dusty Springfield, choreographer Joanne Tsakoumagos, from Inside Out Dance Theatre, Sprung Circus’ Mara Macs and writer Mark Dickenson, who has written for Channel 10’s Neighbours, ABC TV and SBS. 

The project, funded by Creative Victoria through the Regional Centre for Culture, brings together young people living in Hepburn and Alexander Shires, giving them a chance to socialise with others who share their passions, build confidence and develop skills in performing arts.

The project will culminate in performances from June 27 to 30 at Daylesford Town Hall.