Performing arts company looking for new youth members

JOIN UP: Members of the Gladstone Performing Arts Company with Sarah Bobart.
JOIN UP: Members of the Gladstone Performing Arts Company with Sarah Bobart. Tegan Annett

STUDENT numbers at Gladstone Performing Arts Company have halved since last year.

But co-ordinator Sarah Bobart is hopeful the youth theatre group can re-gain those lost numbers.

GPAC was established 18 months ago and meets every Tuesday at 4.15pm.

However, due to the fall in numbers, Ms Bobart has had to combine all ages into one group, which she said was not ideal.

"I think it's partly because a lot of people are involved in the combined school musical, which is great, and hopefully most will come back when that finishes," she said.

Previously the youth theatre group separated participants into three age groups.

The committee decided it was a good way to showcase the talent here without having a huge production as a first show.

"(It's not) ideal having Year 4s with Year 9s; they are at completely different stages and it would be easier if they were separated into different groups," she said.

This year the group will team up with the Company of Voices to hold its first production, Musical Revenue, showcasing 100 years of musical theatre.

"It's a look into the last 100 years of musical theatre; so it will have songs from musicals from the 1900s, through to today," Ms Bobart said.

"The committee decided it was a good way to showcase the talent here without having a huge production as a first show," she said.

Being part of the performing arts company can provide a creative outlet, one which children may not get during school time in their younger years.

"Boomtown really showed that there was a lot of talent in Gladstone," Ms Bobart said.

"We (GPAC) are here for the community, and anyone with an interest in the performing arts; whether it's on stage or behind stage, everyone is welcome.

"It's a great place to meet new people and let out your creative juices," Ms Bobart said.

For more information about the Gladstone Performing Arts Company, visit their Facebook page, Gladstone Performing Arts Company.

Alternatively, head along on Tuesday afternoons to the Salvation Army Hall, Goondoon St, Gladstone, from 4.15pm.

GPAC

  • Established 18 months ago.
  • Meets at the Salvation Army Hall on Tuesdays at 4.15pm.
  • See their Facebook page, Gladstone Performing Arts Company for more details.