Burnett families encouraged to ‘act out’ in isolation
IT'S time for North Burnett residents to 'act out' after months of coronavirus isolation.
An online Regional Arts Development Fund program called Act Out is set to begin in July, treating those in the region to several weeks of online performing arts masterclasses.
The series of interactive home challenges and exercises were created in response to the rise of the coronavirus pandemic.
Arts facilitator Rachel Koster said the shutdowns caused several planned drama sessions, projects, and masterclasses to be cancelled.
"This new concept was put together to still provide uplifting and engaging creative expression opportunities for the artistic program," Ms Koster said.
"Some parts of the program will suit those with acting experience or a keen interest in it, and other activities will be completely open to anyone."
Family and household based activities will be available, partnered with individual challenges to test your art skills.
Script work will then be on the cards, along with topics such as podcasts, comedy, character development, audition tools, and more.
A highlight of the program according to Ms Koster is the addition of hour-long guest masterclasses with entertainment professionals.
"Featured guests are actors Michala Banas (McLeod's Daughters), Kym Valentine (Neighbours), actor and comedian Gary Eck, podcaster and journalist Matt Collins and more," she said.
"Participants will be able to tune in at a set date and time and listen to information-packed sessions from each professional and take part in a Q&A."
Act Out is open to all, from school age children to teens, and parents to grandparents.
To get involved, head here to take part in the challenges as they're posted.
"This program encourages parents of younger children who are below social media age to join the page on their children's behalf and show them each challenge," Ms Koster said.
"Watch the live talks together and enjoy a shared experience with their kids. Parents may even learn some new skills.'