The vibrant Rock ‘n Roll extravaganza on September 20, 21 and 22 at the Eltham College Performance Centre provides a platform for youth both under the spotlight and backstage, and cements Nillumbik Shire’s standing as the arts mecca of outer Melbourne.
The production of the iconic story of Rock ‘n Roll saving the Bourbon Room in danger of closing down to big business in the ‘80s, has been made possible through Council funding and staff assistance, and a State Government Freeza grant.
Council’s Arts Advisory Committee chair Karen Egan said the production was not only good entertainment but provided a platform to nurture creativity and talent.
“Being part of a production not only promotes health and wellbeing among young people but also stages a career path for many interested in theatre,” Egan said.
“It engages young people aged between 12 and 25, fosters talent and is in line with Council’s Health and Wellbeing Plan.”
“I’ve been there from the first rehearsals back in the beginning of the year. It’s wonderful to watch the transformation of young people as they grow and blossom into their roles. We need to foster these young people as much as we do those in the sports codes,” Cr Egan said.
There are many success stories: a young person involved in stage production is now studying stage management, while another who learned stage lighting skills is now working in the industry.
Mayor Peter Clarke congratulated Council’s Youth Team for helping direct three hours of weekly rehearsals since February.
Cr Clarke said it was a privilege for Council to foster young talent.
“Being part of a production gives them a sense of purpose and belonging. It’s wonderful to hear how their skills and friendships have grown,” Cr Clarke said.
The money from the tickets gets ploughed back into the Nillumbik Youth Theatre program.
A 12-member Nillumbik Youth Theatre committee has been set up to take over the management of next year’s production, further empowering young people.
Council will work in tandem with the committee and will provide event management and governance training for the self-nominated members to run the show themselves.
For tickets to the matinee and evening shows go to www.trybooking.com/VKXN