Kingston theatre group shares love

Stars: Leading actors Archie Carruthers-Murray and Janelle Edwards work on their roles. Photo: supplied.

Stars: Leading actors Archie Carruthers-Murray and Janelle Edwards work on their roles. Photo: supplied.

What "love luggage" would you save from an approaching storm? That is the question the audience will be left to ponder after Kingston Community Theatre Group Inc's 2019 production, "Love" by Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer.

Rehearsals have been underway since May, with three performances scheduled for Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th August 2019. Twenty cast members are involved with this year's production and many young performers will be making their theatre debut.

The lead character, 12 year old Oslo Rogers, is played by Archie Carruthers-Murray who is a Year 5 student at Kingston Community School. Opposite Archie as Oslo's mum, Ruthy, will be Avenue local Janelle Edwards. Both are new to the theatre group this year.

The matinee performance on the Thursday is an opportunity for school and community groups to come along to watch some live theatre, which is one important reason that the group works so hard to put on a production. It is a fairly quick turnaround from last year's November theatre season of "The Secret of the Seven Marbles" and a very different feel, going from just 9 actors sharing the stage to 20.

Director for the second year, Amanda Stewart, said, "We deliberately chose a different show to last year's production. Although it is still a family friendly show, it is presented in a very different way, with minimal sets and quick costume changes for some performers."

With just weeks left until the theatre season opens, Amanda explained to the Leader how the rehearsals intensify: "We go from just one rehearsal per week to having whole afternoon orweekend days to practice trying to get everything right - we have high expectations of each other but it is a really supportive group to be a part of.":

Amanda outlined how there has been a lot of work around teaching performers the basics of stagecraft, especially with so many new to the stage. The youngest performer is 9 years old.

The theatre group is always trying to develop its skill set and will be holding a sound workshop on Friday July 26. This will be an opportunity to learn how to use a digital sound system and is open to anyone. This has been made possible due to a $1000 Quick Response Grant offered through the Regional Arts Fund and Country Arts SA.

Enquiries can be directed to Karen Parker (producer) on 0429 157 270.

The theatre group is looking forward to presenting its latest piece and hopes the community will turn out for a night of live theatre.

Tickets are available now, either online at eventbrite or at the Kingston Community Library.