Students from Kimba Area School are taking their acting careers to Adelaide and beyond.
Four students from years four to nine have been selected to perform in ‘The Wizard of Oz Arena Spectacular’ in October 2019, an experience which includes a performance boot camp over this year’s summer holidays.
The Wood siblings; Heath (9), Jazmin (11) and Breeana (13) were encouraged to audition by their mother, who found the casting call.
Fourteen-year old Rebecca Clifford also successfully auditioned.
The students applied to take part in a skills assessment in Adelaide in September, where they learnt a song and dance as part of the audition process.
The Wood siblings were introduced to drama through the biannual Kimba Area School production, and decided to take it further.
“I just thought I’d give this a go,” Jazmin said.
Rebecca started performing through her involvement with school music.
She sings, acts and plays a variety of instruments from trumpet to ukelele.
Rebecca said she and the other students were lucky that the school was increasing its focus on the arts.
The students said they were looking forward to representing their town in the show.
“It’s just opening up our own little town that we have and showing what talent our school has,” Rebecca said.
Rebecca has had another breakthrough of her own, winning a scholarship to attend a drama course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
NIDA is widely regarded as the leading acting school in the country, and Rebecca said to go there would be a “massive deal”.
Rebecca is attending the course over the school holidays at the institute in New South Wales and said she hoped the workshop would help her become a performer.
“I’m really hoping to do something with that in the future,” she said.