Year 11 students, Izzie Apalais and Sandra Miller, are delighted to be selected as members of the Empire Theatre IMPACT Ensemble. Only 12 students are chosen from the Toowoomba and surrounding region to take part, so it is a tremendous honour to be among such talented company.
To audition, both girls had to choose and perform two drama pieces using self-composed and pre-existing prose relating to Frankenstein. First timer, Izzie impressed the judges with her stage show monologue entitled ‘Lockdown’ and personally written song about society and humanity.
No stranger to the IMPACT ensemble, Sandra auditioned with a Martin Luther King-inspired piece called ‘Innovation’. Sandra composed and performed a poem ‘Air and the Lack, Thereof’ about the Black Lives Matter movement, which explores how both black men and Frankenstein are both feared and adored in society.
As members of IMPACT, Izzie and Sandra will have the chance to write, perform and plan lighting and costuming for their group production. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the end of season production will be videoed rather than live.
Writer, theatre-maker, youth arts worker and mentor, Steve Pirie, will attend rehearsals. A graduate of the University of Southern Queensland, Steve is also the co-Artistic Director of Mixtape Theatre Collective, a regional independent theatre company based in Toowoomba, Queensland. Izzie and Sandra look forward to rehearsals and the opportunity to hone their acting skills with this high profile theatre professional.