Community boost could help Kalamunda theatre group find the next Heath Ledger

L-R: Current student Alex Campbell (12) of Kalamunda with past Kadettes student Steven Ozanne of Orange Grove and Monique Lewit (Youth Coordinator, Kadettes), seen here at the KADS Theatre (Home of the Kalamunda Dramatic Society). Photo: David Baylis
L-R: Current student Alex Campbell (12) of Kalamunda with past Kadettes student Steven Ozanne of Orange Grove and Monique Lewit (Youth Coordinator, Kadettes), seen here at the KADS Theatre (Home of the Kalamunda Dramatic Society). Photo: David Baylis

THE next Heath Ledger could be uncovered thanks to a funding boost from Perth Airport for an acting program helping young Kalamunda thespians hit the stage.

The Kadettes program has been running for the past five years by the Kalamunda Dramatic Society and allows up to 30 children aged between 10 and 18 in the Hills area to participate in an affordable acting program.

The classes are taken by drama teacher and former Kadettes participant Monique Lewit, who volunteers her time every Saturday for the three-hour sessions.

“When you love it and you’re passionate about something you’ll do it no matter what,” she said.

“Our youth program is for kids who love drama just as much as adults do and we refine their skills, develop their talent and put on awesome productions to showcase the kids’ talents.”

Kalamunda Dramatic Society’s publicity officer David Gribble said the group needed financial support to help it continue to engage young people in the Hills in a really positive way.

“It was suggested that we approach Perth Airport as they are a really big supporter of the local community and have a grants program so that was the catalyst,” he said.

Ms Lewit said the $750 Perth Airport Community Boost grant will allow the Kadettes to buy set pieces and costumes for their productions.

“We’ll also be able to look into more interesting scripts and more resources that we can use to better their experience and give them more opportunities in their classes,” she said.

Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown said the passion of all those involved was infectious.

“It’s wonderful to see the kids so excited and motivated to be part of the program and the volunteers who tirelessly put in so many hours to give them the opportunity,” he said.

“Drama not only gives these kids a creative outlet, it helps build their self-confidence and hopefully will help them aspire to take on the world.

“You never know, we may be helping to uncover the next Heath Ledger or Melissa George.”