YOUNG actors and older mentors are preparing to stage Oliver at the recently upgraded performing arts space in Two Rocks this month.
Mermaid Community Theatre Club will use the new stage upstairs in the Phil Renkin Recreation Centre for its annual Christmas production.
President and director Ted Dowling said about 20 children and 10 adults were involved onstage in the musical, plus a production team of 10.
Dowling said they had decided to ask for donations rather than charging for tickets this year.
“We feel that at Christmas time, the family purse is always stretched and sometimes the kids might miss out on a proper musical production,” he said. “At $10 a ticket it is nothing really, but it’s $40 plus to a family.
“It’s our gift to the community and it’s our acknowledgement of the support given to us by our sponsors.”
Dowling said people still needed to book tickets for the musical, with several evening and matinee shows planned between December 5 and 13.
Having led a homeless club since Atlantis Productions dismantled Little Mermaid Theatre in Two Rocks Shopping Centre in 2014, the veteran director said club members were excited about its new stage.
He said Yanchep Two Rocks Community Rec Association president Ron Arnold had helped negotiate with the City of Wanneroo to install a stage at the Phil Renkin Recreation Centre this year.
“We are very grateful because we now have a permanent venue,” he said.
“The idea really is to foster an interest in drama and musical theatre.
“It’s a place where anyone can come and create their own thing.”
Mr Arnold said he had seen broader support in the Yanchep and Two Rocks community for cultural facilities through the City’s recent consultation for a future community centre.
“Each one of the groups (at a workshop) had submitted a stage area being central to any new proposed community centre,” he said.
“The performing arts have taken first place along with entertainment in general as being the focal point for any new proposed community centre development.
“This is very much like a dream come true for our communities as we are developing a secure and very promising future for the performing arts.”
What: musical production
Who: Mermaid Community Theatre Club
Where: Phil Renkin Recreation Centre, Lisford Avenue, Two Rocks
When: December 5-13
More: facebook.com/mermaidcommunitytheatreclub or call 0439 975 622