There’s something special about theatre.
As a teenager, I was an avid attendee of acting classes, thriving on the collective joy of words and emotion and the adrenaline of performance day.
Wings2Fly theatre aims to provide exactly this experience for young actors across Adelaide.
The company, founded by longtime performers and teachers, Michelle Nightingale and Alicia Zorkovic, focuses primarily on production.
Wings2Fly puts on three productions per year, usually two one-act plays as a double bill, in alignment with the April, July, and October school holidays.
Auditions are held six weeks prior to each production, and are open to anyone within the given age range (this differs per production).
Generally, up to sixteen actors per play will be selected from the audition process.
According to Alicia, acting experience isn’t a prerequisite, with actors often cast based on potential.
Wings2Fly specializes in acting itself, and is the only youth company in South Australia that doesn’t delve into musical theatre.
Essentially, it’s an intensive, fast-tracked, professional theatre experience for young actors.
Alicia says the goal of a Wings2Fly production is to challenge the actors in a nurturing environment, whilst working collaboratively to produce two one act plays.
The play itself is rehearsed in a week.
From Monday to Friday, the cast works to rehearse and develop the production.
They’re long days, akin to rehearsals in the performance arts industry, giving the young actors valuable experience in the sort of professionalism and dedication required to succeed in such a career.
During the rehearsal week, the cast will hear from a guest speaker in the industry (previous speakers have included professional actors, voice coaches, directors and playwrights), and take part in a guest-run workshop.
The week culminates in four shows on the Saturday and Sunday, open to the general public, and held in high esteem by fellow creatives.
This wild, nurturing, epically imaginative week is ideal for aspiring and experienced performers alike, and Michelle and Alicia bring a wealth of experience to the table.
Their current production has performances on 3 and 4 of October at Holden Street Theatres with limited tickets available now.
So, if you know a budding young actor, or think you have what it takes to be part of Wings2Fly, why not take a chance and audition?