$25,000 available to engage local youth

Published on Thursday, 24 March 2022 at 9:06:52 AM

Twenty-five young people aged 12 to 18 years old have completed 38 weeks of stage craft training thanks to a funding boost from the Shire of Mundaring.

The Marloo Youth Theatre in Greenmount received a $9,552 Youth Engagement Partnership Fund grant in 2018 for the students to undertake training in fantasy theatrical makeup, stage combat techniques and for upgrades and training in sound and lighting infrastructure.

Fourteen year old, Jonathan Bigelow, is the Marloo Youth Theatre’s Sound Designer and Operator. The funding has helped to train him in the use of the digital sound desk which was purchased from the fund.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to use this up to date digital equipment,” he said.

“I now feel confident to operate and design sound for more plays at Marloo Theatre.”

Jonathan’s first sound design was for their youth production Heroes, where he designed all of the sound effects and music for the show and operated for all 10 shows.

Lights, sound, production

The funding for lights and sound also enabled the Darlington Theatre Players to add a MYTh Tech section to the group where young people were able to learn and run the lighting, sound and backstage production.

Sixteen year old Timothy Zuiddam is the Lighting Operator and Assistant in the Marloo Youth Theatre’s Technical program (MYTH). Funds from the Partnership Grant were used to secure an iPad to assist with operating the lighting system remotely.

”I have learnt about rigging, gels, gobos (lighting stencils) and how to improvise if something doesn’t go as planned,” he said.

”I am now learning how to program the lights during rehearsals and technical runs. I enjoy watching the cast members grow close to each other during the shows and I enjoy helping the shows with my newly learnt lighting skills.”

Calling all community groups to get involved

In a bid to engage young people in local activities, Shire of Mundaring is calling for community groups with an initiative for youth activities to apply for funding.

The Shire’s Youth Engagement Partnership Fund allows community groups to apply for up to $25,000 to deliver initiatives that are community driven and engage young people.

Shire of Mundaring President James Martin said he hoped community groups would be able to provide activities for young people to enjoy.

“We are hoping this funding – which we have been offering for four years – will assist groups to run activities in the community that actively engage our young people,” he said.

Activities the Shire is seeking to fund will help young people develop their personal and life skills, or increase opportunities for them to participate in community events.

“Some ideas community groups may consider include movie nights, summer water activity days, a barbeque at one of our pools, discos, art or music sessions, or drop in/hang out afternoons,” added Cr Martin.

Programs that build resilience and enable young people to connect whilst having fun will be highly regarded.

Last year, Hills Billy Cart Inc. received funding for personal protective equipment to enable disadvantaged young people to participate in the event. Other recipients in recent years have included Swan View Districts Football Club, Eastgate Church and Mundaring Chamber of Commerce.

Apply for a Youth Engagement Partnership Fund

All community groups must discuss their ideas and options with the Shire before applying. Submissions close on Saturday 30 April.

For more information, and to discuss your application, please call 9290 6790 or email cefy@mundaring.wa.gov.au

Youth Engagement Partnership Fund guidelines

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