Port Stephens girls in Tantrum Youth Arts outdoor performance, The One

Two Port Stephens girls will take part in a Tantrum Youth Arts performance that transports theatre and music to the great outdoors.

Audrey from Medowie and Amelia from Brandy Hill, both 10 years old, have landed roles in TYA’s outdoor production called The One, which will be staged in King Edward Park in Newcastle.

The One is about redefining romance for the modern age,” Lucy Shepherd, artistic director of Tantrum Youth Arts, said.

“We’ve looked at traditional fairy tales, musicals and stories and turned them on their head to create something new and relevant.”

TYA has collaborated with the University of Newcastle’s community strings to bring the concept of the production to life.

Anthea and Rodney Wilkstrom from University of Newcastle’s community strings will provide live scoring as actors Conagh Punch and Taylor Reece take to the stage as two of the five main characters in The One.

Shepherd added that the live scoring, new writing and outdoor venue is what sets The One apart from other theatre productions.

“Site-specific theatre has its own magic, and what is more enchanting than string music and theatre under the stars?” she said.

In The One, the Port Stephens girls have been cast as characters who are playing in a park.

They learn about the way young people are brought up with romantic ideals.

The girls also reenact a classic fairy tale as part of the narrative.

Amy Morris, an emerging theatre-maker and actor involved in directing The One, said she is excited about the different perspectives offered in the performance.

“There’s something for everyone with this production,” Morris said of the universal themes explored and deconstructed in the show.

“It’s about romantic ideals, and how that changes and impacts on different people.

“It shows that romance isn’t this static thing that is narrowly defined.”

The One is being performed in King Edward Park over five evenings between Wednesday, April 18 and Sunday, April 22.

It features an ensemble cast of young, emerging and professional artists.

Tickets are available from www.tantrum.org.au.

Tickets cost $35 per adult or $20 for concession.

The One is supported by Create NSW and Orica’s Community Investment Program.

What is more enchanting than string music and theatre under the stars?

Lucy Shepherd, Tantrum Youth Arts