Meeting people from all walks of life, cultures and age groups gives us some of life’s most enriching experiences. With today’s social media domination, where people are increasing their interaction through their phones and computer screens, it’s more important than ever to meet new people face to face.
Whether performing on stage or working behind the scenes, being involved in community theatre is not only a fantastic way to build confidence and learn new skills, it is also the perfect place to make new friends.
Youth theatre, like The Young Company (TYC), has been bringing young people together for 10 years, sparking hundreds of friendships.
“It’s wonderful to see so many people across all ages working and having fun together,” TYC founder and general manager Leigh Boswell said. “The bonds and friendships formed in theatre and at TYC always last a very long time.
“We are passionate about using each moment and interaction to promote friendships amongst our region’s children and young people while consistently affirming how highly valued each individual person is within their community.”
TYC, which teaches students from prep page to 25, has a wide range of school, after-school and school-holiday programs. In learning about acting, writing, directing and all aspects of productions, the students also develop life-long skills such as creative thinking, self-confidence and social skills.
Evelyn McGuinness said she was shy before joining TYC, which affected her school life.
"I started at TYC as a timid person,” she said. “I wasn't good at speaking up or making friends, and I had a hard time at school. My experience at TYC is one that I will cherish forever. Not only did the team help me grow out of my shell but also become the bubbly, bright and positive person I am today.”
TYC, a not-for-profit theatre company, showcase young talent at the end of each semester, during school holiday programs and also during term time for its main-stage productions and community events. It also holds a Headstart Program, working with schools to help young students prepare for transition to high school through developing a sense of community belonging.
“Young people learn so many valuable life-long skills and gain great self-confidence when they’re involved in theatre,” Leigh said. “But one of the most important benefits of being involved in the theatre is the genuine friendships formed.”