Workshops aim is Mary Poppins

ACTOR Sean Dennehy will help kids get ready to hit the streets instead of the stage, with a series of workshops in the coming weeks.

Mr Dennehy, who starred in shows including All Saints and Home and Away, will run the series of five free theatre workshops in May, June and July, with the aim of presenting a play at the Mary Poppins festival in July.

The workshops will develop skills in script development, storytelling, voice and movement, improvisation, street theatre, ensemble performing and characterisation.

Maryborough Players President Gordon Burridge said participants would work towards presenting a play with a Poppins theme festival on July 3.

“We are also hoping that the actors will use their new-found knowledge for other theatre performances in the region,” Mr Burridge said.

Mr Dennehy said Mary Poppins was one of his favourite childhood tales.

“Much to my delight, it became a rediscovered gem when I began telling my own children the story of Mary, Bert and the children,” he said.

“I am extremely excited and proud to be involved in this project and I am very much looking forward to working in the birthplace of Ms Poppins and her supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventures.”

The all-day workshops start this weekend and run for five successive weekends.

The project is a Regional Arts Development Fund project, funded by Fraser Coast Regional Council and Arts Queensland, with support from the Queensland Museum.



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