Theatre program set to proceed thanks to funding

A program aimed at creating pathways for budding theatre performers will proceed in the region thanks to funding secured by Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders.

Mr Saunders said Orana Arts had successfully applied for $136,550, which will help them facilitate a program titled BBC XL, which will take students to the next level by broadening their networks within the industry.

“Dubbo and the wider western region of NSW has a strong and thriving arts community, and this program is aimed at attracting the next generation, particularly when it comes to theatre,” Mr Saunders said.

“Youth are our future and they deserve to have wonderful opportunities, which is why there was a strong push towards projects aimed at younger people in this round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

“I am proud to be able to direct this funding to Orana Arts, who I know are going to use some innovative ways to connect our budding thespians with people who have already trodden the path to the top of the game.”

Orana Arts executive director Alicia Leggett said the BBC XL program will give young performers a chance to diversify their skill sets and thrive on stage. “There are structured pathways for things like sports and dance in regional NSW but not much for theatre so we are grateful to have support from outside the arts fraternity for a project like this,” she said.

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