Amanda (left) and her mentor Sonni (right) show off some lovely smiles.
We have lots of big surprises coming up as we head towards our Performing Arts show later this year… starting with some exciting news for one of our performers, Amanda. Last month she found out that she’s received a Nexus Art Grant for 2019!
We talk to Amanda about the grant and how it will help her develop her performance skills and confidence.
Growing into a solo artist
Despite being a new member to our Performing Arts family last year, it didn’t take long for Amanda to feel at home and embrace performing on stage. Following her enthusiasm we assisted her to apply for a grant that would help expand her passion for singing.
Open to young West Australians with disability, the Nexus Art Grant provides individuals an opportunity for one-on-one mentorship with a professional artist to grow their artistic skills. Grant recipients will work to build their skills and art portfolio towards becoming artists in their own right.
For the next five months Amanda will work closely with our theatre extraordinaire and Performing Arts facilitator Sonni Byrne. The sessions will cover:
- Various singing techniques to strengthen and protect the voice
- Emotional connection to music
- Musical interpretation and theory
- Stage presentation
At the end of the mentorship Amanda will perform a solo in the upcoming show. They’ve got a big surprise in store for us, so we’ll just have to wait and see on the night!
Becoming a performer
“My favourite part of Performing Arts is singing with everybody,” says Amanda.
“I’m looking forward to performing my solo in the show.”
Amanda sang in a choir when young, and is keen to expand her skills further. She hopes that the mentorship will also boost her confidence, self-expression, and help her build a stage presence.
Amanda was featured in a Fremantle Herald article on the 2018 show, alongside fellow performer Josh who received a grant that year. She says it’s was a nerve-wracking but thrilling experience to perform and sing in front of a large crowd.
Apart from her big solo number, she’s excited to perform the opening dance with the group. Congratulations again Amanda, and best of luck!