Fresh performers have new outlet

Break a leg: Jarrod Riesinger believes talented locals like James Cassar and Beth McGoldrick need greater chances to showcase their ability. Picture: Simon Bennett
Break a leg: Jarrod Riesinger believes talented locals like James Cassar and Beth McGoldrick need greater chances to showcase their ability. Picture: Simon Bennett

Jarrod Riesinger thinks there’s an abundance of theatre talent in Camden, but there aren’t enough outlets for them to shine.

That’s why the Mount Annan local decided to set up a non-for-profit theatre production company.

Rising Arts Productions is designed to give local performers – actors, directors, stagehands and more – a springboard into the creative arts industry.

“There are theatre groups in Campbelltown and the southern highlands, but we didn’t have one here in Camden,” the actor and stagehand said.

“I think there is enough talent in this area to deliver high-quality theatre like you get in the city and Wollongong.”

Riesinger started the company with a couple of friends in July this year.

Between the trio they have experience in directing, acting and behind-the-scenes work.

He said at this stage Rising Arts is mostly dealing with improvisation workshops and performances, but has a musical planned for 2018.

“We’re going to do a musical version of Heathers, the eighties film,” he said.

“We’re also going to do The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged, which is a parody of all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in just 97 minutes.”

Before these performances, however, Rising Arts has several improv shows planned at local venues.

The first of which will be held at Narellan Family and Community Centre this Friday, November 3.

Attack of the 50 Foot Improv, a Halloween-inspired show, will see a host of performers putting their newly-developed improv skills to the test in front of an audience.

It is inspired by the likes of television programs Whose Line is it Anyway? and Thank God You’re Here.

Rising Arts currently has about 10 regular performers, but closer to 20 have shown their interest since the company’s inception.

“We’ve got people as young as 15 up to their early 40s,” Riesinger said. “They come from all different backgrounds and professions.”

For details or to buy tickets visit risingartsproductions.com.