A step towards stardom
GRAFTON Studio One dancer Mackenzie Harvison, 15, last weekend successfully auditioned for the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for an intensive Stage and Screen course in 2005.
Mackenzie went up against young people from around Australia for 30 places, which are offered annually.
The two-week course will be held from January 10, under the directorship of Professor Peter Lavery, for aspiring artists who had to show outstanding skills in drama, vocal and dance.
Organisers said the program, which was the only one of its kind in Queensland, was aimed at students' skill development.
Musical director for the Australian production of The Producers, Peter Casey, was one of 10 of Australia's foremost production professionals including Karen Crone, Chris Betts and Geoffrey Ashenden who will run the intensive tutorials and classes.
At the conclusion of the 14 days of classes, lectures and rehearsals, Mackenzie and fellow performers will showcase their work for leading industry professionals with a show at QUT Gardens Theatre, Bris- bane.