Being creative, drama, cameras, light, action and dance! FOCUS talks with the team from Little Fish about their upcoming workshops, theatre and acting productions. Watch this space, because this little fish is making BIG waves …
Who is Little Fish Entertainment?
Little Fish Entertainment is a collective of both local aspiring and established creative artists who cover a variety of performance and digital based arts disciplines. Our core team is made up of Sarah Watson, who studied a Bachelor of Performance at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art, where she was tutored by, and worked alongside, some of Australia’s most acclaimed theatre and film practitioners, including Helmut Bakaitis, Iain Sinclair, Wesley Enoch, Lyn Pierse and George Miller. At her side is local dancer, choreographer and creative force, Melissa Killen. Melissa’s background boasts over twenty years of experience in the industry, with an extensive list of performance credits that include the role of dancer, soloist, choreographer, director, producer, costume designer, makeup artist and collaborator. She has worked very closely on two collaborations with internationally recognised dancer/choreographer and founding member of NAISDA Dance College, Michael Leslie (Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in New York) and continues to collaborate with Robbie Curtis, a former Armidale local and performer at Circus Oz and Sirque Du Soileil. We are extremely proud to be able to offer a platform for young, emerging artists to learn and grow within their chosen disciplines. Both Duncan Carmichael and Hamish McPhie have been working with Sarah and Melissa since they were 15. Now, both 21, they are professionals within their own rights. Duncan, an incredibly talented singer, dancer and actor is the definition of a “triple threat”, whose name you should take note of for future reference when he’s an EGOT winner.
Hamish, also a talented contemporary dancer and performer has found his niche in photography and is currently building his portfolio as a professional photographer both locally and interstate. Little Fish Entertainment was born out of recognising a need for performance based education in our region that not only allowed current practitioners to develop and hone their own skills, but for young people to be inspired by, and in turn, discover their own love and passion for the arts.
What is it you actually do at Little Fish Entertainment?
Little Fish Entertainment is an independent film, photography, dance and theatre production company. We offer both one off workshops and ongoing classes. During Term 4 we have Drama and Acting classes for all ages, Beginner Hip Hop classes and Open Dance Classes for 16 years and over. In between our scheduled classes and workshops we develop our own original projects in a variety of artistic disciplines. Without the support and talent of a larger circle of creators, these projects wouldn’t be possible. We’re lucky enough to work alongside some brilliant local talent in Georgia Seymour, Amy Roff, Hamish Creighton and Micah Scholes-Robertson, just to name a few!
What plans do you have for the future?
In an ideal future, Little Fish Entertainment would be able to support itself as a fully functioning theatre company offering professional musical and dramatic performances throughout the year, with ongoing weekly classes across a number of practices. It’s a strange time for the arts in regional Australia. We rely so heavily on the support of the greater community to be able to continue. Art creates change, inspires conversation and
changes outcomes of communities, society and humanity. Little Fish Entertainment is passionate about growing regional arts in the New England and putting on display the unbelievable, home-grown talent we have right here in our own back yard.
Classes in Term 4:
Make a Scene Playbuilding for 6 – 12 year olds (Tuesdays, 4pm – 5pm).
Beginner Hip Hop for 10 – 18 year olds (Tuesdays 5pm – 6pm and Saturdays 3:30pm – 4:30pm).
Acting Masterclass for 16+ (Wednesdays 6:30pm – 8pm).
Improv and Theatre Sports for 12 – 18 year olds (Thursdays 4pm – 5pm).
School for Stage for 12 – 18 year olds (Thursdays 5pm – 6pm).
Open Dance Class for 16+ (Thursdays 6:30pm – 7:30pm).