Amelia Meredith-Reid, Laura Irish and Shadon Meredith are hosting an acting workshop at Ghost Light Theatre on Bridge Street this week, for dedicated young performers. Photo: Charles Anderson.

New theatre gets star power

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Nelson’s newest theatre is ready to raise its curtains – recruiting a former Shortland Street star to help teach an acting workshop to aspiring teens.

Ghost Light Theatre has just opened on Bridge St and is looking to put on bold and ambitious projects while also filling a gap in the market.

A ghost light is a single light left on stage when a theatre is unoccupied so cast and crew can find their way around in the dark.

The theatre is above The Hollow at 146 Bridge St, which Martha Washington clothing once filled.

It is now being turned into an artists’ collective called Bridge Street Studios, with the theatre taking over the biggest space.

Ghost Light’s founder, Laura Irish, says the idea was to create an intimate and exciting space in central Nelson to become a community hub for the performing arts.

“We want to be a place where we share ourselves and pass on knowledge. We want to showcase and be a testing ground for local and national works and artists who try things a little differently – who experiment or push boundaries.”

As part of that vision Laura has brought in Amelia Meredith-Reid and her husband Shadon to help teach an acting workshop for dedicated young performers aged 15-19.

Amelia is known for the role of ‘Bella’ on Shortland Street, from which she recently retired after many years on the soap. Shadon is fresh from winning the supreme award at the Nelson Fringe Festival and is himself a graduate of Toi Whakaari acting school.

“We want to bring the skills that we have and offer them to Nelson and work with Laura who is doing amazing things, and connect with the community,” Amelia says. “We are hoping to get people who are passionate about acting and see a future in it and are serious about the work.”

The workshops will cover things like auditions and acting for the screen.

“The space is so amazing, I’m so stoked for Nelson to have a theatre like this,” Amelia says.

Laura says she hopes to have great shows and workshops every week, but with an emphasis on keeping them affordable.

“We really want to see people who would usually think that the theatre is not for them. We will have something for everyone, whether it’s to laugh, cry or think.”

Anyone wanting more information about the workshops, which start tomorrow at 10am, or about Ghost Light Theatre, can email Laura at ghostlighttheatrenz@gmail.com.