LOCAL performing arts students will take to the stage during the upcoming Ballarat Cabaret Festival, which kicks off this weekend.
As part of the In Development series, five students from the University of Ballarat Arts Academy will perform their cabaret shows at The Bluestone Cellar at Craig’s Royal Hotel.
Ballarat Cabaret Festival artistic director Graeme Russell said the chosen shows had been developed from the students’ coursework.
He said it was a great opportunity for the students to have their work opened up to a broader audience.
“The sad fact is that many in the public don’t even know that those things are happening at the university,” he said.
Third-year student Karen Ireson will perform The Karen War, a story about her addiction to coffee and what it does to her mind and body.
“I drink about five to six cups a day. When I was writing it I tried all sorts of different coffee,” she said.
Ms Ireson said it was important for students wanting to enter the performing arts industry to get experience performing professional shows.
“I’m so grateful that they gave us this opportunity because you need a lot under your belt for when you get out there,” she said.