Calling all amateur actors across the region! Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils' are on the search for youth actors to star in the 11th annual mock crash demonstration, which is the cornerstone of the NOT A STATISTIC! Youth Driver Education Program.
The Councils' Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, is encouraging local up-and-coming youth actors to audition to be part of this road safety initiative which has seen a 27% reduction in crashes involving young drivers since its inception.
"We are looking for a couple of new actors to join our team and are holding auditions on Wednesday 13 February at 5pm in the Parkes Shire Council Chambers.
"The auditions will give participants an overview of all aspects of the project. Then youth actors will take part in both filmed and live ab-lib exercises.
"We are hoping to uncover some undiscovered talent who will bring something new to the annual mock crash demonstration. So if you are interested in getting involved and are over the age of 16, be sure to register and come along," Ms Suitor said.
Local actor Emily McHugh-Douglas, who was one of the actors in 2018 and will be returning this year, says it's a unique and exciting opportunity.
"I auditioned for mock crash because I wanted to help raise awareness about how dangerous driving is. I was one of those 'that will never happen to me' kids, but being involved in this program has changed my whole perspective on driving.
"The cast and crew are really friendly and professional. But most importantly we are trying to save lives - so even if we reach just one person - we have done our job," Miss McHugh-Douglas said.
Pre-registration for the auditions is essential. Contact Ms Suitor on either 6861 2364, 0428 400 627 or Melanie.Suitor@parkes.nsw.gov.au for more information and to book your place.
This year's mock car crash demonstration will be held in August.