Centre stage in the theatre is where aspiring actress Emma Gordon-Smith feels most at home.
The 23-year-old Beaudesert resident slipped out her ballet slippers over 4 years ago to pursue her life’s passion – acting and singing.
This year Emma was cast in a local theatre production Song Cirle, organised by Centacare and the Blue Roo Theatre Company.
The young aspiring actor was born with Down syndrome and is one of many people with a disability who are clients of Centacare who enjoy being involved in the performing arts.
Blue Roo was started after a drama workshop for Centacare’s disability services centre was delivered to 28 disabled people in 2009.
Emma’s loving mum Debbie Gordon-Smith, remembered the day Emma decided to drop her 12 year dancing pursuit in exchange for a life in the theatre.
Mrs Gordon-Smith said Emma’s involvement in the theatre company had boosted her confidence.
“It’s been a wonderful journey and a joy to see her grow,” Mrs Gordon-Smith said.
“She’s doing something she loves, which is something that not everyone gets to do, I really admire her.”
Emma is one of three children. Mrs Gordon-Smith said Blue Roo was “more than just a drama class, it’s a good, inclusive environment that’s caring and compassionate. The Centacare staff are wonderful, and I am very impressed with their support.” Mrs Gordon-Smith said.
Mrs Gordon-Smith, who has two children with Down syndrome, said life could be challenging, but parents had to be persistent.
“You are your child’s best advocate,” Mrs Gordon-Smith said.