Alicia Osland has tackled a lot for her foray into the world of directing.
She has learned sign language, accommodated the schedules of 17 families and directed a young actress playing the role of someone who cannot speak.
But it’s a challenge she has embraced with gusto.
A member of the Upstage Youth Theatre group, Osland, 22, is directing Blabbermouth – a story about disability, acceptance and believing in yourself.
“I love emotional plays that make you feel something but also make you laugh and Blabbermouth does all that,” Osland said. “It’s a wonderful play about a young girl who cannot speak so she must communicate with physical gestures.
“The play also has the stereotypical school yard characters and it also sends a clear message of what true friendship is all about.”
Osland, of Bolwarra, starting acting with Upstage Youth Theatre when she was 10 years old.
Since then she has featured in many productions and has also taught.
“This is my first time as a director and I’m loving every minute of it,” she said.
Blabbermouth opens on July 4 at Bolwarra Public School. Tickets are available at Willows Gifts and Homewares High Street, Maitland, or phone 4934 1516.