Youngters keen to ex­press them­selves

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

Lights, cam­era, and plenty of ac­tion.

A hol­i­day pro­gramme run by the Drama Academy in In­ver­cargill is set to kick off on Jan­uary 23.

In­ver­cargill the­atre fa­cil­i­ta­tor Jade Gil­lies said there was a grow­ing in­ter­est in drama and per­form­ing arts in South­land.

The academy it­self had been grow­ing in re­cent years, with more peo­ple keen to get in­volved through­out the re­gion, he said.

‘‘Drama is a grow­ing trend here, es­pe­cially amongst young peo­ple.’’

The pro­gramme that runs for four days was started up to in­tro­duce chil­dren to drama and de­velop their ex­ist­ing skills.

‘‘Kids that are en­thu­si­as­tic [about per­form­ing arts] - it pro­vides some­thing for them.’’

Drama is a way to ex­press cre­ativ­ity and imag­i­na­tion, which is why the pro­gramme was a good idea for the school hol­i­days, he said.

The pro­gramme will fin­ish with a per­for­mance by the chil­dren to their fam­ily and friends.

The chil­dren will show­case the hard work they had put in over the few days, Gil­lies said.

‘‘I love see­ing the kids shine [on stage].’’

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful first year in 2016, the pro­gramme is back for a sec­ond time and would be more chal­leng­ing, Gil­lies said.

Last year the pro­duc­tion was on Peter and the Wolf.

This year the chil­dren will write the script and pro­duc­tion from scratch, he said.

The pro­gramme will not be all work and no play for the chil­dren, aged eight to 13 years.

A range of ac­tiv­i­ties will be on of­fer for them to en­joy.

Ex­er­cises and games, that in­clude sto­ry­telling ac­tiv­i­ties, will help the chil­dren build their skills, cre­ate friend­ships and en­joy their school hol­i­days.

Chil­dren of all back­grounds, no mat­ter if they are shy or bold, will en­joy get­ting amongst the fun, he said.

‘‘Kids of all back­grounds bring cre­ativ­ity to class.’’

The pro­gramme had lim­ited space. Gil­lies said cap­ping num­bers at 15 meant the chil­dren would get more out of learn­ing in a smaller class size.

Drama Academy tu­tor Carla Wil­son said the pro­gramme was un­like other hol­i­day pro­grammes.

It is unique be­cause it teaches the chil­dren new skills re­lated to per­for­mance as well as them hav­ing fun, she said.

KAVINDA HERATH

Tay­lah Stephens, 10, Ella Ter­rill, 12, Taiki Gil­lies, 10, and Drama Academy tu­tor Carla Wil­son.

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