Youngters keen to express themselves
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.
Taylah Stephens, 10, Ella Terrill, 12, Taiki Gillies, 10, and Drama Academy tutor Carla Wilson.