In­spir­ing to­mor­row’s lead­ers

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Tall Pop­pies Per­for­mance Teach­ers Col­lec­tive is run­ning a two-hour work­shop on July 7 from 2-4pm which will in­volve lots of fun with drama and per­for­mance skills.

The work­shop, which fin­ishes with a short per­for­mance, is for 5-12 year olds.

‘‘We are want­ing to give kids the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore what it is like to be part of a drama class. It is also an op­por­tu­nity for those busy kids to try some­thing that they don’t nor­mally have time to do,’’ says Tall Pop­pies founder and di­rec­tor Del Costello.

Par­tic­i­pants will ex­plore a new skill, de­velop con­fi­dence and have some­hol­i­day fun.

‘‘Kids will get an idea of the col­lab­o­ra­tive way we work, the ba­sic skills of per­for­mance and the power of peo­ple to tell great sto­ries through drama,’’ Del says.

Those who en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence can register for reg­u­lar classes at Tall Pop­pies, which aims to in­spire con­fi­dence.

‘‘Be­ing able to share your ideas and feel­ings is a crit­i­cal skill for suc­cess and the Tall Pop­pies pro­grammes al­low in­di­vid­u­als to de­velop at their own pace while work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively,’’ Del ex­plains.

‘‘Com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills are para­mount to­day, and work­ing with drama is a great way to build these. We also work with tal­ent de­vel­op­ment – map­ping path­ways to suc­cess for the tal­ented per­form­ers. Com­pe­ti­tions and ex­am­i­na­tions are all an op­tion.’’

Del, who has been work­ing with kids in drama for over 20 years, says she has the world’s best job.

‘‘I get to work all day in the field of drama and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, which I am pas­sion­ate about, and get great re­ward from help­ing kids to reach their po­ten­tial.’’

Tall Pop­pies’ nu­mer­ous suc­cess sto­ries range from the shy boy who be­came a cham­pion public speaker, to stu­dents who have gone onto broad­cast­ing school and drama schools, or be­come elo­quent lawyers, jour­nal­ists and teach­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion: Free Call: 0800 4 POP­PIES Phone: 06 354 2733 Mo­bile: 0275 959 707 Email: of­fice@tallpop­pies­drama.co.nz

Dress­ing up and get­ting into char­ac­ter is an im­por­tant part of Tall Poppy shows.

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