NOW that the summer weather has finally arrived and everyone is in the holiday mood, it’s time to start planning activities for young people over the school holidays.
Theatre at The Mill and The Courtyard Theatre in Newtownabbey will have theatre, jazz and ballet workshops and the popular Ballyearl Summer Scheme on offer this summer to keep budding young performers and active young ones entertained throughout the months of July and August.
The first ever theatre school for 5-10 year olds at Theatre at The Mill opens the summer workshop programme from Monday 2 to Saturday 7 July with ‘A Neverland Adventure’. The week-long workshop runs daily from 10am to 4.30pm and costs £110, including seven tickets for the performance.
There is also the weekly Arts & Crafts Summer Scheme available at The Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl, starting on Monday 16 July and running until Friday 17 August, priced at £30 per child per week. Children taking part can pick ‘n’ mix their activities to suit friendship groups and interests which include: jewellery making, t-shirt design, clay modelling, sports, dance, drama, trips out and an end of scheme show. The weekly scheme runs daily from 10am - 4pm and is suitable for children aged 8-14 years.
For dancers who can’t decide if they should do contemporary or ballet, why not do both in a unique week-long course? The ‘Swan Lake & Chicago Dance Workshop’ will combine ballet and jazz from Monday 13 - Saturday 18 August at Theatre at The Mill. The dance workshop runs daily from 9.45am - 4.30pm and costs £110, including seven tickets for the performance. For entry onto the course, dancers must have Royal Academy of Dance Grade 3+ or alternatively auditions can be arranged to assess required level.
Budding rock stars and musicians can learn about what it takes to become a music performer from experts within the music business at the ‘Rock & Pop Workshops’ from Monday 20 to Friday 24 August at The Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl. The workshop is open to teenagers aged 12 years to 18 years and costs £75 for the week, however only a few places are available on this popular music course.
Bernard Clarkson, Theatre Manager, said: “Young people should make summer 2012 stand out by exploring new interests in music, dance and theatre as well as making new friends along the way. We’ve got some of the best directors, musicians and dancing experts from within the NI industry to give young people a chance to try out and experiment with new activities and to develop skills whilst having fun. These workshops are designed for all kids, not just those thinking of pursuing a theatrical career.”
Spaces are limited for all theatre workshops and summer schemes so early booking is advisable.
For more information or bookings log on to www.theatreatthemill.com or www.thecourtyardtheatre.com. Alternatively, contact the box office on 9034 0202.