Young people show off their acting skills

The Hood family: Jake Hamilton, Leah Wilson and Erin McMenamy.
The Hood family: Jake Hamilton, Leah Wilson and Erin McMenamy.

CLASS Act Drama Academy proudly presented their end of year productions on stage at the Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl recently.

Young performers, aged 4 to 18, from the Newtownabbey class took to the stage on June 21, giving all students the opportunity to show their development in confidence, creativity and acting talents.

First the Lower Primary class, ages 4 to 8, invited their audience to join them for a wonderful birthday party complete with a very special magic show in a delightful play called ‘Mr E’. With amazing magic tricks from a special birthday guest and a fabulous birthday tea, the boys and girls, as well as their audience, were superbly entertained.

The audience was taken to the Upper Primary courtroom next in the witty, humorous and fast-paced ‘Trial of the Big Bad Wolf’. With Big Bad Wolf safely in the dock, many favourite fairytale characters came forward as witnesses while the judge and hard pressed clerk tried to keep control of the uproarious proceedings. The audience delivered the final verdict and were left rolling in the aisles despite the judge’s stern warnings.

The Youth Theatre class performed a challenging, dramatic piece of theatre called ‘Angel’. In a wartime setting wracked with suspicion, betrayal and revenge there was a serious mood throughout the play which was maintained exceptionally well by the young cast. The students’ strong development of character and intensive script interpretation were clearly evident in the many outstanding performances as the young actors took their skills to a whole new level.

Lisa Semple, Principal of Class Act Drama Academy, which runs classes throughout Northern Ireland, commented: “I am extremely proud of the students in our classes and absolutely delighted with the performances we have seen on stage. It was wonderful to see the breadth of talent across the different age groups. All our students have shown dedication and commitment to honing their creative abilities and skills which has paid off in their outstanding performances.

“Importantly though, we have also seen a huge development in their confidence and self-esteem which is something we promote and value highly since these are crucial life-skills. In addition it is always wonderful to see the students having fun and enjoying the experience.”

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