09/05/2012 15:15 by Meath News and Sport
KELLS THEATRE School will open its doors again this month for children between the ages of seven and 18 who want to learn the skills of putting on a play – both as actors and on the production side.
2012 will mark the 12th year of the school that is run by John Grant from Kells Theatre Group. He is joined by singing tutor Kathleen McGovern, and Gaye Grant who teaches creative story telling while Helena Sheridan puts the pupils through their paces on the dancefloor.
According to John, there is a lot to be gained for those taking part.
“The students will be given an overall view allowing them to discover for themselves which area of theatre is best suited to their abilities and skills as well as promoting self confidence.
“The aim is to provide a knowledge and appreciation of drama and dance and create an opportunity for the students to perform and have an active role in a production.”
Among the items explored in last year’s school were ‘Cinderlla’ ‘The Pied Piper’ and ‘Darby O’Gill and the Little People’. The students acted, danced and sang well known show and pop songs and solo singers were also given a chance to perform.
“The aim of the school is to introduce children and teens to every aspect of theatre from acting to singing along with dance, story telling, mime, voice training, lighting, set design, costumes, mask making, props and performance.
“This is a wonderful time to get involved in theatre as there are a lot of opportunities around not to mention having a lot of fun while making new friends and exploring your talents,” added John.
Applications forms are available from the offices of the North Meath Community Development Association in Kenlis Place (046 924 9300) or from John Grant 7 Kenlis Crescent, Kells, Co Meath (046 924 1316).
The closing date for application forms is Friday 21st September 2012 and classes will commence on Wednesday October 3rd at 4pm in the St Vincent De Paul Theatre.