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Summer Schools at An Grianán Theatre

Love the performing arts? Want to learn more about acting, musical theatre, choreography and dance? And have lots of fun and make new friends at the same time? Then you should sign up for one of our summer schools.

McCool: A summer school of heroic proportions!

For an all round theatre experience join our pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Suitable for ages 9 to 21, this week long programme covers many aspects of what goes into bringing a theatre show to life. You will work alongside seasoned industry professionals and learn about choreography, acting, movement, vocals and stage craft.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Children taking part in a workshop at An Grianán Theatre. August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School. Children taking part in a workshop at An Grianán Theatre. August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

At the end of the week you will perform in Paul Boyd’s rock musical McCool.

Commissioned in 2002 and first produced by Northern Ireland’s longest-running independent theatre producer Big Telly Theatre Company in association with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, McCool celebrates Ireland’s superstar warrior, Finn McCool!

Staged as an exciting multi-media rock concert McCool charts the life of Finn McCool from his lowly beginning as an abandoned baby to his eventual position as Ireland’s first superstar. The show features an eclectic, non-stop mix of dance and pop music, culminating in a spectacular mega-mix finale. Songs include “Mythology”, “Gotta Grow Up”, “I Will Think of You” and “War”.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

pbm Performing Arts Summer School at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, August 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

McCool toured Ireland extensively in 2002 and soon developed a cult following across the country.

The original 2002 cast included Rachel Tucker who went on to star as Wicked‘s Elphaba in both the West End and Broadway productions. Will we have any future West End stars in this year’s show? Only time will tell!

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Former pbm participant and An Grianán Youth Theatre member Patrick Quinn performing in Enda Walsh's Mistermen at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, February 2016.

Former pbm participant and An Grianán Youth Theatre member Patrick Quinn performing in Enda Walsh’s Mistermen at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, February 2016.

“PBM is where, many years ago, I found my love for Theatre. As a nine year old boy, I came to the camp unconfident, doubtful and shy. The PBM leaders installed a belief system in myself that I still rely on to this day.I will never forget the day when Christina told me that all that mattered was that I followed my heart and it’s the best advice I’ve ever received. I was part of PBM for 7 years, and I made friends that I cherish and consider some of my closest friends to this day. I cannot recommend PBM enough – the experience and the people I have met through this camp has had a huge influence on the person, and the actor, that I am today.”
Patrick Quinn, Drama Student at Queens University Belfast, Winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Student Theatre Awards 2016.[/box]

pbm Performing Arts Summer School – Mon 1 to Sat 6 August – more info here.

Ballet Ireland Summer School

Our annual Ballet Ireland summer school gives you the opportunity to learn ballet alongside professional ballerinas from Ireland’s National Ballet.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Each day begins with class on stage with the dancers. Students become part of the creative process, helping to devise the choreography, create sets and costumes. This week will give aspiring performers a taste for all that goes into making a ballet and a peak into the life of a professional dancer.

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

The Ballet Ireland Summer School is suitable for ages 6 and older. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Together with the dancers, the young performers play an important role in the creation of their own full length ballet which is performed on stage at the end of the week for family and friends to come and enjoy.

Ballet Ireland Summer School 2015

Young dancers taking part in the annual Ballet Ireland Summer School, July 2015. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Novice and experienced dancers alike will learn loads about classical ballet and best of all you get to perform in a beautiful ballet at the end of the week in front of your family and friends. Suitable for ages 6+. Find out more here.

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Local drama and musical societies

If you are interesting in acting and performing and want to get involved with the local performing arts scene here are some of the companies who perform regularly at An Grianán. Keep an eye out on their social media channels and local media for news on auditions, classes and workshops.

DMEP (Donegal Music Education Partnership)

The DMEP offer instrumental/vocal tuition in all genres of music (classical, jazz, traditional, rock/pop) at reasonable rates to children and young adults. They have a number of different performing ensembles including the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, the Donegal Youth Orchestra, the Errigal Groove Orchestra and the Errigal Singers. Their annual family Christmas concert in.a well loved fixture in our festive schedule.

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Letterkenny Music and Drama Group

Cast and crew of the Letterkenny Music and Drama Group's production of The 39 Steps in 2015.

Cast and crew of the Letterkenny Music and Drama Group’s production of The 39 Steps in 2015.

One of Donegal’s most successful and prolific producers of theatre, they produce both musicals and dramas. Recent successes have include the multi award winning comedy The 39 Steps, Calendar Girls and Sister Act. They are also involved with the Letterkenny One Act Festival.

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Letterkenny Musical Society

Letterkenny Musical Society's The Mikado, spring 2008. Photo by Paul McGuckin.

Letterkenny Musical Society’s The Mikado, spring 2008. Photo by Paul McGuckin.

Produce one musical a year, always to an exceptionally high standard – usually end of February or beginning of March.

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Letterkenny Pantomime Society

The Letterkenny Pantomime Society present a panto every January at An Grianan. They take well loved fairytale classics and give them a local spin.

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Lifford Players

The Lifford Players in their 2016 production of Tom Murphy's A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer's Assistant

The Lifford Players in their 2016 production of Tom Murphy’s A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant

One of the country’s oldest and most respected amateur theatre companies. Founded in the 1950s. Recent shows are Tom Murphy’s A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant and comedy ‘Allo, ‘Allo.

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On Cue Academy

Founded by Nora Kavanagh, On Cue offer classes in musical theatre and drama for children. They normally hold a showcase performance in June.

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ZoNa Dance Co

Founded by Jessica Peoples, ZoNa Dance offer high quality training in classical ballet and dance. They normally present a showcase once a year, usually in May.

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Earagail Arts Festival: Casting Call

Our friends at the Earagail Arts Festival are looking to cast a child actor in one of their big events at this year’s festival.  I Do is a show by the UK based Dante or Die Theatre Co.

Role: Kitty, Age: 9 – 11

Character: A flower girl at a wedding; Kitty is a defiant young girl hiding from her mother in the Bridal Suite. She’s precocious and has heard her mum and dad fighting the night before.

The Show: The Best Man is practicing his speech. The Bridesmaids are squeezing the bride into her dress. Mum and Dad are seeing each other for the first time in years. Grandma is struggling to dress her husband whilst the bride’s brother is getting frisky with the maid of honour. Meanwhile, the Groom is frozen…

Dante or Die’s eleven–‐strong cast voyeuristically peek into the lives of a wedding party as the big moment looms nearer. Divided into six groups, the audience discovers the twists and turns in the plot in different order, seeing the same ten minutes replayed in each of the rooms, from each character’s point of view.

[box style=”blue” closable=”un-closable”] What Next: If you or someone you know would be interested in this role and are available from 14th – 18th July 2014 inclusive, then please contact outreach@eaf.ie or telephone 074 91 68800 for more information on the role and application procedures.[/box]

This is an exciting opportunity for any young actor to work with a professional UK based theatre company and a wonderful show to be involved in. To find out more about Dante or Die check them out at www.danteordie.com

 

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Drama Classes for Children at An Grianán Theatre

Our next drama course for children starts on Saturday 26 April and is now open for booking.

Our classes are suitable for children 7 to 13 years old and beginners are always welcome! At An Grianán Theatre our emphasis is firmly on creative play. Our classes feature an inventive and fun mix of drama games and exercises, voice work, movement and basic stage craft. Children are encourage to improvise and creatively engage with the material provided by our tutor Nora Kavanagh.

The course will run for 10 weeks every Saturday until the end of June. You can book over the phone by calling us on 074 912 0777 or book online here.

Our current  drama course reaches its conclusion this Sat 12 April. We are holding an open house starting with a viewed  rehearsal of the Grimm fairytale Fearless John on stage with the 7 to 9 year old group.  From 11.15am the 10 to 13 year old class will perform rehearsed readings of short plays on the stage and in the upper and lower foyers.  Events in the auditorium will finish no later than 1pm to allow the stage to be prepared for our  evening show by Ruby Wax.

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Fiesta: An Grianán’s new community drama project is looking for participants

An Grianán Theatre in association with the Earagail Arts Festival is launching a new community theatre drama training project on Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm to 9pm. The first session will be on Wednesday 9 April. Sessions will be facilitated by actor/director Sean Donegan and dance/drama facilitator Aoife Toner.

The sessions will consist of an introduction to basic acting technique and classes will be suitable for beginners but should also be engaging for performers with a bit more experience. Participants in these classes may be invited to perform in a large-scale community theatre production in July which will be one of the highlights of the Earagail Arts Festival programme. Performances are scheduled for An Grianán Theatre from 12 – 15 July.

About Fiesta
Fiesta  is a celebration of the dancers, the chancers and the lovers who graced the Fiesta Ballroom, Letterkenny – the famous dancehall venue that formed a hugely important part of the social history of Donegal and the wider North West region. Fiesta will be one of the theatre highlights of this year’s 26th Earagail Arts Festival (12-26 July 2014).

The play will require a ‘chorus’ of actors to play the crowds attending the dance, so there will be some training given in the various dance forms that would have been seen in the Fiesta over the years. Actors in the chorus may also have some small amounts of dialogue.

How to take part
If you would like to come along and find out more – please email a paragraph on why you might like to participate in the project – e.g. what you could offer, what you hope to get out of it. Your paragraph should be no more than 250 words and should be emailed to: thefiestaballroom@gmail.com

This should be submitted by Monday 31st March at 5pm.

From those who apply a group of 24 people will be selected to attend on Wed 9 April.

(NB: Make sure your paragraph is 250 words or less or it will not be read. Make sure you put the text in the main body of the email – attachments will not be read. There is no need to send any CVs or photographs. Don’t worry if writing is not your strong suit, just do a list or bullet-points – you are not being selected on how well you can write, we just want to know you are keen to take part.)

If you know someone you think might like to get involved – tell them about the project as well.

Please note that the show will also feature a number of experienced performers playing the main roles. Auditions for these roles will take place after Easter, more information to follow.

Fiesta  is a new drama commission co-produced by Earagail Arts Festival, An Grianán Theatre and Donegal County Council Arts Office and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Failte Ireland and Donegal County Council.

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