youth theatre

Welcome back to our youth theatre!

Youth theatre! We’re so happy to you have you back. It’s been a long, lonely summer here at An Grianán. Here’s Nora with a little overview of our new Covid precautions to keep us all as safe and sound as we can be.

Prior to starting classes you and your parent/guardian need to fill in our online registration form here.

If you haven’t already done so you can pay your course fee of €60 online here.

If you would prefer to pay by phone you can do so during box office opening hours which are 9.30am to 4pm Mon to Fri. The phone number is 0749120777. The box office will not be open during class time so make sure you have paid your fees in advance.

NB: if you have missed out on a place and want to be added to the waiting list please send an email with your details here.

Safety

Our guidelines have changed a little:

  • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before class time.
  • Entry – Students will enter and exit the building by the dock bay at the side of stage. This is the large roller door to the rear of the building. Please do not enter by the usual front entrance.
  • Masks. It is the policy of An Grianán Theatre that all people entering the building wear masks. However as we can maintain the recommended 2 metre distance on stage, it is optional to wear your mask while in the performing space.  But once you leave the performing please put your mask on.
  • Tables at the back of the stage will be used for storing of students’ personal belongings.
  • The stage has been divided into 2 meter squares. Each student will have their own 2 metre performing square that will allow for the recommended minimum 2 metres social distancing.
  • Toilet breaks – students will use the toilet facilities in Dressing Room 2. Do not use the public toilets downstairs. NB: No more than 2 people can enter Dressing Room 2 at a time.
  • No entry elsewhere in the building. Our designated youth theatre area is the dock, stage and dressing room 2. Please do not leave this area.
  • Contact tracing – students will follow our Covid protocols. Hand sanitiser will be provided at entry and exit points. To avoid cross contamination you must bring you own pen to sign in with.
  • Parents/guardians will not able to stay in the building during class.
  • The stage will be cleaned and sanitised before each class.
  • A certified first aider will be available on site at all times.
  • Isolation room – Dressing 3 (beside the Green Room) is now our isolation room.  if you are feeling unwell during class you will be escorted to this room where you can safely wait until we can contact your parent/guardian.
  • Zoom – parents must give their consent for students to participate in online activities. This is part of your registration form. Make sure that you have filled it in before starting term.
  • In addition to the facilitator another member of An Grianán’s staff will sit in on Zoom classes as per child safe guarding recommendations from Youth Theatre Ireland.

And folks, if you are feeling unwell please don’t come to class.

NB: Covid19 guidelines can change at very short notice – please make sure we have your most up to date contact information so that we can get in touch quickly.

Dates

Wed 9 Sept to Thur 10 Dec 2020 (no class midterm break)

Class 1: 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Class 2: 6.30pm to 7.30pm

A maximum of 9 students per class.

Filming

We’re teaming up with the digital media at the Regional Cultural Centre to film your monologues. We’ll determine those filming dates later on but assume for now that we’ll probably have to fit in a few extra sessions in December to get those all done.

 

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Safe resumption of Youth Theatre classes. Things are going to be different.

Fat Sam's Gang. A scene from An Grianán Youth Theatre/On Cue Academy production of Bugsy Malone, Jan 2020. Left to right - Amy Doherty, Darragh Ramsay, Rudi Murphy Brown, Patrick McCormack, Isaac Morrison, Ethan Barron and (crouching) Evin O'Donnell. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

We have spent a lot of time over the summer deciding on to how safely resume youth theatre classes and we have come up with what we feel is going to be a fun but challenging project for our autumn programme.

NB: places on our autumn project are only available to students who are already members of An Grianán Youth Theatre. In the event that we do not fill all places we will hold online auditions to fill any remaining places. If you would like to be added to the waiting list send an email with your details here.

First the less good news. In order to maintain social distancing the number of participants we can have per class has been severely reduced. We can no longer use the rehearsal room which means all classes will be on our stage with a maximum of 9 participants per class. We have also taken the decision to suspend our junior classes (ages 7 to 13) until Spring 2021 and will concentrate on delivering a high quality programme for our senior youth theatre (ages 14+).

Current members: Please have a read below of our proposed programme and if interested in taking part please let us know ASAP. You can eMail Nicola or leave her a message via the youth theatre’s facebook page or the theatre’s instagram account.

So what have we decided to?

Monologues and Devising – being able to deliver a good monologue is a key skill for any actor and this term that is going to be our focus. This reduces the need for close physical interaction between students while allowing everyone to work on a skill that will help prepare them for future auditions. As we are going to record and screen the monologues this programme will also serve as an introduction for acting for radio and screen, new skills for most of our students.

Rather than using an existing monologue students will work on devising their own short original work which will be recorded and screened in December. We have invited the digital media team from the Regional Cultural Centre to record the monologues using professional film and sound equipment while our inhouse technical team will make sure it all looks beautiful.

An Grianán Theatre's stage has been divided into 2 metre boxes for social distancing in workshops.

An Grianán Theatre’s stage has been divided into 2 metre boxes for social distancing in workshops.

Students will be assigned a box at the start of term which will be theirs for the duration of the course.

Students will be assigned a box at the start of term which will be theirs for the duration of the course.

How will it work?

We will hold classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Wednesday classes will be in person in the theatre. We will have two classes with a maximum of 9 participants per class. Classes will not be divided according to age. These classes will focus on performance.

Class 1: 4.30pm to 5.30pm (NB: this class is now fully booked)
Class 2: 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Course fees can be paid online here.

Thursday classes will be online using Zoom. These will be group classes led by Nora and will focus on devising and writing your monologues. There will also be breakout rooms where students can work together in smaller groups.

We know that for a lot of you that one of the most important elements of being in youth theatre is hanging out with your friends so we hope that by offering the online classes that you can still enjoy some of that social interaction that we now can’t have in our in-person classes.

Dates

Proposed restart date: Wed 9 Sept for in person classes.

Classes to run until Thur 10 Dec (and take our traditional break at Halloween).

Filming

Assuming that we fill all available places we’ll have 18 monologues to film so dates to do that will be determined nearer the date but assume that there might be some additional filming/rehearsal days in December.

Safety

We are preparing a video with Nora to outline our new procedures but for now here is a quick overview of what’s happening.

  • The stage has been divided into 2 meter squares. Each student will have their own 2 metre performing square that will be theirs for the duration of the term. They can also keep their personal belongings in this space.
  • Separate entry and exit points. Students will enter by the stage dock and exit via the exit emergency at upstage left. Do not enter by the usual front entrance.
  • Contact tracing – students will follow our Covid protocols. Hand sanitiser will be provided at entry and exit points. They must bring their own pen to sign in with.
  • Classes will not be grouped by age. Students from the same household will be kept in the same class.
  • Please arrive just before class time to minimise time spent hanging around and socialising.
  • Parents/guardians will not able to stay in the building during class.
  • The stage will be cleaned and sanitised before each class.
  • A certified first aider will be available on site at all times.
  • Toilet breaks – students will use the toilet facilities in dressing rooms 1 and 2.
  • Zoom – parents must give their consent for students 16 and under to participate in online activities.
  • In addition to the facilitator another member of An Grianán’s staff will sit in on Zoom classes as per child safe guarding recommendations from Youth Theatre Ireland.
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Bugsy Malone, 2020

An Grianán Youth Theatre in association with On Cue Academy
ALAN PARKER’S BUGSY MALONE
Play by Alan Parker
Words and Music by Paul Williams
By arrangement with Faber Music Ltd on behalf of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd

Directed by Nora Kavanagh

An immersive version of Alan Parker’s classic musical performed by a cast of young actors from ages 12 to 18.

Performance Dates: Jan 2020

The Cast

Ailbhe McFadden – Waitress, Cagey Joe’s Assistant
Aileen McGovern – Paper Boy, Down n Out, Gangster DD, Boxer
Alanna Sweeney – Oscar, Chorus, Down n Out
Alice O’Connor – Chorus
Amy Doherty – Knuckles (Fat Sam’s Gang)
Amy McClintock – Blousey
Anna-Lee Timoney – Corpse, Speakeasy’s Resident Drunk
Bailey May Walsh – Chorus (Tilly)
Bonnie Hegarty – Leroy, Gangster (Dandy Dan’s Gang)
Cian Donnelly – Gangster (Fat Sam’s Gang), Boxer, Down n Out, Paper Boy
Ciara Chernick – Doodle (Dandy Dan’s Gang), Boxer
Darragh Ramsay – Bugsy
Eilisha Devlin – Angelo (Fat Sam’s Gang)
Ellen McMorrow – Seymour Scoop, Down n Out, Chorus
Elliot Stoneham – Down n Out, Boxer, Paper Boy
Eoin McGovern – Captain Smolsky, Down n Out, Boxer
Erinn Sweeny – Down n Out, Chorus
Ethan Barron – Fizzy
Evin O Domhnaill – Fat Sam
Fodhla Ferry – Down n Out, Boxer, Auditionee
Frankie Wade – Tallulah
Hanna Lynch – Paper Boy, Down n Out, Babyface
Imogen Mahon – Violinist, Gangster (Dandy Dan’s Gang)
Inan Ekici – O’Dreary, Gangster (Fat Sam’s Gang), Down n Out
Isaac Morrisson – Cagey Joe, Flash Frankie, Ritzy (Fat Sam’s Gang)
Jack Lyden – Pop Becker/Shady, Boxer,
Jade Ormond – Louella, Police Officer, Boxer
James McCarron – Boxer, Down n Out
Karina Mc Gettigan – Dandy Dan’s Butler, Boxer, Down n Out
Kaylee Barnard – Gangster (Dandy Dan’s Gang), Boxer, Police Officer
Laura Foy – Down n Out, Violinist
Mark Laury Connolly – Dandy Dan
Niamh Langan – Gangster (Dandy Dan’s Gang), Boxer
Niamh Wilkin – Chorus
Orla Fabisiak – Bronx Charlie (Dandy Dan’s Gang), Boxer
Orla Lloyd – Gangster (Dandy Dan’s Gang)
Orlaith Sweeney – Chorus
Patrick McCormack – Shake Down Louis (Fat Sam’s Gang)
Riona McFadden – Chorus
Rosie McGilvery – Gangster (Dandy Dan’s Gang)
Rudi Murphy Brown – Snake Eyes (Fat Sam’s Gang)
Saoirse Alleyne – Chorus
Shannon Wilkin – Looney, Lena, Barber, Down n Out
Shauna O’Donnell – Chorus, Police Officer
Yagmur Ekici – Chorus (Velma)
Yana Laszcziw – Chorus

The Crew

Aengus Friel Lawrence – Technician
Anne-marie Kilfeather – Costume Design
Brian
Christopher Kilmartin – Transition Year placement student
Daithi Ramsay – Videography, Marketing & Box Office Manager
Dermot O’Donnell – Usher
Harry McCafferty – Usher
Helene McMenamin – Administrator
Jaspar Kardos – Assistant Stage Manager
Joe Dowling – Usher
Jude Barriscale – Stage Manager
Laura Ferry – Assistant Administrator
Marian Funston – Front of House Manager
Martina Murphy – Community Employment Scheme Supervisor
Niall Cranney – Production Manager, Technical Manager, Lighting & Sound Design
Nicola Burns – Production Assistant, graphic design & videography, marketing & box office
Nora Kavanagh – Director, Choreographer, Production Manager,
Pat Campbell – Musician
Patricia McBride – An Grianán Theatre Director
Paul McGuckin – Production Photography
Peter Rose – Technician
Robert Attewell – Set Design & Construction
Shirley Gallagher – Front of House Manager
The Murray Brothers – Musicians
Trudi O’Donnell – Musical Director, Vocal Coach, marketing

Inhouse Productions

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Want to join our youth theatre?

An Grianan Youth Theatre's The Delphi Dilemma. April 2017. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

We’ll be holding a free Taster workshop on Wed 28 August 2019 to recruit prospective members for our senior youth theatre. This is a great way to try out youth theatre and see if it’s for you. The workshop is open to young people ages 14 to 21.

The bad news! While we will do our best to accommodate everyone who attends the taster workshop, we only have a limited number of places available in our youth theatre so we cannot guarantee that everyone who attends the Taster workshop will subsequently be offered a place in the youth theatre. Unsuccessful candidates will be added to our waiting list in case of any cancellations.

What does our youth theatre do?

We run weekly classes for children and young people ages 7 to 21. Our senior classes are suitable for ages 14 to 21 and are held on Wednesday evenings during term time.

We believe strongly in learning through creative play and our classes are made up of an inventive mix of drama games and acting exercises.

You’ll be encouraged to improvise and creatively engage with the material provided by our tutors, sometimes from prepared scripts and sometimes from work devised entirely by the students.

Being a member of a youth theare allows opportunities for both creative and personal development through acting, drama and other performance techniques. Students will learn more about their own voices and movements as well as observing others through play and theatre games. Drama can also help to build confidence and to develop communication and co-operation skills.

Being a member of An Grianán Youth Theatre offers you the added bonus of learning theatre skills and stage craft in a professional theatre environment with access to highly trained facilitators, technical crew and equipment.

With an emphasis on performance, you’ll be offered an insight into many aspects of professional theatre production. Our youth theatre is also an ideal stepping stone for those of you wishing to go on to study acting, theatre and performing arts at third level.

An Grianan Youth Theatre: rehearsals for Blackadder Goes Forth, July 2017.

Our recent projects include Blackadder Goes Forth, 2017, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, 2018, The Selkie, 2018, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (site specific performance at Glenveagh National Park), 2019. Plans for this year include working with a guest tutor from Fidget Feet Theatre for their upcoming production Bingo Wings.

We are an affiliate member of Youth Theatre Ireland, the national organisation for youth theatres in Ireland, which means our members get the opportunity to take part in YTI events like the National Festival of Youth Theatres, the National Youth Theatre and the Young Critics programme.

Our taster workshop will be on Wed 28 Aug at 4.30pm and will be 90 minutes long. You can reserve a place by calling the box office on 074 912 0777, or leave a message on our facebook page.

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Reminder: no youth theatre or drama classes classes over Halloween.

We’re taking a break for Halloween so there will no drama classes on Sat 28 Oct, Wed 1 Nov and Sat 4 Nov.

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An Grianán Youth Theatre – Halloween Part 2

On Saturday 29 October four of our youth theatre members travelled to Arnold’s Hotel in Dunfanaghy with tutor Nora Kavanagh to provide an afternoon of Halloween entertainment.

A big thank you to Angel Humm, Sarah Masterson, Adam Boyle and Kai McHugh who kindly donated their performance fee to An Grianán Youth Theatre.

An Grianán Youth Theatre's Angel Humm

An Grianán Youth Theatre’s Angel Humm

An Grianán Youth Theatre's Sarah Masterson and Kai McHugh at Arnold's in Dunfanaghy for Halloween.

Sarah Masterson and Kai McHugh

An Grianan Youth Theatre's tutor Nora Kavanagh.

An Grianan Youth Theatre’s tutor Nora Kavanagh.

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Assorted Horrors – An Grianán Youth Theatre Halloween performances Part 1

On Friday 28 October members of An Grianán Youth Theatre presented some spooky pre-show entertainment as part of an evening of Gothic themed drama and music which included the feature event Female Gothic from Dyad Productions.

Members of An Grianán Youth Theatre who took part in Halloween Gothic at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016

Members of An Grianán Youth Theatre who took part in Halloween Gothic at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016

The evening featured a recital of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm by Jasper Kardos and Micaiah O’Muireadhaigh. Adam Boyle and Sarah Masterson performed another Poe classic Annabel Lee. Laramie Carey presented a solo performance of Emily Dickenson’s I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain. Oscar Murtagh and Fergal Lonergan performed The Creature’s Speech from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The performances were directed by youth theatre facilitator Nora Kavanagh.

The Donegal Chamber Orchestra performing haunting music for Halloween at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

The Donegal Chamber Orchestra performing haunting music for Halloween at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

The youth theatre ensemble also performed as an assortment of druids, ghouls and zombies.

The Donegal Chamber Orchestra performed a wonderful selection of music including Assorted Horrors by Derek Ball, Grieg’s Aase’s Death from Peer Gynt and the truly spine tingling theme from Hitchcock’s Psycho by Bernard Hermann. A huge thank you to Victor Yélamo for the excellent choice of music.

An anonymous member of An Grianán Youth Theatre who took part in Halloween Gothic at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016

An anonymous member of An Grianán Youth Theatre who took part in Halloween Gothic at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016

An Grianán Youth Theatre member Jasper Kardos recites Edgar Allan Poe's The Conqueror Worm at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre member Jasper Kardos recites Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre member Laramie Carey recites Emily Dickinson's I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre member Laramie Carey recites Emily Dickinson’s I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre member Ultan Farrell performing in Halloween Gothic at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre member Ultan Farrell performing in Halloween Gothic at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

The Donegal Chamber Orchestra performing haunting music for Halloween at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

The Donegal Chamber Orchestra performing haunting music for Halloween at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Angel Humm and Laramie Carey who performed at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016 in Halloween Gothic.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Angel Humm and Laramie Carey who performed at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016 in Halloween Gothic.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Jasper Kardos and Micaiah O'Muireadhaigh recites Edgar Allan Poe's The Conqueror Worm at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Jasper Kardos and Micaiah O’Muireadhaigh recites Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

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Assorted Horrors: Halloween Gothic at An Grianán Theatre

Join us for a very special night inspired by classic gothic literature on Friday 28 October headlined by hit theatre production Female Gothic at 8pm.

The evening begins from 7pm with a selection of suitably spooky music in the foyer from members of the Donegal Chamber Orchestra.

Senior members of An Grianán Youth Theatre will perform extracts from Frankenstein as well as classics from Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickenson to get audiences in the mood for the feature event of the evening: Female Gothic.

Female Gothic

Starting at 8pm in the auditorium, Female Gothic is an acclaimed theatre show from Olivier Award winning director Guy Masterson and performed by Rebecca Vaughan of Austen’s Women fame.

In the thrilling tradition of M R James and Edgar Allan Poe, this literary spine-chiller celebrates three lost gothic works from the great Victorian female writers.

An artist, gripped by the clutching fingers of a dead past; a scientist, defying nature in the dark realm of the senses; an expectant father, driven mad by creeping shadows…

In the unquiet darkness between life and death, a lone, haunted woman tells chilling tales of the macabre and terrifying, illuminating the curious frailties of human nature.

Female Gothic is presented by Dyad Productions, a UK based theatre that creates, produces and tours innovative yet classic theatre with a contemporary relevance. With emphasis on new writing and radical interpretations of existing text, Dyad’s acclaimed shows include Austen’s Women, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography and The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe

The schedule for the evening is:

From 7pm in the bar & foyer (free admission)

Music from the Donegal Chamber Orchestra featuring

Derek Ball (b. 1949) Assorted Horrors
Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907) “Aase’s Death” from Peer Gynt Suite No.1
Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) Psycho A Suite for Strings (1960)  ‘Psycho theme’

Gothic excerpts by An Grianán Youth Theatre featuring:

The Creature’s Speech from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Conqueror Worm and Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe, I Felt a Funeral in My Brain by Emily Dickenson, and other surprises.

8pm in the auditorium – admission €15/€12 Book now!
Dyad Productions present
Female Gothic
running time: 75 minutes
NB: Running time for all the evening’s events will be a little over two hours give or take a scare or two!

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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.”
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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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Environment The Musical – rehearsals photos

Our cast has been working hard rehearsing for our production of Environment the Musical and here are a few snapshots of their first dress rehearsal. Our technicians are still building the set so the stage is looking a little bare here. But the show is coming together very nicely and we are looking forward to our first schools performance on Wed 20 May. Performed by children for children, Environment the Musical is a fun and informative show about looking after your local environment.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

Our cast of 35 is drawn from our children’s drama class and bolstered by some of our youth theatre regulars. Since the beginning of the year we have been holding rehearsals twice a week under the direction of our drama tutor Nora Kavanagh who is also directing the show.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

Originally produced as a teachers’ resource for in-school practice by local teacher and facilitator Annette McNelis, we have adapted the show for the stage thanks to the hard work of director Nora Kavanagh and musical director Trudy O’Donnell.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

Environment the Musical complements the fabulous work of Green-Schools in Ireland. It is ideal for children aged between 6 and 11 and the story conveys the importance of looking after your environment and your community.

It also reinforces the messages of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”.

The aim of the musical was to come up with catchy melodies and lyrics that would convey clear messages which everyone might easily understand. Although written with children in mind, the aim was to create songs that would entertain young and old alike.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

This production has been kindly supported by the following: Alcorns Garden Centre, An Taisce (local branch), Brownes Printers, David Donnelly – Letterkenny Town Gardener, Donegal County Council, Ferry’s Refuse, Glenard Plant, Letterkenny Tidy Towns and Lurgybrack Open Farm.

School performance dates and times are:
Wed 20th May – 10 am and 12 noon
Thur 21st May – 10 am and 12 noon
Public show dates are:
Sat 23rd May at 11 am and 1 pm

Call the box office on 0749120777 for further information or to book tickets.

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Cast

Adam Hadi
Oscar Murtagh
Leah Smith
Ciara Chernick
Alicia Miranda
Adam Boyle
Jack Gallagher
Sean Kenny
Mark Connolly
Jack Brady
Kira Mills
Niamh Lyster
Ciaran Doyle
Adam Grady
Amelie Gavin Mc Ivor
Sinead O’Doherty
Meave Foley
Madeline Edmonds
Lee Kardos
Sarah Gallagher
Niamh Wilkin
Erinn Sweeney
Anu  NicRuairi
Beatrice Miranda
Vieka Boyle
Chloe Diver
Iga Blaszyk
Sarah Cannon
Anastazja Kimel
Sindhuija Shankar
Rachel coyle
Angelique Mourier
Isabell Miranda

Special guest stars: Captain Environment and Lord Litter

Written by Annette McNelis

Director/Choreography: Nora Kavanagh

Musical Director: Trudy O’Donnell

Production Manager: Peter Rose

Set Construction: Peter Rose, Eoghan Mac Ghiolla Bhride

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