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Here we are at the end of semester one with our Showcase set for the 23rd June. This is taking the format of a Morning Tea for the parents and family of our students. I am sorry we were not able to produce a full show as we usually do but, as I mentioned in my earlier posting, I had some back issues and was just physically unable to get a show together.
Back surgery is all behind me and I am now working on regaining my former fitness levels. I had no idea that even straightforward surgery had such a long recuperation time.
We will be reconvening on July 21st and the class is fully booked. I have been able to take many of the new students from the existing waiting list which I am pleased about and, as I have already stated, I gave the older children priority. I do have an number of 8 year olds on the list and hopefully they won’t have too long to wait.
Sadly we will be losing one of our volunteer helpers this semester. Angie Holland is continuing her studies and is unable to commit the time that Juniors demands. We wish her every success in her endeavours and hope that all goes well for her. Ann, Jacqui, and Fiona are still with Juniors and I am most grateful for their hard work and commitment.
We will be going straight into rehearsals to enable the new students time to get used to treading the boards. Our production is a revival of the very first show that I wrote and directed in 2010 called ‘A Cats Trophy’. This is loosely, (very loosely) based on The Aristocats and West Side Story with a few other elements thrown into the mix. It will be presented on December 7th and 8th 2018.
You can view some photos of the original cast in the 2010 production in our Gallery below. I would imagine that the majority of these students will now tower above me in height and be out in the workforce earning a living. See what theatre games prepare you for!
In the lead up to our performance the students will still be studying elements of theatre to gain more experience and a greater understanding of what is required once you put yourself forward for a play. We only get two hours once a week so it can become quite intense at times. Hopefully we will all ‘break a leg’ and have tons of luck to see us through.
Little Players will resume after the June/July school holidays. Classes will be on the Thursday afternoon at 4.00 pm as before and are already fully booked. We will be presenting a reprise of ‘Adventure in Far, Far Away Land’ with some major tweaks I’m sure. The characters in this play are many and varied with Captain Hook, Peter Pan, The Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit, the lion from Wizard of Oz, and special appearance of the Crocodile on the hunt for Captain Hook’s other hand.
I’m sorry if you did not secure a place this year. There is only so much room and so many hours in a day. You can put your child’s name on the waiting list, however, that is exactly what it is. Emphasis on the ‘waiting’. Consideration is given to the older children on the list as they have less time to become familiar with stage productions before being eligible to graduate to the Young Theatricals, our teen group.
Ipswich Little Theatre is a community organisation designed to promote live theatre and to present wonderful dramas and comedies. My aim is to teach children theatre skills which actually translate into life skills. Many a youngster has joined the group lacking in confidence or self-esteem and emerged at the end of the year a star! Theatre etiquette, voice production (though many a parent has told me that there is no problem about being heard at home), stage blocking, working as part of a team or cast, characterisation … the list goes on.
If any aspiring actors, set designers and builders, costume makers, and makeup artists out there would like to volunteer their services – we are all volunteers by the way – on a Saturday morning please contact me on the number listed at the top of the page. I can promise you a rewarding experience. The kids are great, the workers are great, the Theatre Family support is more than great. The scripts are all original and geared to get the best out of the students. What more can I say to entice you along?
Junior Theatre / Little Players Director
Ipswich Little Theatre has been providing tuition classes for children interested in the performing arts for many years and is tailored to suit Primary School children. Starting age is approximately 8 years and the graduation age is 13 years.
Numbers will be capped at 20 – 24 this year. We prefer a balance of girls and boys if possible.
Regular class time is Saturday Mornings from 8.30 am – 10:30 am. The children are involved in workshop sessions in class each week, work on their performance skills, and build confidence levels which are two very important skills to have in any walk of life.
This group was established because so many little brothers and sisters wanted to join their older siblings. So Ann (Collyer), my helper and Assistant Director, and I decided to bite the bullet and start a younger group. We thought that 5 years would be a good starting age but experience has shown that there is such a vast gap between 5 years and 8 years in concentration levels that we are no longer taking registrations for 5-year-olds. It’s a shame and maybe if the group consisted of only five years olds it would be more successful. Anyone know how to add another day to our week? The aim and target for all our groups are the same and that is for the students to have fun and enjoy what they are doing. This group only runs for 1 semester.
Check out our picture gallery for some great images from previous performances.
Parental help and support is always welcome – I’m sure there is something that you can assist with so please let me know if you are interested.
For further information regarding JT’s please email the Junior Theatre Director Deirdre Lowe or phone on 0409 202 380 or our Secretary, Helen Pullar on 3281 4437. Please see Deirdre’s note below the images of Junior Theatre.
A Note from the Junior Theatre Director
My name is Deirdre Lowe and I have been the Junior Theatre Director since July 2010. Hopefully, it will be a long and enjoyable appointment. To introduce myself I’ll give you a bit of a ‘bio’.
I have been involved with Ipswich Little Theatre for a number of years now – since about 2003 I think. I was a volunteer helper with ‘S’ Troupe for many years and have also enjoyed being a cast member in several theatre restaurants and appearing in the series of plays ‘Deckchairs’. I have had a long involvement with amateur theatre both here in Australia and my home country of Scotland. I love stagecraft, directing, acting, scriptwriting, costumes …. yup, I’m a theatre junkie I suppose!
Other hobbies are hand sewing and quilting, reading, various crafts, travelling, music, meeting interesting people .. not necessarily in that order. I am married to a great man, have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. I am, again, looking forward to this new year and am confident that I will continue to meet the needs of the students by making it a fun and positive time while exploring theatre and developing their skills.
I have been developing my own skills over the years and now have successfully written 16 children’s plays to my credit. One of those, ‘Nina in Numberland’, was also performed by the Day Time Pantomime Group early in May 2013. All the others were performed by the Junior Theatre Group – very successfully I might add. They do a marvellous job. I have also facilitated weekly Theatre Games workshops at the Community Education Day for Home Schooled Children here in Ipswich
Each year we hope to concentrate on characterisation; developing scenarios; plus the basic stagecraft elements required for a performance. There will always be a number of ‘new’ students in a larger group which generally provides a challenge for myself and my team of helpers. However, Ann, Jacqui, Fiona, and I will rise to the occasion and I am sure the help and support we receive from members of the senior theatre will stand us in good stead.
Please keep visiting our website to learn about the dates for upcoming productions by Ipswich Little Theatre Junior Group and Little Players.