Junior Theatre (JTs)

Thank you for looking up our latest news for the Ipswich Little Theatre, Junior Theatre Group 2017

Junior Theatre and Little Players are now on a well earned break after the busy first half of the year. Little Players are having a longer break as they do not reconvene till 2018. They only meet for six months of the year.

 

‘Nina in Numberland’, our first 2017 Junior’s production, was a wonderful success. The students gave their all to tell the story of how Nina visited Numberland to get to know how to manage all those ‘thousand hundred numbers’ she was sure she would need when she started school. When you mix in a missing number, a confused golfer, a rival gang of A,B,Cs, and a singing chorus of Little Players it makes for a colourful – and hectic – time. Add in a red, double-decker bus to ferry you to and from Numberland and and you really have some fun.

Thank you to all the parents, family, and friends who supported the Juniors and little Players in this adventure. We are now regrouping to get ready for our next production in December.

 

Tickets for our next production can be obtained by phoning me on the number above or calling in at the Jean Pratt Building on a Saturday morning between 8.30 am and 10.30 am. Watch the website for full details of times and ticket prices.

We have had some new members join our ranks in May and we welcome them to the group.

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?

Deirdre Lowe

Junior Theatre / Little Players Director

About Juniors:

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 – 25 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.

Little Players

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. New enrolments this is year will be in November 2017

Check out our picture gallery for some great images from previous performances.

Parental help and support are 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

Hi,

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 been facilitating 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, 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’s Junior  Group.

Regards

Deirdre Lowe