Junior Theatre (JTs)

Thank you for looking up our latest news for the Ipswich Little Theatre, Junior Theatre Group 2018

Our Junior Theatre Group are almost ready to present their final offering for the year. A ‘Catstrophy’ will be performed on Friday 7th December at 7.00 pm and again on Saturday 8th December at 10.00 am. Some tickets may be on sale at the door but to be sure of a seat please contact me on 0409202380. Our Little Players group will also be presenting their ‘Adventure in Far, Far Away Land’ at the same times so we have a double bill. All the more reason to book your seats early. Tickets re $10 per adult, $6 for students and pre-schoolers are free. A real bargain!

As many of you are aware I do have a waiting list for places in the Junior’s group. Unfortunately, I never know how many places will become vacant till the very last minute. If you have already registered with me can you give me a call to let me know if you are still interested in a place?  We do have limited space so the group is capped at 20 – 22 students per semester. I tend to take the older student first as their window of opportunity is smaller with the graduation age being 13+. My lowest age for registering is 8 years.

Our sign-on date for 2019 is Saturday 2nd February. An advance phone call always helps to determine how many vacancies there are. If you are not already on my list and wish to join it please email me your child’s details. dm.lowe@bigpond.com   I will be away from the 10th December till 19th January as my husband and I are travelling but I will have access to both email and phone.

Little Players will be held in the first semester of the year in 2019 and sign on day is 31st January. Again, I have to cap numbers at 10 (have you tried teaching theatre skills to a 6 year old). This group meets on a Thursday afternoon at 4.00 pm till 5.00 pm in the Jean Pratt Building. If you have an interested little one please give me a call.

The following will give you an insight into what our classes entail.

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 production. We only get two hours once a week for Juniors and one hour for Little Players so it can become quite intense at times. Hopefully we will all ‘break a leg’ and have tons of luck to see us through.

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 – 22 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 per year.

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

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 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.

Regards

Deirdre Lowe