Youth theatre workshops start Tuesday
Stabroek News
May 13, 2007

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Starting this Tuesday, GEMS Theatre Productions will host a series of youth theatre workshops at the Theatre Guild Playhouse.

According to a press release from GEMS head, Gem Madhoo-Nascimento, the workshops have been planned to fill the need for drama and creative writing skills among young persons aged 12 to 18 years old.

The workshops, which will run until September, are being funded by CIDA's Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. Sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at the Theatre Guild Playhouse in Parade Street, Kingston. Each session would be of one hour's duration, from 3.45pm to 4.45 pm.

The release said the theatre workshops will cover stage movements, directing, voice and speech, mime, stage craft, set design and construction, stage lighting, sound, hairstyle & makeup, costume, stage management, front of house, publicity and business management. GEMS will draw on the resources of Ron Robinson, Henry Rodney, Jennifer Thomas, Russell Lancaster, Sonia Yarde, Andre Wiltshire, Norman Dos Ramos, Denis Wilson, Beverley Hinds, Daphne Rogers. Madhoo-Nascimento will also conduct some of these sessions.

Guyana Prize awardee Ruel Johnson will deal with the creative writing aspect of the programme, covering the basic steps in writing skits and short plays with strong focus on issues affecting our society and everyday life. Youths would be encouraged to create their own stories or skits on subject matter such as waste disposal, abuse in the home, people living with HIV and AIDS and HIV prevention.

At the end of the workshops, the participants will present the knowledge and experience they would have gained in a series of performances around the country.

Registration and briefing would take place on Tuesday, at the Theatre Guild from 3.30 pm to 5 pm. Anyone requiring further information can call 225-3557; 624-8694 or email