National Troupe flags off Creative Station 2011 for holidaying teens

Posted: August 17, 2011 in arts/culture

Following the success of the maiden edition, the National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN) has flagged off the second edition of the long vacation theatre workshop for children between the ages of five and 17.

It would be recalled that the maiden  edition held in August 2010 and it was designed primarily to expose participants to general theatre practice and appreciation of drama in such a manner that their creative talents can be fully harnessed, nurtured and developed to realize their imaginative potentials.

Similarly the long vocation Creative Station project as the Artistic Director of the National Troupe Mr. Martin Adaji explained recently is designed to further the Troupe objective of encouraging the development of children’s theatre. The projects also aims at grooming future theatre practitioners as well as serve as an orientation programme for young practitioners who may want to take up a career in the theatre and allied genre.

Coordinator of the project and Director in charge of Drama of the National Troupe, Ms Josephine Igberaese, stated that a special command performance, usually a product of the one month intensive training will be staged to close the workshop as it was done in 2010.

The 2010 edition closed with the command performance of Tolu Omojola’s Colours of the Rainbow which was staged before parents, teachers and Students and it drew applause from the audience.

Igberease also stated that the 2011 edition will even be better in scope and content, adding: “we have expanded the content to include voice training, Pantomime and then the usual Storytelling, Singing, Dancing, Acting and Creative Writing”.

Igberease also disclosed that unlike the maiden edition which held without meaningful support from the private sector, the Troupe has received support from several food and beverage companies as well as the management of the National Theatre.

She said “we are excited at the development and their partnerships. This is what we want to happen to the Arts–collaboration with corporate Nigeria. I have no doubt that these partnerships will really go a long way in ensuring that we sustain the imitative” she said.

Meanwhile rehearsals for the performance to close the workshop have started. “The children actors are going to be staging Noel Greig’s Whispers in the Dark and it will be staged on August 28” Igberease said.

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