National Troupe commences creative station project

Posted: August 16, 2012 in general

Following the success of its Dramatized Schools Story-telling Competition, the National Troupe of Nigeria had commenced with the third edition of its annual long vacation theatre workshop dubbed; the Children Creative Station (CSS).

The first edition of the CSS targeted at children between the ages of five to eighteen was held in August 2010 and it was designed primarily to expose participants to 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.

Speaking on the exercise, the Artistic Director of National Troupe Mr. Martin Adaji explained that the CSS aims at engaging the children creatively during the long vacation. He also stated that it is aimed at not only fostering the imaginative skills of children which is in line with the Troupe’s objective of encouraging the development of children theatre.

“We believe that by engaging them creatively, they will not only take their minds off certain known vices during the long holiday but they will be able to harness and polish their individual creative talents” he said.

Coordinator of the project and Director in charge of Drama at the National Troupe, Ms Josephine Igberaese while stating that the children will be taking basic dance, music, drama and puppetry routines., also hinted that a special command performance, a product of the one month intensive training will be staged to close the workshop as it was done the previous years.

It would be recalled that the maiden and second edition closed with a command performance of Tolu Omojola’s Colours of the Rainbow and Noel Grieg’s Whispers in the Dark respectively which was staged for theatre goers, parents, teachers and students.

The drama director also said the 2012 edition will be better in scope and content compared to the previous editions. “We have expanded the content to include voice training, pantomime and the usual storytelling, singing, dancing, acting and creative writing” she said.


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