ENCORE YOUTH THEATRE is the junior division of the Sinodun Players where we run weekly theatre classes for children between the ages of 5 and 19.
Last year we successfully introduced a new group ‘Firstlights’ which saw our youngest members (Year 1 and 2 children) join us. With Firstlights we cover the foundation skills and build on these each week to get the children’s training off to a strong start! The Firstlights’ first year culminated in a sharing of a piece that the group wrote using story cubes. This was a very interesting story about a wizard and a bumble bee!!
Footlights is for year 3-5 children and over the last year we have worked on ensemble building, storytelling, poetry as well as sharing scripted performances.
Limelights children are in year 6 and 7 and continue to develop their skills with more detailed explorations into areas such as improvisation and radio.
Year 8-10 students are in Spotlights where we have previously looked at Shakespeare, ensemble theatre and storytelling through movement.
Our final group for students in year 11 upwards is Twilights. The Twilights is a smaller elite group who have explored topics such and naturalistic theatre and devised theatre around a stimulus.
We are privileged to be able to hold our weekly sessions in the studio at The Corn Exchange which brings opportunities for tours around the theatre, classes on the stage and of course shows, whether this be an Encore show, a play created in a week or the annual pantomime.
Alongside our regular Encore classes, we run holiday workshops where children work together everyday for a week to create a play which we then perform to an invited audience on the Friday. During the week students make props, gather costumes, create characters, learn lines and make friends. We have performed in both the studio and the main stage and it is a brilliant opportunity for children to experience the work of the theatre along with all the technical side that goes along with it.
Another huge bonus to joining Encore is the opportunity to be part of the Sinodun Players’ (award-winning) Pantomime and I am happy to say that a large number of our students have just been cast in the upcoming ‘Robin Hood and Babes In The Wood’!
CLASSES AND START TIMES
Firstlights: (school years 1 and 2): 3.55–4.25pm
Footlights (school years 3–5) : 4.30–5.25pm
Limelights (school years 6 and 7): 5.30–6.25pm
Spotlights (school years 8–10): 6.40–7.35pm
Twilights (Elite) (school year 11 up to 19 years): 7.45–9pm
Classes take place on Wednesdays after school in term time, at the Corn Exchange Theatre (unless otherwise notified).
There are usually 10 classes per term (excluding half terms).
We look forward to welcoming you soon!
For more information, contact Diana, EncoreYouth@SinodunPlayers.org.uk.