Auditions open for summer arts programme

| 09/05/2016
CNS Local Life

Past participants of the Young at Arts programme

(CNS): Aspiring actors, dancers and musicians are invited to audition for Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s (CNCF) Young at Arts (YAA) Summer Theatre Arts Intensive. The six-week programme, which trains young artists in the practical disciplines of performing arts, is supported by Butterfield. Participants, aged 14-22, will receive instruction from qualified performing arts instructors and practitioners in drama, music/voice, dance and technical theatre.

Guest artists also visit the programme to work with students; past guests have included Grace Gealey, Inika Pierre and Melanie Ebanks.

Alyssa McLaughlin, a past participant of the programme, felt it offered a unique experience for young artists. “It was a really great experience, unlike any other I’ve ever had, unlike any other on the island. I’ve always had a love for theatre and acting and I think it’s a really great opportunity for people who are interested in learning the ins and outs of the ‘job’.

“I would like to encourage others to participate in this programme in the future. There is so much more to learn than one might realise and, even if you are not sure that you’ll like theatre or acting, you never know what interesting discoveries you might make in the process.”

Auditions take place Saturday, 28 May, starting at 10am, at the Harquail Theatre, and all students must contact CNCF to book a time slot. Students must prepare a memorised monologue, one to three minutes in length, as well as a dance, or song, or piece of music that will be played on an instrument.

In addition, performers must be prepared to take direction on stage when asked by adjudicators. Callbacks will take place if required. Students will be advised within one week of auditioning if they have been selected.

CNCF will be offering a total of three scholarships for exceptional performers who are in need of financial assistance. The YAA Intensive will begin 5 July and ends with a weekend of shows 5-7 August.

For more information or to book an audition, email CNCF or call 949-5477

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