A new range of weekend classes for local young people is being launched by Aberdeen Performing Arts’ Creative Learning team this month, spearheading a new initiative to nurture and develop young talent.
They will be running Saturday classes for two groups of youngsters – APA Play for fives to sevens and APA Create for eight to 11s – at the education studio in His Majesty’s Theatre from this Saturday morning (January 26).
And they will also be launching their very own APA Glee for eight to 11-year-olds and 12-18-year-olds on Saturday afternoons.
The new expansion into weekend classes builds upon APA Creative Learning’s already established success in encouraging and developing young talent in the North-east.
They have created three flourishing young theatre companies – APA Junior Youth Theatre (12-15 years), APA Senior Youth Theatre (15-18) and APA Young Persons Company which have each staged successful productions at The Lemon Tree. They are also in the process of establishing a Youth Advisory Board to give young people a voice in the overall running of APA.
In addition to national credentials, APA Creative Learning have also established strong overseas links, with regular projects in Aberdeen’s twin city of Regensburg and Stavanger for the junior and senior groups.
And they are currently involved in an exchange venture with a young Californian theatre group which will result in the staging of a specially commission play by award-winning Scottish playwright DC Jackson called Untitled Reality Project, by the APA Young Person’s Theatre at the Lemon Tree on February 7 to 9.
“We are delighted to be offering a new programme of opportunities for up to 250 young people every week,” said APA Creative Learning acting manager Claire Davidson.
“This is an affordable and accessible way for young people to receive high quality tuition in both theatre and music.
“All of our activities are designed to improve both social and performance skills as well as giving access to the city’s professional stages.”
The new groups beginning this Saturday include APA Play for five to seven years, meeting from 10am to 11am on Saturdays at HMT, is for young people taking their first steps into performance, focusing on developing confidence and creativity.
The APA Create, for eight to 11-year-olds, follows at 11.30am for an hour, and will nurture and explores creative skills in young people to work towards a sharing for friends and family. This group is supported by funding from the Big Fund Young Start Programme, which is part of a wider youth theatre development initiative, and is run free of charge.
APA Glee is designed to develop vocal and performance skills, using popular chart songs, focusing on close harmony and developing individual arrangements of music.
Both the Junior Glee (eight to 11 years) and the Senior Glee (12-18 years) will work towards a performance showcasing their talents in June.
APA Junior Youth Theatre meets at HMT on Wednesdays 7pm-8.30pm, the Senior Youth Theatre meets at The Lemon Tree on Tuesdays 6.30pm-9pm and the Young Actors Programme also meets at The Lemon Tree on Mondays 7pm-9pm.
For more information or to apply for a place on any of the APA groups, please contact Creative Learning on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01224 337664.