Drama students are a ‘class act’

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Class Act Drama Academy students from the Coleraine studio ‘workshopped’ the curriculum for family and friends on stage in the Coleraine West Community Centre on

Saturday, December 19.

Presentation Days in the Class Act Drama Academy are wonderful show-cases for the many skills developed and honed by the students.

The students put their vocal and acting talents into practice with scripted plays, improvised plays, music and movement pieces.

Students aged 4 to 18, enthusiastically took part in the show-case and received a rapturous reception from their audiences.

The atmosphere was electric as students waited excitedly to showcase their dramatic and creative skills.

The 4 to 8 year-old age group from the Academy’s Lower Primary classes took to the stage first.

Parents were intrigued to see how the fast-moving programme and the extensive curriculum would allow each child to develop their dramatic skills in a fun-filled way.

With great energy and vitality, the students began by performing the dynamic introductory activities. From the start, they demonstrated to their parents how the aims of the Academy to develop confidence, self-esteem and communication skills had certainly worked this term.

Following this, the students from the Upper Primary class for the 8 to 11 year-olds displayed their more advanced skills.

The show-piece of the day, after demonstrating how vocal training developed their clear articulate speech, was their improvised play. Creative performance skills

were evident as the children demonstrated strong, relevant ad-libbing skills and clear characterisation

When the youth theatre came on stage for their performances they were a tremendous endorsement of how much a young person can benefit from the marvellously detailed programme offered by the Class Act Drama Academy.

These young people, aged 11 to 18, have undergone extensive voice training and acting tuition without the fun ever ending.

“They have stretched their existing talents and developed new ones during an action-packed term when they tried their hand at whole class improvisations, scripted plays, monologues and much more besides.

Lisa Semple, Principal of Class Act Drama Academy, presented certificates, medals and trophies to the students and said: “This studio is a great tribute to the Academy and it is wonderful to see our unique self-development programme achieving such creative results in this area.

“It has been fantastic to see the development of the Coleraine children over the course of the term and the support of the parents and schools in the local community has been fantastic.

“We are very much looking forward to even more creative development next term.”