Behind the scene 01: Kids' Theatre Works!
Today, we have an exciting opportunity to share with our parents from Dubai and Abu Dhabi especially about the Kids’ Theatre Works! General Manager Lisa Meli, kindly gave us some insights about this creative institution.
1. What is the Kids' Theatre Works!? When and where was it based in?
Founded in Dubai in 2002, and based at DUCTAC since 2006, we are now in our 16th year of operation, providing Drama, Acting, Musical Theatre and Youth Theatre classes to teenagers and kids of all ages, across Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Young people are at the heart of everything that we do. Our team of superb instructors are professional performers and workshop leaders who love what they do and are passionate about sharing the benefits of Drama, Theatre and the Creative Arts with kids. We absolutely believe that Drama based Classes can transform lives and prepare kids to become successful creative thinkers and leaders of the future.
2. What are the principles of your institution?
We are defined by the passionate belief in the benefits that drama brings to children's lives. This same passion sustains and motivates our team today, with each member supporting and nurturing a joy and love of theatre, play, creativity and performance.
We have something for everyone and do not hold auditions so anyone can join at any age, regardless of their level of experience. This open door approach extends to our families, we have open classes every term where parents can see how the magic happens and join in if they wish!
We believe that kids are geniuses! And so, we teach our students to collaborate to write their own plays and stories instead of giving them a pre-written script. It is not only the results of their weekly class-time work that goes on stage, but is also what is performed annually for the Trinity examiners. So when they receive their certificates and their applause, our students know it is as a direct result of their combined efforts. All this brings an enormous sense of confidence and accomplishment to our students.
3. What are the programs that you offer to the kids?
We offer a range of courses including Dramatics to Acting to Musical Theatre and a Youth Theatre Ensemble for our teenagers and young adults.
Our Dramatics programmes are a wonderful introduction to acting and the theatre and are offered to children aged 1 - 6. From there children can either stay in the Dramatics programme up to the age of 12 or they can elect to move into our Acting performance programme. These classes work towards our annual showcase and optional TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON performing arts exams.
Our Musical Theatre classes begin from age 5 and go right through to 13+. These classes work on all aspects of musical theatre: singing, choreography and acting. From the age of 7 our students work towards an annual staged production and optional TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON performing arts exams.
4. How are you different from other similar institutions?
We believe that there are no right and wrong answers when it comes to being creative. Instead, we embrace the limitless potential unlocked when imagination is applied with passion and dedication.
Our point of difference is that we actively encourage our students to devise their own material, coming up with their own scripts and characters under the guidance of our experienced teachers. We then give them the chance to get onstage and perform their collaborations in the main Centrepoint Theatre at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates. In addition we are open to anyone regardless of their level of experience or expertise, for example you don't have to have been dancing since the age of 2 to join our musical theatre classes and you don't have to have any experience to join our youth theatre we are open to anyone who wants to try.
In addition this year we have launched our Dramatics classes in Arabic for children who speak Arabic as their first language and for those who are keen to learn more.
5. What is the acceptance age?
We take children from as young as 1 year old right through to 18 and 19 year olds as part of our youth theatre, so children of all ages are part of Kids' Theatre Works!
6. What is the admission policy?
We are open to anyone regardless of their level of experience or expertise, for example you don't have to have been dancing since the age of 2 to join our musical theatre classes and you don't have to have any experience to join our youth theatre we are open to anyone who wants to try.
7. Do you have any promotions at the moment?
We are running 2 open days, one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi
There will be open classes on these days as per the below schedule:
THURSDAY OCTOBER 20th 2 - 6pm
Dubai at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates
2:30 - 3:00pm Mini Dramatics in Arabic (Ages 1 - 3)
3:00 - 3:30pm Mini Dramatics in English (Ages 1 - 3)
3:45 - 4:30pm Dramatics in Arabic (Ages 3 - 5)
4:30 - 5:30 Acting 1 - 2 (Ages 7 - 12)
To register your place in any of the classes please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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