This month we launched our new JumpstART Theatre Arts courses in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft. After a series of super successful Taster Days, we’ve seen our highest number of students so far, which is really fantastic!
We are looking forward to sharing an inspiring and theatrical few months with our students.
Lead artist Lisa-Marie Hoctor kicked off the Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft courses with a packed day of drama and games, role play and voice work.
Last week we had a session with Sally Zabroski where each of the groups decided on a name for their theatre companies. In Bury we are now ‘The Magnificent Red Wolf Players – howling here in St Johns Street’ and in Lowestoft, we’re ‘The Place to Be Players’. This week we’ve been having fun with prop maker Molly Barrett who showed the students how to make muppet style puppets.
In Ipswich we’re working in partnership with Red Rose Chain, with workshops led by theatre maker Kirsty Thorpe. So far, students have been focusing on performance skills and making shadow puppets. In the coming weeks we are looking forward to exploring all things theatrical, including a mixture of lighting, sonic art, set design and script writing.
Our Lowestoft students are also busy preparing to be the opening act at the High Sheriff Awards, which welcomes around 400 guests to Snape Maltings next Thursday. The students are excited to be giving a live performance of the songs they created in last term’s Musical Words and Pictures course with the help of talented poet, Dean Parkin. Perhaps we’ll see some of you there!