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Children learn drama skills – along with life skills and self-confidence – at workshops run by the National Children’s Theatre.
THE National Children’s Theatre (NCT), through its workshop series, is providing an exciting opportunity for youngsters interested in acting, to perfect their skills.


NCT training good for developing life skills and confidence: LevinsohnNCT training is good for developing life skills and confidence, says artistic director Joyce LevinsohnWorkshops begin on Saturday, 29 January and will run on Saturdays until 19 March. They will be overseen by the theatre’s founder and artistic director, Joyce Levinsohn. Experienced teachers and actors will facilitate the sessions.

“Our training doesn’t just help youngsters perform on stage,” Levinsohn said. “Once they gain confidence, they perform better in life.”

Children between the ages of seven and 17 are accommodated in the workshops. They give children the opportunity to develop their communication skills, unleash their imaginations and self-confidence, and powers of expression. The syllabus includes drama, improvisation, script reading, singing, musical appreciation, mime, physical theatre, public speaking, modern, hip-hop and African dance.

The NCT was established in 1990 with Levinsohn as its artistic director. It presents stage adaptations of classics, contemporary plays and educational theatre. In 2004, it reached over three million viewers through live performances and television appearances.

Levinsohn, the 2004 runner up in the Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year awards, believes that interactive theatre is an integral part of the human experience. The means by which actors and audiences choose to participate in the unfolding scenarios which theatre provides, mirrors real life.

“The NCT is rooted in the belief that earlier experiences with the arts will have profoundly positive effects on the development of children and ultimately, their participation in the life of their communities,” reads the theatre’s website.

The training will run over eight Saturdays until 19 March at the National Children Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue in Parktown. A session costs R80 per child and is payable at the theatre.

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