Thursday, 23 May 2013

As we approach half term and look forward to a break, I have to look at how to wind up the admin on Little Actors before the big summer holiday.  How can I plan ahead and make ourselves more visible?  How do we get more people in to access our classes?  From DramaTots to theatre Club to my youth theatres, not to forget our adult classes.  So now we are seriously looking at becoming a registered charity so we can widen our fund finding horizon so we can underpin our project funding with core funding.  Although I have been very successful in securing small pots of funding to support small community projects, but the core funding costs struggle to be met.  As we want to develop, then we have to make changes that will have a positive impact.

We are also busy developing our agency partnership.  Especially as some of our children have had high profile auditions ('Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' and 'Billy Elliot').

So Little Actors is very much looking forward to developing our community work to make access to the arts possible for all children who want to access it.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Thursday, 2 May 2013

So what do we do at Little Actors

Well we offer professionally led performing arts activities for children aged from 2 1/2 in Neston, Wanstead (London) and Childwall (Liverpool).  We believe that access to the arts should be a right for all children and not a privilege.  So we offer 50% discounts for low income families.  Research shows that participation in the arts improves health and well being.  All of our facilitators are professional actors who bring industry standards to the rehearsal space.

In Neston at Neston Theatre School we plan to participate in the 2014 Leverhulme Drama Festival.  A new approach for us but a new challenge for the staff and children alike.

Participation in the arts, specifically drama, dance and singing, for children improves self-esteem, self-confidence, team skills, literary appreciation, communication skills etc. It helps with the development of gross and fine motor skills as well as co-ordination.  We also promote community cohesion by participating in local events in the Neston area.