Young Naas people light up Moat Theatre with classics show

Members of the cast.
Students from a local drama school participated in a Christmas performance at the Moat Theatre, Naas, featuring a selection of plays.

Students from a local drama school participated in a Christmas performance at the Moat Theatre, Naas, featuring a selection of plays.

The students, ranging in age from 5 to 13 years, performed a number of classics including The Wizard of Oz, Matilda, Snow White and Toy Story.

The participants are members of the Carol Gleeson School of Drama.

Carol Gleeson said: “The children have all worked very hard over the past few weeks and I’m absolutely thrilled for them to have performed so brilliantly and received such a fantastic response for the audience.”

Some 60 children took part in the performance and Ms. Gleeson said the experience would boost their confidence and teach the children discipline as well as providing a “creative platform on which to grow.”

Classes take place during school terms in the Naas GAA centre as well as the Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Ballycane and cater for students from 5 to 18 years of age. Speech and drama builds self confidence and social skills and well as imparting proper speech technique, exploring creativity and developing an appreciation for theatre and art. The young students also take part in examinations conducted by the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Drama.

Junior classes (5-12) introduce children to the concepts of speech technique and drama performance with students working as individuals and in groups.

Senior classes (12-18) emphasises solo performance and classes evolve to include drama theory and public speaking though there is still time for fun drama games and exercises “to ensure than creativity continues to flourish.” There is a public speaking and communications class which focuses on the communication of information or ideas to a group or audience .