An inspiring programme of classes to get Aberdeen kids into the performing arts launches a new season next week.
Organised by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), Engage! is designed to build confidence, social skills and encourage kids to make friends.
The programme has been successfully running for around eight years and it’s next classes start on April 18.
Lisa Mathieson, APA Creative Learning manager, said: “The programme is for those aged one to 19, and the idea is to engage with as many young people as possible throughout. It’s all about having fun and developing skills with music and drama.”
The programme, which is organised throughout school term time, sees hundreds of children and young adults descend upon APA’s three key locations His Majesty’s Theatre, The Lemon Tree and the Music Hall.
The classes are held in 10 week blocks three times per year and start in January, April and September.
Lisa said: “Every class has different capacity, but we see around 200 children weekly over the 10 weeks. Our Christmas term is always a little bit shorter due to panto season.”
Engage! encourages all ages to develop new skills and is a great way to get into the industry.
Lisa said: “It started as a drama programme and we’ve now developed the music side of it which is great.
“Performance is such an important thing in everyday life and the industry-leading classes really help build young people’s confidence.”
The music classes boast members as young as just a year old.
Lisa said: “We have something for all ages. The Imagine Tiny and Imagine Tots music classes are great for young babies and new parents in building their relationships – it’s all about developing musical skills from a young age.
“Mini Maestros is great for building children’s independence and Project Band teaches youngsters how to set up bands, gigs, manage themselves as musicians, and much more.”
The drama programme is designed for children aged four, right up until they leave secondary school.
She said: “It’s structured to have continual development throughout.
“The classes are based around performance skills and social development – they’re very much in place to build confidence.”
The Play class and Create group are for children at primary school, and the Junior and Senior classes are designed for secondary school students.
Lisa said: “Many children stay with us from the Play class through to the Senior classes, it’s brilliant. We get great feedback from parents too.
“We try and partner with practitioners from the National Theatre of Scotland.
“Last year we had a workshop with a choreographer from Footloose, and we collaborate locally as much as we can. “Our theatre youth group also performed in Granite last year.”
For more information or to book a place contact APA on 01224 641122 or visit www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/engage