Tir-na-nOg Theatre School’s Annual Youth Festival of Plays 2020
The Annual Youth Festival of Plays is a celebration of the work of Tir-na-nOg students in performances of plays for the Community of Bowen Island and Beyond. The Festival runs from May through June, featuring a different play each weekend and on some weekdays, special performances for school audiences. Theatre Arts by Young People for the World!
THE 2020 ANNUAL YOUTH FESTIVAL OF PLAYS ~
PLAY 1) A Midsummer Night’s Dream ~ Saturday May 30th, Sunday May 31st, Special performance for the local schools ~ Monday June 1st.
PLAY 2) The Year of the Rat ~ Saturday June 6th, Sunday June 7th, Special performance for the local schools ~ Monday June 8th
PLAY 3) The Search for Delicious ~ Saturday June 13th, Sunday June 14th, Special performance for the local schools ~ Monday June 15th
PLAY 4) Annual Playwright Jam ~ Playwrights and their casts gather for their performance on stage followed by a joyful celebration ~ date and time to be announced.
Tir-na-nOg’s Summer Stage Intensive ~ August 24 through September 6th 2020
The Summer Stage Intensive runs from August 24 through September 7th 2020. Performances take place over the Labour Day weekend September 5, 6. For 2019-20 registered students there is no charge as this course is included in the yearly membership fee. For newcomers the fee is $200.
Tir-na-nOg’s Annual Yuletide Story Feast ~ December 5/6 ~ 2020
At the turning of the year, Tir-na-nOg groups join together to celebrate the work of the Autumn term, combining the performance of a Tir-na-nOg co-operative play, with an informal pot-luck tea and a silent auction fun-d-raiser. This occasion is also an opportunity to sign up for the annual Playwright Challenge 2021.
Tir-na-nOg’s Annual Playwright Challenge
The Playwright Challenge is a regular program of the Tir-na-nOg Theatre School’s yearly cycle, intended for registered students. The Playwright Challenge is not a competition, but rather a collaborative celebration of the live theatre work of children. It is hoped that the submitted play will be the unassisted, original work of the student, springing from the natural desire of the child. Our intent is to offer the young people in the Theatre School an opportunity to express their imaginations through this medium, in their own unique way. The play can be any length, style or format, (perhaps even drawn or painted), depending on the child’s idea. Over the years, there have been variations, but most are submitted as written work. After the plays have been handed in, we meet together with the children through May and June to read the plays, discuss plans, and possible hurdles, for the productions on the Tir-na-nOg stage. These usually take place as a completion to the Youth Festival of Plays. The young playwrights support each other as actors, prop supporters and directors, if they so wish, and sometimes invite their friends to help, where it seems appropriate.
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