A Creative Arts Extravaganza for Children

In a bid to foster creativity and provide accessible avenues for local youth to explore their artistic talents, the YMCA Community & Activity Village is thrilled to announce, “Performance Week.” This exciting event, designed for children between the ages of 10 and 18, is poised to be a highlight of the October half term, running from Monday, October 30th to Friday, November 3rd, 2023.

“Performance Week is more than just a workshop; it’s an incredible opportunity for children to explore and develop their creative talents. We believe that every child should have the chance to shine, and that’s why this week is open to all children,” says Christina Riley, the Creative Programme Coordinator at YMCA Creative Academy.

The week-long event promises an unforgettable experience for young artists and performers. With a limited number of spots—just 30 places available—Performance Week is an enticing, subsidised opportunity for local children to delve into the world of creative arts. This commitment to affordability underscores the YMCA’s dedication to making the arts accessible to the community.

What sets Performance Week apart from other creative arts workshops is the exclusive access it offers to workshops led by industry professionals, including West End stars. Renowned experts, who have graced London’s West End stages, will be guiding young talents throughout the week.

Lauren Byrne, celebrated for her contributions to musical theatre, will kick off the week with a workshop on “Acting through Song,” featuring beloved tunes from the iconic musical “Matilda.” According to Byrne, “This week is about nurturing young performers and providing them with the tools to express themselves through the magic of musical theatre.”

On Tuesday, the spotlight turns to Glyn Kerslake, a distinguished West End talent, who will host a singing workshop. Participants can expect to dive into songs from renowned musicals such as “Les Misérables,” “Miss Saigon,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Kerslake emphasises the transformative power of music, stating, “Singing is a universal language that allows children to discover and convey emotions in a unique way.”

Kirsty Ingram, a star of musical theatre renowned for her roles in productions like “Hairspray,” will take the reins on Wednesday. Ingram will guide participants in a dance and musical theatre workshop inspired by the hit show “Hairspray.” She believes that “dance is a beautiful form of self-expression that can boost confidence and creativity in young minds.”

The pinnacle of Performance Week will be a showcase performance. On Friday, parents, carers, grandparents, and friends are warmly invited to witness the transformation of these young talents.

Performance Week is more than just an event; it’s a stepping stone for young artists to ignite their creativity, learn from industry professionals, and develop their skills. The opportunity, thanks to the support by the YMCA, comes at an affordable cost of just £35 for the entire week. As Christina Riley affirms, “We want to ensure that finances are not a barrier to pursuing one’s passion for the arts.”

Performance Week at the YMCA Village promises to be an unforgettable experience, igniting a lifelong love for the arts and showcasing the incredible talents of Newark and Sherwood’s young performers.

In partnership with The Zone Youth Project, we’re excited to share this opportunity that has been made possible thanks to Nottinghamshire County Council, Local Communities Fund.