Stagecoach Mayo announces summer season of dance, drama and song

The Mayo centre, part of the successful children’s theatre school network founded 26 years ago, has confirmed they will perform Dream On! by Malcom Sircom - the smash hit musical adaptation of A Midsummer Nights Dream.

The performance will see one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays re-worked into a version suitable for primary and secondary school students.

Principal Eliz Lucey said the show has been simplified and shortened and is ideal for junior actors.

“It is now suitable for six- to 16-year-olds,” she explained. “It is actually the 450th anniversary of the bard this year so it’s a great chance brush-up on our Shakespeare! The song and dance routines will be brilliant fun also,” added Ms Lucey.

Stagecoach Mayo runs each Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm at the Sacred Heart School, Westport, where children and teenagers train in all three disciplines of drama, dance and singing.

Forty-five students are divided by age into three groups of 15. For the first hour, one group learns to dance, the second to sing and the third to act. When the hour is up, groups rotate.

All groups are trained by experienced teachers who are professional choreographers, performers, directors and musicians.

The summer term runs from Saturday, April 26, to June 28 with an additional bonus workshop involving students from Stagecoach Galway and Clare on Sunday, July 6.

Two-week taster sessions are available and there are limited places available for the forthcoming season.

The Mayo centre has also officially launched its summer camp programme with five day camps for four- to six-year-olds and six- to 17-year-olds. The camps run from July 21 to July 25 at the Sacred Heart School, Westort.

The camps are open to non-Stagecoach students and applications are strictly on a first come, first served basis. Early booking is advised.

For more information on the summer term and summer camps, visit www.stagecoach.ie/mayo or telephone (091 ) 556274 for a prospectus or summer camp brochure.

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