Cheshire West and Chester Voluntary Arts - Children and Youth Art category
Little Actors Theatre and InterACT Youth Theatre were given a Highly Commended award by Cheshire West and Chester Voluntary Arts in the Children and Youth Art category. The award was accepted from Chester's Mayor by Artistic Director Samantha Giblin and 11 year old Joshua Stevens.
Little Actors Theatre was set up and developed over a period of 22 years by professional actor Samantha Giblin. For nine years now the Little Actors Theatre has had a Neston base. Its main aim is to ensure there is affordable access to the professionally led performing arts for children and young people of all ages. Subsidies are available to ensure inclusion as well as actively encouraging young people with physical and/or learning difficulties. They offer access to professionally led performing arts for those from 2 ½ years up to school leavers and about 60 young people are involved every week. They have strong Community involvement and believe that this is achieved by participating in community events in Neston and the surrounding area. We are pleased to highly commend their work.
Leverhulme Drama Festival 2014
This year, for the first time, Little Actors Theatre entered a group of young actors in the under 14s category of the Leverhulme Drama Festival.
LATC - Leverhulme Drama FestivalDirectors (l-r) Mike Lockley, Natasha Symms and Samantha
Director/writer Mike Lockley created a new play called 'Shakespeare's Dream' for the cast aged from 5-13 years. Mike, along with Natasha Symms (choreography/director) and Samantha Giblin (producer/director), led the children through the 8 month project to a great achievement.
Little Actors did not know what to expect so the team was delighted when we were awarded the Adjudicator's Trophy for Originality and Endeavour. Plus three of the young cast received nominations for the Best Actor Award. We are very proud of the nominees Jessie Jenkinson and Joshua Stevens both aged 10 and Jonathan Stevens aged 13.
The adjudicator, Bev Clark of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, was pleased that Little Actors Theatre tackled Shakespearean material with such young children. The five page written adjudication was complimentary and gave fair critique in equal measure.
The staff, parents and Neston community are delighted with the children's achievement. LATC would like to thank the funders for their support - The John Thaw Foundaiton, Cheshire Community Foundation, Adactus Housing Association and CWaC Councillors Louise Gittins and Andy Williams. The funding made it possible to participate in the project for as many children as wanted to.
Little Actors Theatre is a Registered Charity that offers access to the arts for all children regardless of economic background or experience. Coming next is our hugely successful summer performing arts course in August. Funding enables LATC to offer free places for low income families.