GEMS Youth Theatre Workshop resumes
Beginning, Wednesday, April 8, the two-year-old ‘Youth Theatre Workshop’ (YTW) conducted by Gem Madhoo-Nascimento will resume sessions from 15:30 hrs to 17:00 hrs every Wednesday at the Girls Guides Pavilion in Upper Brickdam (opposite the Ministry of Health)
Children between the ages of 12 and 17 years, who have an interest in drama and the time to attend the classes, are encouraged to attend the registration on Wednesday.
The YTW began in May 2007 with initial funding from CIDA, to conduct a four-month training session for young people in theatre. The skits developed through that course were taken to 15 schools in 10 days between September and October in 2007.
In July 2008, National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS) sponsored one of the skits that dealt with HIV/AIDS and performed in eight schools in four days. At the end of each performance a discussion session was conducted between the cast and audience. The Director and NAPS peer educators were on hand to provide information and answers to various questions.
A number of the students from the YTW became Peer-Educators with NAPS and were very involved in the Youth Village at the National Park where NAPS displayed a wide array of informative and educational literature and video, during CARIFESTA.
NAPS also sponsored the video production of the skit ‘Shattered Hopes and Dreams’, which was launched at the Convention Centre in August last year.
This play was presented at the National Cultural Centre for the Inter Secondary School Drama Competition in 2008 and won in its category.
The 2009 sessions will continue its work in the production of the sequel to Shattered Hopes and Dreams ‘The Redemption’. Through the rehearsals, the artistes would be trained in the various aspects of drama.