Aspiring young actors, dancers and singers across Limerick are being given the opportunity to fulfil their ambition thanks to the County Limerick Youth Theatre, Limerick Youth Dance and the award-winning Limerick Youth Choir.
Each organisation is recruiting new members to be part of their various performances throughout Limerick and further afield during the coming year.
“Limerick has a rich tapestry of cultural initiatives by and for young people. It is key as we plan for the designation of European Capital of Culture that we encourage formal and informal access and support for youth culture initiatives that are successful and sustainable. Our youth are the present and the future,” commented Arts and Culture Officer Limerick 2020 Bid Team, Sheila Deegan.
The County Limerick Youth Theatre and the Limerick Youth Choir are initiatives of Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council. Limerick Youth Dance is an initiative of Dance Limerick. All of the initiatives are supported by the Arts Council.
Auditions for the Limerick Youth Choir (formerly the County Limerick Youth Choir), will be held on Saturday 10th October, Saturday 17th October and Saturday 24th October at Limerick City and County Council Offices, Dooradoyle Road, Dooradoyle, Limerick.
The membership of the Limerick Youth Choir comprises young people aged 17 to 22 years performing classical and contemporary music. Choir Director, Máire Keary-Scanlon, said “all types of voices, but particularly welcomes male voices are welcomed to audition, as young men seem more reluctant to sing. The ability to read music is preferable but by no means compulsory.”
Founded in 2007, the Choir has represented Limerick and Ireland in choral festivals in places as far afield as Vienna, Nice and Finland, and has won many competitions including National Youth Choir in 2010 at the Navan Choral Festival, Best Limerick Choir at Limerick’s Sacred Music Festival and Sacred Music Competition and the renowned Cork Choral Festival.
Limerick Youth Dance (LYD) is also inviting young people passionate about dance to develop as a dancer, to create new dance pieces and to perform on stage and screen, to join for a term or year. New participants are invited to contact Dance Limerick to join up.
Teacher Angie Smalis trained and worked professionally as a dance artist in her home country of Greece before moving to Vienna, Austria in 2001 to join the Volksoper Wien. Angie relocated to Limerick in 2003 to join Daghdha Dance Company. She is Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre and Director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of contemporary dance artists with intellectual disabilities.
Artistic Director Fiona Quinn said, ‘County Limerick Youth Theatre (CoLYT) is busily planning for the year ahead at the HoneyFitz Theatre and is also seeking new members to join the DynaLYTs (7-12 years) and the CoLYTs (13-18 years). Following on from the success of the summer which saw two of its members perform in the National Youth Theatre and 42 young people create theatre and film in an International residential summer camp.’
As part of the theatre group’s outreach work, they were recently invited to give school drama workshops for the ‘Hospital 800’ festival and by Knockea National School and Tarbert Secondary School. It is also working on a site-specific performance for Halloween night 31st October at St John’s Church Knockainey, while an Open Mic Night will take place in the HoneyFitz on 30th October at 8pm. The overall winner will receive recording time in a professional studio.
The CoLYT has also been invited to participate in three European theatre events, a seminar in Denmark and two youth exchanges in Lithuania and Spain, while it has also submitted applications to work on its own Erasmus+ European projects. They include a collaboration with Loimaan teatteri Finland to use drama to create plays about our centenary of the Easter Rising and Finland’s 100 year anniversary of Independence, and a four-nation project with partners in Portugal, Austria and Finland which will see older youth theatre members travel to each other’s countries to collaborate in community theatre performances.
CoLYT’s EVS project is ongoing with Youth Theatre volunteer Eilis O’Sullivan living and working with Biondekbuehne Theatre in Austria for the next year. Her progress can be followed on her blog, www.ei660.wordpress.com.
Further information on the County Limerick Youth Theatre, Limerick Youth Dance and the Limerick Youth Choir is available from Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council on 061 407421 or firstname.lastname@example.org.