Arts, performance programs coming to Marigold for local youth

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TRURO - A number of art and performance camps are coming to the Marigold Cultural Centre this spring and summer.

The first workshop will feature the creator of the Thieves and Kings graphic novel series.

Mark Oakley, who is in the province as part of an Artist in Residence program in the Annapolis Valley, will be a part of Animediafest 11, the Student New Media Animation Festival being organized by students at the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus.

He will host a cartooning and drawing workshop on March 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

There is no cost for the workshop, which is open for ages eight and over. The workshop is being presented collaboratively in the community and sponsored by NSCC Truro Campus Animediafest 11, the Truro Arts Society, the Ministry of Communities, Heritage and Culture, Culture Division's Opportunities for Youth Program and the Marigold Cultural Centre.

For six weeks beginning April 5, Nancy Sampson will host Art Can Be - afterschool art classes on Thursdays.

Participants seven years and older will explore their creative and innovative sides through drawing and painting. Spaces are limited and supplies will be provided.

The classes run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and the cost is $100, plus tax.

Leana Todd will host an after-school drama-improv program, running Mondays for eight weeks beginning April 16.

Youth aged nine and up can try out their skills in drama and improvisation, where anything is possible. They'll have a chance to exercise their imagination and build confidence. They'll work together to build characters and scenes.

It runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and cost is $100, plus tax. Spaces are limited.

Leslie Lake Searle host a three-day musical theatre workshop during the last week of June.

No experience necessary for participants (ages nine to 14), aside from a desire to sing, move, act, improvise and explore one's acting and vocal abilities. Participants will also learn dance moves, build their confidence and discover inner talents.

The workshops run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 26 and 27, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 28. Cost is $150, plus tax.

Participants are to bring a lunch, snack and water or juice, and dress comfortably.

Wayne Burns will host a Rob Lutz Drama Camp for three groups in August.

From Aug. 6 to 10, a first group of participants aged nine to 12 will have a chance to let their imaginations run wild, to learn and to have fun together through drama.

A second group of ages nine to 12 will have a chance from Aug. 13 and 17, and ages 13 to 17 are scheduled for Aug. 20 to 24.

All workshops run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Cost is $150 plus tax.

Participants will use a variety of theatre and improvisation techniques, while learning to trust one another and their own abilities, develop self-confidence and create within a world of drama.

Don't forget to bring a lunch.

While no dates and prices have been set yet, Keith Mullins and Thom Swift are joining forces for a Youth Song Project for those between the ages of eight and 20 (eight-13 one week, 14-20 another).

The project will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with a final concert at the end of the month.

Each morning, the two musicians will work with youth to create a song from scratch - songs exploring love, family, strength, community and heritage.

Youth voices will be recorded, followed by Mullins and Swift's, and then the instruments. A new song will be written, performed and recorded each day.

For more information or to register for any of the programs, call the Marigold at 897-4004.



Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College Truro, Marigold Cultural Centre, New Media Truro Arts Society Ministry of Communities, Heritage and Culture

Geographic location: Annapolis Valley

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