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Top tips for youngsters from St Ives theatre pros

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 09, 2014

  • Stars in their eyes - youngsters in St Ives got performing tips from stage professionals at Kidz R Us. Picture Kidz R Us.

  • Stars in their eyes - youngsters in St Ives got performing tips from stage professionals at Kidz R Us. Picture Kidz R Us.

  • Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or is it a performance workshop by Kidz R Us? Picture: Kidz R Us.

  • How to make it in the musicals - industry professionals gave youngsters stage tips at the Kidz R Us workshops. Picture Kidz R Us.

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YOUNGSTERS in St Ives were given tips by arts professionals at a series of workshops hosted by Kidz R Us.

The St Ives-based theatre company hosted four days of workshops over half-term, which covered acting, singing, dance and puppetry.

Six industry professionals came to Cornwall to lead the workshops, with free accommodation provided by lettings agency Aspects Holidays.

Head of voice at Bristol's Old Vic Theatre School Pam Rudge, Catriona Cumming and Lynn Bustard from the Dance School of Scotland, West End performer Ben Stock, puppeteer Corina Bona and choreographer Rhona Cleland all shared their top tips and advice.

Attendees of the workshops will put what they learnt into practice when they perform in Grease, Disney's The Little Mermaid and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Phil Barnett, chairman of Kidz R Us, said: "It is rare to get so many high-calibre professionals together and the workshops provided an excellent opportunity to learn about the importance of discipline and teamwork, as well as developing fantastic theatre skills.

"Kidz R Us receives no external funding and relies entirely on donations. Having free accommodation for the tutors allowed us to subsidise the cost of the workshops, making them more accessible for more people, so I am very grateful to them for their support."

The charity is currently trying to raise £100,000 to buy the adjoining half of the building where it is based.

Anthony Skitt, managing director of Aspects Holidays, said: "Kidz R Us is a well-respected local group which helps children develop not only skills in the performing arts, but personal development, self confidence and work ethics."

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