Any Dream Will Do?
One of the world’s most popular pieces of musical theatre comes to Blaenavon in early June as North Torfaen Youth Theatre puts on their own performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice’s timeless musical Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
The lively show , jam packed with toe-tapping musical numbers such as “Go Go Go Joseph” as well as the stunning number one hit “Any Dream Will Do”, will be taking place at Blaenavon Workman’s Hall on the evenings of 7th and 8th June at 7pm; there will also be a matinee on the Saturday at 2pm. Tickets costing £5 (£3 concessions) are available from Blaenavon World Heritage Centre on 01495 742333.
The North Torfaen Youth Theatre group, which is run by Head for Arts in partnership with Torfaen County Borough Council, has been running since 2009. Over the four years the group have been involved in a variety of performances and events, including being part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrations in Wales last summer.
Artistic Director, David Baxter of Arts Active explains that “Putting on a big production like Joseph will be a challenge but we are confident that this talented group are capable of putting on a excellent show. Rehearsals have gone really well and all the cast are looking forward to the public perfromances. As well as being enjoyable for all concerned we are also keen to ensure that the young people learn key skills along the way too. The Youth Theatre is particularly good for building confidence and improving team working skills”
For further information, please contact Head for Arts: 01495 357816 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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Power of the Flame
The Head for Arts van was out on the road on the 22nd September, as the team headed to the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff to take part in the Power of the Flame launch.
The Power of the Flame consists of five arts based projects across Wales that are designed to celebrate the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Led by the Arts Council of Wales, the Power of the Flame is funded by Legacy Trust UK. Head for Arts is involved in delivering one of eight Cauldrons & Furnaces projects taking part in CADW sites across the country as part of this programme.
At the launch, Head for Arts was accompanied by a talented group of year 5 and 6 pupils from Blaenavon V.C Primary School who represented the Cauldrons and Furnaces project based in Blaenavon by playing two short pieces on the industrial gamelan.
The pupils gave an outstanding performance in a high-profile setting and attracted a lot of attention, including interest from the national media, with many of the children being able to spot themselves on the TV later that day!
The launch was attended by the Mayor of Torfaen, who thoroughly enjoyed the pupils’ performance, as shown in the picture above.
Head for Arts’ Community Singing Groups have been showcasing their musical talent in a series of performances over the summer.
First up was a lunchtime concert by the Bargoed Valleys Voices group in the Cartref Centre, Bargoed on Tuesday 5th June. This group of talented ladies, led by Musical Director Tim Riley, entertained local residents with their varied programme which included an Abba medley and songs from well-known West End Musicals.
On 23rd July, the Young People with Alzheimer’s Choir joined forces with community choirs from the Rhymney area to perform at the LURV Festival at Rhymney Comprehensive School. These energetic choirs, led by Ian Saunders and Heather Murray even managed to get audience members to sing-along to their upbeat repertoire.
We are always looking to recruit new members to join our community choirs at their fun, weekly sessions. No previous singing experience is necessary!
If you would like to find out more, please contact us at Head for Arts (Please note, the groups will start meeting again after the summer in early September – keep an eye on the website for details)