We spent this afternoon at Grove Primary School in Cambridge with some final touches to the set designs, and a first read-through of the script with the newly-cast voice actors!
Set designs are coming along at Houndsfield, Grove and Orion Primaries very well - we're really impressed with the work so far!
Lots of wonderful puppets were finished by the end of term - congratulations to all involved, and we hope you have a lovely Christmas break!
The last week has seen the first puppets of the year have their strings attached! Much excitement in the classroom as they come to life.
There are some fantastic costumes taking shape on our projects this year! These are from various productions of The Magic Bowl, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oliver Twist and Webs, Witches and the Spider Queen.
The YPPT is now open for applications from schools wanting to host Year 6 projects in 2017-18. We are aware that schools' budgets are often rather tight at the moment and are pleased to say that we are happy to help schools wanting to get involved with raising the funding for their project(s) - do get in touch with us if you would be interested in this! We are particularly keen to hear from schools in Kent, Cambridge, Brighton and North Herts, as we have great project leaders in these areas who would love to lead projects near them next year, but we are also open to applications from elsewhere. Do contact us on 07914 830730 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to find out more!
On Friday 2nd September, YPPT's Executive Director Jeremy Duschenes will be pitching at The Funding Network's inaugural St Albans event. The Funding Network holds regular live crowdfunding events to give people a chance to support charities that make a difference in their area. The YPPT is pitching alongside three amazing Herts charities, do come along and support us! The event is at 6.30pm on Friday at The Verulamium Museum, St Albans, and tickets are available here for just £10: thefundingnetwork.org.uk/stalbans2016. We'd love to see as many supporters there as possible, do come along if you can.
What a crazy few months it's been - 30 performances, 12 different shows, 7 different venues, 3 stages, with 350 children! We're still sifting through hundreds of photos and videos and will be updating the website over the summer, so keep an eye on the Photo Gallery (including the new Rogues' Gallery page) and our Youtube channel for updates! Here are just a few to get you started:
Rehearsals are under way at all of our schools now, and are even on stage at Houndsfield Primary School in Edmonton, Enfield! The photos here are of rehearsals for Houndsfield's performance of The Magic Bowl by Cler Lewis - performance at the school at 6pm on Friday 17th June.
A short puppetmaking training camp for new project leaders took place over the Easter holidays in St Albans. Each of the seven participants made their own puppet and attended a masterclass with Ronnie Le Drew. We thought that their puppets were fantastic and look forward to them starting their projects in schools in September!