A busy week this week with the new project leaders for 2018 on our project leader training camp! We had three intensive days of puppetmaking, ending with a masterclass by Ronnie Le Drew.
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A new experience for the YPPT - a thank you video from the Year Six classes at Shirley Community Primary School in Cambridge! They had some lovely things to say about the project and what they'd learned - here are a few clips.
We've had a wonderfully busy end of term with fantastic performances of all five of this year's shows. You can find photos of all the performances here
The Year Six children at The Grove Primary School in Cambridge became the first group to perform their show this week, with two great performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream! Videos will follow in the next few weeks.
Due to the clash with the World Cup semi-final, the 11th July performance at Bromet Primary (previously at 6.30pm) will now start at 5pm.
Some of the children in 6LW at Shirley Primary School have been looking forward to their performances in their writing tasks recently:
"In the puppet project, my role is a narrator. Our story is call 'My Sister's Feet' and we made puppets. We are going to perform it to the school and parents. I am narrator 2 along with two of my friends who are narrator 1 and narrator 3. I am glad to be a narrator as I am a confident reader and am doing it with my friends.
When I heard Caitlin [project leader] say my name for narrator, I was so excited as I love to read and get to sit and watch the show. As well as this, I am also kind of nervous since I have to read in front of a large audience. I really hope everyone likes our performance which we spent the whole year on."
And from her friend:
"My role is Narrator 3 and there are three narrators. As a narrator you explain what's happening in the story as it goes along. In this story there is a little girl who is not yet five and no higher than a cricket's knee who gets her feet bound, crushed and broken until they're half the size they should be.
I feel ok about the show because I'm not shy and even if I don't learn all the words, I can disguise my script as a book. But I'm also a but nervous in case I mess up or make a mistake. Let's just hope that everyone does well and that the show is a huge success.
And lastly, from a voice actor from the class:
"My role in the puppet project is to do the voice of Foo-Chin in scenes 1, 2 and 7. I think it is going to be a hard job because I will have to practice my script a lot and I'm going to have to talk a lot in the play once we start it.
I feel nervous because I'm going to be talking and everyone is going to hear me but I'm also very excited because I think it's going to be very fun. I also think it's going to be nice to show the things we have made to our parents. Overall, I think it's going to be fun to do and everybody is going to enjoy watching the puppets."
We are delighted to announce that the YPPT has been highly commended in the Foundation for Social Improvement's Small Charity Big Impact Awards as part of Small Charity Week 2018!
Photo credit: The FSI
With our first shows just under two weeks away, rehearsals are well under way at The Grove Primary in Cambridge and Bromet Primary in Bushey - here's a sneak peek at their productions!
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