Friday, March 15th, 2013
Today, the international leaders in entertainment, Global Creatures producers of War Horse, Walking with Dinosaurs, King Kong and How to Train Your Dragon, announced a collaboration with Australia's National Youth Theatre Company (NYTC) to offer a unique series of Masterclasses for young people aged 12 to 17 years and professional development workshops for 18 to 25 year-olds.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young Australians with a dream to work in the performing arts provides unique learning experiences in writing, performance, design and puppetry enabling them to experience the behind-the-scenes magic of the internationally acclaimed War Horse to develop skills in drama and theatre using a variety of performance based techniques.

Angela Dalton, Executive Producer of War Horse said, "We're excited to work with the National Youth Theatre Company to bring this unique series of professional development workshops to the young people of Sydney and surrounding regions where they will have the opportunity to learn from the masters in their field."


In part one of three Masterclasses, students will learn key elements of drama and theatre in performance, improvised and playbuilt theatre and scripted drama beginning with a short performance piece written by Australia's leading youth author, Morris Gleitzman.  Students will learn specific techniques in creating an imaginative piece for theatre before embarking on an individual writing piece to explore themes of War
Horse
from an Australian perspective.

In the second Masterclass devised by puppeteers and actors from the National Theatre, London, students will experience the hands-on creation of characters using techniques applied in the production of War Horse (just as the stars of the production experienced in rehearsals) to learn how to create movement, breath and empathy while working with puppets.

In the final stage of their unique theatrical journey, students will experience the craft of designing, making and performing their own written material with their own puppet, enabling them to explore the magic of contemporary puppetry in bringing their characters and stories to life.

Lindsay Farris, Artistic Director of NYTC said, "This is an opportnity of a lifetime for any young person interested in pursuing a career in performing arts.  Students will work
in collaboration to build their own puppets and bring them to life using the skills they have learned in specialised writing, drama, puppetry and performance classes."

In addition to the Masterclasses students will receive a 12 month complimentary membership to NYTC, a free puppetry seminar on 30 May and have the option to purchase a significantly discounted ticket to see War Horse live on stage at Sydney's Lyric.

Applications are closing shortly with the Masterclasses commencing in early April and are open to all young people but places are strictly limited. NYTC is also offering a number of scholarships.  To register for a scholarship or to make a booking visit www.nytc.com.au/masterclass or call 1300 735 763.

  • Junior Workshops: 12-17 years - $99 includes 3 specialised 2 hour Masterclasses Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 April
  • Senior Workshops: 18-25 years - $150 includes 3 specialised 2 hour Masterclasses Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 April
  • War Horse opens at the Lyric Theatre on March 21.Tickets: www.warhorseonstage.com/tickets/sydney
  • For more information about NYTC or to become a member visit: www.nytc.com.au
  • NYTC is supported by the National Youth Theatre Company Foundation
    www.nytcfoundation.org.au

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