Theater workshops at Ty Pawb
Theater workshops have come to Ty Pawb which are suitable for children who will have two days of theater fun.
The workshops, which are taught by Julie Kirk Thomas who has experience in the theater world, are available in August, where young dance and theater enthusiasts will perform Encanto and Hairspray.
Julie has been doing the workshops for about 18 years, but only recently resumed classes following the pandemic.
Previous workshops held in Wrexham or Llangollen Town Hall include The Greatest Showman, Matilda and Cats.
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Each workshop lasts two days, with a 15-minute performance at the end for parents.
Workshops are suitable for children aged five and over, and normally up to 30 will be in a single workshop.
Julie does all her choreography and her husband writes original scripts for the workshops, which means the material is original. She also had the help of assistants, some of whom were also students.
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Her long list of experiences includes her starring in Aladdin at the King’s Theater in Edinburgh, which saw her signed with The Richard Stone Management. She also performed in a West End production of Evita, was a member of the 2nd Generation Dance Group and was a featured soloist, and was a regular on The Benny Hill Show for two series.
Julie also travels to nursing homes and does upper body movements for people in wheelchairs or with reduced mobility, but she is broadening her horizons.
She explained, “I am branching out now. Moms come to the show and say, ‘Are you gonna do one for us, are you gonna do one for the moms?’ so I started doing lots of Mama Mia workshops for moms and Bollywood workshops. I love making them, it’s a lot of fun.
“I’ve also done quite a few wedding first dances for couples, which I love to do.”
She now plans to set up a studio in her own home, where she could give more wedding dance lessons.
Julie is also considering doing a ‘Strictly’ themed fundraiser for Nightingale House Hospice, following the success of a previous pre-pandemic event.
She says she loves finding talented people in the community and a number of her students have found success in the industry.
Classes are made as affordable as possible, for parents who cannot afford regular dance lessons for their children, or who do not have the time to take them by organizing them during school holidays.
She added: “Over the years I’ve discovered some fabulous talent and they’ve gone on to do great things, so what I like to do is keep my prices really low. I do workshops for two days, five hours a day and have only recently had to run them up to £45/49 depending on the price of the room I hire so I like to keep it under £50 £. It’s less than £25 a day for two fantastic workshops and a show at the end.”
Children receive a certificate and a rosette at the end with the name of the workshop so they have something to remember.
Workshops take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Upcoming workshops at Ty Pawb:
Encanto, August 2 and 3 – https://www.facebook.com/events/852359676205667?ref=newsfeed
Lacquer August 24 and 25 – https://www.facebook.com/events/437238711321774/?ref=newsfeed