the culmination of a great amount of hard work, determination
and effort as well as a huge helping of fun, the students from
the Lisburn Helen O'Grady Drama Academy proudly presented their
end of year productions in the Island Arts Centre Studio
The Lower Primary class were first to perform
for a huge audience of parents and friends. The children
presented an enchanted play entitled 'The chicken-hearted fox'.
The children's dynamic and energetic
performances won them wave after wave of well-deserved applause
from their appreciative audience.
Upper Primary children, aged 8 - 11 years,
then provided even more entertainment with the aptly named
'Jet-Lag Tour'. The class was excellent, clearly demonstrating
their prowess with vocal skills and expressive acting.
The fantastically talented Youth Theatre
students presented an outstanding play using New York accents
and gangster-ish attitudes to effectively characterise some
notorious gangland figure like Luke the Duke and Big Benny, who
have been engaged in vicious rivalry for some time.
The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy is the
Province's largest drama school with 1350 students. Twenty
specialist drama teachers undergo an extensive training in the
Helen O'Grady teaching methods to ensure that each student is
encouraged in a warm, positive learning environment, where
mutual respect is a high priority.
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The award-winning programme aims to develop,
enthusiasm, confidence, self-esteem, communication skills and
social skills, through a highly developed and stimulating drama
Lisa Semple, principal of the Academy, which
operates in 29 venues throughout the province, said: "It is
wonderful to see the breadth of talent across the different age
groups. All our students have shown development in their
confidence in verbal communication and their self-esteem which
is what out unique programme offers. We are developing valuable
"Most important, though, is to see children
having fun and enjoying the experience of being on a stage in
front of a large audience. Many parents have commented on how
their children are now more able to speak out in public and in
improvement in the quality of speech which has a direct effect
on their school work." The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy is
currently enrolling for ages 5 - 17 in September. In order to
give your children the invaluable opportunities afforded by this
tremendous educational programme and for details of your local
studio please telephone, principal Lisa Semple on 91464337 or