Donation to Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors

SEAFORD Musical Theatre Juniors (SMTJ) is the only charitable community performing and creative arts group for young people in the Seahaven area. The charity supports many children on the autistic spectrum and with a variety of other additional needs requirements; all benefit enormously from the inclusive, skill developing programme of lessons and workshops that are held by SMTJ.
Seaford Rotary Club has been involved with SMTJ since the inception of the charity in 2011 and have supported them with several donations. Thus, when the Club received a request to support their summer holiday programme for dance, drama, singing workshops and other performing and creative arts with qualified and specialised workshop leaders and teachers for the sessions, the Club was willing to provide the support requested.
It was a pleasant surprise however to receive a letter of thanks from Paula Woolven, Director Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors:
'Dear Rotary Club of Seaford,
Thank you for (Rotary Club of Seaford's) kind donation to Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors towards the children's summer holiday programme being held at the Barn Theatre.
……. We will be able to provide a wonderful experience for more than our aim of 200 young participants. We have been able to add a 'Heroes and Villains' themed drama workshop and 'Under The Sea' musical theatre workshops to our line-up already, with more in the pipeline. ……….
The sessions started with a singing workshop yesterday, where the parent of an autistic child who took part, enthusiastically, wrote to me with her appreciation for the benefits and skills performing arts bring to her son - who doesn't thrive in a traditional educational environment. ……..
Thank you again for your continued support ……...
In addition to the 'Heroes and Villains' drama workshop and the underwater themed workshop 'Under The Sea', there have been dance workshops based on famous musicals and music videos, a 'two left feet' dance beginners’ course for children who haven't had dance lessons before, singing workshops and an amazing confidence workshop called 'Remarkable Kids', where participants received a free T-shirt from the fun-shop coach, actress Wendy Reed. There was a DJ teaching children how to 'mix' and 'sample' music electronically.
SMTJ are also proud that the creative art workshop, where participants made entries to the Peacehaven Horticulture and Craft Show saw six category winners from their membership and Darcey Puttock-West was awarded the Shield for 'best effort by a Junior entrant'.

posted: Monday, 20 August 2018

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