Cyprus Mail

Dress up and away

By Maria Gregoriou

In case you haven’t realised it yet, this year Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend, making it double the fun and even more of a thrill for all of us who are looking for any excuse to get away for a few days.

Before going on, just so you know, we won’t be suggesting anything for the grown-ups to do for the weekend (although that doesn’t mean we won’t be doing so in the near future, nor that you shouldn’t keep reading). We will be suggesting something for the kids, and if you are planning to leave them with granny for the two-day fiesta of love, then we are sure she will be more than happy to get them out of the house and help them explore their creative side.

First of all, we have a treat for all kids over the age of seven who like to sing, dance and act.

The Dane Katz Performing Arts centre in Nicosia is organising a two-day Musical Theatre workshop. So far, so normal, especially if your children like to stand in front of the mirror, holding a brush and singing into it. Now, with this next bit of information, things will begin to get interesting. The workshop will be run by West End performers Kieran Jae and Steven Moonz Oliver.

Between the two of them Jae and Oliver have stared in some of the best known musicals on the West End, including Gypsy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Cats, Mamma Mia, and Billy Elliot.

The two professional performers will be bringing to Nicosia their experience and talent to start training our young ones, who may someday be not only the stars of our hearts, but also stars of the stage.

If all that name dropping isn’t enough to get you booking your kid’s place at the workshop, then maybe the words of the founder and director of the Dance Katz performing arts group will persuade you to want to wish that your child would break a leg (only figuratively of course).

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local children of Nicosia, whether they choose Musical Theatre as a career or hobby, this is an opportunity to experience a true West End phenomenon.”

Registration has started at the stage school’s head office so you have a whole week to book a place for your children, but a word of advice, do it towards the beginning of the week rather than the end because if professional training is what you seek for your children, this chance is the perfect one.

Now if your children are happier getting the glue, scissors and paper out and sticking something sparkly on the paper while drawing whatever comes to mind, then this next event will probably get them jumping up and down for joy.

Firstly let’s stick to the capital. At the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in the old town from 12pm, kids from four to ten years old can join in a craft-making carnival workshop. Nicosia is not really considered the carnival city and, unless you go play around in Jumbo for a while, the kids might not be feeling the carnival vibes as much as those in Limassol. That being said, this carnival crafts morning will keep their minds and hands busy in creating some great art work to get them in the dress-up mood.

Moving onto Paphos, Technopolis 20 Cultural centre will be welcoming all artsy children to a carnival mask workshop at 11am. The morning of creativity and fun for the whole family will be coordinated by artist Stella Karageorgi.

Karageorgi will teach the children some art techniques, which she uses in her own work and which she picked up during her fine arts and art history studies in America, and at the De Montfort University in England.

West End Musical Theatre Workshop
A workshop for dancing, singing and acting for seven-year-olds and up. February 14-15. Dance Katz Performing Arts Studio, 4 Pindou Street, Engomi, Nicosia. 10am-5pm. €100. Tel: 97-828730

Craftmaking Workshop
A workshop to do with the carnival for children from 4 to 10 years old. February 14. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia. 12pm. Tel: 22-128157

Carnival Mask Workshop
A fun day with the kids, making carnival masks. February 14. Technopolis 20, 18 Nikolaou Nikolaidi Avenue, Paphos. 11am. €5 for kids, parents free. Tel: 70-002420

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