I can't believe
another year has gone by so quickly, and what a year we have had.
Starting with a fantastic Easter workshop, ART SPRING full of singing,
dancing, acting and film making, the young performers worked with Barney Ashworth who got everyone singing, Julia Rennells
taught and choreographed the dance routines, Marie and Michael worked on the acting and Tony Currell and Jan Dunn helped
them create and film eight short films.
With only one week to put on a free show at Dover town hall everyone worked very hard, rose to the
challenge and the show was a great success with a good response from the audience. Tony and Jan also rigged up the films in
the entrance hall so everyone could see the final results.
The summer term was just as busy with an end of term show at the Boys Grammar School,
Fiat Lux Theatre on Tuesday 16th July with a sad farewell to Julia as this was to be her last show. Feeling that she wanted
to spend more time with her growing family. She will be sadly missed and hope that she can pop along to the shows for a quick
catch up. We also said goodbye and good luck to a number of level 4 students off to university.
After the summer holidays Ashley Taylor-
joined our family as our new dance teacher and we were asked by Jan if level 3 and 4 would make a film called "Love Shouldn't
Hurt" for the Oasis Women’s refuge centre in Margate. The students did everything from writing the script to props
and make-up and Jan and Tony supervised and advised where necessary.
Level 4 put on a great show in November "THE PATIENT" by Agatha
Christie and a Dracula Spoof and the Christmas show, "A Christmas Carol" was full of festive cheer and the audience
even joined in with the carol singing.
DYT participated in the Dover Christmas Lights performing 2 songs "Its beginning to look a
lot like Christmas" and "I’m gettin nuttin for Christmas" , 2 dances and a scene from A Christmas Carol
(Kyra Tranter and Tristan Savage), We joined the Rotary Club Sleigh and got some lovely feedback from the Rotary club. The
weather was horrible and all the members were brilliant under stressful conditions.
In January we submitted a bid to "YOU DECIDE for an
editing suite, we were well supported and very fortunate to receive the full amount required.
A group of student spent a day in Chatham
at a PLAY ON WORDS workshop where they got to spend time working with the Resident Choreographer of Phantom, the producer
of Alice Driver and Robin Giyver a puppeteer from War Horse and the film "Gravity"
We also got funding from "Theatre in
the cloud" project where very enthusiastic levels 3 and 4 students have again been writing, performing and filming with
Tony Currell. This has been an interactive project with tumblr, pinstrest, wattpad, facebook, twitter, instagram etc all being
used and the end product will be available to watch on Vimeo.
Levels 1 and 2 have been working on skills which some of the parents joined in with
on the last day of term. From what I hear the parents enjoyed it as much as the children, how many ginger bread jumped out
of the plane?
members were working on various radio plays which were also recorded on the last day of term and these can be heard on Thursdays
and Sundays on Barry O'Brien's Show The View from Here on Dover Community Radio over the next three months .
Grace Cox was the first member
to make an Advertisement since members joined Spotlight - and six students have been up for auditions- Tilly Penn James Snoad
Speck Tristan Logan Nadia Gismondi and Miriam Smart.
Exams Results were excellent.
Miriam Smart taking Grade 2 Merit
Imogen Kelly-Thomas taking Grade 4 Merit
James Snoad Speck, Freda Lawson
King, Toby Cordes and Abigal Taylor taking Grade 5 – Distinctions
Imogen Kelly-Thomas Grade 3 Merit
Tilly Penn Grade 2 Merit
I'm very impressed by the amount of
projects undertaken this year. We have a great network of committee members and dedicated parents that volunteer to help regularly.
Every person is greatly valued and their support is very much appreciated, without all these people working quietly in the
background Marie would not be able to do the planning, fundraising and all the other "little" jobs that she undertakes.
Thank you all
for your support over the past year, it has been busy, exciting, fun, inspiring and sometimes even frustrating, so lets do
it all again, we wouldn't have it any other way.
Final words -
These young people are very lucky to have someone as passionate as Marie, thank you
so much for all you do and lets carry on into our 20th year.