The Children’s National Theatre school opened its doors in September 2014, offering workshops, classes, and an after-school program to students in grades 1-6.
“It’s about learning the arts,” says Sophie Desaulniers, the Artistic Director of the school, “and learning to enjoy the arts, seeing just how much work goes into putting on a play and how much fun you can have working as a team.”
This Friday, Dec. 5, at 6:30pm, the school will be giving its first public performance at the French Cultural Centre (702 Bernard Ave). The play titled ‘Gold as the Sun’ is a comedic piece written by Desaulniers and performed by the school’s students.
Inspiring young creative minds and training the dramatic arts isn’t the only mandate at the school. When Sophie heard about a charitable Christmas campaign from local international development agency, Hope for the Nations, she immediately offered to lend their support by donating all proceeds from their public performance of ‘Gold as the Sun’ to the 12 Days of Hope Christmas Campaign.
“This campaign gives ordinary people the chance to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of children in countries where opportunities are limited,” says Desaulniers about the school’s involvement. “For us it’s about creating freedom in education, and we’re more than happy for the opportunity to get involved in the community and support educational projects for children in need throughout the world.”
This campaign highlights different regional HOPE partners each day for 12 days throughout the Christmas season and gives people the opportunity to make a contribution to a selection of projects taking place throughout the world.
“This year for our Christmas campaign we wanted to do something unique,” says North American Program Director for Hope for the Nations, Patricia Phillips, “something special that would bring awareness to several countries and several of our projects.”
“It’s exciting for people to be able to give to a large project or to be able to cover something completely on their own such as a winter jacket or a tree for an organic garden,” commented Phillips on the diversity of the campaign.
The performance is open to the public and entry is by donation. Learn more about the performance and the Children’s National Theatre School at http://www.childrensnationaltheatre.com/
Learn more about the 12 Days of HOPE Campaign at www.12daysofhope.com or www.hopeforthenations.com .