Auditions open for Summer Arts Intensive

Past participants in the Young at Arts program.

Aspiring actors, dancers and musicians are invited to audition for Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s Young at Arts Summer Theatre Arts Intensive, which trains young artists in the practical disciplines of performing arts.

The six-week program is supported by Butterfield Bank.

Participants ages 14-22 will receive instruction from qualified performing arts instructors and practitioners in drama, music/voice, dance and technical theater.

Guest artists also visit the program to work with students. Past guests have included Grace

Gealey, Inika Pierre and Melanie Ebanks.

Alyssa McLaughlin, a past participant, says it offers a unique experience for young artists.

“It was a really great experience, unlike any other I’ve ever had, unlike any other on the island,” she says. “I’ve always had a love for theater and acting and I think it’s a really great opportunity for people who are interested in learning the ins and outs of the ‘job.’

“I would like to encourage others to participate in this program in the future. There is so much more to learn than one might realize, and even if you are not sure that you’ll like theater or acting, you never know what interesting discoveries you might make in the process.”

Auditions start at 10 a.m. May 28 at the Harquail Theatre. All students must contact the CNCF to book a time slot.

Students must prepare a memorized monologue, 1-3 minutes in length, as well as a dance, or song, or piece of music that will be played on an instrument. Performers must also be prepared to take direction on stage. Call-backs will be arranged if required.

Students will be advised within one week of auditioning if they have been selected.
The Cayman National Cultural Foundation will be offering three scholarships for exceptional performers who are in need of financial assistance.

The YAA Intensive will begin on July 5 and ends with a weekend of shows from Aug. 5-7.
For more information on the program or to book an audition, email [email protected]
or call 949-5477.

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