GTI wants you to Look Twice this year
GALWAY Technical Institute End of Year Exhibition opens on Thursday May 17. The students’ work will be in two venues this year. Furniture Making and Design Levels 5 and 6 will be at GTI main building on Fr Griffin Road and 85+ Art Portfolio Preparation and Drawing and Visual Inquiry students will be up the road in the Dominican Sports Hall. The title of the joint exhibition is Look Twice.
Friar Fergal MacEoinin of the Claddagh Priory has made this superb space available this year. Fr Fergal is a keen photographer and is the proud custodian of the art collection at the Claddagh Church, including two beautiful Joshua Clarke stained glass windows and a suspected Rubens, no less!
Students from the Art Portfolio Preparation course have excelled themselves (again) this year while most are still waiting to hear from art colleges in Galway and Limerick, eight have been accepted to NCAD and we have students going to UK colleges such as Goldsmiths in London to study Fine Art and History of Art and one happy student to the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Opening hours are Mon-Sat 10 am to 4 pm, from Friday May 18 to Saturday 26. Parking available at GTI.
Dancezone set to take to the stage in Shrule
WITH just a few days left to opening night on Friday May 18 for the performing school Dancezone, final touches are now being put to the new in Shrule Community Centre. This year’s production must have proved extremely hard as students only commenced with classes last September.
Dancezone Stage School is one of Ireland’s top stage schools with over 17 years of stage experience and several accolades to their name. Most recently they were voted by TV3 viewers as Ireland’s top Glee group which had a prize tag of appearing on the bill along with Westlife, Jedward, Jason Derulo, Olly Murs, McFly and many more at the Cheerios Childline Concert in the O2.
Dancezone director Sandra Julian said “This is the first show for these kids and it has to be right for both the kids and the audience. It’s a very family-orientated show, a bit of modern music, musical theatre for those who love the musicals, and a chance to see the talent both vocally and performance wise, the kids have been working so hard in such a short time and I know they will deliver with usual energy and fun.”
Those who have yet to see a Dancezone production are in for a treat when they see the come to see the show. The beautiful costumes, glitzy stage and good fun means that at times one gets lost in the production and forgets that these kids are only aged 4 – 14, a talented bunch from Shrule, Headford, Kilmaine, Glencorrib, Hollymount, Belclare and Tuam.
The show will be on Friday May 18 and Saturday 19 in Shrule Community Centre at 8pm nightly. Tickets are on sale at classes and limited seats at the door. Adults €10 and Child/OAP €8.
Film School in Tuam this summer
A ONE-WEEK film course for second level students is being held in Tuam next month
From June 11 to 15 in the Education Centre, Tuam Film School will offer tuition in camera and audio operation, presenting, acting, scriptwriting, editing and working together as a production team.
At the end of the week participants will have their own short film and a presenter or acting showreel.
The course is being run by James Ryan, who has worked on numerous short films and programmes on RTE and TG4, as well as producing a 13-part series for TG4 and being involved in Lucky Run, filmed in Tuam. Shrule native Roisín Stack will give a workshop in acting.
For information contact TuamFilmSchool@gmail.com or 087-2698 248.
Core Theatre College audition dates
AFTER two succesful years Core Theatre College are opening their doors again to students who are serious about theatre training.
The popular Autumn course will run from September 18 to December 2. The Autumn course offers in-depth professional training; voice, movement for theatre, acting technique, theatre history and master classes in stage combat, improv, mask and audition techniques. Mikel Murfi (Abbey Theatre), Tim Smith (Druid Theatre), Miquel Barcelo (The Gombeens), Liam Halligan (Storytellers Theatre), Tara Breathnach (TG4) and others have given master classes.
Auditions for the Autumn course are June 16, 17, 23 and 24. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
County Fleadh in Clifden this weekend
CLIFDEN hosts the Galway County Fleadh this weekend and a great weekend of music, song and dance is promised.
One of the main aspects of the Fleadh is the competitions. This is where people start their journey on the road to becoming an All Ireland Champion. The Competitions will take place on the Saturday and Sunday of the weekend in the Clifden Community School and West Connemara Leisure Centre and are open to the public. A small entrance fee is payable. These competitions are for all age groups from children to Senior Adults. There are also Group and Band competitions with lots of local interest.
A free shuttle bus will be in operation between the town and school to facilitate ease of traffic flow. This will run from 11-4 both days and all are welcome to use it.
The Fleadh will officially open on Friday in the Clifden Station House Hotel at 7pm and this will be followed by a free concert. There will also be a unique Fleadh Mass on the Saturday evening in St Josephs Church at 7pm.
One of the highlights also, will include a gig rig on the Square running all Saturday afternoon from 2 until 6.30 pm and again from 7.45 – 10.15 pm with visiting competitors and groups, with the main event at 7.45 pm when the Swallows Tail Ceili Band will take to the stage for an outdoor ceili.