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ITW In The Spotlight - Issue 5! Sent Friday, October 30, 2009 View as plaintext
 'In The Spotlight' 
newsletter #5     30th October 2009 Visit Independent Theatre Workshop
Its ISSUE 5! of  ITW E-Newsletter!!

Welcome to our Halloween Newsletter ITW In The Spotlight!I know it is only a couple of weeks since our last issue but so much has happened since then!!

Please make sure your ITW student gets to see this issue - they may be in it themselves or know someone in it - and they like to hear the news! You can print it out or just let them know it's here! 

Next week we are moving to our new space in Ranelagh/Clonskeagh at Terminus Mills! All Classes from THURSDAY 5th NOVEMBER will be in the new studios!

We are going to be adding new classes and courses so now is the time to take up an extra class if you like in Singing or Speech & Drama or to Invite a Friend to join!! Come and try out at our FREE TASTER CLASSES!

Gillian X

We would like to invite everyone to ITW, 8 Terminus Mills to celebrate the opening of our own Studios!
Facilities include a fabulous Drama studio with mirrors and cinema system that can also be used for performances, a lovely big Dance studio/performance space with mirrors and barres and a fabulous balcony for storing our costumes. Upstairs we have a singing studio with piano, speech & drama room, office, lobby and toilets for Boys and Girls. There is plenty of parking available on Saturdays and Sundays and after 6pm as there is a carpark outside the door which is unused by anyone else at those times.

Wednesday 4th November from 5-7 pm and
Thursday 5th from 5.30-7.30pm - come and see the school, have a look around, a glass of wine or soft drink and find out where we are!! 

Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Friday 13th November 4.30-6.30pm - we would like to encourage our existing students to come along and try out a new class in Singing or Speech and to bring a friend to test us out in Dance and Drama for a couple of hours on any of the 3 afternoons. All welcome! Spread the word!

We are also going to have ADULT CLASSES starting soon including Body Conditioning/Keep Fit, Dance, Acting and Pilates. Our OPEN EVENING/TASTER CLASS for ADULTS is on Wednesday 11th November from 8-9pm!

Our littlest ones aren't left out either - in early December we will be starting Singing Stars, Little Ballerinas and Dress Up Drama for the under 5's!!


I attended the Mountview Musical Theatre summer course in August with the intention of considering it as a full-time course when I leave school and to gain experience.

The duration of the course was two weeks, Monday to Friday from 10 till 5. As excited as I was to begin the course, nothing prepared me for wonderful experience I was going to have.

Our first day consisted of each person singing one of our two prepared songs in front of the mentors and coaches there.  We then had a group dance audition.  Based on these two performances we were split into two groups - Romeo and Juliet!

I never expected the high level of teaching.  Our dance teachers were Laine Bird - head of dance at Mountview and her assistant David (a Jackie Chan look-a-like!).  The choreography was amazing yet not impossible. We had a
masterclass with a dancer from Chicago which gave us the chance to perform aswell as dance. Next was the singing, which I felt we all improved on the most.

We had master classes with the musical director of Cats, Phantom of the opera and Les Miserables. He helped us improve on our technique through intense singing and hard work. We did group songs and solo lessons with different past pupils of Mountview and all the different opinions helped us to improve our style of performance and confidence dramatically.

Acting was something that we felt we all improved on as we received intense workshops from Philip Quast, who has played the lead in Les Mis and is currently playing the lead in La Cage aux Foilles, in which we learned the theory of Shakespeare. Then we sang a song each for him and he went through our songs line by line sharing his experience with us.

At the end of the two weeks we put together a showcase of different pieces of work we had accomplished during the course.  Apart from making friends and experiencing a full-time theatre school, I never thought I could learn so much and have so much fun.

When the classes finished each day, as tired as we were, we went into London and saw lots of different shows.

I would highly recommend this course to anybody considering musical theatre as a career.  I had the time of my life!

Ciara Lyons


Well done to Alan Kavanagh who recieved his Trophy and a €300 cheque for winning the Leinster School of Music & Drama Speech & Drama Excellence Award 2008/09. He performed his winning drama monologue from Brighton Beach Memoirs in front of an audience of approx 250 invited guests alongside Kerrie O'Donoghue and Sarah Kelly who were runners up and received beautiful engraved silver coins and a cheque for €100 as quarter finalists for the Leinster School of Music & Drama Music Excellence Award.  Hilary Hogan and Ben  Reilly who were also nominated performed their pieces too. It was a great event and a very proud moment for ITW!
If you would like to try out Speech & Drama come along to one of our Taster Classes!
BOOK NOW for The Wizard of Oz in the National Concert Hall this Christmas. This stunning production features a cast of almost 50 ITW students from 5yrs up to 18yrs of age and Simone Collins as Dorothy!
ITW Perform on: 
December 28th at  2pm
December 29th at  2pm
December 30th at  2pm
January 2nd at 6pm
January 3rd at 6pm
Phone 417 0000 or  to book
Family of 4 top price tickets = €115 (normal price €136)
Book  a group of 10+ tickets and get 
€34 tickets for €27.50
€27 tickets for €24
€24 tickets for €21.60

With ITW students Ryan Andrews as Robin Hood, Alan Kavanagh as Little John and Kevin O'Dwyer as Facebook and also featuring ITW'ers Craig Connolly, Bianca O'Connor, Michaela O'Neill, Shane Mahon and Oisin Nolan in the Chorus- this years Spotlight Panto is set to be a terrific nights entertainment!
Special ITW GROUP rates of €25 per ticket for best available seats apply to all bookings of 10 or more and one goes free! In other words you can get 11 top price tickets for €250 - less than the price of 7!(€259 with ticketmaster) or a saving of €157! With two shows daily from December 19th - Jan 5th there are plenty of opportunities for you to catch Robin and his band of Merry Men ! Phone Aine on 087 4108921 to avail of this special ITW/School rate with no booking fee!!
We are thrilled to have Ben Middleton cast as Oliver and James Killeen playing the Artful Dodger in Festival Productions 'OLIVER' this Christmas at the Wexford Opera House.  The show also features our singing coach Sharon Sexton as Nancy!! Ben is also playing Oliver in the Civic Theatre from 10-14th November with lots of ITW'ers in the cast!!
Last month we had a report from Lisa Lyons who had been selected for ICE Star Search - Alison Kinlan (Tweens Class) also got through the nationwide heats and spent a day in RTE recording her entry.  You can see Alison perform on Tuesday 27th October at 4.30pm with a recap of her performance on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th. Please do your best to tune in! You can also see her perform by clicking here to see it and VOTE for her!! The results of that weeks heats will be announced on Friday 30th during the show at 4.30pm.

17 year old Jack Gleeson started in ITW when he was just 7 years old he has always done very well, proving himself to be a talented actor full of character from a very early age.
Jack has completed his Speech & Drama and Solo Acting Exams up to Certificate level gaining Distinction (95%+) and a Medal in his higher grades and gaining 2 nominations for the Leinster School Excellence awards last year.  
Earlier FIlm credits include short films Moving Day, Shaving the Baby, Oranges and Fishtale and Feature films Batman Begins and Shrooms.  Jack has performed in the Gate Theatre as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol and Young Pip in Great Expectations and with Festival Productions in The Wizard of Oz and The King & I at the NCH and in the Olympia Christmas shows Bugsy Malone and Cinders.
But the last 15 months has really been great for Jack starting out with 5 weeks in Donegal shooting A Shine of Rainbows and then in February premiering Marina Carr's play The Giant Blue Hand in The Ark followed by 7 weeks over the summer in France playing the lead in All Good Children a feature film directed by Alicia Duffy.  The first 6 weeks of term have also had him rehearsing hard with performances as Faust in Faust in Gonzaga College where he is now in 6th year.
Photo: Jack in 'All Good Children' over 50 of our students auditioned for roles in this film!
Jack is currently shooting the Pilot for a Major new HBO series 'Game of Thrones' with Sean Bean in Belfast traveling up and back to make sure he doesn't miss much school!  HBO make series like Sex in the City, The Sopranos and Rome so heres hoping that Game of Thrones has the same success. ITW had over 40 of our students seen for roles in Game of Thrones by the UK casting director when she came over and Jack (so far) is the only Irish person who actually got cast!! 
A Shine of Rainbows featuring Jack Gleeson (Seamus) and with Shane Mahon and Fionn O'Shea in smaller roles premiered at the BFI London Film Festival on October 18th.  It will also be the Gala Closing Film of the Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast on December 2nd. A Shine of Rainbows filmed over 6 weeks in Donegal!  Watch the trailer here: Shine of Rainbows the Trailer
Photo: Jack and his co-stars!

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At the beginning of September we sent out a synopsis and script of a short film to all our students looking for Boys who wanted to audition. There were 4 roles up for grabs and in the end 3 of our boys Colm Lombard, Jason Quinn and Aaron O'Toole were cast in the main roles!!  3 days of filming were completed last week and a great time was had by all - here is Colms report on his experience playing the lead role of Patrick!
'My name is Colm Lombard and I am almost thirteen.  I have just finished shooting a short film called Bulldog directed by Steve Earls.  I auditioned for the part of Ronan and at the call back Steve asked me to read some of the main character's (Patrick) lines.  I was so very surprised and delighted when I got the part of Patrick.  The story is about a boy who is bullied and how he reacts, but I won't spoil the story by telling you what happens.  The filming took place over three days, two in Bray and one in Clontarf.  We had to get up at 6am each morning to start shooting at 8am, but I wasn't tired at all because everything was so interesting.  The crew were very nice and it was fascinating to see how film making works, lighting, sound, continuity, make-up, wardrobe etc.  I got to have a go on the Assistant Director's walkie talkie, that was cool!  I am really looking forward to seeing how it all turns out and watching it on the big screen.'

The ITW uniform is available from the school and comprises of a Hoody embroidered with the ITW logo and a T-Shirt (€40) which should be worn with black bottoms and dance shoes. The uniform is compulsory for all students up to and including Inter level.   Senior and Young Adults should wear Black dance wear with dance shoes and wear their hair tied up for dance class. All students Young and Senior must wear ITW uniform for all professional jobs and rehearsals so you must get one if you intend to work in the many shows and operas that come up each year.

7 year old Jack Monaghan was chosen for the Bord Failte ad and got to do his filming in Fota! He headed down to Cork by train really early in the morning and came back the following day! Here is his report! "I got to go on a special train and I got my face painted as a leopard.  I got to go on a golf buggy. I had a pretend nana, grandad, mam, dad and sister. I had to roar like a leopard into the camera! I had a great time.  It was great fun and everyone was really nice. The hotel had a swimming pool"

Get ready to jump up, dance and sing, as TV sensations Hi-5 perform their brand new live stage show, Hi-5 Surprise Party! in Dublin  at The Helix, 15th Nov.  As seen on RTE Two's Den Tots, Hi-5 is an educational and award-winning children's show. Featuring some of Hi-5's most popular songs plus lots of dancing and activities, Hi-5 Surprise Party! will have 2-8 year olds on their feet and off the seat!  Don't miss the biggest party to ever hit the stage! 

As a Christmas fundraiser  for the school we are having  RAFFLES in each school ( Drumcondra and Ranelagh) Tickets are €1 each with 6 for €5! for the Juniors and Tots the prizes in each raffle are a Family pass of 4 top tickets to see HI- 5 Surprise Party at the HELIX on Sunday November 15th at 5.30pm!! and a  Giant cuddly dog ! For the older students prizes include family passes for The Wizard of Oz at the NCH and Robin Hood at the Olympia Theatre!  Get your tickets at class!!
Our photo features ITW students Rachel O'Mahony and Emily Plant who met Hi -5 and had a tour of the DEN in RTE when Hi-5 came to visit recently!!

Just a reminder that our new studios have beautiful wooden dance floors. Outside shoes are not allowed in under any circumstances. Please ensure that you get Dance trainers, plimsolls or Jazz shoes for next term - shoes that don't get worn outside with non marking soles.  You can now order direct from our suppliers in the UK at almost half the retail price -  at 
(i.e. pic shows web sneakers - €95 Danceworld   £19.95 + p&p of approx £10 from UK!! all sizes from Tots to Teens!)
Liana Ní Chléirigh plays Bronagh Falvey daughter of Politician Val Falvey (Ardal O'Hanlon) in the upcoming 6 part RTE series 'Val Falvey' which starts on RTE 1 on Sunday November 15th at 8.30pm. Written by the writers of Fr. Ted and Stew this is another comedy series on a topical theme!  Liana is a past student of ITW and runs our Youth Theatre IYT. She also taught drama in ITW for the last two years! 
Kate Finegan spent 2 hectic days shooting for the big Christmas METEOR Carol Singers commercial! Kate attended ITW for several years and is now Studying Drama and Irish in Trinity College Dublin and works with the Tots, Juniors and Inters as assistant teacher in ITW Drumcondra!
Mark Butler and Aaron O'Toole played brothers Paul and Derek in Award Winning Rob and Ronan Burkes short film RUNNERS which has it's Premiere in the Cork Film Festival on Sat November 7th at 4pm in the Cork Opera House! 
18 of our younger students played the Urchin Chorus and we had 4 older/past students in the adult chorus in Lyric Operas production of CARMEN at the National Concert Hall on October 10-13th they had a ball performing and had the extra challenge of having to sing in French!  The performances played to packed houses for its run!
Term Fees
TERM 2  starts on 
Saturday November 21st and fees are due during or before that week. Mary Byrne will be in Drumcondra and Abbey Smith and Astrid Linnie in Terminus Mills to collect fees and issue receipts from November 14th (Wk 10) until November 26th.  We would appreciate it if fees could be paid on time to cut down on admin costs. An admin charge of €10 will be added to late payments received after November 27th.  If for any reason you do not intend continuing with your classes next term you need to give us half a terms notice in writing to allow us to offer your place to someone else if possible.  Please drop us an e-mail now if for any reason you are unable to come back.

Even the Gaiety Panto can't escape the ITW touch!! Our Thursday dance teacher Louise Lenihan plays the Fairy  (on roller skates!) in this spectacular production. No stranger to performing on skates Louise was in Starlight Express in Germany !!  So don't miss out this Christmas! Support the theatres and performers by going to see a show (or two!) with your family this year!   
Contact ITW  
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and events visit our website or call us at    
01 4968808           
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YAHOO accounts are exceptionally unreliable with only one or two out of every ten mails getting through. We have had some very disappointed students who have missed out on opportunities because they never got the e-mail :-( Sign up with GMAIL, EIRCOM or DUBLIN.IE which we find are much more reliable!
And when you get an e-mail from us   PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PASS ON THE INFO TO YOUR KIDS!! Thanks!