"Creative Activities for Children," a programme to enhance the artistic ability of children, conducted by veteran playwright and theatre director Somalatha Subasinghe will start October this year.
Organised by Lanka Children's and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or popularly known as the Play House-Kotte will be assisted by Dr. Chandana Aluthge, one of her senior theatre students and a children's theatre director.
Children from ages four to fourteen can take part in the programme. The prime objective of the programme is to develop child's mental and physical aspects and to enhance artistic taste, cheerfulness and playful sense of the child through aesthetic experiences. Therefore this programme can be considered as an extracurricular learning that supplements the formal education the child obtains in school. The programme gives the child the opportunity to learn the basics of enjoying and appreciating music, free movement, dance and rhythmic movement, acting and language, art, singing, puppetry and handwork.
This programme is conducted on Saturdays, October 4 from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. For details send in a stamped envelop to the Coordinator, Lanka Children's and Youth Theatre Foundation, No. 166/1, Buddhist Institute Avenue, Parliament Road, Kotte.
Somalatha Subasinghe founded LCYTO in 1981 to promote theatre productions and performances for children and youth, training of actors, and research on theatre studies. This organisation presently is the topmost institution for children's and youth theatre productions in Sri Lanka. Since 1981 the organisation has produced a repertoire of mainly musical theatre for children and youth and mainstream art theatre productions and performed them in the island as well as abroad.