Before fully reopening for classes and a packed performance programme from September, the team at The Garage Norwich is having a party – and you’re all invited.
Proving why it’s THE place for performing arts in Norfolk, the charity is taking over the streets of Norwich on Friday 23 July with live music, dance and entertainment.
The Garage is also throwing open the doors of its Chapel Field North studios (11am-7pm) where you’ll be able to try some of its autumn term classes for ages one to adults. The free sessions include creative dance, My First Storytime, ballet, My First Music and Movement, theatre, dance fitness, My First Drama, My First Ballet, contemporary, street dance, musical theatre and tap dance; and booking for these and its autumn classes and performances is open now.
City centre shoppers may get more than they bargained for from 11am on Friday 23 July with surprise performances from some of The Garage’s dance tutors and participants. Keep your eyes peeled though, they’ll be gone in a flash. These groups will then open The Garage’s two showcases.
It is running a stage on Millennium Plain, outside The Forum (12.45pm-2.15pm and 4pm-5.30pm) with performances by current and former members of The Garage’s music programmes and dance from its professional performance companies.
Singing will be former Unsigned participant Bridget Holmes, current Unsigned member Amelia Stephanides, former Musicians’ Development Programme participant and young patron Finn Doherty and current Unsigned members Jøra The Førtuneteller. Dance comes from FleX and Pulse and then Connect.
Special guest Cinderella will be popping by The Forum stage at various times during the day. She’s been given time off from cleaning to tell everybody about the magical return of My First Panto for ages seven and under. This year’s co-production with All-in Productions is Cinderella Rocks. Whether you see it at The Garage in Norwich or its sister venue The Workshop in King’s Lynn you’re guaranteed to have a ball. Plus she’ll be joined by some other storybook characters and a stilt walker.
The Garage’s friendly team will be at both sites throughout the day and will be happy to talk about its classes, accredited courses, outreach and charity work as well as its summer / autumn theatre season.
Keep any eye out for The Garage’s Turn Your Dreams Into Reality short films, which will be shown at nearly 50 locations across Norwich. Made in collaboration with Lambda Films, they feature participants past and present and highlight the range of creative opportunities the centre offers right here in the heart of the city.
Carrie Mansfield, The Garage’s Executive Producer, said: “We’re thrilled to celebrate the arrival of summer holidays. It’s been a challenging time for everybody, but we can now fully open our studios for people to come and take part in classes or watch great small-scale theatre. What better way to thank our patient participants, our supporters and the creative community than by doing what we do best – sharing some dance, music and entertainment to enjoy. We’ve a lot to be grateful for and lots to look forward to in the coming months so please join us.”
Find out more about the event at thegarage.org.uk/tydir.
There’s been lots more to celebrate at The Garage recently too as The Garage Trust just revealed that Youth Music has given it a £149k grant which will help the charity fund its inclusive Musical Journeys project. It also recently welcomed industry leaders including West End Star Layton Williams, theatre and film heavyweight Lady Anwen Hurt and Olivier, Tony and Emmy Award-winning producer Richard Jordan as patrons and ambassadors.