March has truly been a remarkable month, particularly for our incredible 7 – 12 year old CYT artists. Last Friday, Gorman Arts Centre was transformed for the evening into a lantern filled, twinkly light spectacular! The i’m me festival took place over four hours, where 31 of our 7-12 year olds performed seven brand new works in a number of spaces across the centre. Our sold out crowd had the chance to see very different pieces, all devised by our young people, under the guidance and support of our brilliant Directors. Under the changing night’s sky, audiences could see each work on a rotational basis, all while devouring crepes from our friends, Le Breton Crepes and making gorgeous flower crowns with A forager’s heart.
The evening culminated with all of our performers’ voices, moving us across the grass to the first public reading of SKYWHALE A PLAY FOR TEN CHILDREN by playwright, Julian Hobba and directed by CYT’s Artistic Director, Katie Cawthorne.
We would like to take this opportuntiy to thank all of our Directors for their incredible work and dedication throughout this development process, Jessica Baker, Errenn Ball, Tracy Bourne, Claire Granata, Anna Johnstone, Stefanie Lekkas, Kitty Malam and Ruth Pieloor, Working to a very short deadline was never a concern and all produced incredible works based on the voices of our young people.
We must also thank our amazing Advanced Technical Team members, Ethan Hamill and Brynn Somerville, supported by Kimmo Vennonen. Their professionalism ensured the smooth running of the festival. We were also thrilled to have our event supported by older artists in our CYT community with Charlotte Palmer undertaking work experience as an emerging director, Yarno Rohling performing as a guitarist for the performance The Boat, Ted Stewart providing the beats to keep us dancing into the night as our resident CYT DJ and Elektra Spencer assisting with front of house.
Finally we would like to thank our friends at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres for all their constant support for this event as well as the Capital Arts Patron Organisation and the Canberra Weekly Award that provided assistance for our Directors.
Most importantly, Katie and I would like to thank our wonderful CYT community and parents for supporting the festival and all of our young artists. It was brilliant to see so many happy faces throughout the evening, as well as many parents and friends busting out some awesome dance moves at the end of the night!
We can’t wait to see you all at our next CYT event!