The Northern Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) is all set to stage a four-day event at Hull City Hall from 2-5 July, shining the spotlight on numerous primary schools that it works with. Showcasing the imagination, commitment and talent of children from across Hull and East Yorkshire, the NAPA Outreach Extravaganza invites audiences to experience the next generation of stars as part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 legacy.

1,200 children from fourteen primary schools are coming together as part of this huge event, which is the first of its kind organised by NAPA. Offering young performers an unmissable opportunity to perform in one of the city’s finest venues, the shows blend musical theatre, dance and drama in a collaborative performance that brings together multiple communities.

Patrick Start is NAPA’s Outreach Coordinator: “Music, drama and theatre are widely recognised as having a huge positive influence on a child’s personal and educational development. Either taught discretely in its own right or used as a tool through which other areas of the curriculum can be explored, the performing arts provide children with invaluable opportunities to communicate ideas and emotions through the exploration of physical and social interaction.”

Over the years, the feedback from schools has been extremely positive:

“NAPA has had an amazing impact in our academy. Each week, there has been a buzz of expectancy through the corridors as children eagerly anticipate their turn to rehearse. We were able to give parents an opportunity to see just how talented their children are, and we noticed our children’s confidence levels increasing and their self-esteem raised.”

Craven Primary

“We have had the privilege of working with NAPA for over ten years. The quality of the dance and musical theatre coaches has been consistently excellent throughout that time. The opportunities that our children have had to perform on stage, wear beautiful costumes and be part of something of real quality is priceless.”

Collingwood Primary

This year, the schools taking part are Adelaide Primary, Bacongarth Primary, Bricknell Primary, Collingwood Primary, Craven Primary Academy, Croxby Primary, Dorchester Primary, Greenway Academy, Hall Road Academy, Mersey Primary Academy, Sidmouth Primary, Stepney Primary, St George’s Primary and Westcott Primary. 

Patrick adds: “This collaborative performance will bring together children from local schools for a shared experience, helping to raise their aspirations and give them the opportunity to have a cultural and collaborative platform.”

Each school has pupils performing in the NAPA Outreach Extravaganza between Tuesday 2nd and Friday 5th July at Hull City Hall. Tickets are available from £5 at www.hulltheatres.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01482 300306.

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