Auditions open for summer arts programme

| 02/05/2014

(CNS): The Young at Arts (YAA) educational youth programme by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, supported by Butterfield is encouraging young people to come and audition at the Harquail Theatre later this month. Programmes Manager for CNCF, Rita Estevanovich said the intensive summer programme provides one of the best opportunities for children in Grand Cayman who want to explore the performing arts. “Professional instruction is offered in a number of areas that will develop latent talents and improve a child's confidence and understanding of self and others,” she said.

“As a former YAA member, I can say that each class and each tutor encouraged me to tap into my own creativity.  It was very challenging at times, but it gave me a good understanding of the level of commitment that is required to pursue a career in the arts,” added Estevanovich, thanking Butterfield for its support in the face of funding difficulties.

The principal purpose of the programme is to train young creative minds in the practical disciplines of the performing arts and, by doing so engage youth in creative activity through theatre practices and create an outlet for young people with creative potential. It helps fill a void left by the lack of adequate performing arts instruction in our schools and also creates an audience for the arts. The programme culminates in a live production at the Harquail theatre.

Butterfield which has been a committedmajor sponsor of YAA and CNCF and Rebecca Ebanks, Butterfield Marketing Officer said the bank was proud to support the programme.
“We believe that supporting the development and aspirations of young people is important,” she said. “Arts are a fundamental building block to education and academic achievement.  Programmes such as this build on our children's overall development, self-esteem, self-confidence and provides a positive outlet for after school and holiday times.  Butterfield encourages appreciation and exploration of the arts and is pleased to support our national foundation in this huge undertaking."

Audition will take place on Saturday 24th May (10am-12pm) and Saturday 31st May (10am-12pm) with callbacks on Saturday 7th June (2pm-4pm).

The YAA Summer Intensive runs 1st July to 8th August, 2014 Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 3pm and Saturdays, 9am to 1:00pm.

To book an audition, contact Rita at or call the CNCF on 949-5477 and see the flyer below.  You can also visit for more information on how to prepare for the audition.

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