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CASP Highlight | Fun Theatre for the Very Young

In the lead up to Regional Arts NSW’s Country Arts Support Program (CASP) grants round opening Friday 26 May, we’re taking a look at some of our favourite CASP projects from across regional NSW. Got an idea for a project? Click here for updates on the round and guidelines.
A weekly 30-minute theatre show for 2-6 year olds in Bathurst has been supported in 2017 by the Country Arts Support Program.
Fun Theatre for the Very Young is weekly half hour theatre show presented during school terms by professional local theatre makers Kathy Cameron and Nel Kentish. Each week kids watch, cheer, and maybe even get brave enough to get on stage.
“I believe this introduction to live theatre performances to very young children plays an important role in developing future theatre audiences as well as providing entertainment and helping develop children’s creativity,” Kathy Cameron said.
Bathurst Theatre Company received $3000 from the 2017 round of the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) to support this project, which had begun in 2016.
The CASP funding has enabled Fun Theatre for the Very Young to employ a local professional theatre worker to partner with Kathy Cameron to tour the show to local preschools and to maintain the weekly performances.
Along with the weekly show at the Bathurst CWA Hall, Fun Theatre for the Very Young has toured four shows to preschools with another four booked for this term and two for term 3 and 4, and more expected later in the year.
The weekly Wednesday show includes short plays and stories and a ‘fun band’ made up of children in the audience. The show draws a regular, intimate audience with some families attending each week and a group from one of the early learning centres making the show a regular community outing as they have children who are developing a keen interest in live performance.
“Preschool educators have expressed great appreciation for the way we introduce such young children to theatre through our half hour interactive shows specifically designed for that particular age group,” creator and performer Kathy Cameron said.
The Fun Theatre for the Very Young project will continue through to December this year.
A version of this story originally appeared on the Arts OutWest website.