Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or popularly known as Somalatha Subasinghe Play House commenced its next session of ‘Creative Activities for Children’ programme on January 9.
Children from ages four to fourteen can take part in the programme. The prime objective of the programme is to develop child’s mental and physical aspects and to enhance artistic taste, cheerfulness and playful sense through aesthetic experiences. Therefore this programme can be considered as an extracurricular learning that supplements the formal education the child obtains in school. The programme gives the child the opportunity to learn the basics of enjoying and appreciating music, free movement, dance and rhythmic movement, acting and language, art, singing, puppetry and handwork.
The programme is conducted by Kaushalya Fernando, Dr. Chandana Aluthge and Nilanka Dahanayake. The Late Mrs Somalatha Subasinghe founded Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation in 1981 to promote theatre productions and performances specifically for children and youth, training of actors, and research on theatre studies. This organisation presently is the topmost institution for children’s and youth theatre productions in Sri Lanka.
Since 1981 the organisation has produced a repertoire of mainly musical theatre for children and youth and mainstream art theatre productions and performed them in the island as well as abroad. This institution was incorporated in parliament in January 2007 under the Act of Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation, No. 3 of 2007 to further its quest for the young audiences in Sri Lanka.
This programme is conducted on Saturdays from 9.00 am at Battramulla Lion’s Club Activity Centre situated in Jayanthipura main road. For details send in a stamped envelope to the Coordinator, Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation, No. 166/1, Buddhist Institute Avenue, Parliament Road, Kumbukgahaduwa, Kotte 10100. Details of the programme are also available on www.playhousekotte.org, and FB/playhousekotte.org. Details can also be obtained from the telephone number 0759858001.