SPAN Presents the Musical Masterpiece – ‘Block 13’

As the Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) continues to dazzle Nigeria with groundbreaking performances as seen during SPANFEST 2015, the organization is set to enchant the public yet again with its captivating production ‘Block 13’ – A Tale of Hope, Love & Wonders, which will be showcased during the MUSON Festival 2016 on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the AGIP Recital Hall, the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

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‘Block 13’ is the gripping story of a group of people who lives different lives, have different aspirations but found themselves bound together by the common hope they found in the apartment, Block 13. It is a mesmerizing plot filled with chart-topping songs and dance (which SPAN is famously known for) that will keep you on the edge of your seats.

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Sarah Boulos, the founder of SPAN said “Block 13 is the story that everyone will relate with. It shows us that within every sphere of our lives, even if things aren’t the way we want them, there is always that glimmer of hope, that in the end, everything will turn out right. It is a show worth watching”

‘Block 13’ is family –friendly, entertaining and inspire the creativity within.

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For information and booking,call 08093561000, 08093571000, 08091900700 . You can also send us a mail on info@spanigeria.org

 

 

 

Easter Camp 2016 for our little campers

Make  the best out of the Easter and School Holidays by enrolling your little ones between the ages of 5 – 18 years old for the SPAN- HOG Easter Camp taking place from March 28th – April 9th, 2016!

Our camp venue is Salad Masters, 1, Fola Osibo street., off Akin Doherty off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1. To register, please call 0809 190 0 700, 0809 357 1000.

Discount packages also available if you are bringing more than one child.

We can’t wait to see you!

 

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Daily activities include Dance, Drama, Singing, Arts & Craft, Comic & Animation, Swimming, Financial Literacy and Leadership Program. It’s going to be loads of fun
while learning.

Date: March 28th – April 9th 2016.Time 10am-3pm daily.

Venue: Salad Master 1 Fola Osibo Lekki Phase 1. For info and booking kindly call 08091900700, 08093571000 or email benedicta@spanigeria.org

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Hear Word! Naija…

 

HEAR WORD! is an exhilarating and thought provoking performing art production directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa  and we had the honour of staging it during SPANFEST 2015 as the third performance show for the festival.hear word visual 6

The production combines artistry, social commentary and true-life stories of inequality of women in the face of domestic abuse, harassment, rape and societal pressure and the transformation.

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This brilliant work of art was delivered by Nigeria ‘s talented actresses Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Ufuoma McDermott, Zara Udofia, Lala Akindoju, Rita Edward, Debbie Ohiri and Odenike.

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The show also attracted high society.

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Interview with Sarah Boulos on SPAN@10 by Tamo Iruene

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When a web search of organizations that support youth, dozens of websites will lead you to resources for enterprise, entrepreneurship and even football.  But what of the youth whose experience in sports leads them to feelings of failure? Or those that can never create anything with their hands to save their lives?

Do the same web search of organizations in the performing arts and find…. very, very little.

A vibrant Theatre Arts presence in a community brings other benefits as well.  It can bring in tourism  – and a steady cash flow to business owners.

The Society for The Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN), a performing arts institution that combines Nigerian cultural traditions with world-class training, creating a platform to nurture and release creative potential in art, dance and music has been in existence for 10 years.

10 years that have not been without their challenges, their highs and their memorable moments.

Sarah Boulos in her capacity as Founder and Chairman of The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria has trained and or contributed to over five hundred individuals in the professional field. SPAN has showcased and partnered with over 100 NGO’s and Mission work as well as provided on a yearly basis over thirty jobs in the entertainment industry.

In a No Holds Barred interview with Mrs. Boulos, she had this to say

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Why did SPAN start?

Because it was needed and I was ready to serve and today the industry is soaring with professional performing artists hired and owning private businesses. SPAN, BORN OUT of a GOD GIVEN VISION IS PURPOSE DRIVEN AND PURPOSE DRIVEN MISSION are ignited because of a need and the need is to educate and present performing artists  to provide them with job opportunities and present their art and for children to develop themselves in an area of education that is missing in Nigeria.

Was it difficult being accepted by Nigerians?

It was as first when we started but as much now because the Nigerian community can now see the benefits of the performing arts and what it brings to the community, like new job opportunities , a better and healthier lifestyle, a creative energy in the economy, a positive outlook on our city and A reduction in the poverty line.

What challenges did you face?

To build awareness and educate the audience that this project is very much-needed in our society and industry.

At the beginning, banks did not take me seriously and now they are hiring and sponsoring my student programs. Fundraising was also a major challenge and now it’s a lot easier, people are considering sponsoring the arts!!

What is different now…from 10 yrs ago?

Because the industry has opened partly due to our work, there is more hope to see a performing art center built and a place for young people to learn and develop themselves and pursue their career in the performing arts because of our success stories in the Industry.

THE STIGMA, THOUGH STILL PRESENT IS NOT AS STRONG!

Do you regret any of the decisions you made then?

No, only when I get tired and desire to quit then a young child gives me a flower or I receive an encouraging word from one of my students then I know how precious and needed my services are.

What would you do things differently if you had the chance?

Yes I would, in certain areas of communication and who I partner with but in general the journey is necessary in every dream as we must learn lessons in order to grow

What does SPAN @ 10 mean to you in a nutshell?

A place where our citizens are educated , entertained and inspired for more through the performing arts .

What do you expect the show to accomplish?

The show will reinforce our vision and the need to develop more educational programs and to build a place to accommodate students and citizens to explore the wonders of the performing arts.

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Summer Diaries: Our HOG Training in South Africa!

We’re excited! Don’t blame us… So much to be thankful for and excited about. First up, the month of August is here, and the smell of Summer is everywhere [Hooray!!!!]. Remember to sign up for our F.A.T CAMP, coming up in a few days [and no, it has nothing to do with your size lol] Find out all about it here

So, back to the Summer Diaries gist! Our team [Head of Operstions – Lola Odukoya , Head of Drama Academy – Benedicta Etienne, Admin – Bunmi Falowo and Drama Teacher/Director –  Doyin Onasanya] is currently in South Africa for training with Helen O’Grady. All to give you a better experience! We won’t be saying much, we’ll just let the photos speak for themselves. Have fun viewing!!!

You can find out more about Helen O’Grady and why you need to enroll your children right now

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Our Head of Operations, Lola Odukoya addressing the Chldren

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“…So you see, It’s really easy to be an actor….”

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Hooray, We’re excited to be with Helen O’Grady!!!!

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YaaY! Fun Fun Fun

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It’s SUMMER Time, and The 3week Helen O’Grady CAMP is Open for Kids!!

Summer Camp 2014

Make this summer a memorable experience for your kids! Helen O’ Grady Drama Academy Lagos Island presents a 3 week Summer Holiday Camp for kids ages 3-18. Camp activities include Dance, Drama, Music, Fine Arts, Field trips and loads of fun.

Date:     14th July-2nd August 2014.
Time:     10am-2pm daily.
Venue:   1 Abuja Street, Banana Island Ikoyi.
Fee:       N20, 000 per week.
For bookings, please call 017767726, 08091900700.
At Helen O’ Grady… EVERY CHILD IS A SUPERSTAR!

Summer Camp is Here!!! Only 2 Weeks Away for The Helen O’Grady Experience

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Summer is almost here! Africa’s largest and most extensive drama school presents HELEN O’GRADY DRAMA ACADEMY LAGOS ISLAND SUMMER CAMP 2014!

Let you kids and teens have fun, while learning. Summer Camp has never been so wonderfully put together as is done at Helen O’ Grady, with a combination of the joy of fun and learning in a safe and supervised environment where kids can explore new areas of interest with encouragement from our trained and qualified teachers. It promises to be (3) weeks of unlimited fun-packed activities.

Date: July 14 – August 2, 2014

Entry: Open to boys and girls ages 3-18.

Get in on the act! Call in now to enroll your children. 01-7767726 Limited spaces available…