By Yinka Olatunbosun
As the world awaits the annual Children’s Day celebrations, the Society for Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) has rolled out a series of family activities starting from May 26 till December 9.
The founder and Chairperson of SPAN, Mrs. Sarah Boulos, disclosed this at a recent press briefing in Victoria Island while announcing the programme of events for the season.
These entertaining family events will initiate career breakthroughs, create employment and educate using art as a social justice tool. One of these events is an adaptation of the Broadway musical, “Peter Pan’ featuring students of Helen O’Grady Broadway Club. This production will take place at the Orchid Hall, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on May 26.
The next day which is the Children’s Day, there will be a career fair of sorts for children called KIDSFEST. Loaded with lots of fun and entertainment, children will be helped to discover their talents or interests with an initiative called SPAN Explorer Career Tent.
“Once they finish exploring the different careers, including performing arts, visual arts, science, sports, communication, missionary, law, writing, movie, make-up, journalism, fashion, bead making, medical, pharmaceutical, culinary and dental care, they may choose the career paths to explore closely. After the exploration, our children will drop their name in their favourite career basket. If they are picked, they will be mentored for one year by our talented career mentors and become part of their world,’’ said Boulos.
One October 1, Nigeria’s Independence Day, the theatre production titled, “What If?’’ will be stage in conjunction with the Spirit of David. The drama asks fundamental questions about life and how to build a better world.
November will be a busy month as well for SPAN as it will embark on a tour of four West African Countries and December will be the time for competition. SPAN is supported by 7up, Leadway Assurance, Mall for Africa, La Point, Cool FM, Eko Hotel and Suite as well as Indomie.