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A drama school in Cornwall, Cinta Stage, is offering free classes online to entertain children and stimulate their creativity during the coronavirus lockdown.

Cinta Stage, based in Par and Fowey, currently does live lessons on Facebook and Instagram.

Jessiny Mitchell is behind the project. She created Cinta Stage in October 2018.

The 28-year-old, from Fowey, said: “After teaching for a drama school out in Dubai I came back to Cornwall in April 2018 and thought I’d be able to pick up some freelance teaching work but was shocked to realise that in my local community and the surrounding areas there were no performing arts provisions for children and young people.

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“I wasn’t prepared to get a job that I wasn’t passionate about thus I spent the summer of 2018 figuring out how to set up a business (which was a challenge in itself).”

Jessiny started with just six students and has more than 50 now.

“Over the last 15 years I’ve worked with children and young people around the world in a creative capacity,” she said.

“I truly believe in breaking boundaries, enabling the younger generation to create original work while eliciting creative self-expression, critical thinking and artistry.

“My aim is to make the performing arts accessible to everyone, regardless of their means, background or ability.”

To give equal opportunities to youngers in Cornish communities, Jessiny keeps the costs of classes lower than childcare and offers scholarships.

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She does not hold auditions either, to ensure everyone is welcome.

She added: “The ultimate dream is to purchase a derelict building steeped in Cornish history to house Cinta Stage HQ; a creative space with a fully functioning theatre, studios, relevant costume and prop storage as well as the means to support other creatives to host their own classes at an affordable and welcoming price.”

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Jessiny now runs her school from home.

“I have had to close our doors for the foreseeable future – which as a solo self-employed teacher I’m sure you can understand how difficult a decision that was,” she explained.

“In light of school closures and the panic from parents surrounding home-schooling I have set up Cinta Stage from home. I have created a free resource folder full of inspiration, activities, go to drama games, mazes, puzzles, word searches, crafting activities and much more for tiny tots up to teens.

“Alongside this I am doing free weekly classes via Facebook and Instagram live. These sessions are happening three times a week with more in the pipeline.”

Jessiny said her classes develop children’s emotional intelligence.

By Charlotte Becquart

Source: Cornwall Live

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