8th January 2013
There was a surprise member of the audience on Saturday 15th December when the Chesil Youth Theatre performed their first play of the current season. National Chairman of the Little Theatre Guild Kevin Spence came down from Yorkshire to see their performance of the one-act comedy Zoo by Terry Adlam. Kevin has a particular interest in youth theatre as he helps to run the Doncaster Little Theatre’s 170-strong section. He said: “This was a very funny show, made even better by a group of talented youngsters obviously enjoying themselves.” After the performance Kevin spent a considerable time talking with both senior and junior youth theatre groups, who really appreciated his evident enthusiasm and empathy.
Richard Curtis, Chairman of the Chesil Youth Theatre, said: “Our Chesil Youth Theatre members have done us proud. They put on an excellent show after only six hours of rehearsal. This is thanks in no small part to our team leaders Alex Booth and Emma Gutteridge, both students at the University of Winchester. As well as rehearsing Zoo, they had major roles in our latest production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, it was fantastic to see such a high standard youth production”.
The Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain is an organisation representing the views of over 100 amateur community theatres across the UK. Over the past year, LTG theatres have collectively mounted 850 productions entertaining over 630,000 people. The LTG AGM was recently held at fellow member RAODS in Romsey and attended by LTG Patron Sir Ian McKellan.
The Chesil Youth Theatre’s Spring Term starts on 14th January 2013 with an introduction to theatre lighting. Seniors (aged 13 to 18) meet on Mondays from 6.15pm to 7.30pm and Juniors (8 to 12) on Wednesdays. Some places are available in the New Year. For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.chesiltheatre.org.uk.
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