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Award-Winning Youth Theatre Opens New Classes In Colburn
Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
Award-Winning Youth Theatre Opens New Classes In Colburn
The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond is expanding its highly successful Youth Theatre and introducing new classes at Colburn Leisure Centre.

Starting in September, the sessions will be held on Saturday mornings during term time and are open to 7 to 18-year-olds who will receive expert tuition in all areas of theatre and stagecraft, including directing, acting, back-stage work and technical theatre.

Participants will also have the unique opportunity to perform on the stage of The Georgian Theatre Royal – the oldest working theatre in Britain in its original form - and take part in productions ranging from classical drama to comedy and musicals.

Over 180 youngsters are currently taught at Richmond and Leyburn, and now - with the help of a grant from Richmondshire District Council’s Communities Opportunity Fund - the Theatre is able to extend this provision to cover the areas of Colburn and Catterick Garrison. 

The Theatre’s Chief Executive, Warnock Kerr, said: “Our Youth Theatre is a thriving and vibrant community of young people who are interested in performing arts. It is extremely rewarding to see them develop skills and confidence throughout their time with us and many go on to study all aspects of theatre at drama schools or universities. Indeed, our two tutors at Colburn were both members of the Youth Theatre who took drama and performing arts-related degrees that have enabled them to provide tuition in this area.

“The expansion in Colburn will help the children of Colburn and Catterick Garrison to learn valuable skills, to have fun and to make new friends,” he added.

The Youth Theatre’s most recent production was the musical comedy Henry the Tudor Dude, which had a 40-strong cast drawn from across the entire age range and received excellent reviews from audiences and critics alike. In recent years the group has won numerous accolades, including awards at the regional All England Drama Festival one act play competition, held at The Georgian Theatre Royal.

Sessions at Colburn will be taught in termly blocks with 7 to 11-year-olds from 9.30am to 11.30am and 11 to 18-year-olds from 11.30am to 1.30pm. The price per session works out at only £4.50 which is a special introductory offer for new Colburn starters. Pre-enrolment is essential and places are available on a first-come-first-served basis. 
Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the Theatre on 01748 823710 or email: Details can also be found on the Georgian Theatre Royal website

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