Hauser and Wirth Summer party

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The Wincanton Youth Theatre were delighted to be asked to perform again at the annual Hauser and Wirth Summer Party in Bruton this weekend. The festival had a circus theme, with a host of circus-inspired performances, family activities, vintage fairground rides, arts & crafts workshops, children’s theatre, and local food & drink stalls. As part of a fabulous line-up of musical performers, the group opened the event in the shade of a circus Big Top tent.

Theatre producer, Andrew Warren, said “I am constantly amazed by the talent of our group. These youngsters only just finished a WW1 commemorative show and, two weeks later, are performing an entirely new set in completely different surroundings, and with great commitment. Not only that, in the intervening weekend, they all auditioned for our Christmas show, Oliver!”

The event was attended by over 5,000 visitors across the weekend, and raised a total of £7,000 for education and nature conservation charity Carymoor Environmental Trust. The Wincanton Youth Theatre are happy to have played their part in raising these funds for such a worthwhile local charity.

 

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Group donate to Poppy Appeal following successful WW1 show

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On Sunday, 1 July, Wincanton Youth Theatre performed their First World War commemorative event, A Long Way to Tipperary. The show included drama set in the trenches from Journey’s End, and both Telegram and Canary Girls portrayed life on the home front. Between these powerful dramas were specially arranged songs from the period, including Keep the Home Fires Burning, A Long Way to Tipperary, and Pack Up Your Troubles. After the two performances, the group donated £213.64 to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal from ticket sales and collection tins. Members of the Wincanton Branch of the Royal British Legion were on hand to receive the money from the youngsters in the group in front of the War Memorial in Wincanton.

 

Powerful and moving tribute to the fallen of the First World War

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Anthony Goddard, Royal British Legion, pictured centre. To his left, Will Stainton, the theatre manager from King’s School, Bruton.

On Sunday, 1 July, Wincanton Youth Theatre performed their First World War commemorative event, A Long Way to Tipperary. The show included drama set in the trenches from Journey’s End, and both Telegram and Canary Girls portrayed life on the home front. Between these powerful dramas were specially arranged songs from the period, including Keep the Home Fires Burning, A Long Way to Tipperary, and Pack Up Your Troubles.

 

Andrew Warren, the show’s producer said “It was a deeply moving experience for the audience, especially when you consider that the youngsters involved were the same age as the young men who went to war a century ago.”

“The boys and girls in our group had to dig deep emotionally to perform these pieces, and I was delighted with the result,” said drama coach, Sarah Nias. “I was also very impressed with the younger members of our group who read poems by Patrick MacGill and Ewart Mackintosh, both soldiers from the Great War.”

Also featuring in the line-up was some comedy from the Blackadder Goes Forth series. “The comedy was an important component of the show,” said Kate Kirkpatrick, the group’s musical drama lead. “We have some great comic actors in the group, and they both opened and closed the show with their pieces. I think the audience appreciated the humour in an otherwise poignant and moving show.”

A Long Way to Tipperary was performed at the Fitzjames Theatre at King’s School Bruton. The school made their wonderful facilities available to the Youth Theatre for free, and provided help with costumes and props, and assistance with the complex tech in the booth behind the audience. “I’m very grateful for King’s help. Without it,” said Andrew, “we could not have put this show on.”

After the two performances, the group donated £213.64 to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal from ticket sales and collection tins. Anthony Goddard, Chairman of the Wincanton Branch of the Royal British Legion, pictured centre, was present to receive the money. To his left, Will Stainton, the theatre manager, represented King’s School. Picture around the two are the cast and crew from Wincanton Youth Theatre.

 

Wincanton Youth Theatre announce date of latest show

 

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2018 promises to be a great year for the members of the Wincanton Youth Theatre. Rehearsals have just started for the spring show (will take place on Saturday 14 April at King Arthur’s School).

Through late April, May and June, we’ll be rehearsing a special First World War commemorative show which will be performed on June 30th and July 1.

And the contract has just arrived for the performance rights to Oliver! which will be performed on December 15th and 16th, with rehearsals from late July. Watch this space for details about auditions.

So, if you are interested in taking part, either on or off stage, and are aged between 10 and 18, now’s a really good time to contact us. Click the Contact tab above, or else call or email Kate Kirkpatrick: 07843 047277 / kate@wincantonyouththeatre.org.

We’re a not for profit organisation with the aim of helping young people develop their confidence and skills in a fun and exciting way. The annual membership is £10, with weekly subs of £1.50.

 

Be part of the magic and join Wincanton Youth Theatre in January

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It’s a fabulous group for young people, helping to build confidence and interpersonal skills through theatre. Whether that be on-stage or off, come and meet the group on Sunday 7 January at 3pm. King Arthur’s Community School. We’re starting rehearsals for the Spring Review, and there’s an opportunity for youngsters to study and take their LAMDA exams. Call Kate Kirkpatrick on 07843 047277 to find out more.

 

 

And a partridge…

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Following on from their huge success with Bugsy Malone in September, Wincanton Youth Theatre are proud to present their Christmas show for 2017, “And a partridge…”.

Featuring over twenty acts, including some wonderful singing, dancing and, this year, some serious acting. The youngsters are staging a moving WW1 drama based on the Christmas truce of 1914, including the reading of some real letters from the frontline.

There’s also a scene from the Sound of Music, a Christmas Carol, by Dickens, will be performed in two minutes, and you’ll get to travel along the yellow brick road to Oz. The only thing missing is the Pear Tree. All this for £6.

Performances 2pm and 7pm on Saturday 16 December at King Arthur’s Community School. Tickets available at the school office, on the door, or online at www.WincantonYouthTheatre.org/Tickets.

 

 

BBC Somerset Clueless

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On Sunday morning, BBC Somerset’s Clueless team joined the Wincanton Youth Theatre at their weekly rehearsals. With help from listeners, the first clue, “A heavy but successful metal container,” sent James and Luke in their radio car racing towards Wincanton. The second, “Educational establishment for the one with a regal round table,” ensured they arrived at King Arthur’s Community School. The youngsters, rehearsing for their Christmas show on December 16th at the school, performed live on BBC radio to bring the show to a close.