See the stars of tomorrow at the Progress TheatreBy Phil Creighton
June 10, 2010
Youth Week June 14-19 at Progress Theatre
Next week, the boards of the Progress Theatre will be trodden not by the established team of actors but by the stars of tomorrow.
Members of the Theatre’s youth wings will be present two new plays as part of their annual Youth Week celebrations.
Progress Theatre’s Youth Groups, which have won awards at drama festivals, are divided into two groups: Parcans for pre-teens aged 11-13 and Strobes for 13-15 year olds.
As well as starring in the plays, the cast has been divided into teams to work on the back-stage side of things to ensure that the productions will be a success. Duties have included making sure the props are right, the costumes, the script is spot-on and the lighting ensures everyone’s best side is always shown.
The youth theatre’s co-leader Alice Mulford says that getting involved in all aspects of the production has stretched the youngsters.
“It has created a sense of ownership,” she adds. “Some have struggled with taking the initiative but others have taken the opportunity and run with it.”
The first play to be presented next week is Is This It?, which will be perfomed by the Parcans.
The deep play aims to explore some of life’s big questions and what they mean to us all. It will be a series of interlocking scenes which ask the questions and offer some individual answers that lead to many more questions.
The play will be performed on Monday and Tuesday at 7.45pm.
Then, on Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19, the Strobes group will have their moment in the spotlight.
Beary Tales And Bored Office Drones is an update of a folk tale, East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon, and is based in an office.
The setting was a practical inspiration – co-leader Ali Carroll had some old office equipment that made perfect props and allowed for some modernisation.
“It includes removing the part of the story where the girl who makes the best job of washing the prince’s shirt gets to marry him,” adds a spokesperson for the group.
So if you want to see the stars of tomorrow, just make an appointment to view them next week.
Tickets cost £10 for adults or £8 for concessions and are available from the Reading Arts box office on (0118) 960 6060 or from www.readingarts.com.
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