Congratulations to all of our members who were nominated for this year's Guild Awards, Judith Unwin, Ian Goodison, Caitlin Duggan, Harley McCormack, Jane Curtin and Jorge-Ann Cooper.
The ceremony took place on Saturday 2 September at the Carriageworks Theatre, where Judith, Harley and Jane received their Awards for their work with Leeds Children's Theatre. Another member of Leeds Children's Theatre, Janine Walker, also won an award for her performance in LIDOS' production of "Company" this season.
The organisers asked for our help as he wanted to have actors at the event playing children's fairytale characters. It's the second year they have held Dadstastic, and Leeds Children's Theatre's first time back to the building that had been our 'home' Leeds Civic Theatre until 2005. Well, they've certainly changed the place! Hard to believe it's been 12 years since we brought the curtain down, quite literally, with Leeds Children's Theatre staging the very final performance in May 2005 with Peter Pan. So, a fair bit of reminiscing was had by a few of us, but to prove the show must go on (or, the society anyway) it was great to see so many of our members (many too young or recently joined to know anything about the "old days") acting as ambassadors for Leeds Children's Theatre at Dadstastic. Here's a few pictures of the day (thanks Ian and Janine).
A huge thanks to all our actors, to Mandi for being so talented and doing a fab job with the makeup, to Jane for sorting out costumes and props, to our Tshirted reps who manned the info table, and of course to the mums who came down to help us during the day. I hope I've not missed anyone out - but A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who made it possible for us to be involved in Dadstastic Day.
On Saturday 19 November, when we have two performances of "The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents" (12noon and 5pm at the Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds), the venue has announced that it will also be hosting "The Leeds Big Bookend Children’s Festival" (11.30am-5pm).
If you have tickets to either of our performances on 19th November, you may want to allow yourself some extra time pre/post the performance because your tickets will allow you to entry the Festival Hub area where children take part in the craft activities. Just show your tickets at the entrance.
Book your tickets for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents at ... http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase…
More details about Big Bookend on the CWX website. http://www.leeds.gov.uk/carriageworks/Pages/Event.aspx…
Leeds Children's Theatre was honoured to receive this year's NODA President's Cup, which was presented to us by NODA National President Mr Chris Ingram at the NODA AGM (Birmingham, September 2016). It was awarded in recognition of the success and unique nature of Leeds Children's Theatre - we are the only society that has a membership aged 7 to 70+ that exists to produce plays for children. Judith jointly received the award with us, in recognition of her work with Leeds Children's Theatre over the years.
Update(23 Feb 2016) - We regret to inform you that this show has been postponed.
An Audience with ... Leeds Children's Theatre
Upstairs @ the Carriageworks 17-19 March 2016
"Original Sketches, Excerpts, Improvisation And Drama Games"
Auditions will take place on Weds 13 & Thurs 14 January 2016, 7pm-8.30pm, at the Carriageworks Theatre.
Stage Manager: Dan Dainter
Audition panel - D McHale Fannon, L McHale, S Elliott.
Rehearsals will take place at the Carriageworks on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 7pm-8.30pm, from 13 January 2016.
LCT were proud to be able to make a donation of £400 to Leeds Dogs Trust during the dress rehearsal of The Magic Scarf. The donation was in memory of Edna Barwell, in lieu of royalties, and we must also thank Edna's family for again allowing us to stage this delightful children's play.
Leeds Children's Theatre members had a stunning night at this years Leeds Civic Arts Guild Awards held at The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds. The group managed to walk away with a total of 6 of the major awards which included;
Best dramatic production of the year - 'The Railway Children'
Best visual and technical production of the year - 'The Railway Children'
Best female performer in a drama - Becky McNutt - 'The Railway Children'
Best theatrical publicity poster -'The Railway Children'
Best female supporting actor - Pam Wilson - 'The Diary of Anne Frank'
Special award for commitment to the arts (non acting role) - Mavis Heaton
Other Leeds Children's Theatre members also nominated for their work on stage last season included Maddy Miller (The Diary of Anne Frank), Megan McNutt, Ciaran Duggan, Emily Lindley & Michael Lockwood (The Railway Children) and Chris Bamforth (The Diary of Anne Frank), Molly Goodison & Ciaran Duggan were also nominated for the Leeds Civic Arts Guild Youth Award. Also well done to another of our Leeds Children's Theatre adult members, Emily Lindley, who won the award for best female performer in a musical for her role in 'Supertown', staged by LIDOS.
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