As many will know, LCT is 80 this year, and we invited past members to join us in theatre on Saturday to celebrate this great birthday anniversary. It was lovely to meet up with old friend and share stories of 'the olden days" at the Bunfight. All of our visitors and guests seemed to be enjoying themselves, and they really enjoyed seeing so many young people still taking part in our productions.
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.
Kirkstall Festival was a great success for us again folks, with lots of people asking about the society. Thank you to everyone who came to help, especially Mandi for her fab face painting event. All your donated prizes for the tombola have gone (the few items that were left we donated to a local charity, DEBRA who had a stall near to ours). We made £159 for Leeds Children's Theatre funds, which is great, and hopefully we've helped to promote The Magic Scarf and maybe increased tickets sales as well. Thanks everyone.
Tickets can be booked online (fees apply), by phone or in person at the Box Office.
Leeds Children's Theatre productions, 1935-2015, list in Wordle fashion. Can you recognise all of the show titles? Any missing ones - I don't have all the greenroom productions/dates, so if you know any please send details to me asap. Thanks, Karen.
The Play-reading for The Magic Scarf will be on Mon 1 June, Auditions on Weds 3 & Thurs 4 June. All start at 6.30pm, usual venue.
Our November 2015 production will be The Magic Scarf.
When Lee and Sandy build Tingles the snowman on Christmas Eve they have no idea what the night will bring. The North Wind has “borrowed” Tingles’ scarf and is in no hurry to return it. Without his scarf, Tingles won’t be able to return the land of Ice and Snow. What will poor Tingles do?
Join Lee, Sandy and Tingles as they embark on an adventure to rescue Tingles’ scarf with the help of a very unusual Christmas Fairy called Goldie. Can they outwit the cunning scarecrow, defeat the wicked witch and win back the scarf? Or, will the children miss Christmas altogether? All is revealed in this excellent play, written by the late Edna Barwell.
The show will be directed by Judith Daniel and Sue Elliott. More details will be announced later, but if you are interest in buying tickets for your school, club or group please contact us and register your interest. Thank you
Leeds Children's Theatre make the front cover, plus editorial (by Mikey Lockwood, images I Cornick)
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