AS Crompton Stage Society celebrates 50 years at Playhouse 2, they are also looking forward to the next 50 by encouraging emerging talent from their ever-growing youth theatre.
PH2Youth has been running since January 2014 and has flourished from having 17 students to now more than 50.
Catherine Sharp, PH2Youth Co-ordinator, said: “It is brilliant to see our youth theatre go from strength to strength.
“Playhouse 2 on a Saturday morning is vibrant and bustles with activity. It is such a fantastic thing to be a part of.
“Our aim is to encourage and develop young and upcoming talent. The students show great promise and we hope they will think of Playhouse 2 with fondness as they progress into adulthood, and become the next generation of actors to tread our boards, work backstage or volunteer in general.”
Each year PH2Youth undertake a summer production or “showback” to demonstrate their skills and hard work.
Previous years have seen them perform Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.
This year for the first time at for PH2Youth, the children are being offered the chance to take LAMDA examinations – a world-renowned qualification in communication and performance.
After some generous donations, it was decided group examinations would be offered as part of the children’s fees, as opposed to at an additional cost.
In offering LAMDA examinations, PH2Youth is providing children with the space to socialise, express themselves and develop confidence in a welcoming and creative setting, as well as giving them something tangible to take with them on their journey forward.
Playhouse 2 are extremely proud of their successful youth theatre and have already started to snap up emerging talent by introducing them into their main season of plays.
In 2015, teams of children featured in The Vicar of Dibley, and some have recently secured parts in Alan Ayckbourn’s Improbable Fiction and Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables – showing great promise for the future.
PH2Youth is run by a dedicated team of volunteers and a professional drama facilitator. They currently cater for three age groups (6-9, 10-13, 14-18), with sessions Saturday mornings. Workshops run termly and each term consists of 10 workshops.
For further information on how to join PH2Youth email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.playhouse2.org