Friday, 16 September 2011

Youngsters showcase their talents at Lyceum’s 100th birthday bash


Cheshire East youngsters have showcased their talents at a vibrant event to celebrate the 100th birthday of Crewe’s Lyceum Theatre.

Cheshire East Youth Theatre (CEYT) marked the centenary with a colourful and unusual performance of Cinderella at the historic venue.

The show, titled ‘Inside Out’, was created in just one week and gave the audience an insight into the process of staging a show and what goes on behind the scenes. It was also the first time that youngsters from all six groups that make up CEYT had performed together on stage.

The audience saw filmed footage of cast interviews and mock auditions, as well as witnessing the drama of Cinderella unfold on stage.

A total of 36 youngsters, aged from five to 16, grabbed the memorable opportunity to perform at the Lyceum – and for some it was their first time treading the boards.

Cheshire East Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and family services, said: “This is a vibrant and talented youth theatre group and the celebration at the Lyceum was an excellent opportunity for its young members to showcase their talents and hard work – as well as celebrate the Lyceum’s centenary.

“Youth theatre is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to learn a range of skills that will stand them in good stead throughout their lives. It is also a superb place for young people to develop their confidence and a genuinely life-enriching experience for all who take part.”

Among those who attended the show, on September 9, were: Cheshire East Council’s strategic director for children, families and adults Lorraine Butcher; arts, heritage and museums manager Helen Paton; Crewe Mayor and Cheshire East Councillor Roy Cartlidge; Councillor John Hammond; and Councillor Laura Jeuda.

Councillor Irene Faseyi, who represents Crewe Central ward, said of the event: “It is wonderful to see so many talented young people putting on an impressive show to mark the Lyceum’s centenary. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this fantastic event.”

CEYT, which is organised by Cheshire East Council and based at the Lyceum, is for young people aged five to 18. It recently branched out to create two new youth theatre groups in Alsager and Sandbach. 

CEYT is made up of six groups. Lyceum Youth Theatre has four age groups: five to seven; eight to 10; 11 to 13; and 14 to 18, based in the theatre’s rehearsal room. Alsager Youth Theatre, based in Alsager Community Church Hall, and Sandbach Youth Theatre, based in Sandbach Town Hall, are both for youngsters aged seven to 11. New groups will be opening during the next term.

The youth theatres are run by professional drama workers and the groups help young people build a range of theatre skills including improvisation, voice and speech, characterisation and movement. The experience also teaches youngsters how to work effectively as a team, develop communication skills and build self confidence.

Members get the chance to attend workshops and tread the boards of Crewe’s Lyceum stage, as well as perform at other local venues and regional festivals. No previous experience is necessary and there are no auditions needed. 

Anyone interested in joining Cheshire East Youth Theatre should ring co-ordinator Hayley Lindley on 07709180296 or email her at:

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