ACT Affiliated Youth Groups

Youth Groups

These are our BESTS, soon we’ll be able to perform Aladdin (Covid stopped us a month before our original We have a lovely and sociable group but we’re always looking out for more... BESTS learn productions through: reading the script together, and at home; silent improvisation, for being on stage with no words; improvisation with 2 people starting and others joining in, to show our teamwork; monologues and duologues, helping us to show expression. Sometime we make props; our BFG wouldn’t have been the same without the large papier-mache heads we all made. Most importantly, we play games. We work in the rehearsal room generally. If we have a production, we’ll start in the rehearsal room and once ready we’ll move to the stage. It’s up to Juliette, Rheanna and YOU to show how you want to move, speak and help each other. During the performance we have stage make up (if you are able to use it), costumes, props and music (whether it’s us or a soundtrack). It’s always fun, waiting to go on and this is an excellent time to look and care for one another. Website: Facebook: Contact: The junior section of Bacup Royal Court Theatre

BYTES Bacup RCT Youth Theatre Education School The BYTES youth section began in 1997 with its first production, The Railway Children. Local actress Emily Aston played Roberta. Her agent recommended she gained some stage experience as she had mainly worked in TV and Film. She joined the cast of the next BYTES play the Pied Piper and even played Fairy Boobells in Pantomime. From Annie to Les Misérables, two award winning productions, BYTES have explored Musicals, Shakespeare, taken part in the BAODS plays and pantomimes in the Royal Court Theatre environment. The Saturday morning sessions use the rehearsal space and main stage area ensuring a great learning experience. Past members have studied Drama and Dance at the top universities, Guildford School of Acting, Manchester University, Bristol and the London Musical and Dance College Bird Academy. They work as Sound and Light technicians in the West End and many are successful teachers of dance and drama in Britain and abroad. All children gain confidence on stage and make great friendships, supporting each other to produce the best results for the team. Website: Facebook: Contact: Bacup Royal Court Theatre, Rochdale Road, Bacup, Lancashire, OL13 9NR

Furness Youth Theatre is a drama group for nine to sixteen year olds which meets for rehearsals on Saturday mornings and performs twice a year, with one production in Ulverston and one in Barrow. Previous productions include Oliver, Annie, Bugsy Malone, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Godspell, To Death and Glory, Wacky Soap, Cinderella, Skool and Crossbones, Flibberty and the Penguin, The Evacuees, Shake Ripple and Roll, The Dracula Rock Show, The Mystery of the Mary Celeste, Jackie and the Beanstalk, The Wind in the Willows, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Railway Children and Grimm Tales Many thanks for financial support for our 2023 programme of activities to Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service, Josephine Davis, Lesley Dove, Sir John Fisher Foundation, Ulverston Town Lands Trust, Ventient Energy and The Eric Wright Charitable Trust Website: Facebook: Contact:

MAODS & Next Generation Youth Theatre About Us As part of Mossley AODS, one of the most successful theatre company’s in the UK, Next Generation Youth Theatre is our award-winning youth theatre which holds classes in all aspects of drama, dance and musical theatre. Students from ages 3+ are accepted and no experience is required. Activities include regular showcase performances in our studio theatre, theatre trips, and workshops by professional actors, dancers, choreographers and direcors. As well as preparing students for auditions, stage school or a career in the arts, our classes are an ideal way to improve social skills and build confidence and performance skills, either for career goals or simply for fun. Our theatre group is one of the most successful in the UK and all our students will have the chance to perform both in our studio theatre at Woodend Mill and on our main stage at the George Lawton Hall in Mossley. Website: Facebook: Contact: Woodend Mill , Manchester road, Ashton-under-Lyne,

P.A.D.O.S. PADOS Studio Theatre St Mary’s Rd, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AQ 0161 773 7729 In 1918 St Hilda’s, Heaton Park, (Heaton Park is a district of Prestwich) Glee Club -formed earlier in the 20th Century- rejoiced for the ending of the Great War and a healthy influx of men returning from the trenches of the Western Front. (The society is also proud to be one of the few who continued to entertain throughout World War II with all female casts. There is strong evidence that there certainly also existed in Prestwich a Dramatic Society – Prestwich Amateur Dramatic Society (PADS)- in November 1887 and a programme is held by PADOS for the performance of a play – ‘Jessy Vere’ or ‘The Return of the Wanderer’ (a domestic drama by C. H. Hazlewood) presented at Prestwich Liberal Club. This Club is immediately in front of the former Chester Street Wesleyan Church Hall and the 1919 venue of the first full length Operetta – ‘Trial by Jury’ presented by the society. Whilst research continues, there is strong belief that this 1887 Society (PADS) probably amalgamated with ‘The Glee Club’ to create PADOS (ie: ‘Singers’ and ‘Dramatic Actors’) as it is known today. Website: Facebook:

Stage Door Youth Theatre Website: Facebook: Contact: Established in 2005 by its Artistic Director – Janet Philbrook, it has fast become a very prolific group with the Pendle theatre goers and its audiences grow in number with each show presented. Its popularity has not only encompassed the hearts of the audiences, but young people of all ages want to be a part of this growing company. Stage Door opens its doors to new members periodically when space becomes available. The success of the company lies in its driving force for professionalism and to be a creative leader and beacon for young people – this is at the core of all its work. This does, however, prove to be challenging for its other core mission – to be all inclusive and celebrate all young people. Membership numbers in the mainstage Youth Theatre are kept to a minimum for health and safety and safeguarding measures but also to be able to progress its members creatively, on every level and stage of their development as an artist. Stage Door celebrates its diversity not only of members but with the genre of theatre it presents. Recent productions have included popular Musicals – Into the Woods, Oliver, Beauty and The Beast, Seussical, and its last musical being Andrew Lloyd Webbers – Cats. Other work has included plays, members own devised pieces and outside performances from a retail outlet to parks! The Youth Theatre produces one mainstage show per year with smaller or outside productions throughout the rest of the year. Bart Building, 5, New Market Street, Colne,

Tameside Youth Drama Group The group was started in 1986 by Dennis and Jean Nash at Rycroft Hall in Audenshaw. It has been very successful for last 36 years and many of our past members have taken up careers in the theatre as dancers, actors, stage crew and costume designers. The group is run by volunteers who are well experienced leaders or teachers within the field. The Group do two shows a year, a Pantomime in January and a Musical in July. Website: Facebook: Contact:

TEMPO The Edge Musical Performing Organisation TEMPO (The Edge Musical Performing Organisation) is an Amateur musical theatre company for young people, aged between 10 - 20 years. Based in North Cheshire, we currently rehearse in Alderley Edge and put on a show each March at the Evans Theatre, Wilmslow giving our members an amazing performing experience. We were originally known as SCAMPS but changed our name to TEMPO in 2013. Over the years we are proud to have received numerous awards from both NODA and ACT for all aspects of our productions including individual performers, backstage crew, choreography, direction, musical direction and ‘Best Musical’. HISTORY TEMPO, originally known as SCAMPS was established in 1982 by our now President Barbara Herd when she was approached by a young man named Paul Walsh who wanted some help putting on a show - The Wizard of Oz, which was performed at Pownall Hall School with Barbara making all of the costumes and persuading her husband Peter of Peter Herd Bakery to sponsor it. As the idea of a Cheshire based youth musical theatre company began to grow, so did SCAMPS, the next year they performed Oliver!, but this time Barbara as well as being responsible for the wardrobe bought in some friends and contacts to help, and formed a committee. The year after that, Bugsy Malone was the show of choice, with up to 40 young performers taking part, and SCAMPS was officially formed with Barbara Herd as the Chairman. Over the years SCAMPS has continued to grow, putting on a huge variety of musical productions which have included, West Side Story, The Will Rogers Follies, Half a Sixpence, Barnum, Guys & Dolls, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Starlight Express and CATS. The committee recently paid tribute to Barbara “She has been the inspiration that has kept TEMPO going for over three decades, helping us manage the many changes, rules and regulations involved with working with young people, over the years TEMPO has given many young aspiring member the chance to work with some of the best directors, musical directors and choreographers, with professional musicians, sets, lighting and sound engineers. Now President of the society she is still involved on a day to day basis, making costumes and supervising rehearsals”. Website Facebook: Contact:

Penny Bridge Lane, Urmston, Manchester 0161 408 1288 Website: Facebook: Contact: Urmston Musical Theatre is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation - 1199397 founded founded in 1911. It became a Registered Charity (1119510) in 2007. The aims are to cultivate the Dramatic Arts and improve and educate the public taste in those arts within the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford and to promote the production of Dramatic and Operatic works having an educative value to this end. At present we produce a main show in April, a show by our juniors in July and a Chrismas show in December.

Website: Facebook: Contact: Our Society Centre Stage Youth Theatre Company is a local amateur dramatic society which started in 1996. The members range from age 11-18+. We produce 2 shows each year – one main show in March which runs for 5-7 performances and a small show in September which is usually a variety show, running for 2 nights, with lots of company singing and dancing. We perform our shows at Daneside Theatre in Congleton. The company is run entirely by volunteers. Our Rehearsals We rehearse every Sunday afternoon, usually from 1pm-5pm at Castle School, Mow Cop. We will also rehearse on a Wednesday evening as we get nearer to show week. The week before a show, the members are required to rehearse almost every night at the theatre and all day on the preceding Sunday. Times of rehearsals may change depending on how much work is required for a show. Centre Stage Youth Theatre Company