Fancy joining an award-winning Youth Theatre? Chichester Festival Youth Theatre has expanded to provide more affordable, quality arts provision for young people across West Sussex.
There is the chance to meet new people, develop a range of skills, find out how a professional theatre works, watch live performances, perform in plays and musicals and take part in festivals with other youth theatres across the country – the ultimate aim is to have fun!
The workshops for young people aged 10 - 19 take place on weekday evenings in Crawley, Lancing, Storrington, Burgess Hill and Billingshurst. Each term costs just £60, and there are generous bursaries available. There is also the chance to try the group out first by booking a free taster session.
For those whose interests lie in lighting, sound, stage management, set design and prop making, there is also a Technical Youth Theatre group for ages 12 – 16 on Saturdays in Horsham.
“No experience needed, we welcome everyone who wants to get involved. Just bring yourselves, your curiosity and your enthusiasm, and come along to see what we have to offer,” said Jonty Boustead, West Sussex Senior Youth Theatre Leader for Chichester Festival Theatre.
Billingshurst member, Jessica Wilson, said: "CFYT is so fun and I've made lots of friends. It feels really professional and I'm learning loads about acting and the theatre."
Dan Willis, a member of the Burgess Hill group, explained that he was given the chance to audition for the recent Christmas production of Peter Pan at The Capitol in Horsham. “It was an amazing experience appearing in a professional pantomime. CFYT gives everyone so many opportunities and sessions are great fun with experienced tutors.”
The West Sussex groups have gone from strength to strength since they were first set up 18 months ago. For the last half term, they have been devising, rehearsing and performing short plays inspired by Chichester Festival Theatre’s archive material. The project is part of a wider scheme entitled Pass It On, which aims to engage young people with the history of the Theatre.
Inspired by a mix of photos, articles and 1960s advertising, each group has created their own dramatic response to the material. The plays were performed for an invited audience at The Capitol in Horsham on 9 February. Said Jonty. “We’re looking forward to showcasing our young people’s work while celebrating the history and heritage of Chichester Festival Theatre.”
To book a free taster in any of the CFYT West Sussex groups, or to find out more, please contact West Sussex Senior Youth Theatre Leader, Jonty Boustead, or call 07969 044765.
Published 18th February 2014
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