I was recently contacted on behalf of a Youth Theatre group up here in Manchester, and asked if I would mind helping them put the word out about their show, and, given my love of all things musical theatre, coupled with my desire for reinvention/to get much more ‘grass roots’ now that I am away from the West End, I happily agreed to oblige.
For me, I look around and I find that many of my peers are doing great things across the UK, though often it appears that they will look at theatre from a youth perspective in terms of getting kids in to the theatres to see existing productions and making the theatre-going experience more appealing for them. Very few people, it would seem, are interested in actually going out and seeing kids on stage – an equally as important arm I feel, as they’re the future of musical theatre, and perhaps the people best placed to get Youth interested in the genre through dragging their mates along, and of course, guilting the parents, who may then go on to develop a further interest! 🙂
I very much like that the North West Theatre School have penned this show, and that it draws on local thoughts, experiences etc coming from the kids. One thing that you don’t get when you go to the West End – a (proper) local story!
If you’re interested in hearing a few of the tracks from the show, you can do so by clicking through here – one of the tracks – “When Gingers Take Over The World” is also available below:
With those thoughts in mind, and perhaps having only supported big production houses for far too long, I’m pleased to share with you the Press Release for Streetz, and, from what I’ve seen online (I totally wouldn’t have shared this if it hadn’t piqued my interest in a positive way!!), this looks like it’s going to be a very enjoyable couple of nights – don’t be surprised if you see me hiding away somewhere in the audience myself! 😉
A new musical for Manchester: youth theatre unveils Streetz
Talented youngsters from a North Manchester theatre school are set to take on the West End and Broadway with their very own blockbuster musical, Streetz.
The ambitious show – to be performed on 4 and 5 May 2012 at the Abraham Moss Theatre, Crumpsall – was written from scratch by the directors and young people of the North West Youth Theatre School.
Taking inspiration from the young people’s own ideas and experiences, it tells the story of the lives, loves and losses of families living on a North Manchester street – and features a host of memorable songs.
The quality and professionalism of the show have won praise from celebrities including television actor Gary Damer, a patron of the theatre school.
Gary, well-known for his role as Lenny Lemon in CBBC’s Hotel Trubble, said: “I was blown away the first time I saw Streetz. The production is so polished that it’s hard to believe you’re not watching a professional show.”
Tempany Windsor, 14, of Whitemoss Road, Blackley, plays Lucy – one of the leading roles. She said: “I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved in writing our own musical. Streetz isn’t like your typical cheesy American musicals – it’s based on real life in Manchester, people will be able to relate to it.”
Two of the youngest cast members are 11-year-olds Carmen Douglas and Jamie Coyne, who are in the same class at St Anne’s RC Primary School, Crumpsall. The pair play brother and sister Kara and Theo Nevis, who are foster children.
Prab Singh, Director of the North West Youth Theatre School, said: “We thought the best way for young people to appreciate brilliant musical theatre was to write their own show – and the results have exceeded all our expectations.
“We piloted Streetz last year and audiences absolutely loved it – there’s a real buzz about the fact that we’ve brought it back for a second run. I would urge people not to miss it – it really is a fantastic show.”
Streetz will be performed on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 May at 7.30pm.
The Abraham Moss Theatre, Crescent Road, Manchester M8 5UF.
Tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 concessions, £32 family of four.
Booking line: 07866 378569 / 0161 908 2466
PS – if you do happen to buy a ticket to see Streetz after seeing this post, do please drop me a comment below / let them know that when booking – I’d be really interested to see what impact this kind of help can have for a grass roots show and whether it is something that I would like to (very selectively) pursue further! 🙂