The show must go on say kids theatre group

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Ruther­glen theatre group for kids is fac­ing the fi­nal cur­tain - un­less new vol­un­teers to help run it are found.

Green­hill Youth Theatre have been on the go for over 15 years, and put on two shows a year.

They fea­ture young­sters from P6 to S2, with the shows tak­ing place at the end of the win­ter and sum­mer terms.

How­ever they’re now down to three adult lead­ers to help run the group, and their fu­ture has been placed in doubt.

Calum Mil­li­can, the stage di­rec­tor of the group said: “At the mo­ment we’ll try to start the sea­son, but we might not be able to put on an ac­tual show at the end of it.

“There’s been a grad­ual de­cline over the years in terms of lead­ers - we had around six lead­ers five years ago, and now we’re down to three adult lead­ers and three teenagers who help us out when they can.

“We re­ally want to keep it go­ing, so we need more peo­ple to vol­un­teer.

“They don’t need to have any drama ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s about keep­ing the kids in or­der and hav­ing or­gan­i­sa­tional skills.

“We also need help with mak­ing cos­tumes, the light­ing and things like that.

“Each week is a mix­ture of drama games and learn­ing the script for the even­tual show.

The group cur­rently has around 12 kids tak­ing part.

But Calum reck­ons that the lack of vol­un­teers is mean­ing the re­main­ing lead­ers are be­ing swamped with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

He added: “Peo­ple are do­ing this on top of hav­ing day jobs.

“It’s ask­ing a lot for ev­ery­thing to be han­dled by just a few peo­ple, and it’s also meant that we can’t have big­ger num­bers of chil­dren tak­ing part, be­cause we re­ally don’t have the num­bers to look af­ter any more kids.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing out can find out more in­for­ma­tion by vis­it­ing www.gyt.org.uk or on Face­book at www.face­book.com/green­hillyt

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