Fi­nal cur­tain falls on youth theatre group

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A well known lo­cal theatre group are be­ing forced to take their fi­nal bow next month.

Green­hill Youth Theatre are hav­ing to close their doors due to a lack of vol­un­teers and a drop in the num­ber of stu­dents.

The group had been run­ning since 2000 and were aimed at pupils from pri­mary six through to sec­ond year.

They typ­i­cally per­form two shows a year, one for sum­mer and one for win­ter, and meet at St Colum­bkille’s Church halls ev­ery Wed­nes­day.

But their next show ‘Lord of the Onion Rings’ will be their last.

Stage di­rec­tor Calum Mil­li­can said: “It’s very dis­ap­point­ing.

“We don’t have enough lead­ers to help out and the num­ber of kids com­ing along has dropped too.

“Usu­ally we get a boost from some of the schools, who spread the word that we’re on, but we’ve not had much luck in get­ting help from them this year.

“There didn’t seem as much in­ter­est this year.

“If there was a sud­den surge in in­ter­est from kids and vol­un­teers then we could carry on but at this stage that’s un­likely.”

The group will hold an EGM on Wed­nes­day, May 31, when they will seek per­mis­sion from mem­bers to tell the Scot­tish char­ity reg­u­la­tor that they will be dis­solv­ing the char­ity.

Calum first be­came in­volved with the group when they started and he has been there for most years of their ex­is­tence.

He be­lieves many of the chil­dren who have at­tended over the years ben­e­fited from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“See­ing the kids gain in con­fi­dence has been the big­gest high­light,” he said.

“Of­ten they are hes­i­tant, maybe shy, when they start and they can re­ally grow per­form­ing here.

“We’ve had a lot of kids through the doors and some of them kept in con­tact af­ter­wards so we were lucky enough to hear what they were up to. Some­thing like this keeps kids busy and off the streets and you run it so you can all gain from some­thing there.

“Our thanks go out to ev­ery­one who’s helped us over the years.”

‘Lord of the Onion Rings’ is set in the present day but is in­spired by heroic ad­ven­tures like ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Star Wars’ where the he­roes have to go out into the world and fight evil. It will take place at St Colum­bkille’s Church Hall on June 16 and 17.

Any­one who wants to help Calum can con­tact him through www.face­book.com/green­hillyt or visit www.gyt.org.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.

Show’s over Green­hill Youth Theatre is clos­ing down

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