‘The groups never cease to amaze us’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Tal­ented chil­dren have been hit­ting all the right notes as they take to the stage for a se­ries of sum­mer shows.

More than 140 young­sters have been tak­ing part in the an­nual Key Youth The­atre Sum­mer School, learn­ing per­form­ing arts skills along the way.

The school lasts for two weeks, with two dif­fer­ent groups of young­sters work­ing to put on shows at the end of each week.

This year marks the 25th an­niver­sary of the school, and Paul Collings from the school said staff were al­ways amazed by how many tal­ented chil­dren came to take part.

He said: “The stan­dard is ab­so­lutely bril­liant. The kids have all worked re­ally hard to put on great shows.

“They were all shat­tered at the end of it, but very proud.

“The groups never cease to amaze us. It is not just the chil­dren who go on to work in the in­dus­try, but ev­ery­one who comes along who are bril­liant. They learn so much - not just the per­form­ing arts skills, but team work and con­fi­dence skills, and they get to make new friends.

“For the sec­ond week, the weather has been much bet­ter, so we have been able to get out­side as well, which is fan­tas­tic.”

Each week the pupils, who are all aged between seven and 18, are split into four groups based on their age, and work to pro­duce a show for the end of the week.

They take to the stage on Satur­day to per­form their work in front of friends and fam­ily.

This year the groups have been work­ing on pro­duc­tions of The Jun­gle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, High School Mu­si­cal and Wicked.

*THE Key Youth The­atre team will be pre­sent­ing their an­nual sum­mer block­buster mu­si­cal from 16-19 Au­gust.

This year it’s some­thing very dif­fer­ent - Monty Python’s Spa­malot. It guar­an­tees songs and laughs ga­lore.

Shows begin at 7.30pm and there is a Satur­day mati­nee at 2.30pm.

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