Youngsters from along the Calder Valley are preparing to stage rock ‘n’ roll memories when they present ‘Grease’ next week.
The popular big-screen spectacular from 1978 starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John has been translated to the stage of the Halifax Playhouse from Wednesday, November 13 to Saturday, November 16 (7.15pm each night, plus Saturday matinee at 2.15pm). More than 50 young people auditioned for the 35 parts in the musical.
Isla Harkness, who plays Sandy, has been with the youth theatre for two years, first appearing in ‘Sweet Charity’. Isla’s talent as a singer was discovered by her friends at the youth theatre who encouraged her to join their rehearsals.
Sandy’s love interest in the production, Danny Zuko, will be played by Reece Raymond who hails from Bradford.
To meet some of the costs of staging such an ambitious show, the group organised several fund-raising events, including a nearly new sale and a series of open mic nights.
And Hebden Bridge Rotary Club continued its support for local charities along the Calder Valley by donating a brand new electric piano to the youth theatre.
It replaces an old piano which has been used for many years to rehearse countless shows and has already proved to be an asset to the youth theatre, helping members develop their singing and piano playing skills.
Brian Boocock, president of the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge, said: “Rotary is always keen to support young people in the valley and we’ve always been impressed by the tremendous talent shown by members of Calder Valley Youth Theatre.”
Brian and other members of Hebden Bridge Rotary Club will be continuing their support for CVYT by attending next week’s show.
Adrian Horton from the youth theatre acknowledged its support, saying: “Events Rotary organise throughout the year along the Calder Valley support us and many other voluntary organisations. We simply would not be able to produce such ambitious shows without this kind and generous support.”
To book tickets, call 07971 428 759 or book online at www.cvyt.co.uk