Theatre production to raise funds for community centre

Members of the Rainbow Youth Theatre from the show "Children's World" which is on this weekend to raise money for repairs to the Harraton Community Centre, Washington.'Left to right; Bethany Monaghan, 15, Lauren Doyle, 16, and Nick Thompson aged 16.
Members of the Rainbow Youth Theatre from the show "Children's World" which is on this weekend to raise money for repairs to the Harraton Community Centre, Washington.'Left to right; Bethany Monaghan, 15, Lauren Doyle, 16, and Nick Thompson aged 16.
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TALENTED youngsters will take to the stage in a bid to help raise funds for a struggling community centre.

The Rainbow Youth Theatre (RYT) and Washington Dance Academy have arranged a special production as part of a charity drive to cover repair costs to the Harraton Community Centre.

“It is a great venue that we use for all our rehearsals and shows, but it does need a few repairs” said Freda Brennan, from the RYT.

“When we held our production of ‘Oliver’ there last year, we had to take out the front two rows of seats and put buckets down because the roof was leaking.

“They have managed to repair those, but it does need more work.”

Freda said the centre is used by a range of groups and people of all ages, from tots to pensioners.

“We wanted to help in any way we could and thought putting on a special show for families was an excellent idea,” she said.

“We’re hoping for a really good turnout.”

Usworth Sixth Form student Nick Thompson, 16, from Barmston, Washington, will play Monty Mouse in the Children’s World show.

With a 35-strong cast of youngsters, it is being billed as a song and dance extravaganza based around popular cartoon characters.

“We’ve put a lot of hard work into it,” said Nick.

“It’s taken a while to pull everything together and make sure everything goes according to plan.

“We’ve spent weeks learning our lines and the costumes and sets look great.

“We’re hoping it will be a big success and raise a lot of money for the community centre.”

Children’s World will be held at the Harraton Community Centre, Washington, on Sunday at 3pm and 6.15pm.

Tickets are £5 and are available on 416 3454.

For more information, email brennan2@ntlworld.com

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