Memorial show in memory of theatre school stalwart

Members of the Seaham Youth Theatre group will be performing a show called Curtain Call in honour of the groups treasurer, Jeanette Smith who died in 2009.
Members of the Seaham Youth Theatre group will be performing a show called Curtain Call in honour of the groups treasurer, Jeanette Smith who died in 2009.
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STARS of the stage are taking a behind-the scenes role as they produce a show in memory of one of their theatre school’s leading lights.

Save the Children stalwart Jeanette Smith was also treasurer of Seaham Youth Theatre Group in addition to her role as a teacher at primary schools on Wearside.

The mother-of-two, who was originally from Houghton and moved to Seaham when she got married, died in 2009 of cancer.

She taught at schools in Usworth and Rickleton and retired from Silksworth Juniors in 2002.

Jeanette also helped set up a playgroup at Seaton Community Centre and helped develop Seaton Farm Runs, a cross-country event which ran during the 70s and 80s.

Now, the drama group is planning two nights of entertainment which will continue to support the charity’s work.

Robyn Kinnersley, Jonathan Wharton and Lauren Miller, all 19, and 20-year-old Aaron Hepple are directing Curtain Call, which will showcase the group’s musical talents.

They will also be starring in the celebration, which will run tomorrow and Saturday night and feature hits from Chicago, Grease, Wicked, Footloose, Legally Blonde and Les Miserables.

A cast of 22, aged from five to 20, have been in rehearsals over their summer break as they prepare for the shows, to be staged at East Durham College in Peterlee.

Robyn said: “We thought we would do a concert to give the kids something to do during the summer, and it would also be something nice in memory of her.

“She spent a lot of her time with young people. The cast have really got into it.

“They have been working hard for months and this is going to be an amazing show.”

The performances will take place at 7pm on both nights, with a matinée at 2pm on Saturday.

Tickets cost £6 and can be bought from any cast member or by calling Lauren on 07854 394 166.