Youngstagers celebrate 21st anniversary with messages from the stars
By hmanley | Monday, December 03, 2012, 08:19
INTERNATIONAL stars of stage and screen have written
messages of good luck and happy anniversary wishes to Saltash theatre group
Youngstagers, as they celebrate 21 years of entertaining the local community.
Special cards were received from stars Sir Tim Rice, Michael
Ball, Dawn French, Phillip Schofield, Spice Girls Melanie C and Emma Bunton,
Christopher Biggins, Arlene Phillips, Tim Minchin, Amanda Holden, ex-Youngstager
and star of the West End production of Billy Elliot, Josh Fedrick, as well as a
letter of congratulations from the BBC Strictly Come Dancing team who
encouraged them to 'keep dancing'.
Youngstagers performed their first show 'A Very Special
Christmas' in 1991 and this week will perform it once again as part of the 21st
anniversary celebrations with a new generation of enthusiastic youngsters.
Original members have also been invited to the Saturday night performance for a
special reunion and after show reception.
With past members going on to appear in the West End and
international touring productions, the award-winning group invite young people
aged from 7-17 to learn and enjoy the aspects of theatre; from dance to music
and acting, while also making lifelong friends.
With no audition process, Youngstagers encourage the youth from the community
to 'have a go' and in turn produce popular shows for the people of Saltash and
beyond - as well as raising money for local charities.
The group were presented with the display during rehearsals
for 'A Very Special Christmas', which takes place this weekend at the Burraton
Community Centre in Saltash. Friday 7th December at 7.30pm, Saturday
8th December at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are available from
Piglets or Polnoon Pasties in Saltash or by ringing 07960 125947.