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Summer Youth Project kids keep their cool
ALMOST 200 young performers were treated to an ice cream to cool off from tiring rehearsals for this year’s Summer Youth Project.
It was given to them as a reward for all their hard work in preparing for their performance of Our House – the musical Madness at the Wyvern Theatre this week.
The show, which is being performed five times, is the culmination of several weeks hard work for the theatre’s annual project.
The ice cream was bought by the Wyvern Theatre Foundation, a charity which supports young performing talent in Swindon.
“We felt this year we should do something, which benefited every participant,” said Carolyn Andrews, the chairwoman of the foundation.
“When we were coming up with ideas someone said they had a contact so we went with the ice cream van.”
The foundation gives out bursaries to help youngsters go to arts colleges and to build their career, and also helps pay transport costs for those youngsters who have auditions.
They have supported the Summer Youth Project since 2008 and recently paid for the lead members of the cast to travel to Camden, where the show is set.
Carolyn said: “The performers have all done really well this year and we are putting something back in.
“The Summer Youth Project is a great way for the children to come out of themselves and make new friends.
“Every year there are lots of children who return because they enjoy it so much.”
The children have been preparing over the last fortnight for this week’s performances, which is a full scale musical using lyrics from songs by Madness.
It tells the story of a boy, Joe Casey, who becomes involved in petty crime and follows different directions in his life in London.
Chris Barker, 17, who plays the part of Joe said: “The rehearsals have been really tiring but fun.
“My character is in every scene so I have had a lot to learn. I’ve been pretty much sleeping with the script.”
The leading lady is played by Roxanne Appleby-Dymond, who said: “I’ve really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the performance.
“Going to Camden was really useful as it helped us to picture what the scenes are really like.”
This is the 19th year of the Summer Youth Project which has put on performances such as West Side Story and Oliver in the past.
Our House – The Madness Musical will run at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, from Thursday to Sunday, August 25. Tickets can be booked by visiting wyverntheatre.org.uk or by calling 01793 524481.
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