Young people stage extravaganza of music, dance and drama at Georgian Theatre Royal

Members of The Big Music Project, Janet Seymour’s School of Theatre Dance and The Musical Theatre Project (BlueBoxt Creative and Performing Arts) from Wensleydale and Swaledale at rehearsals.

An extravaganza of music, dance and drama organised by young people from Wensleydale and Swaledale will be staged later this month.

The Dales Variety Show will showcase young talent from participants attending The Big Music Project, Janet Seymour’s School of Theatre Dance and The Musical Theatre Project from Wensleydale and Swaledale.

The show has been organised by seven young people who have been attending The Big Music Project on a weekly basis since September.

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The project, which has been delivered by North Yorkshire Youth, is part of a national network of groups led by UK Youth and funded by The Big Lottery Fund.

Richie Bastow, from North Yorkshire Youth, said: “Action packed from start to finish, this one off event is not one to be missed.

“The show offers an eclectic mix of genres and styles to suit all ages and tastes with an exciting collaborative finale featuring covers from The Blue Brothers and Grease.”

The projects aims to give young people the opportunity to plan their own music event, enabling them to gain transferable knowledge and skills for the creative industries.

Group members have been creating portfolios on their chosen arts subject to achieve an Arts Award which will support their progression into work and further education.

Harvey Boddy, aged 12, a member of the group, said: “The Big Music Project has been a fantastic opportunity for us to organise and take part in a music event in our local community.”

The project will conclude with a trip to London to attend UK Youth’s, Big Music Live, held at The Ministry of Sound to celebrate the group’s achievements.

The Dales Variety Show will be staged at the Georgian Theatre Royal on Saturday, February 24.

Tickets are £7 for adults and £4 for under-16s.

Call the the theatre box office 01748 825252 or click here to book.