Newsletter – 1st April 2020

Change of Plans for Harry’s Youth Theatre

Hello and a very Happy 1st of April to you!  We hope that you are well in these unprecedented times of the Covid 19 virus and you are managing to stay home and stay safe.

Our very own real life medical Angel – Deb Clee – urges you to follow the government guidelines to help prevent the spreading of this awful virus to you and your family and friends, as she really doesn’t want to see you turning up to A&E.

As you are all aware due to this virus, all non essential travel/entertainment is now banned and so with heavy hearts we have had to close the doors, just temporarily, of Harry’s Youth Theatre within The Arts Wing of Swansea Grand Theatre.

However, we are very lucky to be living in a time where there are so many ways to keep in touch without ever leaving our homes.  And so, we are pleased to say that Harry’s Youth Theatre is embracing a new way of learning starting next week and the members of Harry’s will be learning their upcoming songs and dance moves via the internet 🙂 

The members of our mini and junior sections are going to be learning performances from their upcoming show The Little Mermaid, which will still go on but the date may alter.  We will keep you up-to-date once we have more information.

And the Senior members will be rehearsing their performances ready for their Variety Show in September – fingers crossed!

This is all very new to us here at Harry’s but we are happy to learn as we go and to continue Harry’s classes, just in a much safer way.  And once things have gone back to normal we can tie it altogether in our normal classes.

We will keep you updated as we go.

And just in case you need to lift your spirits today, here are some photos from our recent show Shrek The Musical, taken by the very talented Andrew Morris to bring back happy times, until we can get back into the theatre and create magic once again!

Alumni

This is what some of our previous members said about their time at Harry’s Youth Theatre…

“I joined Harry’s in 2002 and I have no doubt the training and life experiences I had lead me to where I am today. I was lucky to be part of some fantastic shows, Billy Elliot, Oliver, We Will Rock You and Honk to name a few. Being part of this group showed me that I wanted to be involved in theatre in a professional capacity. I became very interested in what happened backstage, especially after seeing all the work that goes in to it. After helping out backstage in productions, I went on to train at Mountview Academy of theatre arts in Production Arts. I have been lucky to work on U.K and Ireland tours such as Matilda and Billy Elliot and in the West End on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Waitress. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Harry’s. This group gave me the grounding and life skills I use everyday. This group isn’t just about being on stage. It’s about the confidence, growth and being a part of something. I have made some great friends over my time at Harry’s. Not all went on to be performers, some are Doctors,solicitors and dentists. I know they look back at their time in Harrys with great fondness and are happy to admit they use the skills gained in their everyday life. I must mention the work the Angels do. The amount of work that goes in behind the scenes is incredible. The fact they all volunteer and give their time so freely continues to amaze me. What started out as helping out in their children’s theatre group to now nearly a full time job that their kids are too old to attend! Thank you ‘Angels’ for continuing to change and improve young people’s lives. The world needs more of you.”

Jack Roberts

If you have any questions, please do get in touch, we love hearing from you.

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Until next time, stay home, stay safe and don’t forget to wash your hands!!

Speak to you soon

With love

All at Harry’s Youth Theatre 

xxx