On the 3rd June 2018, Enter CIC participated in the Junior Theatre Celebration which took place at the Curve Theatre, Leicester.
We had a very early start as our young people arrived at The Enter Centre at 5.00am in the morning! We then embarked on a 3 hour bus journey to Leicester! We arrived at the Curve Theatre, Leicester at 9.00am and everyone had a superb day. All of our young people smiled and laughed from morning till night.
The event saw some of the biggest names from the West End and Broadway assemble to provide young people with an inspiring day. Eighteen groups from all over the British Isles assembled at the venue to showcase, learn and make new friends.
Prior to the event participating groups had to prepare a ten-minute extract to perform in front of a panel of adjudicators. The panel list was impressive and included:
Stiles and Drewe – Broadway and West End Composers (writing credits including Mary Poppins, Cameron Mackintosh’s new version of Half a Sixpence, Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan and Honk). Debbie Isitt – Writer and Director of the blockbuster Christmas films: Nativity (starring Martin Freeman), Danger in the Manager (starring David Tennant), Dude Where’s My Donkey (starring Martin Clunes and Catherine Tate).
Andrew Wright – Double Oliver Award nominee and double WhatsonStage Award winner.
Timothy Allen McDonald – CEO iTheatrics (New York)
Enter CIC prepared an extract from our recent production ‘Mary Poppins JR’ and we received fabulous feedback and went on to win awards for Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Female Performer. Lets just say we were delighted to have represented Durham and the North East of England at this event and to have been recognised and awarded two accolades was quite simply wonderful!
Our young people work extremely hard and are well known for the work they do both on stage across County Durham and in their local community. It was wonderful to see their talents rewarded and recognised by industry professionals.
Events like this are vitally important for ensuring that young people have opportunities to celebrate and showcase high-quality musical theatre experiences. This is now more important than ever with cuts threatening performing arts provision in schools. As many of you are aware Enter CIC work hard to ensure that young people of all abilities, ages and our local community have access to high-quality creative experiences.
We all had a wonderful day and it will be remembered by many for a long time. For a glimpse of the day, please take a look at the photographs and video clip below: