This terms scholarship places have been awarded to Molly Jones, Oliver Fosberry  and Gwen Firoozmand - well done to both of you. You have shown outstanding commitment and potential to your group

The Factory Children is fast approaching
Performance venue The Leighton Buzzard Theatre

Friday 5th June 7.30pm and Saturday 6th June 7.30pm

The Factory Children

LBCT cast members aged 9-13 bring alive the story of The Factory Children in this family musical suitable for all the family. Score by Chris Adams and Michael Sullivan. Poignant and humorous plot about a rich factory owner’s children who become involved with a group of young factory workers. Set in the 1830’s and linked by famous contemporary figures, the audience see the working conditions in the factories and the reformations after the Factory acts were passed.

Fully costumed and choreographed this musical will enlighten, educate and enchant the audience.

Tickets £7/£5

Tickets go on sale TOMORROW 7th April and will sell fast

Follow this link to buy your tickets


or phone

Box Office 0300 300 8125


All tickets will be sold by The LB Theatre

New term dates will be emailed to members this week (also groups section with dates etc will be updated)
Busy term ahead
Mikado was amazing- so many brilliant reviews-well done LBCT Youth Section members and The advance Theatre company
£325 for Oxfam raised as part of Oxjam, Leighton Buzzard
£350 for Macmillan Cancer Support from "Ring of Roses" well done everyone!! Special mention to our front of house team Paul Malcolm Daniel,Amanda WhiteGem White and Peter May. The Cast- you were totally awesome!!!!!!!!, the crew our amazing rehearsal team Hayley GreenDavid AllsoppLissie AllsoppNathan Lee Rutherford and Luke BirtlesJenni Mountford for the programme. Thomas Ayre for the lights- total forMacmillan Cancer Support £350!!!! well done everyone
Members of Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre were very busy last term raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The total raised in December was £1,670. Youngsters aged 5-18 took part in events including The Leighton Buzzard Christmas Weekend, The St Barnabas Christmas Tree Festival, community performances at The Otters Swimming Club and various sheltered Housing establishments and produced 2 performances of “Sing Out Against Cancer for Christmas” at The Vandyke Theatre.
The Sing out involved all LBCT members and was a wonderful event showcasing the talents of local children and young people. Highlights included solos, duets and group pieces, an hilarious spoof of 12 Days of Christmas and much more –the audience left feeling very festive and of course with sweets from Santa.
This term the group has got a lot more planned. The Youth Section are busily preparing “Ring of Roses” a musical set in the plague village of Eyam which will be performed on February 28th featuring the older members aged 13-18 combining their talents with a wonderful score and script by Darren Vallier . The main CT aged 9-13 who meet on Saturday mornings in Heath and Reach will be performing the historical drama with music set in the 1830’s called “The Factory Children” and The Mini Theatre performers aged 4-9 are rehearsing “Potted Pantos” for performance in June, Ring Of Roses  will be performed at the Vandyke Theatre, The pantos and The Factory Children will be at The LB Theatre

Theatre is a wonderful way to make new friends and to encourage creativity. LBCT is a community group run entirely by volunteers who have raised over £60,000 for local, national and international charities over the last 19 years. For more details see


January 2015

Fantastic congratulations to Adam Derland, Libby Bridgen and Kyle Ward as your panto run at The Grove theatre comes to an end- you were superb as the Babes in The Wood-totally impressed


Well done to everyone our final Sing Out Total is £1670 for Macmillan Cancer support

Merry Christmas to all our members, friends and supporters


Sing Out and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas were fantastic-well done
Wonderful performance at The Mayors Concert

Fantastic performances by LBCT Minis, Ct , YS and Advance at The Leighton Buzzard Christmas Weekend- wonderful.
£300.17 collected yesterday for Macmillan Cancer Support
2014 Christmas SING OUT TOTAL NOW STANDS AT £429.98.
Well done everyone who performed, collected, applauded, supported.
Still 2 x "Sing Outs" at The Vandyke Theatre on Sunday 14th December to go and The Advance Theatre-Company in "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" at The LB Theatre on 16th December 
Thank you and Well done again



So LBCT/ Advance Theatre-Company Drama stars of the week 27th September 2014

Seb Cridland for focus and commitment to Youth section on Tuesday
Hayley Green for her patience and characterisation in advance rehearsal yesterday
Chloe S for her amazing fairy pose and great singing today in Mini 1
Sebastian C for his wonderful singing today and technical help in Mini 1
Ben S for his incredibly superior performance as a privileged factory owners child today in CT
Savannah F for working so hard today and reading the part of George so well
Josh P for his super performances today in Mini 2 
Lea and Juliette C for working so hard today
More stars will be announced each week....
A certificate will be given to each Drama Star of the week- the week following their nomination

All Saturday  groups start Saturday 13th September

Well done to everyone

involved with Magic Dave performance on 6th September- it was fantastic

Leavers "Showstoppers" performance Monday 8th September


Magical performance lined up at theatre

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Members of Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre will start the new term with a special performance at Leighton Buzzard Theatre.


Award-winning children’s entertainer, Magic Dave, will be joined by the talented youngsters for an afternoon of magic and music.

The children’s theatre, which has five groups for local children aged four to 18, will focus this performance on members aged nine to 13.

The youngsters will sing songs from well known musicals including Oliver, Matilda, Alice and many more.

The performance is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and takes place on Saturday, September 6 at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from the box office 0300 300 8125 or

Magic Dave for Macmillan

with the Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre
Award winning children’s entertainer, Magic Dave, will be joined
by the talented Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre for an afternoon of magic and music, 
in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. All proceeds to support the work of the charity.
Sat 6th Sept 2.30pm
Adults £6 Children £3 Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £15
from LB Theatre Box Office 0300 300 8125

(Featuring LBCT Saturday 10.30 group as invited)

Showstoppers for Macmillan Cancer Support
Our annual leavers show this year will focus on Jenny BeckwithThomas LangstonGeorgia HareLuke Birtles and Amy Jane Shane as they leave LBCT Youth Section to go off to university, have a gap year, go out to work. 

Always a wonderful event
The leavers will be supported by LBCT Youth Section and members of TheAdvance Theatre Company and older members from LBCT Saturday group
Will include showstopping numbers from Miss Saigon, Beauty and The Beast, Seussical, Les Miserables, Oliver, Matilda and many others
Tickets £5/ £4 email to order

4th July
Advance theatre Company 
Well done to everyone involved in the Oliver Community concert tonight- it was fantastic- the residents loved it and thought everyone was brilliant
They gave a donation for Macmillan Cancer Support of £70 which is fantastic
Well done everyone 

Saturday Minis and CT back to normal 

Theatre group will leave you wanting more!



Leighton Buzzard’s Advance Theatre Company are bringing the famous musical Oliver! to life this week at the town’s library theatre.


Being performed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (June 12-14), the production has brought together two children’s teams – Team Charles and Team Dickens – to play the workhouse children and Fagin’s gang, plus an adult cast to play the cameo roles which Lionel Bart and of course Charles Dickens captured so well.

The children will be led by Billy Knibb and Jared Walsh as Oliver. Billy and Jared both attend St Leonards Lower School and have worked very hard on the characterisation of the young boy who is born in a workhouse where he and the others are treated so cruelly by Mr Bumble and Widow Corney.

He is chosen to ask for more gruel saying the famous lines “please sir, can I have some more” and branded a troublemaker he is apprenticed to an undertakers with Mr and Mrs Sowerberry.

Mrs Sowerberry will be played by drama graduate Hayley Green who grew up in Leighton Buzzard and has returned after her studies to work as a teaching assistant in the town. Hayley is involved with direction and production in many projects.

Oliver manages to escape and walks to London where he meets The Artful Dodger played by 14 year olds Jacob Townson and Tom Harriman.

Dodger introduces him to many characters including Fagin played by 25 year old Nathan Rutherford. Nathan graduated with a BA in Drama from the University of Winchester and loves musicals and performing. Fagin leads a band of young thieves and pursaudes Oliver to “work” for him.

He meets Nancy played by Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance student Lissie Allsopp and Bet who see the need to protect him from Fagin and the evil Bill Sykes. Bill is played by young Manchester University medical student Andrew Fell, Bet by A level student Josie Derland and also semi professional actor Carly Halse.

Whilst Dodger and the others are out picking pockets Oliver is falsley accused of stealing the pocket watch of Mr Brownlow played by Graham Mountford.

The wonderful musical full of songs, dance, laughter and sadness will be fully staged over four performances. The adult ensemble brings together many from the community some of whom have performed many times and some who are treading the boards for the first time.

The children’s casts are all local children who participated in an Oliver workshop earlier in the year organised by the Advance Theatre Company and did so well they were cast in the production.

Tickets are on sale from the Leighton Buzzard Theatre Box Office (0300 300 8130). Performances are 7pm on Thursday and Friday. 2pm and 7.30 on Saturday.

> The Advance Theatre Company is a relatively new production company based in Leighton Buzzard.

The company appeals to a whole variety of performers - the amateur seeking confidence and fun, the semi professional looking to widen their horizons and the professional looking to become a part of something new, innovative and exciting.

Past projects have included a production of Midsummer Nights Dream, a 40s/50s song and dance show and two spots at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable. The company present short term projects for the community to participte in as well as professional entertainment for private functions and educational establishments.

 No ordinary Saturday CT/ Mini 1 or Mini 2 sessions today 7th June as we have had to put in extra Oliver rehearsals

If you require an Alice dvd please email and we will add you to the order £12 each £30 for 3 (you can pay on delivery)

Next Saturday session will be 21st June where the dvds will be delivered 

Hope to see you all at Oliver next Thurs/ Fri/ Sat matinee or evening

Cast left the audience in Wonderland!

Alice The Musical, Leighton Buzzard Children's Theatre, MPLO

Alice The Musical, Leighton Buzzard Children's Theatre, MPLO


More than 70 local children aged four to 13 took part in performances of Alice The Musical earlier this month at The Leighton Buzzard Theatre, writes Josie Farmer.


The production by Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre featured many colourful characters and a chorus of lobsters, cards, flowers and much more. The performances raised £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Mini Theatre cast were led in a one-act version by eight-year-olds Ruby Hyland and Phillipa Starkey as Young Alice and Alice in Wonderland, both girls showed real enthusiasm in their singing and led the cast through wonderful adventures.

They met the Mad Hatter played brilliantly by nine-year-old Jared Walsh, the crazy hares Antonio Borelli and Rowan McGwyre and the sleepy dormice, eight-year-old Gwen Firoozmand, seven-year-old Evie Agget and six-year-old Eliza Walsh – great fun was had by all at the tea party.

The Gryphon played superbly by Adam Derland and the Mock Turtle, nine-year-old Imogen Mills who gave an equally amazing performance, told their old sea tales allowing the chorus to sing and dance the lobster quadrille with such fun and enjoyment.

The King and Queen of Hearts Billy Knibb and Emily Elding were suitably terrifying, young Billy tackling a very complex court scene with real maturity. The cat, the duchess, the rabbit, the caterpillar and all the characters made us smile-well done to you all for such a young cast you were brilliant.

The older Children’s Theatre cast showed the progression from younger to older group showcasing some very fine talent indeed.

They were led by 11-year-olds Molly Tooman and Leah Quinn, who both who attend Leighton Middle School and learnt so many songs, dances and lines to perfection.

The story was narrated in this version by Lewis Carroll himself – 12 -year-old Robert Beilby playing The Rev Dodgson, Robert was excellent.

The two girls playing Alice encountered so much fun which showed in everyone’s performance especially Hannah Brewin as the Duchess, Isabelle Thyer as the cook, Amber Chambers as the Gryphon and Ella Raffe as The Mock Turtle.

Dodgson took Alice to meet the walrus played by 10-year-old Alex Scorza and the carpenter played by 10-year-old Olivia Campbell. They met the White Rabbit played very well by Ella Rose King and Mad Hatters tea party characters including Elisha Fowler, Hayden Gell, Danny Rushby, Eleanor Moyle,Freya Dann and Ben Samuel. The Cheshire Cat (Rebecca Knibb) sang and danced superbly and didn’t stop grinning.

Excellent singing from everyone. Stand-outs included Beth Coles as the caterpillar, Molly Squires as Victorian soloist number one and Charlotte Snowdon as the King of Hearts.

Both versions had great scenery by Border Studios and lighting by Richard and Tom Ayre, with superb musical accompaniment by David Allsopp.

Well done to both casts and all the crew a great achievement.

Heloise Lee wins LBCT Charity cup


Vandyke Upper school sixth former Heloise Lee is the latest recipient of the Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre Charity Cup. Given annually the cup is presented to a member or associate of the group who has gone one step beyond with their charity and volunteering work. Heloise has volunteered as a Youth helper with the Mini and Children’s theatre groups for 5 years. Volunteering for these groups means an early start to Saturday mornings as the group starts at 9am. The volunteer position includes teaching and encouraging the young performers at workshops, rehearsals and during performances.


Spokesperson Sally Allsopp said “Heloise is a fantastic youth helper, nothing is too much for her and she really helps the children to have fun and learn. Her love of music and drama shines through her work- the children all adore her. During productions Heloise will give up a week after school to help get the production ready and make sure every child feels that the performances are amazing. At LBCT community events Heloise is the first to volunteer to help and last Christmas helped at many events to help raise thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.”


Heloise also coaches swimming for a local club two evenings a week and helps to edit the newsletter for the club.


Heloise was a finalist in the Bedfordshire Young People of The Year Awards 2012-13 and in the Summer will help at the Mencap Summer holiday club.


A worthy winner of the award Heloise will continue her volunteering whilst studying for A levels showing a true community spirit in all she does



Miss Saigon is a proud moment for Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre


Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre Youth Section should be very proud of the reviews received after their recent performances of the moving musical Miss Saigon.


Three performances raised more than £500 for part of Leighton Buzzard’s Oxjam.

The Saturday evening performance was even more special as it was proceeded by a talk for the cast by a person who had left Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in the 1970s as a tiny baby as a “ displaced boat person”.

She told her story of how they were refused entry to many countries but as media interest grew more governments felt the pressure to accept the refugees – her boat docked in Hong Kong and she and her family were finally sponsored to live in Canada.

A spokesman for the children’s theatre said: “She brought with her a member of the exiled Vietnamese Royal family. Performing this piece to people with so much connection to the setting was incredible and very moving.

“The one thing the cast were asked to hold onto is that both of these people see the hope that their situations gave them and to be able to retell their stories as survivors was very powerful.”

Here are some of the reviews of the production.


Reviews from the audience included

“WELL DONE EVERYONE Well done LBCT. The performance, as always, was fantastic. It never ceases to aaze e how those young people rise to the ocassion each and every time” Lynda


“Can safely say watching Miss Saigon three times didn’t make it any easier. I was an utter mess every time. Awesome performances from some very talented young people at LBCT.You should all be very proud of yourselves.” Abi


“They were amazing, tough subjects tackled maturely and realistically. The photos on the backdrop made it even more poignant “ Victoria


“Wow, wow, wow! Thank you to the wonderful cast and crew of LBCT for an incredible evening, transporting us into the world of Miss Saigon. I feel really lucky to have witnessed something so special, you should all be proud of yourselves; Seb, Karl and Thomas were fantastic and Jenny broke everyone’s heart, you played your characters with such depth and maturity. I was unable to cheer as much as I’d like to have at the end, as I was sobbing! Awesome!” Nikki


The following is a review by a cast member about his fellow cast members. Luke will leave the group in the Summer to study medicine at university.

“What to say about Miss Saigon? Firstly, the past few days have probably been the greatest experience of my life, the show was just legendary and that was down to every single person who took part.

“Josie Derland as Gigi the emotion you put into being Gigi was outstanding, especially in Movie in My Mind.

“Thomas Langston as John, you put your heart and soul into the role of John and despite the difficulty of that high note in Bui-Doi you hit it spot on every time.

“Rosie Brooks, you played Ellen perfectly, connecting with the audience and showing the pain she was going through with the whole ordeal with overwhelming.

“Seb Cridland, you were amazing as Chris and I can think of nobody better to steal my woman .

“Karl Goodwin, you made the part of the Engineer yours and I really loved what you did with it.

“And finally Jenny Beckwith as Kim (Miss Saigon), you were simply incredible, Kim is such a difficult part to play with so many lines to learn and you were just so good words can’t even describe it.

“Of course the show couldn’t have been what it was without the chorus, you really made it the spectacle it was and it was an honour working with all of you” Luke


Other cast comments include

“ I just want to thank absolutely every single cast and crew member involved in Miss Saigon, it was such an incredible experience that I will never forget!! It took so many months hard but boy can we say it really paid off!!

“The principles were outstanding but the chorus numbers were simply epic. Id do anything just to perform it one more time. I still can’t believe the amount of tears on the Saturday night by all the cast and even the audience.

“The privilege we had to have a Vietnamese princess and boat people watching us just made us perform 10 times better. I think we’re all still struggling to realise its all over!! Thank you to the whole LBCT family!!! Love you all so much and well done!!!” Chloe


“It was such an amazing experience to be a part of Miss Saigon, everybody was so wonderful- I’ll never forget it and thank you to everyone!” Jenni


From the musical director

“OK guys, let’s bring some realism to the proceedings. It would be wrong to leave you guys with the wrong impression of Miss Saigon. We sometimes compare you to professional shows and emotion can take over. So...

“I would genuinely prefer to watch this production than any professional West End. Seriously! Yes! Why? Because this show was energised by the passion and recklessly powerful energy of young people that didn’t seem to realise that it is a very, very, VERY difficult show to pull off.

“Easily the hardest we have done. They just stormed in and did it. The go-for-it attitude. The diva-less comrade spirit. The intelligence of the performances. The commitment of the chorus. (Do you have ANY idea how hard the morning of the dragon really is?)”


“So when the dust settles and you look back on this production guys. Remember it is an experience that no-one will ever be able to take back from you. However good you get you will know that you could not have been better. You are now framed in the history annuls as LBCT legends!” David

 Easter break

Time to learn lines for Alice the Musical

New terms details to follow


Miss Saigon reviews

"My son came back last night raving about the last performance - he loved it, and said the cast were all amazing. Well done cast and crew of Lbct Drama on another triumph!"

"I would like to congratulate everyone involved in tonight's production. I wasn't sure where to look for the first five minutes or so - but was soon drawn into the story :-) !!
 I'm not a regular theatre goer, but thoroughly enjoyed the performance which was brilliantly carried along by the main cast members and superbly supported by everyone else on stage.
 'Kim' was 'stand out' wonderful and on several occasions when she really let rip her voice went straight through me - in a good way !!   My children - Finlay and Murron that is - always take the Mickey out of me for shedding a tear when watching great performances on 'The Voice' or similar!  'Kim' got me again and again.  Murron caught me glazing over for about the third time or so, toward the end of the first half, and laughed at me, which I hope didn't put anybody off!!! 
I hadn't realised until we were wending our way home that tonight was the first performance in front of an audience - so tonight was all the more remarkable. I hope that the whole production takes great satisfaction out of tonight's performance
> Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved"




Performances Friday 7th March 7pm

Saturday 8th March 3pm and 7pm


Raffle and retiring collection in aid of OXFAM as part of OXJAM Leighton Buzzard

Lucky’ children’s group perform Miss Saigon next month



The Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre are busy rehearsing for Miss Saigon which is being performed on March 7-8 at the Vandyke Theatre.


More than 40 young local performers have been working very hard to present the amazing story of Chris and Kim set during and after the Vietnam War.

The group is one of the last youth theatres to gain a license to perform the show before it opens again in June in the West End.

Director Sally Allsopp said: “The group were very lucky to be part of Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th anniversary concert of Les Miserables at the 02 Arena and now have the chance to grab a bit of history with their edition of the amazing production of Miss Saigon

“Local performers include Linslade based Jenny Beckwith as Kim and Vandyke Upper School student Seb Cridland as Chris. The production based on the story of Madam Butterfly is harrowing, harsh and heart-warming.

“Musical director David Allsopp and I feel privileged to work with such a wonderful cast of young people willing to learn, perform and passionately reproduce the scenes, songs and dramatic moments with quality, maturity and believability.”

See for more details.


Friday 8th Feb
The Barn car park is clear at the moment so it remains so rehearsals will go ahead at The Barn tomorrow as normal. If not we will relocate all rehearsals- please check your email in the morning for details as we will update only if necessary. We will be rehearsing! The alternative venue is also in Heath and Reach. Details will also be posted on facebook and on here



MISS SAIGON schools edition March 2014

Kim- Jennifer Beckwith

The Engineer- Karl Rushby

Chris- Seb Cridland

John- Tom Langston

Ellen- Rosie Brooks

Thuy- Luke Birtles

Tam Fri eve - Edward Jackson

Tam Sat mat- Cameron Gell

Tam Sat eve- Harvey Prophet

Gigi- Josie Derland

Mimi- Jess Amey

Yvette- Georgia Hare

Yvonne- Juliette Flach

Ass Commiissar- Matt Wallis

Captain Schultz- Will Faulkner

Morning of the ragon solists -Amber Kearney, Corinne Hubbold, Helen Mountford

Morning of the Dragon dancers- Emma James, Emily Parrot, Chloe Benning, Chloe Bright

Marine soloists- Amber Kearney, Emily Parrot

Embassy workers- Georgia Hare, Helen Mountford, Josie Derland, Juliette Flach

Club owner-Helen Mountford

Non singing marines/ comm - Harry Cawood, Steven Sheehy, Callum McEnzie, Cameron Sinclair, Sean Wells, Luca Mitchell, Charlie Somerville

chorus of marines, dreamland girls, soldiers, comm, vietnamese, hustlers, vendors, tourists

Alexander Beilby, Amber Kearney, Ben Craig, Corinne Hubbold, Chloe Benning, Chloe Bright, Cliona McGivern, Ellie Prophet, Emily Parrot,Emma James, Erin Dann, Georgia Hare, Helen Mountford, Jacob Townson,Jennifer Mann, Jess Amey, Joe Samuel, Josie Derland, Juliette Flach, Laura Samet, Lorna Winfield, Lottie Hayman, Matt Wallis, Meghan Orbell, Rebekah Beare, Thomas Harriman, Will Faulkner

LBCT emergency contingency rehearsal venue found for Saturdays- still in the village- thank you to everyone for their suggestions. No more rehearsals will be cancelled due to flooding! phew. Members are asked to check here for any changes to rehearsal venue weekly as the bad weather continues


Saturday 1st February 8.12am

The flooding at The Barn is too dangerous this week to run any rehearsals. The water level at present is higher than last week and last week during the morning levels significantly rose. This is very frustrating and we can only apologise for this situation. If rain stays a problem we will have to find an alternative venue for the next few weeks-(we may have found a solution and will let you know for next week.)
We have no alternative today but to cancel rehearsals.
The council may come and clear the drains this morning but it is not worth the risk waiting to see if they do
Many many apologies- We will reorganise extra rehearsal time nearer the show dates to make up for this
Thanking you


Sally Allsopp on behalf of LBCT

Friday 31st JANUARY 5pm

The Barn car park is clear of flooding at present. 

We sincerely hope it stays clear but if it does flood to the levels of last week we will have no alternative but to cancel as getting the children in and out of the building is dangerous when levels are as high as last week.

I have tried to book 3  other rehearsal spaces just in case but with no joy.  

PLEASE check facebook/ our website and your email tomorrow morning for updates as necessary.

If it clear we will not update. If there is a problem we will update at 8.15am

Missed rehearsals will be made up nearer to show week as necessary

Hope to see you all tomorrow!!!!!!!



Drama for children’s theatre group

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They may be rehearsing their version of West End hit Miss Saigon, but the setting of a flood hit Leighton Buzzard dramaclass looked more like a scene from The Little Mermaid on Saturday.


Torrential downpours left the car park of the LB Children’s Theatre’s Heath and Reach rehearsal space under several inches of water.

But while one early morning class was cancelled, budding thespians from a second class decided that the show must go on.

They waded through the water and completed their session despite the giant puddle almost swamping the venue by the end.

The group are pictured still smiling in their wellies despite the unexpected drama.

Sally Allsopp, who runs the group, said: ‘We decided to cancel the 9am group but the water was receding by 9.45am so we decided to run the later group. But the water rose again significantly and by the end of the rehearsal was lapping at the door of the venue.

‘The youngsters were brilliant . They sang, acted and danced as usual and were evacuated to dry land by 12 noon.’

CT Update: Water is slowly draining but car park is unusable. Access to the barn on foot is improving - you will need wellies! Please do not attempt to park IN the car park unless your vehicle is suitable. Rehearsal will go ahead for CT at parents discretion. Mini 2 update will be sent at 11:30 by text.

BARN FLOODED: Just got to barn and very surprised that the barn car park is completely flooded and totally inaccessible. It would be unwise to hold a rehearsal for mini 1 9am group with water levels so high. Therefore mini 1 is cancelled today 25th Jan. Water levels may recede in time for CT and Mini 2. Will update at 9:15.  

Fantastic start to the new term

Minis and CT working very hard on Alice the Musical

YS are incredible in Miss Saigon-tickets now on sale

Advance Theatre Company have the rights to Oliver for June 2014


Saturday sessions start Saturday 11th january

Looking forward to seeing you all again

Alice preparations are now our priority 

Casting details will be posted asap


Leighton’s amazing young performers boost cancer charity funds

Singing in a blizzard is snow joke!

Singing in a blizzard is snow joke!


Members of the Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre and Advance Theatre Company spread some extra cheer this Christmas as they sang out to raise more than £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.


The youngsters performed at venues all over the area including Laburnum Court sheltered housing, Leighton Buzzard Christmas weekend, and The Vandyke Theatre, presenting their Sing Out AgainstCancer concert to packed audiences.

They also entertained shoppers at Milton Keynes Shopping Centre.

A grand total of £2,369.50 was raised in less than a month as the performers sang their hearts out.

A spokesperson from Macmillan said: “That is absolutely fantastic! Please let the children know how thrilled and grateful we are.

“I think they are amazing.”

Highlights included a new song, Christmastime, which LBCT also sang at the mayor’s concert this year.






December 6th

Christmas sing out now stands at £640.68

November 30th



Thursday 21st November
Fantastic performances from Lbct Drama Youth section and The Advance Theatre-Company tonight- superb. Tonight the WI gave us £162.49 which added to last Fridays Laburnum Ct donation means our total so far for Macmillan Cancer Support for our Sing out against Cancer is £253.99. Many more fundraising events to go and it's not even December yet-well done every performer who took part tonight.

Busy schedule for Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre

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Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre have already had a busy time this term with their annual leavers show raising £400 for The Epilepsy Society. The leavers show featured the Youth Section members with special focus to those leaving for university or employment. The 10 leavers Gemma White, Gemma Faulkner, Katie Wesley, Suzanne Taylor, Jess Allsopp, Callum Fosberry, Harvey Murray, Joanne Turney Lucy Woods and Emma Tuohy, combined time at LBCT totalled more than 90 years with many of them starting the group whilst at lower school (or before) and continuing till the completion of upper school.


Leavers destinations include Keele, Birmingham, London, Leeds and more. It was a fantastic performance with many many special moments. The show was hosted by past member Edward Percival and five leavers from last year.

> A wonderful ‘Matilda the musical’ workshop was hosted by sister group The Advance TheatreCompany and gave local youngsters an insight into the wonderful musical and the ‘naughty’ children’s antics against Miss Trunchball.

> The term continued with preparation for Leighton Linslade Continental Day by the younger members which was great fun. The children learnt to sing in German and French, a great catchy song about Italy and a medley of songs from The Sound of Music. A huge crowd gathered at the end of the High Street to watch the performance which the young performers loved.

> This half term will be really busy for LBCT as they perform in the community for the community. They will be performing at The Grove Theatre in Dunstable as part of The Grove Sings, a fantastic opportunity to work at a local professional theatre. They will also be hosting a zone and performing on the main stage as part of the Leighton Buzzard Christmas weekend.

There are trips to community groups, WI’s, sheltered housing and charity clubs all calendared in and an evening of Christmas songs at Middleton Hall, Milton Keynes is also organised.

As a finale the group will perform “Sing Out Against Cancer” on Sunday, December 15 at the Vandyke Theatre, a festive feast of music, drama and fun with communal carols and a visit from Santa. Two performances and the other events will ensure an excellent amount is raised this half term for Macmillan Cancer Support

As well as allowing the young members aged 4-19 to have great fun, learn about music, dance, drama,stagecraft and much much more, the group raises thousands of pounds for local, national and international charities. See

Tickets are £10 each from The Grove theatre box Office

Grove Sings

Tuesday 12 November 7.30pm

A delightful evening showing local talented singers taking to the stage for the Grove’s third annual singing extravaganza.

Showcasing local singing groups and solo artists aged from 4 to 94, Grove Sings will take you on a journey of musical theatre, gospel, rock, pop, soul and folk to name just a few genres!

Join us for an incredible night of entertainment by an exceptionally talented community.

01582 60 20 80 

Featuring LBCT Youth Section and friends and The Advance Theatre Company



Community term is fantastic. We have bookings coning in from everywhere=anyone else need any musical theatre/ Christmas/ themed entertainment- made to measure for a small donation to our chosen charity?? Macmillan Cancer support

We are ready but already busy for your ideas

Leavers show was magnificent
£400 raised for The Epilepsy Society
review to follow
Good luck to Gemma, Gemma, Harvey, Jess, Suzanne,Callum, Joanne, Lucy, Emma and Katie

"Matiilda" the Musical workshop run by members of The Advance Theatre-Company on behalf of Leighton Buzzard Children's Theatre. Friday 20th September for ages 7-11. 4.30-6pm at the Barn, Heath and Reach. £6 per child (half price for siblings) Limited places. Please message or email ( for more information

1st September 2013 Great performance for Graham's party-well done LBCT Youth section
Highlights included Will Faulkners interpretive dance! Thomas singing at least three roles in one song, Helen and Jess in Matilda, Georgia in On My Own and Corinne taking two solos minutes before we took to the stage. Was wonderful to have the new members of the YS join us onstage- brilliant to see you fit in so well
The bouncy castle and the barbeque were great- thanks Graham

September 12th

LBCT leavers show with real quality and excellence in aid of The Epilepsy Society featuring songs from Beauty and The Beast, Alice, Treasure Island, Seussical and many many more. Join us as we say goodbye for a while to our year 13 leavers as they heads to uni, gap years, internships etc. etc and we welcome back last years leavers (and some) for catch ups etc etc
Tickets £5/£4 from

Celebrate with Leighton Buzzard Children's Theatre Youth Section and especially

Jess Allsopp
Lucy Woods
Callum Fosberry
Harvey Murray
Katie Wesley
Joanne Turney
Gemma White
Gemma Faulkner
Suzanne Taylor
Emma Tuohy 

Group visit to "Matilda" anyone- just getting ticket prices
Also Advance Theatre Co are running a "Matilda " workshop for 9-16 year olds in early September- interested??

Alumni (new)
Lydia Kay

British actress Lydia Kay was born in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Daughter to an artist and a guitarist she naturally grew up creative in many ways. From an early age Lydia decided that acting was the career for her, and everything she has achieved since has been in pursuit of this dream. When she was age 7, she first trod the boards with a local amateur dramatics group, and later went on to perform many times with the Leighton Buzzard Children's Theatre. It was through work with this group that Lydia began to fully realise her potential, not only with acting but singing and dance also. By the time she was headed for drama school Lydia had twelve years of experience on stage, as well as seven years training in dance (styles including street, jazz, modern and ballet).

Lydia trained for three years at East 15 Acting School on the BA (Hons) World Performance course, and is privileged to belong to its first ever graduating year. The course was a valuable eye opener for Lydia, teaching her to strive for what she wants and exposing her to a huge range of different global performance techniques, which both intrigued and inspired her. The intensive training enabled her to develop her performance in Western acting styles but also to learn new disciplines such as Jingju, Balinese dance, Kecak, traditional Nigerian dance and drumming, Butoh and many more.

Since graduating Lydia has been acting almost non-stop, with a great desire to progress into film and television. She has had several scare acting jobs, which were of great enjoyment, and has been warmly welcomed into the world of touring Pantomime. One of the greatest opportunities she had was the chance to perform everyday at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for Coca-Cola, in their interactive Beatbox building. An experience which has since influenced her to take up archery. She also completed filming on the feature 'Survivors', and has a lead role coming up in 2013 in the high profile indie film 'Invasion of the Not Quite Dead'.

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New term details soon to be announced

Great final Saturday CT/ mini sessions for the term. "Stinging nettles the opera" work was amazing CT! The Minis impros as always were fab and "David the walrus" in the penguin play was a real highlight for Mini's 2- oh theatre!!!

Charity Cup

Each year Leighton Buzzard Children's Theatre awards it's charity cup to a member of the group who has shown outstanding contribution to the local community. The cup given in memory of Fred Janes who volunteered as front of House manager for many years with the group has this year been won by 15 year old Matt Wallis.
Matt has attended LBCT since he was six years old. LBCT is a community group which has raised over £56,000 for local national and international charities. As well as being an active member of the LBCT Youth Section Matt volunteers as a Youth helper with the younger groups- giving up every Saturday morning to help.
Matt says "I help them develop their acting, dancing and singing skills and this hopefully also boosts their confidence. I also help on show days backstage offering advice and support, this includes sorting out costumes, props and most importantly calming their nerves! In my time at LBCT I have taken part in 15 shows and my proudest moment to date is when I played Mr Warbucks in Annie last year, and I was especially pleased as we got a standing ovation from the crowd."
Matt also helps out with a local beaver group as a young leader, is a volunteer on a regular basis at the Cancer Research Shop where he enjoys helping out in the shop and meeting new people, especially the older generation, as he likes to listen to their stories. 
He attends Vandyke Upper School where he works very hard as part of the ‘Student Voice’ group organising events and focus groups 
Matt adds "Also occasionally I volunteer at my mum’s place of work, Leighton-Linslade Town Council, in this case by helping out at their community events. This role is varied and can involve litter picking, stewarding, handing out leaflets, supervising activities, and given out advice and information to the general public."
A true community stalward Matt thouroughly deserved his cup which was awarded by last years winner Helen Mountford at a performance of Treasure Island at The Leighton Buzzard Theatre.

Treasure Island was amazing! Well done everyone

Review to follow


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