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 ...work 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

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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
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> Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved"

 

MISS SAIGON TICKETS SELLING FAST

FOR TICKETS EMAIL sally@lbct.org

Performances Friday 7th March 7pm

Saturday 8th March 3pm and 7pm

TICKETS £6/£5

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 www.lbct.org 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

 

FULL CASTING FOR MISS SAIGON NOW COMPLETE

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 www.lbct.org 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

CHRISTMAS SING OUT TOTAL REACHES £570.18!

Brilliant

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 www.lbct.org

 
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

 

 
THANKS


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 (sally@lbct.org) 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 sally@lbct.org

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

http://www.lydiakay.co.uk/

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'.

IMDb page: www.imdb.me/lydiakay

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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