Youth theatre group in plea for more support

Members of Kettering Youth Theatre ahead of the Dick Whittington pantomime last October

Members of Kettering Youth Theatre ahead of the Dick Whittington pantomime last October

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A youth theatre has issued a rallying call for more support from the community after only just breaking even following last year’s five-day pantomime.

Audience numbers dropped so much for Kettering Youth Theatre’s annual show at The Lighthouse theatre in October that organisers were left with little cash to put towards the next pantomime this year.

In response, business manager David Howes has called on businesses for sponsorship and for more families to go along to the group’s big show at The Lighthouse theatre again.

Following Dick Whittington in October, the theatre bosses are to announce what the next show will be to the 50-strong cast next week.

Mr Howes said: “The key thing for the theatre group is the support from the local community.

“We depend on it and without it we will not survive.

“This year we hope to see more people coming along to shows and good business backing.

“I know these are difficult times, but I promise we put on a fantastic show for the family – no-one goes home disappointed.”

Last year the theatre held five performances over four days, but struggled to get more than half the audience seats filled.

The shows cost the 38-year-old theatre group more than £6,000 in total.

Mr Howes said: “The pantomime costs a lot of money for what is effectively a fairly small group.

“That is why we need all the support we can get.”

The theatre group may also be looking for new cast members for its upcoming show.

Rehearsals are set to begin in the early summer.

KYTG