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Scene Three: Youth Theatre 1976-1999
Each session covers all aspects of theatre, drama, dance and music. Sessions include drama games, improvisation and acting techniques, character development, vocal techniques (voice projection and singing), choreography and staging and directing of plays, each presented in a way which is relevant to the ages of the children.
Membership fees are kept low through the support of many willing volunteers and we are fortunate to have numerous DBS checked matrons to supervise the children and young adults in accordance with current regulations. Holybourne Theatre believes its group of volunteers are some of the best around.
Many of our youth members progress into acting and directing in the adult section and continue their drama studies through college and university.
In 1977, Holybourne Dramatic Club was renamed ‘Holybourne Theatre’, mainly to emphasise that we were lucky to be one of the few amateur theatre groups in southern England to own our own land and theatre. The 1980s saw competitive success for Holybourne Theatre with wins in the Alton Arts Festival in 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1987. Furthermore, the Best Actress award was won by Dawn Groves at the 1982 Farnborough Arts Festival.
Some members are not interested in performing in front of an audience, but these are key people who enjoy the atmosphere and are glad to be part of the off-stage team. Everyone helps in whatever way they can, whether it is directing/ producing plays, building and painting sets, making costumes, helping out back stage, matroning or selling programmes! These members are the backbone of the group and without them the productions just wouldn’t happen!
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