Announcement provides Twist in the tale of the cut-throat world of musical youth theatre

Following a turbulent year of lockdowns, reopenings, reschedulings and cancellations, Kirklees Youth Theatre Ensemble (KYTE) have excitedly announced their 2021 show!

Originally the group, involving young people from the Kirklees area aged between 12 and 21, had planned to perform Sweeney Todd in Autumn of 2020 at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.  Unfortunately, mere days after the castings had been announced, the country was plunged into lockdown.

(pictured L-R) John Cotgrave, Sonya Morris, Mark Breen and Tania Smith

Having launched in December 2018, Sweeney Todd would have been the company’s second production, following a successful run of Phantom of the Opera in 2019.  It was hoped that they would be able to pick up where they left off with Sweeney Todd, however the announcement of plans to refurbish the main auditorium of the Lawrence Batley Theatre put a spanner in the works.

Of course, the show must go on, so KYTE will be performing their 2021 show in the beautiful setting of the Courtyard at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.  Due to the impracticality of performing Sweeney Todd in this space, the production team have done much plotting and planning in the last month before announcing Oliver! as their chosen musical.

KYTE’s production team is made up of director John Cotgrave (Honley High’s Head of Drama), production manager Tania Smith, choreographer Sonya Morris, and musical director Mark Breen.  Between them, they hold a wealth of talent and experience in music and theatre.

Following the announcement, John told Huddersfield Times “After an unsettling period of time, we are thrilled to contribute to bringing theatre back to Huddersfield. Our amazing young company missed out on a production last year, so with Oliver! we hope to lift spirits and finally enjoy something very positive.”

We are sure the Ensemble are eager to get stuck in with rehearsals; we wish them all the best of luck, and we’re looking forward to the show!

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