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Debut show for new youth theatre group

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

By Belinda Hargreaves

The cast of C.A.T.S Youth's Railway Children.

The cast of C.A.T.S Youth's Railway Children.

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A NEW youth theatre group will be presenting it's debut production this month.

C.A.T.S. Youth will be bringing to life the well-loved children's story of 'The Railway Children' on December 20 and 21. 'The Railway Children – The Musical,' written by Robert Willis and Philip Lawson with music by Philip Lawson, stays true to the much loved Edwardian children's novel by E Nesbit.

An idyllic tenth birthday is interrupted by a knock at the door and an Edwardian family's life is changed forever when Father is wrongly arrested.

Mother and her three children, Roberta (Bobbie), Phyllis and Peter are forced to move to a small cottage in the Yorkshire countryside. Discovering a railway near their new home is just the beginning of a heart-warming series of adventures experienced by the children over one long summer.

With heartfelt ballads and choral numbers, the C.A.T.S youth cast are gearing up to take the audience on a journey, showing how the three children develop from their youthful passion for adventure, to an adult sense of responsibility, trying to prove their Father's innocence.

C.A.T.S. Youth is an exciting new venture by C.A.T.S. (Cheadle Amateur Theatrical Society,) for members aged 11 to mid 20's.

The section was set up six months ago and the members have been involved in all aspects of putting on the production.

C.A.T.S. Youth is self-financing and members have already secured grants from the Arts Council and have been involved in fund-raising opportunities to enable them to put on this production and those in the future.

Under the guidance and Direction of Alan R Price, best known for his many award winning Pantomime productions in Cheadle, Alan has chosen 'The Railway Children – The Musical' as C.A.T.S. Youth debut show, as it offers a wide range of roles with lots of songs and dancing.

Alan directed the production a few years ago as a Summer school production and the musical was enjoyed by a wide audience at the Cheadle Community Theatre.

Carolyn Wood of C.A.T.S said: "There are approximately 20 members of the Youth section involved, some multi-tasking and given guidance by the adult C.A.T.S. members with their wealth of experience.

"A new form of scenery staging will be employed for the first time, which will include the famous train scene as Bobbie tries to warn the train driver about the landslip on the line.

"The show promises to be one to be enjoyed by young and the young at heart, especially those who have treasured memories of the book and the film.

"Although the catchy songs are performed to backing tracks, this will bring an added dimension to the production. The audience will be humming along to songs such as 'Railway Children' and 'You See the World on Railways' for days after.

"C.A.T.S. award winning Front of House team will be at their stations with a warm welcome for the arrival of the passengers, the audience. Come on board and embark on a journey back to Edwardian England and share the railway adventures of three children and their friends."

'The Railway Children – The Musical' arrives at The Cheadle Community Theatre, The Cheadle Academy, Station Road, Cheadle at 7.30pm on Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21. Tickets are £7 for adults and £5 for concessions and are available from Cheadle Dry Cleaners, Crafty Urchins, Nusyte Opticians and Something Special (all in the High Street Cheadle.) Or visit www.cheadle-cats.org.uk or call Secretary Jenny Price on 01538 751173.

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