Kids theatre group keeps it young after 18 years

Anne Young’s decision to have a children’s theatre was prompted by her daughter Allison who encouraged her to do something she knew her Mom was always interested in.

Anne Young’s decision to have a children’s theatre was prompted by her daughter Allison who encouraged her to do something she knew her Mom was always interested in.

Young loves kids and live theatre and as Allison said “ you have the perfect last name to call the new venture.”

So Young Theatre began. Ads went out and 14 young people ranging in age from 8 to 15 were interested in being involved. A play needed to be found. The great old classic and perfect for Christmas, A Christmas Carol was chosen.

Rehearsals were at Sandowne Elementary School, the performance was at the Tidemark Theatre and the old-fashioned costumes were from Imagination Unlimited. Stage manager was Lynne Macara, Assistant Stage Managers were Allison Enns-Camp and Sharon Huuha, green room helper was Denise Comeau, poster created by Lorna Pennock and Don Young moved stuff as usual.

The original cast was: Candace Baysinger, Jake Butler, Elise Comeau, Alison Davies, Tabitha Debolt, Erick Dube, Larissa Galbraith, Karena Headrick, Laura Jackaman, Ashley Kay, Sheryl Kruse, Brian Kruse, Hadley Logan and Shawna Sloan.

Looking at a photo of that first group, Young realized that two of the cast, Hadley and his wife and Karena and her husband just became new parents this year and Elise had her second child. It’s wonderful what can happen in 18 years. Anne Young reflects on this magical time with such a warm feeling. 18 years ago this wonderful group of young people came together and worked very hard to make their director, all those that worked on the show and their parents very proud.

Some things haven’t changed for Young and that is that she still looks forward to meeting the new children arriving at Young Theatre and those who have been with her before all to share the magic of live theatre. Some feedback from parents over the years – the experience helps with reading skills, self esteem and confidences. Young people enjoy team work and new friendships are made.

If you are interested in getting info about Young Theatre’ registration and fees call Anne Young at 250-923-2187 or email youngda@shaw.ca.