Teenagers from Tadcaster and surrounding villages are celebrating this week after selling out venues across the county whilst touring with a professional musical theatre company.
The young people, some of whom had never been involved with performing arts before, spent four days working with award-winning company Barbershopera.
Travelling from all over the Selby district, Manor Farm Youth Centre in Tadcaster hosted the young people during the summer holidays after gaining a free place on Create Tour, a new project from Thirsk based charity Rural Arts.
Their performance, which included acapella versions of the Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling, and the Chariots of Fire title song, then opened for Barbershopera’s The Three Musketeers on a four date tour.
The tour kicked off Rural Arts on Tour’s autumn season which brings high quality, professional theatre to rural venues in North Yorkshire and East Cleveland.
The 32 date tour also features BBC3 star Rosin Conaty, critically acclaimed jazz musician Michael Janisch, and magicians Morgan and West who audiences may recognise from ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show.
An audience member in Stillington commented “I can not believe I can see a performance of this caliber in a village hall, and Create Tour made it extra special”.
Barbershopera are a comedy barbershop quartet who have been charming audiences and critics alike since 2007.
The tour took in Stillington, Wass, Airton and Danby, with the group of young people travelling to the venues together, thanks to support from North Yorkshire Youth Support Service.
Chloe Hampson, who manages Rural Arts ON Tour and accompanied the young people said that “without the support of staff from the youth service, this project would not have been the success it was, their personal commitment to the young people they work with was truly inspiring”.
To watch a documentary about the project, which was filmed by young people with the help of professional film maker Chris Spence, go to www.ruralarts.org, where you can also find out more about Create Tour and the upcoming shows touring with Rural Arts on tour.