Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are to benefit from a youth charity’s first in-house Christmas production.
The Mitchell Arts Centre is hosting Rock Nativity, a modern adaptation of the traditional Christmas story written by Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch, from December 16th to 22nd.
Featuring a cast made up largely of local amateurs, the show will be directed by Geoff Legan. The crew also includes West End star Tommy Goodridge, star of major productions including War Horse, Book of Mormon and Sister Act.
Geoff Legan said: “Having been involved in many youth productions of ‘Rock Nativity’ over the last 30 years, both as actor and director, it is great to re-visit the work with a talented team of local adults.
“They are a pleasure to work with both on and off stage, and it will be great to create a new version of this great family show.”
All profits generated by Rock Nativity’s week-long run will be used by the centre to fund future productions and provide more opportunities for young people in the area to engage with the arts and learn more skills.
Mitchell Arts Centre Operations Manager Salla Virman said: “One of our main objectives is to increase participation in the arts, because it provides new skills and education, and raises self-esteem.
“We are looking to host more of our own productions to help generate more revenue and provide more opportunities – particularly for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“This is our first major Christmas production so it’s a very exciting time for everyone involved.”
Tickets for Rock Nativity are available from the Mitchell Arts Centre’s box office, and are priced at £12 for adults and £10 for children, with special rates for school bookings.
Anyone who quotes DMH40 at the point of sale; will also make a donation from their ticket sale to Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
Further information is available at http://www.mitchellartscentre.co.uk/
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