A Christmas Carol - Nelson Youth Theatre Company Theatre Royal

by Judith Ritchie
Carol singers ‚Äčand Christmas decorations will provide a warm welcome to guests at a youth musical launching next week, reports Judith Ritchie.

Two classic winter tales showcasing the talents of children aged seven to 17 are bound to leave theatre patrons with a happy after-glow. Nelson Youth Theatre Company (NYTC) are producing A Christmas Carol and The Secret Garden, tales that tell of transformation, kindness and love.

They also provide the ideal opportunity for children to appear on stage, while honing their skills in the theatre world, a philosophy shared by NYTC director, Richard Carruthers.

"Creating theatre is a fantastic opportunity for kids, it's not only a creative outlet, but builds confidence, technical and teamwork skills," says Carruthers."It's also about belonging to a little community."

A Christmas Carol is based on Charles Dickens' famous tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation from embittered skinflint to generous benefactor. The musical incorporates all the familiar characters from the original story, including Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghost of Scrooge's old partner Marley. There's also the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, who open the old man's heart to the joys of giving at Christmas time.

The Secret Garden tells of 10 year old Mary who is orphaned in India. She returns to England to live with her melancholy uncle and her cousin at their neglected estate. Haunted by ghosts of her past and the secrets of her uncle, she innocently unlocks the gate to a forgotten garden on the estate grounds, which leads to healing for all.
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