First of all we’d love to wish everyone a happy, prosperous and exciting new year and thank everyone again for all your support in 2014.
Our year of entertainment starts early this year, as this month we will be celebrating our 18th birthday with a big party and invites have gone out to members and friends of HYT who have played a part in our history to join us. Obviously it’s hard for us to make direct contact with everyone with members moving all over the country – and abroad! – so we hope people are able to spread the word to their old friends. Get in touch with us and let us know if you’re able to make it. Best way to do so is to contact us via our Facebook page, replying to this post or contacting us via one of the methods listed elsewhere on the website. We’re sure this will be a wonderful way to start the year and prepare for the next 18!
Our first production this year is going to be “The Witches of Warboys”, we’ll be returning to Huntingdon Town Hall and court room to recreate the events leading to the trial and this court case that shook 16th century England. Last year our recreation of the Trial of Joshua Slade was a success and we hope to repeat that this year with another slice of local history bought to life for our modern audiences. The production will be in March so watch this space for ticket details.
Our winter production will be Dracula, our final production will be bringing a version of Bram Stokers classic to life with humour and horror in equal measure. Follow Van Helsing, Mina, and Harker as they pursue the Transylvanian Terror across Europe and to the final showdown in the Carpathians for this Gothic classic.
Of course, that won’t be all. We’ll continue to put on various one act productions and workshop pieces so watch this space – and follow us on Facebook – to keep up to date with all our events on this big year!
As we have our final curtain call of Sleeping Beauty we finish a very good 2014 for HYT. In March we were fortunate to be offered the chance to recreate a Georgian court case, The Trial of Joshua Slade, in the actual room where the case was heard nearly 200 years ago. To add to that we were joined by a relation of Joshuas’ brother, one of the other potential suspects in the crime!
In the summer we ran through an adaptation of Tolkiens’ classic “The Lord of the Rings” and completed the show in a run time of around 45 minutes, Tolkien had taken over 1000 pages, we did it in just 15!
Then we’ve finished the year with the traditional pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, giving Nicole Matthews her first chance at directing a major production, a chance she took with relish and was performed by a great group of young actors, many of whom were making their first appearance with us!
2015 is already shaping up to be a great year, in March we return to the town hall for another court case, this year we’re going to be looking into the infamous Witches of Warboys. Another well known piece of local history and folklore coming to life.
We’ll be finishing the year with a production of Dracula, a mix of horror and comedy as the winter nights grow short we look forward to bringing the story of Bram Stokers classic to audiences. Watch this space though as there’s sure to be more news as the year goes on!
Off the stage in 2015 we’re going to be celebrating a landmark as Huntingdon Youth Theatre come of age and turn 18. On the 31st of January we’re having a big party and hoping to try and see many members over the years come back to join us for one night only. It’s sure to be a great night and we can’t wait!
We’re back on January the 6th so if there are any potential new members – get in touch with us over the christmas period, we look forward to meeting you and moving forward over the next few years!
This January we will be celebrating the dawn of our 18th year and hope to do so by inviting members past and present to join us for a reunion to celebrate the group coming of age! With members now living all over the UK – and abroad! – we hope as many of them are able to join us on the 31st January as possible.
If you’re able to join us or want more details visit our Facebook page or contact the site admin. We hope you can join us on this special day!
Well we’re just weeks away from this years winter production which is the pantomime Sleeping Beauty! Directed by Nicole Matthews and Kieron Wallis we’re looking forward to putting on a magical show which will be fun for all the family.
This year we are also delighted to welcome Roy Bellas as our Musical Director and his three piece band to bring the music of the show to life.
Tickets will be available direct through HYT in the near future and should be direct from the Commemoration Hall shortly. We hope lots of people come along and support our young cast (and rookie directors!) on our last production before next January’s 18 year celebration!
As we’re coming to the end of the year and heading in to a Summer break before coming back for “Sleeping Beauty” as our big winter production we’re going to be putting on our end of term free showcase. This year it will be our very own version of Lord of the Rings, a somewhat shorter the Tolkien classic as the script comes in at just 10 pages!
Come along on the 22nd of July at 7:30 to the Commemoration Hall in Huntingdon for this free piece of theatre!
We are putting together the finishing touches from the Trial of Joshua Slade and this will be broadcast next Monday, the 26th May on Huntingdon Community Radio at 7 o’clock. This is a great opportunity for those who were unable to fit into the crowded court room on the day to hear what happened in our town nearly 200 years ago!
It can be heard locally by tuning in to 104fm or online over at the HCR website.
Here is the trailer the radio station prepared advertising it!
Tonight saw the last performance of the run from our production of The Trial of Joshua Slade. A big thank you to everyone who came along to support us during this very busy and sold out few days! Our cast and crew really enjoyed working on this production and discussions with the audience members showed us how divisive, even today, the evidence put forward and the case was.
Over on our productions tab we’ve updated our page for this show which contains some historical information from the case, including two contemporary accounts of his confession and the details of the murder. To see this information, as well as details of the production under the productions tab. We’ll be updating this and other productions with time at this link.
So we’re entering production week and very busy with work on The Trial of Joshua Slade. The production is a sell-out and we thank everyone for supporting us on this project. It has been an interesting and exciting one for us to be a part of under the guidance of director Beryl-Anne Whitehead. We hope that those of you who are able to make it this week are able to enjoy the experience in this unique setting. For those of you who missed out we’re hoping to bring the production to you as a radio play. Watch this space!
Alongside this we’re slowly updating the rest of the site and have started the task of adding more information about our past productions. We hope to feature photos and memories of every production in our past so invite our members, past and present and those who remember seeing the productions to contact us here and over on our Facebook page to offer their own memories of productions!
Last night we had our first rehearsal in the court rooms for “The Trial of Joshua Slade”, special thanks to Kate who was the court artist for the evening and taking a few snaps of the events as they unfolded!
Tickets are available NOW, so if you want to see this production with a strictly low capacity due to room available in the court rooms contact Marilyn at 01480 411883.
We are currently working on a very special collaboration with the Mayor of Huntingdon’s charities to perform this piece. “The Trial of Joshua Slade” is a recreation of an actual court case with a script from local historian Richard Meredith and uses the actual records taken by the clerk on the day to put forward the evidence available and let the modern day audience make up their own minds.
In 1827, this case captured the imagination of the public, leading to large crowds congregating around Huntingdon court and crowding the streets, bringing the town to a halt. The murder of Reverend Josiah Waterhouse on the 3rd of July gained national attention and media coverage and the trial was monitored closely by central government and presided over by Mr Baron Garrow (the man who was the focus of the BBC series “Garrow’s Law” and first coined the phrase “innocent until proven guilty”) and The Lord Chief Baron Alexander.
In May of 2014 we are going to be performing this in the very court room the case was heard in nearly 200 years ago. For tickets contact Marilyn from the Huntingdon Town Council on 01480 411883, they’re £5 each (including complimentary drink) and in limited number, we are excited about this production and hope you will be too!