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50 years of Youth Theatre members to tread boards

Youth Theatre's Guys n Dolls
The Bundaberg Players cast and crew from Guys n Dolls, performed in 2011.

Bundaberg Players this year celebrate 50 years of Youth Theatre and would like as many of those members from the past 50 years with a special production.

Entitled “Hands of Time – 50 Years of Youth Theatre”, Bundaberg Players president Nigel Dick said he hoped as many former members as possible joined current members on 11 July at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.

“We already know of some former members travelling from across Australia to be with us, which is very exciting,” Nigel said.

“Former members are encouraged to indicate their interest in being involved by emailing secretary@bpi.org,au”.

The 50th anniversary Youth Theatre registration nights for current Youth Theatre members will be held on February 5 and 12 at the Playhouse Theatre starting at 6.30pm.

Youth Theatre productions
Just some of the Bundaberg Players' Youth Theatre productions from the past 50 years

“Plans for the presentation of ‘Hands of Time – 50 Years of Youth Theatre' will be unveiled then and we think people are going to be impressed with this unique production,” he said.

“It will also be the chance for all those aged 10 to 18 years who are interested in getting involved in youth theatre, and their parents, to come along and register, after reading full details on the website.”

The 50th anniversary production Hands of Time has been written by Bundaberg Players artistic director Rebecca Hutchins, intern Brayden Rewald and playwright and member Sue Sargeant.

“It’s an exciting concept, weaving in productions from over the past 50 years, often with those actual cast members involved,” said Rebecca.

“We’re looking forward to bringing it to the Moncrieff and to having as many members as possible from the past 50 years being on stage.”

Meanwhile, Rebecca and her team are busy in rehearsals for Mamma Mia, with tickets going on sale to the general public on 1 March.

“I’m very impressed with the cast and crew’s dedication and talent and it’s going to be a great show,” Rebecca said.

“We have upgraded our sound and lighting facilities and we think audiences are going to be dazzled by our production of Mamma Mia.”

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