The Youth Theatre outdid themselves again when they brought ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ to stage. Within minutes the audience were delighted by well beloved characters, hilarious lines, and one teenage boy stuffing cucumber sandwiches and muffins into his mouth, whilst attempting to pronounce words like ‘inquisitorial’. The group rose to this challenge of embracing an era so different from the world they know. They embraced our etiquette lessons, spending rehearsals gliding about with books on their heads. For some it was their first performance with us, others have been around for years, yet each one has grown in confidence and skill. Our costume team did an incredible job, transporting us back to the late 19th century, adorning the characters in skirts, hats, neck ties and shawls. The Lord blessed us with some wonderful pieces of props and set, including the famous handbag. This was my last performance as director, and I couldn’t have asked for more. God is so good! Thank you to all who came and supported us, we hope you will come back in the summer for another show.
The B-it Theatre Company proudly presents B-Crew! The new addition to our wonderful array of drama groups. For years B-it has only been accessible for 8 years old and up, but now there is an opportunity to get the younger ones involved and part of the B-it family!
B-Crew is especially for 6 and 7 year olds (year 2) which is something we've never done before. The aim is to build community with other children, build confidence, explore drama and learn some basic theatre skills. This group will not be putting on performances, however there will be the chance for kids to join The Drama Bits when they go into year 3, where they will be able to develop their skills and take part in shows.
B-Crew will be launching on the 10th of November 2016. It will run every Thursday between 4 and 4:45pm at All Saints Church, Hoole. The cost of the club is £50 per term, however we never want money to stand in the way of people joining in, so if the fee is cause for concern, just let us know and pay what you can.
We are looking for people to sign up to start on the 10th of November, so if you are interested, please get in touch. Have a look at our contacts page for details. Or pass it on to someone you know who may be interested.
Again, we are SUPER excited about this new venture and can't wait to get started!
Director/ Schools Worker
Although it has now been official for a little while, I thought it important just to make it officially public, that as of September I will no longer be the director of the Youth Theatre. My job at All Saints Church has changed a lot of the years and it has changed again, meaning new and exciting challenges for me but a great sadness in saying goodbye to the Youth Theatre. What is exciting however is that our very own, and very talented, Peri Nightingale will be taking up the mantle of Youth Theatre Director, and I am sure she will do a very good job indeed.
If I could just take a moment to say thank you to anyone who has been part of any cast or crew of mine over the years. I have never once wished I was somewhere else, I have truly loved directing the Youth Theatre. To all I have taught, thank you for being a great pleasure to work with and I again wish you all the best with whatever you are doing now or will be doing in the future.
I will continue to oversee the running of the Theatre Company as Artistic Director but this will be it for my teaching days of anyone under 18. It's been so great and you are all awesome.
The B-it Theatre Company encouraged both its audiences and actors to head to the ballot box with their performance of Jessica Swale’s Blue Stockings. The captivating production, based on true events in Cambridge during the Victorian era, showed the battle female students fought for their right to an education and to vote.
One of the B-it Theatre Company’s actors said she had never really considered the hardship women went through to ensure her right to vote. She felt the need to honour their courage by heading to the ballot box on the 7th May. She encouraged others to do the same.
The B-it Theatre Company is based in Chester city centre, Hoole and Saltney. They provide many opportunities throughout the year for children, youth and adults to hone their acting skills and grow in confidence.
So a new term is upon us, why not come join in the fun.
Last year we put on four shows, and shared so many laughs along the way. The Adult group received a new lease of life courtesy of the return of the wonderful Jon Phillips (our founder), who then joined the team as Assistant Director of the Company and Director of the Adult Theatre Group.
All our groups achieved so much last year and we would love for you to be a part of that this year, so go on, e-mail us today, we'd love to hear from you and welcome you to the B-it family.
I don't think we can quite believe it's all over, 6 months of work and then 4 shows, we're done! The experience has been one so typical of B-it shows, as a cast we have grown to become a community, better still a family. It is one of the most beautiful things about putting on a show, you meet new people and because of the shared experience you have they quickly grow to become like old friends.
We were also very humbled by everyone who came to show their support, to sell out on two nights and come within single figures of doing the same the others is quite remarkable. We thank you, really genuinely, it meant a great deal to have people to share the end of our journey with.
We would also like to thank St Marks, what a warm and accommodating church. The team that showed up to do front of house were brilliant, we are so grateful.
The last thing that made the show so special was seeing our faithful God, being faithful. He provided for our every need and exceeded our expectations - thank you Jesus.
We have already been discussing new material for 2015 so watch this space ( ) Hah!
Summer Term with the Youth Theatre
This term is all about fierce competition, rivalry, fighting and war….. for charity (so all in a nice way). Unlike last year, this year the teams will be mixed and are going to create a piece of work based on the devising titles 'Don't try this at home kids' and 'Here's one i made earlier.'
The Youth Theatre's aim is simple, whoever can raise the most money for their charity through ticket sales and any other more sneaky means, wins!
What will they win? Why that warm satisfaction of knowing they beat the other group and helped to change people’s lives in the process.
At B-it we believe that God loves changing lives, with that in mind we want to partner with him in that and help in some way to do the same. This term gives us an opportunity to have a lots of fun, grow as people and raise money for some great causes in the process.
Please come and show your support - dates and times of both these shows will appear on the website soon.
B-it is about to launch a circus skills group in Saltney, starting on Wed 30th April!
Interested? Contact Jon Phillips for details at email@example.com
Ladies and Gentlemen it is my absolute pleasure to announce the return of Jon Phillips to ranks. Jon is the founder and previous director of the theatre company and it is so good to have him back.
Jon is currently directing the Adult Theatre Group show 'Cards on the Table' by Agatha Christie and has taken on the role of looking after the Adult Group for future shows re-joining us as an assistant director.
Jon we love you an it's great to have you back!