Variety show donates proceeds to Carewise

Westward Ho! Youth Theatre performed its annual variety show at the weekend and raised over £500 in the process for Carewise, the young carers’ project for North Devon and Torridge. Audience members were treated to a selection of songs, dances and sketches from musicals and films, as well as some individual pieces.

Ann Arnaouti-Baan, Young Carers Engagement Support Worker, from Carewise said, “What a fabulous show we were treated to and made even more special for us by the donation to our charity. Carewise offers practical, emotional and respite support to young carers aged five to 18 years of age, who take on a caring role for someone in their family with long term health difficulties.

“We can provide assessments; support; advice and understanding; after school drop-in sessions; trips and activities; and one-to-one / family support to help young carers better manage their caring responsibilities. The donation from the kind people at Westward Ho! Youth Theatre will go a long way to helping us do that.”

Producer, Lynne Malone, said, “It was a great show and our cast stunned the audience with their performance. We had singers, comedy sketches, dancers and uplifting, roof raising, group numbers. Our members pull it out of the bag every show and the fact that they all chose to donate the show proceeds to Carewise makes us so proud of them.”


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It’s all about Tradition!

One hundred years ago, Russia underwent a period of turmoil; three main revolutions changed the social and political nature of the country forever.  Ukraine at the time was split between Tsarist Russia and Habsburg Austria and post the revolution underwent a chaotic period of civil war.  In honour of this anniversary (and the fact that it’s a great show!) we decided that we had to perform Fiddler on the Roof.

The story is set in a small village, in Ukraine (Anatevka) in 1905.  At this time, the Western region of Imperial Russia was called The Pale of Settlement. This area encompassed parts of the Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Moldova.  In this area, permanent residency was allowed for Jews (beyond this area it was prohibited).

Tevye is a poor milkman with five daughters.  He is caught between trying to maintain his Jewish and cultural traditions, whilst coping with external influences.  His eldest three daughters want to marry for love and not be subject to the choices of Yente, the village matchmaker.  Eventually, their lives take a turn for the worse when the Tsar issues an edict that evicts the Jews from their village.

A lively and thought-provoking show with some well-renowned upbeat songs, If I were a rich man, Matchmaker and Tradition and some more melancholy ones such as Sunrise, Sunset and Do you love me. 

You will fall absolutely fall in love with this show.. L’chaim!

A whistle stop world tour.....

UK: Anything can happen from Mary Poppins; Macavity from CATS; Food glorious food from Oliver; Electricity from Billy Elliot; When I grow up from Matilda; FRANCE: Look down from Les Misérables; AUSTRIA: Do re mi from The Sound of Music; GERMANY: Don’t tell mama from Cabaret; NORWAY: Fixer upper from Frozen; RUSSIA: Matchmaker from Fiddler on the Roof; Tradition from Fiddler on the Roof; THAILAND: Getting to know you from The King and I; TANZANIA (AFRICA): Hakuna matata from The Lion King; USA: We both reached for the gun from Chicago; Hand Jive from Grease; All in this together from High School Musical; Officer Krupkee from West Side Story; You’re never fully dressed from Annie; Bad guys from Bugsy Malone; FANTASY LAND: Your fault from Into the Woods; I’m a believer from Shrek  

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Our next show will be a Variety Show at the end of October - watch this space for details

The Aristocats

A selection of pictures from the show:


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