Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors

ON Wednesday 10th May President Bill Pierce and Past President Paul Vaesen went to the Barn Theatre during rehearsals of Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors (SMTJ) to present a cheque to Paula Woolven to help with support for disabled children who are part of this energetic and enthusiastic group.
SMTJ was formed in 2011 (with some support from us) to provide a much-needed facility to enable youngsters to enhance their performing skills and to perform in front of an audience. At that time, there were 12 members of the group and that number has risen to nearly 100 in 2017. Now there is a waiting list of over thirty young people also wishing to take part in their performance-based, confidence boosting weekly classes, shows and community activities.
SMTJ (web site: remain the only community charity youth theatre group in the Seahaven area and the dedication of their volunteers and benefit to the youth in the community has been recognised by several award ceremonies.
In 2016, SPARK network funded two support workers for two hours a week to give disabled young people the opportunity to take part with SMTJ.
The key workers assist young people with additional needs to live a 'life more ordinary', by helping them overcome any hurdles, physical or neurological, so they can take part alongside their classmates.
Unfortunately, SPARK closed recently, and with it, any chance of further repeat of the 'Life More Ordinary' grant scheme as part funding of the support workers.
So, we were prompted to give SMTJ a further donation to this vibrant and important group to help them continue to give disabled young people the opportunity to perform.

posted: Wednesday, 10 May 2017

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