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Ryedale Youth Theatre in association with Kirkham Henry Performing Arts are delighted to have the opportunity to present ‘Disney Beauty and The Beast’ and are well into rehearsals for their Easter production which will be performed at The Milton Rooms, Malton from Wednesday 19th April – Saturday 22nd April 2017.


In 1998 Ryedale Youth Theatre arranged a coach trip for their members and families to go London to watch one of their ex members Pippa Raine, daughter of Ryedale Youth Theatre’s artistic director Angela Kirkham, who after completing her professional training at Laine Theatre Arts was performing in her first West End show as one of the Silly Girls and cover for Babette in The West End production of ‘Beauty and The Beast’ at The Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road. Now exactly 20 years later Pippa finds herself back at The Dominion Theatre after being asked if she’d take part in the award winning musical ‘An American in Paris’ which opened this month. Pippa was pleasantly surprised to have recently found a cast photo of the 1998 production of Beauty and the Beast hanging back stage at The Dominion. In the 20 years in between Pippa has worked intensively both as a performer and teacher and has appeared in 10 West End Shows plus many regional shows. Pippa trained from an early age at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts and took the part of Tallulah in Ryedale Youth Theatre’s first production of ‘Bugsy Malone’ in 1991.

The new Film of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ retelling the timeless tale for a new generation will be released on Friday 17th and we are so proud that, coincidentally, one of Ryedale Youth Theatre’s ex members Scott Garnham from Malton will be singing at the Premiere at The London Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square this weekend. Scott was leading man for many productions with Ryedale Youth Theatre and has since played many wonderful roles in West End shows including ‘Les Miserables’ and he is currently playing the part of Billy’s older brother Tony in the UK touring production of ‘Billy Elliot’.  All the 70 cast members of Ryedale Youth Theatre’s forthcoming production are really looking forward to attending a private screening of Beauty and The Beast at The Palace Theatre, Malton on Sunday 19th March

Meanwhile, Ryedale Youth Theatre are extremely fortunate that Madeleine Hudson, who has worked on ‘ Beauty and the Beast ‘ for the Disney Corporation and was responsible for the children’s rehearsals and played in the orchestra 20 years ago for ‘Beauty and The Beast ‘ at The Dominion has stepped in as Choral Musical Director for the company.  ”I played the Piano part on Beauty and the Beast in the West End and on the UK tour, I sometimes played the Keys second part in London, and also looked after the children’s’ rehearsals (for Chip calls) in London as well as being rehearsal pianist for dance and cast rehearsals there and part of a rhythm section trio for technical and dress rehearsals”

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You might also like to take a look at our photo gallery of our 2016 production ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ along with all our past productions here.