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12 January 2007
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Young people given a chance of fame.
Young people in Peterborough are being urged to have their five minutes of 'Fame' in an exciting new project in the city.
West End in the City, is being run by Peterborough City Council's youth service which is working with young people from all over the city on a production of the hit musical 'Fame' at The Cresset, Rightwell, Bretton, Peterborough on Friday 6 July 2007.
Members of the youth service-run Interface Youth Theatre, Peterborough Youth Music and the Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP) Funky Fairies group will be involved in the project.
Other young people will be given the opportunity to join as actors, singers, dancers, musicians, set designers, costume makers and other backstage staff at a series of workshops being held in February and March.
Councillor Matthew Dalton, spokesman for young people, said: "This project is unique because we are not just looking for experienced performers. There will be an opportunity for young people from all over the city with little or no experience of dance, drama and performing to take part.
"Young people who yearn for their five minutes of fame could join the singing group which will form the chorus. The performance group will form the orchestra and the drama group will make up the cast. A backstage group will also be recruited to make the sets and costumes for those not wishing to perform. This is a really exciting opportunity for Peterborough youngsters and I hope to see lots of them involved."
In addition to the performance at The Cresset, there will also be a mini performance at Peterborough Festival and a version of the finished production will tour youth clubs across Peterborough between September and December.
Caroline Dolby, curriculum specialist youth worker for Peterborough City Council's youth service, said: "We are working closely with specialist dance and drama teachers to produce Fame and hope to attract young people who have never had the courage to get involved before to come along and take part.
"Young people who don't want to perform on stage will have a chance to be part of a backstage group building sets and designing costumes and we hope local businesses will also work with us by offering sponsorship for the project."
To find out more contact Caroline Dolby on 01733 746048.