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Youngsters help stage spectacular

PUBLISHED: 21:31 13 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

TEENAGED technicians and a nine-year-old choreographer helped aspiring Ipswich actors to stage a Cabaret spectacular to the sounds of the '60s and '70s.

TEENAGED technicians and a nine-year-old choreographer helped aspiring Ipswich actors to stage a Cabaret spectacular to the sounds of the '60s and '70s.

Around 25 young members of the "So Real Theatre Company" took to the boards at the Hatfield Road Church Hall for their third show since the drama group was formed two years ago.

Meryl Parnell, the company's drama leader, said: "These are kids who have not experienced anything like this and are from a fairly socially deprived area. The idea is to get them off the street and doing something that will give them confidence, self-respect and skills that will help them through life."

The group's members are aged between five and 18 and come from the Racecourse estate and Gainsborough areas of Ipswich.

Mrs Parnell said the concept of the group was that youngsters were involved in all elements of production, from lighting and choreography to acting and stage-managing. Adults merely played a support role, she said.

"We have two more shows in the pipeline including a Christmas show. We are also trying to produce a musical of the kids' stories and lives. It's them shouting back," she said.

For more information about the So Real Theatre Company, contact Meryl on 01473 273402 or Elke on 01473 436568, or email sorealtheatreco@ntlworld.com.

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