Sun 7th – Sat 13th Aug 2011


“Norfolk’s county drama company for teenagers”





Norfolk Youth Music Theatre


Five of the 19 surviving Little Sisters of Hoboken, a one-time missionary order that ran a leper colony on an island south of France, discover that their cook accidentally killed the other fifty-two residents of the convent with her tainted vichyssoise. Discovering the disaster, Mother Superior had a vision in which she was told to start a greeting card company to raise funds for the burials. The greeting cards were an enormous success and, thinking there was plenty of money, the Reverend Mother bought a WII Fit for the convent, leaving her with no money in the kitty to pay for the last four burials. With the deceased nuns on ice in the deep freeze, they decide to stage a variety show in the Mount Saint Helen's School auditorium to raise the necessary amount. Participating in the project are Mother Superior Mary Regina, a former circus performer who can't resist the spotlight; her competitive but dignified rival, second-in-command Sister Mary Hubert; Sister Robert Anne, a streetwise nun from Brooklyn; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is determined to be the world's first ballerina nun; and wacky, childlike Sister Mary Amnesia, who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. The entertainment that they present includes solo star turns, madcap dance routines, and a cookery lesson.

The AWARD WINNING Norfolk Youth Music Theatre is Norfolk’s county drama company for teenagers. Now in it’s 17th year and 45rd show. The company auditions across the county and recruits Norfolk’s most talented teenagers to stage three musicals a year in the county’s leading theatres.

AWARDS: The Secret Garden won The National Operatic & Dramatic Association awards of Best Musical - Eastern Region 2009, Best Overall Production - Eastern Region 2009. and Ellie Hitchcock-Wyatt won Best Young Performer - Eastern Region 2009. Other awards, (1999 & 2008) Pendragon, Best Musical & Best Overall Production.

NORFOLK YMT REVIEW: SECRET GARDEN Edinburgh 2010 - Never underestimate the maturity teenagers can bring to a stage. The quality of acting and singing on display here is outstanding, far beyond the expectations set by the cast's years, and puts many student and adult productions here on the Fringe to shame. Rating: 4 1/2 STARS, Reviewed FringeGuru Thursday, 12 August 2010

PREVIOUS FRINGE SHOWS: (2007) The Little Sweep (Britten) *** The Scotsman, The Enchanted Lovers (Howard Goodall) ***(**) Peter Latham, British Theatre Guide, & **** Alan Chorley, Broadway Baby, (2008) Little Shop of Horrors **** Claytong (2009) The Secret Garden **** Alan Chorley, Broadway Baby

Admission: £8(£6)


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