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OPENING UP THEATRE TO YOUNGSTERS – BRENTWOOD SETS THE STANDARD

February 13, 2015

Scene from Danny the Champion of the World, Roald Dahl’s 2014 Christmas Special. Picture Carmel Jane

I like what I see happening at the Brentwood Theatre of late, not only on the stage but the self support fund raising for younger audiences.

Unique goodies from the Olive Brance for sale with the money going to offering cheaper seats to Brentwood school children

Unique goodies for sale with the money going to offering cheaper seats to Brentwood school children

With a commitment to getting as many young people through the doors as possible, Mark Reed and David Zelley are grabbing every opportunity to add the cherry on the cake by making money to offer youngsters reduced tickets to future shows.

The 2014 Christmas Play, they don’t do pantomime, saw special offers to Brentwood schools with a couple of the shows specifically for well behaved children.

One that caught my eye was Roald Dahl’s ‘Danny the Champion of the World’ for the youngsters of my first school in Pilgrims Hatch, then named Pilgrims Hatch Infants and now Larchwood Garden Infant school.

The buildings I went to are now rubble and the Infants are placed in the later built, Pilgrims Hatch Junior one playing field width away.

By greatly reducing the ticket price for the children, it was a case of school’s out for a day and the chance to witness the magic of theatre.

By all accounts, this generation of class mates thoroughly enjoyed the event and did not let the old school down by being quite. We were never that.

The latest fund raising event to fill the money pot for school tickets is a Coffee and Cake day after a generous donation by a Brentwood High Street shop.

Many lines on offer for browsing with a cup of coffee and wedge of home made cake

Many lines on offer for browsing with a cup of coffee and wedge of home made cake

The unique trader, The Olive Branch, has given the Theatre three massive boxes of end of line items, all to be sold with the money going into another children’s project planned for later this year.

On Friday, March 6, the Shenfield Road venue will be transformed into an Aladdin’s Cave of items for sale in a shopping experience enriched by Coffee and Cake between 10 am to 6pm. For further details go on to the Brentwood Theatre web

 

 

 

 

 

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