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‘We want to promote the love of theatre’ – hope Go Kids Go! cash will benefit two children’s drama groups

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 July 2017

Younsters in costume and make up for their production of 'Cats'.

Younsters in costume and make up for their production of 'Cats'.

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Two Weston-super-Mare drama groups are hoping Go Kids Go! will help their shows to go on after applying for a grant through the project.

Go Kids Go! is back for 2016. Go Kids Go! is back for 2016.

The junior section of Weston Operatic Society, The Oppitts, and Act One Drama Group are both hoping Go Kids Go! will give them a slice of its £9,000 funding pot this year.

The Oppitts has set its sights on Bugsy Malone as its next show, which it will perform at The Blakehay.

But, the show will cost £10,000 to put on and the group has asked for a £1,500 grant from the scheme to pay for sound and lighting equipment, sets and costumes.

In its application committee member Christine Robinson said: “The Oppits perform two productions a year.

“They have the opportunity to work on costume-making, staging, make-up, hair, and props.

“The Oppits form lifelong friendships and build their confidence and self esteem up in the group.”

The group has also raised hundreds of pounds for multiple charities by hosting collections after performances.

Act One Drama Group is also hoping to benefit from the scheme and has asked for a £250-300 grant to buy a projector to be used during its shows.

The group has 27 young members, aged eight and older, who meet once a week at The Theatre In The Hut.

Group leader Sharone Miller said: “Our aim is to encourage and promote the love of all aspects of drama and the theatre.

“We would dearly love to purchase a projector which would be really useful in our shows and add a really exciting dimension to our productions.

“Our store of costumes is also getting very old and has been repurposed many times. We would love to be able to get some decent new costumes to benefit many future productions.”

Go Kids Go! is in its sixth year and has so far handed out grants totalling £60,000 to youth groups in the area. People can apply for grants ranging from £200 to £2,000. The deadline for applications is 9am on July 19.

Download a Go Kids Go! application form here.

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