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Ripon Youth Theatre (”RYT”) was founded in 2010 after the Society’s highly successful production of Oliver! Having  recruited a large group of very talented youngsters between the ages of 6 and 16, the Society were very keen not to  loose them and set up the Youth Theatre. RYT bid farewell to its first “graduate” in 2013 who is now studying at world  renowned Performing Arts school, LIPA.  RYT now has a membership of over 50 kids between the ages of 8 and 18. The group meets on a Saturday where the  volunteers teach the kids lessons in singing, dancing, acting and self confidence.    
Ripon Youth Theatre is a registered charity and relies on the donations of outside organisations and the revenue from tickets. Should you want any information regarding joining, donating or helping out, please email louise.chase@btinternet.com
Review of Hairspray (2-4 July 2014)
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Musical Theatre whether professional, amateur or in the case of Ripon Youth Theatre (RYT) a youth production is all about going on a  journey where the audience connect with the characters and the emotions are heightened by music. If this is the aim then Ripon Youth Theatre’s (RYT) production of hairspray, in short, nailed it! The energy and quality of this show was evident from the opening number when the lead character Tracey Turnblad played by Sophie Dudman set the standard for the rest of the evening. The cast had so many great performances and regretfully too numerous to single out all in this review. But alongside Sophie’s superb lead performance, other stand out moments included the chemistry between Edna and Wilbur Turnblad (played by Will Penny and Aiden Clancy). The comedy timing between them was great and a particular highlight was their memorable duet ‘You’re Timeless to Me’. The arrogance and general vile nature of Velma Von Tussle was skillfully portrayed by Lucy Atkinson and the family dynamic of Seaweed (Adam Makepeace), Little Inez (played by Sophie Huber) and Motormouth Maybelle (played by Charlotte Atkinson) was a joy. It was in Act 2 that Charlotte Atkinson gave us a real treat with a breathtaking performance of ‘I Know Where I’ve been’ demonstrating a vocal quality beyond her years. The unforeseen hard work of the production team and live band that complemented (rather than competed with) the performers, all in all made for the individuals all coming together with a certain magic that is Ripon Youth Theatre.
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