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Welcome to the Stage One Youth Theatre Website!

This website is all about a Portsmouth based youth theatre group who perform once or twice in a year in a local theatre. The group have performed many famous musicals, a list of which can be seen in the 'Past Shows' area of the website.

Please feel free to roam the website and find out more about this theatre group!

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NEXT SHOWS

Shining Lights
The Gaiety, South Parade Pier, Southsea

The members of Stage One Youth Theatre will entertain you for one night only with dance, song and entertainment. Tickets are £10 and available at rehearsals.

Anything Goes will take place on 27-29th October 2022
at The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.
Shows will take place nightly at 7:30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2:30.

Tickets are not yet available but will be only available
through the New Theatre Royal Box Office 023 9264 9000

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REVIEW

Grease – Stage One Youth Theatre
Date – 25th February 2022
Director – Jacqui Ivemy
Musical Director – Adam Blosse
Choreographer – Helen Wallis
Venue – New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Type of production – Musical


Wow, what a show to bow out on! Stage One Youth Theatre’s production of “Grease”, Jacqui Ivemy’s last for the group after nearly 40 years, was an explosion of energy, colour, excitement, and sheer exuberance. If you don’t believe me, ask the packed audience who showed its appreciation in no uncertain terms throughout the show.

Grease is a great show for a youth group because, apart from the story and great songs, the principal roles are shared out evenly amongst the cast and everyone gets a chance to shine – and the glow from this show must have been visible from outer space!
Mia Dudley as Sandy really looked the part and gave a nicely controlled performance but only really emerged, like a butterfly into the sunlight, in her final number. As a character, Rizzo has much more depth and Lottie Hall gave a stunning performance with real pathos and demonstrated the quality of her singing voice.
The other “Pink Ladies” provided tremendous support, with Violet Farmer nicely kooky as Jan, eating everything in sight, and Imogen Farmer suitably stern as Miss Lynch.

Ben Irish as Danny was everything the character should be, brash and cocky but with a vulnerable side. A confident singer and mover, exuding confidence, he gave the character great depth and feeling. The other guys provided great support, and all worked well together making a believable gang of friends. Jack Edwards particularly stood out as Roger, with a remarkable vocal range in “Mooning”, as did Edward Richardson as Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine – excellent characterisation in both roles. Harvey Davies as Eugene showed great promise – it’s a shame that the role in the stage show is smaller than in the film.

Costumes (take a bow Bethany Baker) were spot-on throughout – what a task costuming such a large cast so well! Lighting and sound were good too and the stage crew managed the simple set quickly and efficiently. The orchestra, under the baton of Adam Blosse, created a great sound – though a little too great at times for those of us close to the pit!

Jacqui Ivemy, you must have changed so many lives for the better over the years, judging by the many touching tributes published in the (excellent) programme. and you must be truly proud of what your cast and crew achieved tonight. You’ll be a very hard act to follow!

Mark Donalds
NODA SE District 10 Representative

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Listen to Jacqui Ivemy speaking on Radio Solent about the 40th Anniversery of Stage One and the Les Mis Lockdown video created by Sean Ridley.
Click on the link below.

Radio Solent Upload: Stage One Youth Theatre

The video is available to watch from the link below

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FOR HIRE

Stage One now have Spurge guns, crates and props for hire for your production of Bugsy Malone.
See the Splurge Gun Hire page for more information, photos and a video of the guns in use.

 

Stage One also hire costumes for various productions.
See the Costume Hire page for more information and photos.

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