Upstagers is a charity with the stated aim of promoting the performing arts in the local area, particularly to the younger generation. This we do from our base at The Barn in Ilkley by providing performance opportunities for young people and shows such as Jack and the Beanstalk and our up-and-coming production of Starlight Express, but also with our Academy that provides regular weekly classes for kids who want to learn more about singing in a choir, delivering a monologue or crafting an entertaining musical theatre number. During our 30 year history at Upstagers, we have seen kids grow and learn and many have gone on to achieve great success in the world of performing arts, in the West End, toking productions and in film and television.
All of this would be impossible without a team of volunteers who give their time and energy to help make this happen, and without whom Upstagers would not be the success that it has been over the last three decades. Their willingness and energy is vitally important. However, Upstagers cannot survive on volunteers alone. It costs money to run a building like The Barn where kids can attend classes and rehearse for shows, and it cost money to put on theatrical productions. So we thank you for paying for your tickets today which helps to fund the production of this show. We would encourage your kids to have an interest in taking part in the performing arts to attend our classes. Maybe you feel that you could generate some money by joining a newly formed Friends of Upstagers scheme, or maybe you could donate some of your time. What ever it is that you can do, Upstagers is very grateful for your continued support and help in the pursuit of our aims of promoting the performing arts to the younger generation.