Scrooge brings festive cheer to young patients in Leeds

December 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm (Company News, Fundraising, General Information) (, , , , , , )

Some very special guests attended Leeds Grand Theatre on Sunday. Young patients from Leeds Teaching Hospitals came to see Northern Ballet Theatre’s A Christmas Carol at which tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from mealy-mouthed skin-flint to the most famous champion of Christmas spirit.

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

After the show the young patients were joined by Scrooge and other characters from the production for a VIP tea party and games. The patients, their families and staff were treated to tickets to the performance and the tea party courtesy of NBT sponsor, Accenture.

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

Sharon Edwards from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals says: “We cannot thank NBT and Accenture enough for giving some of our younger patients the opportunity to go along and see a performance of A Christmas Carol. What a magical experience it was, especially as they got to meet some of the cast, their little faces were such a picture! The patients who came along all have long-term illnesses and conditions and are regularly receive treatment here. On behalf of all the children and their families, a very big thank you.”

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

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Primary choir take centre stage

December 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm (General Information)

After beating the tough competition Calverley C of E Primary School were the winners of our 2009 Choir Competition. The all-important prize was to sing live on stage at Leeds Grand Theatre, on the opening night of A Christmas Carol. There couldn’t have been a better way to kick off the festive season. To see footage of their performance keep checking our advent calendar on the NBT homepage. Here is what some of the children thought of their experience:

Great excitement from the choir as we pulled up outside the Grand Theatre.  We were all thrilled to be there.  We went in and Stephanie took us to the studio.  We had a practice in the studio and on the stage. It was huge! There were about 1000 seats.  We went back downstairs and waited for the performances to start. At 7.00pm the curtain went up and there were about 1000 faces looking up at us. I think we were all scared but so excited!

We all enjoyed it and would love the opportunity to do it again.

By Amy Whitley

There was great excitement. The curtains opened, I was so nervous.  We sang my most favourite Christmas song of all time, Holy Child/ In the Darkness.  The audience cheered and clapped.  I was so proud of myself and my friends.  I could see in the corner of my eye mums saying “Good Work!” and giving us thumbs up.  There was 1000 people watching us and believe me that was a marvellous experience.  I honestly couldn’t believe we were performing at the Grand Theatre in front of 1000 people.

Thank you for this opportunity. If it wasn’t for Mrs Weeks and Mrs Putsman I would of just been dreaming about it.  It was amazing!!!

By Alice Ruth Turk

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Family Fun Days

December 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm (Events, Learning & Access) (, , , , , )

Saturday morning truly marked the beginning of the festive season for me as we had the first of our Family Fun days, this one based on A Christmas Carol. We played games, re-created our own version of the phantoms ghostly dance, sang carols and Christmas songs from the show and even got dressed as if Scrooge on Christmas morning… Parents and kids alike had a great time (even the dad who had been sent by his wife without a clue of what he’d be doing) and I’m looking forward to the next on Peter Pan.

We’ll become Pirates and Lost Boys as we create our own version of Neverland, learning steps from the show, making up dances and crafts with Caroline (who is known for her love of glitter, paints, glue and anything messy).

Perfect for getting in the festive mood and a break from the shopping… or from the family if you send the kids along with dad!

Dance Education Officer

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