Toad Hall beckons as BYT’s juniors prepare Easter show

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BORDERS Youth Theatre is inviting you to Toad Hall this Easter.

Following on from previous successes such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Fantastic Mr Fox, the company will be tackling another children’s favourite in the form of Mr Toad’s Mad Adventure, an adaptation by Vera Morris based on Kenneth Grahame’s classic The Wind in the Willows.

Throughout this week, BYT junior members have been working hard and devoting their Easter holidays to learning lines, singing songs and honing their acting skills in preparation for the performances tomorrow and Saturday.

Borders Youth Theatre veterans Oliver Bisset and Jane Houston Green will, again, be taking up the directorial mantle for the piece.

It is the third Easter project the duo has worked on together. Jane said: “It is hard work for the young people in such an intensive rehearsal period but it is such a rewarding experience and great fun for everyone i nvolved.”

Senior members of the company will also be doing their fair share of hard work, taking charge of all the backstage elements of the production.

“Enlisting the seniors as the production team is a formula that we’ve have adopted for the past two years and have found it to be very successful,” said David Bisset, BYT chairman.

As well as production opportunities, Borders Youth Theatre is offering the seniors the chance to take part in a series of Shakespeare master classes led by Raymond Short.

Mr Toad’s Mad Adventure will be performed at Earlston Primary School at 7pm tomorrow and 2.30pm and 7pm on Saturday.

Tickets, £7 (£5 concession, £20 family) are available at the door.