SMT Juniors






Background

Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors was formed in 2011 by SMT members Paula Woolven and Shar Turnbull and welcomes members between the ages of 5 and 18.

The section has ten council-registered and DBS checked volunteer Chaperones, who all have performing or technical entertainment experience.
Membership, subscription and show costs are held at minimum or no cost to promote inclusive opportunities for young people and support from local organisations and private patrons enables our charity to do this.

Our friendly group encourages personal development through performance based learning, community interaction and volunteering.  Confidence, Creativity and Consideration for others is the ethos of SMTJ and we were awarded the Inspiring Project Award from the British Youth Council for encouraging exciting and innovative youth participation, along with the Young Mayor's Award for Community Groups in Seaford.

Since our creation we have been finalists in the 'What's On For Me?' awards and national finalists in the Epic Awards for Voluntary Arts Groups, reaching the final six for England from over 60,000 groups in the UK and Ireland. .

We were delighted to win the Spark Award 2014, Patron; the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, and were recognised in several other categories including volunteering opportunities and social media project success.

We are also delighted to have been named as finalists in the Sussex Life Awards 2015 for service to the community

Performances

SMTJ have performed many shows starting with Jessie’s Dream (October 2011),
Carry On Up The Beanstalk (March 2012), Variety Showcase (August 2012), Food for Thought (December 2012), Aladdin (April 2013), Country and Western Night (October 2013), Grease (April 2014), Roar of the Crowd (October 2014) and
Disney's The Little Mermaid Jnr (April 2015).

Our members have also taken part in the Adult Section shows – Cinderella (January 2012),
When The Lights Go On Again (June 2012), We Built This City (September 2012), The Wiz (June 2013) and the S&S Show (September 2014).

We have also taken part in a creative writing project ‘Beyond The Torch Run by Paralympian Kristina Veasey’, a masterclass with West End Director, Colin Billing, helped two members achieve National Arts Awards, helped ten members to achieve Vinspired Awards, produced an anti-bullying film 'Everybody's Different', trained chaperones in overcoming teen mental health barriers, volunteering with young people and theatre production for young people, a pop video in aid of a children’s hospice, a healthy food dance initiative ('Un Kilo De Ayuda'), supported entries into an arts and crafts show, funded qualifications and training for young people by recognized providers and much more.

Annual Membership

£15 per year.
Rehearsal fee is £2 per session

Times and Days

Wednesdays from 4.30pm to 9pm (three classes).

Contact : 

Paula Woolven (Director)  paulawoolven@hotmail.com



Services to the Community winner at The Celebration of Sussex Life Awards 2015

 Winner: Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors

Whether providing after-school activities for children, assisting the elderly population with their grocery shopping or spending their time cleaning up the streets and parks, nominees in this category were all committed to their local community.

 The Celebration of Sussex Life Awards are designed to champion, highlight and showcase our outstanding food, drink and hospitality industry. From local producers and suppliers to small farming businesses, restaurants, chefs, pubs and hoteliers, all those shortlisted for awards care about the countryside and the future of our region. The companies featured were nominated by our wonderful readers before being visited or interviewed to determine a worthy winner by our handpicked panel of high-profile judges.

What the judges said: All three nominated charities are deserving of the award for their work, commitment and engagement with their local communities.  I was particularly struck by each group’s care, attention and energy on ensuring that the maximum resources are focussed on the people and groups that benefit most from their work.  They represent such a diverse range of needs that it was almost impossible to decide on one winner.  However, for the sheer energy, enthusiasm and dogged determination to start a charity from nothing and build and fund a community theatre group  from 12 to 100 young people in four years that empowers every one of its members to comprehend their unique value whatever their background or barriers; learn essential life and leadership skills in a mutually supportive and inclusive environment and pass on their confidence to benefit others in their community, the final award must go to Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors and their inspirational leader, Paula Woolven. Their ethos of confidence, creativity and consideration is more than a mantra, it is the essence of their success as individuals and their achievements in the community.  Oh, and they put on great shows!

Highly commended: Fareshare, Sussex

Highly commended: Active Sussex
















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