King’s Lynn Young Players to celebrate 25th anniversary

Meet the Year 8 girls: From left are Megan Pledger, Isabel Harmer-Borley, Claire Mellor, Maddi Dawson, Hannah Munnelly, Poppy Guyatt and Molly Sands.
Meet the Year 8 girls: From left are Megan Pledger, Isabel Harmer-Borley, Claire Mellor, Maddi Dawson, Hannah Munnelly, Poppy Guyatt and Molly Sands.
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Way back in 1990 King’s Lynn Players member Carol Beveridge founded the King’s Lynn Young Players, allowing under 18s in the town the opportunity to learn about the arts, stagecraft and all aspects of performing.

Hundreds of classes, dozens of shows, and 25 years later the group continues to flourish with a membership of more than 50 children, aged from 8 to 17.

To celebrate their milestone quarter-of-a-century of excellence, the entire group will be taking to the stage at Lynn Arts Centre’s Guildhall of St George on Saturday, June 27, at 7.30pm to present The Best Years Of Our Lives – a review show loosely based on school life.

The first half will consist entirely of the world premiere of the original one-act play Year 8, prior to the play’s second performance in July at The Hunstanton Drama Festival.

The piece features seven of the group’s girls taking multiple roles in a hilarious exploration of what it is like to be a young lady at school, around the age of 13.

The evening’s second half will showcase the entire group, in a variety of singing, dancing and speaking performances to suit all ages and tastes.

Carol Beveridge, who completes her three years as King’s Lynn Players chairman at the society’s annual meeting on June 29, thought this would be a wonderful way to conclude her term in office.

She said: “It seems like only yesterday that I started the Young Players, partly for my two daughters and their friends, and yet here we are 25 years later with the group stronger than ever.

“I was fully involved for 12 years and many other people have been involved with the group not least Sharon Fox, Jennie Clarke, Stephen Hayter and Tom Watson. I would like to thank them for keeping the group alive over the years and hope that it will continue for many more.

“I know I shall feel very proud when watching the show as I feel it is one of my greatest achievements to have started this group.”

Tickets for The Best Years Of Our Lives are priced at £7.50 for all seats and are available from the Corn Exchange or Arts Centre box office on 01553 764864. This is a one-off performance and tickets are selling fast, so pick yours up today before it’s too late.