Dear South Siders, 

It seems like a seriously long time since we were last on the stage in Aladdin JR, I wanted to get in touch with you to update you on what's been going on during lockdown with South Side, but also to fill you in on what's going on behind the scenes.

When we went into lockdown the first thing we wanted to ensure wasn't lost was the imaginations of our Young People and therefore immediately launched the 'Creative Challenges' on our social media channels. We saw some amazing performances including singing and dancing. And even some amazing set designs and puppets! Thank you to everyone who took part. You can see all the entries on our social media and youtube channels. We will be continuing to bring you exclusive social media content as the weeks come, so do keep your eyes out for those!

Sadly lockdown meant we had to postpone our Easter Holiday Project, 'Play in a Day'. We had over 60 young members meant to be joining us over the 3 days, but please be reassured it will rise again at a later date. As soon as we have confirmation from the government on when classes can return we will send out the new dates. 

As we headed towards the end of April we were delighted to be able to bring you the free 'Virtual Academy' classes every Tuesday. We're now 3 weeks into the classes, and they have just been so incredible. We have seen over 30 young members get involved, with new children joining us every week. You can find out more about how you can get involved by clicking below or watch the short clip of highlights from week 2. 

When we can return to the stage we aren't quite sure as of yet, however we do have dates booked in for our Summer Holiday Project in hope. We are still praying this will be able to run in some shape or form, so do save the dates. They are the 27th to the 31st July 2020. Booking will open as soon as we have the go ahead. 

In these difficult times it may be scary going on a zoom call with lots of other children or daunting recording yourself sing. However we're here regardless. If you just want a check-in or a little chat with one of our team then do get in touch. We'd love to hear how you're doing! 

And finally a massive thank you to you all! It has been amazing to hear your feedback on the virtual classes and creative challenges, please do keep them coming as it's so encouraging for our team. We do it all for you and will continue to do it throughout lockdown, no matter how long that may be! Stay safe South Siders! Rest assure the shows will go on and we will be back experiencing the stage very soon!

Best wishes,

Toby Ward-Smith

Youth Director



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