Younger Generation Theatre Group

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Keith Barrett, BEM - Vice President/Stage Director
I first joined YG in 1993 when we were celebrating our 5th show called “Fine and Dandy”. I have also been involved in many Scouting Gang Shows on lighting, sound and stage management. In 2013 I moved to the Isle of Wight and in recognition for my involvement with YG I was honoured to be asked to be Vice President. To give up YG totally was really hard so again for one week in August I will take my weeks holiday to come and share show week with you and be your Stage Director. Good Luck everyone!
 

John Blundell, BEM - Chair Person/Fundraising & Publicity

I first got involved in YG through the South West London Gang Show when their Producer Frank Graves said that he was going to set up YG based on Gang show lines for youngsters only. My son Paul joined in the first year 1989 followed by his brother Mark a year later. Fund Raising combined with publicity having fun making it and saving it has always been of interest to me. I become involved with the 15th St. Pancras Scout Group 62 years ago and am now their Vice President. I was pleased and proud that in 2013 Her Majesty the Queen recognised all the people that volunteer to help make it possible for the youngsters to appear on stage by awarding YG The Queens Award for Volunteers.
 
 

Diane Rexstrew-Berry - Secretary/Costume Supervisor

Diane first got involved with Y.G. when her niece Trudy, who is this year’s director, auditioned for the first show in 1989. Diane first started dancing at the age of five with the Doris Holford Stage School in Morden, where she passed many examinations with the N.A.T.D & I.S.T.D. Examination Boards. In 2002 she organised a group from YG to take part in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Parade in The Mall. Costumes have now taken over her attic, front room and conservatory, in fact, her whole house is now one large storage area.

Mike Berry - Treasurer/Business Manager
Like Diane & John, Michael has been part of YG since their first show. His three grand-daughters have been in the YG cast and now his great-grandchildren are present cast members. For 12 years Michael was an electrician in the RAF and then after he was demobbed he worked for many years for RTS (Racecourse Tech Services) and then Serco in Kingston.

 
Toni Steventon - Safeguarding/Web Master
I have been involved with YG since 2003 when I saw a poster on a bus inviting young people to join YG and suggested that my daughter auditioned. Fourteen years later I am now part of YG Committee but have also been involved as a parent, matron, helping with scenery, costumes fundraising technical support and maintaining and developing the YG website. Both my daughter and son have been cast members of YG and I am looking forward to all my grandchildren joining too. I enjoy helping on Sundays and supporting the cast through their rehearsal time and can’t wait to see the show!!!
Carly Bennett - Parent Member/Fundraising Committee

I became involved with YG when two of my daughters were cast members. Even though neither are in the cast now I decided to stay involved as YG gave my children the opportunity to gain self confidence that can sometimes be lost in every day life; and this has definitely helped my children over the last couple of years. I have been part of the committee for a few years now and am always on hand to support my good friend Toni. Good luck to everyone this year, you are all stars and will be GREAT!

Christine Tarrant - Parent Member

I first heard of YG when my niece joined in 2004, 10 years later my children and two other nieces joined and we have not looked back since. YG is a fantastic vehicle for young people to get involved in something great and really be themselves. I volunteer because like all the other volunteers, I want to support our children and I want to help the group to continue its good works. You get out of any activity what you put in. I am currently a Matron, I help out during rehearsals as well as sitting on the committee. It’s an honour to be part of YG community.
Andrea Swaby - Parent Member
YG was recommended to me by a good friend of ours back in 2012. My daughter joined as soon as she was old enough and has taken part in every performance since; and I must add that she thoroughly enjoys every aspect of YG. YG helps young people gain a voice; helps build excellent life skills; self confidence and the children’s personal development through enriching experiences. I myself have been personally involved, first as a Matron and then moving on to Matron Co-ordinator; Cast Registrar as well as Committee Member. The drive and commitment of everyone participating is inspirational and I am honored to be involved albeit in a small way.