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Our children and young adults enjoy a trip to the ball thanks to Northern Stage
Our children and young adults attended the magical performance along with young people from Smile for Life, another local charity that enhances the lives of youngsters with disabilities and learning difficulties across the North East.
Afterwards, they enjoyed a special meet-and-greet with cast members from the show.
The group enjoyed the event thanks to the theatre’s Pay It Forward charity appeal.
The campaign aims to make the magic of the theatre more accessible for children and young people living in the North East.
It raised 2,000 tickets for Cinderella, which were paid for via generous donations from Northern Stage audiences and donors, including Ward Hadaway, Barbour, the Hoult Family, the Community Foundation North East, Joseph Strong Frazer and RW Mann.
Northern Stage Director of Development, Zoe Hull, explains: “As a registered charity, Northern Stage believes that everyone should have equal access to the arts, and we are committed to supporting everyone to be able to enjoy theatre. For many children, especially those with additional needs, a Christmas show is their first introduction to theatre, sparking a passion and inspiring them to explore their own creative talents. We know young people carry those memories with them for many years and for some, it has a truly transformative effect on their lives.”
Holly Smith, Acting Matron of the Children and Young Adults Service at St Oswald’s Hospice, added:
“The children, young adults and our team had an amazing time at Northern Stage this year. Everyone loved the magical performance of Cinderella. Meeting the wonderful actors and performers afterwards was such a treat and only added to the warm, festive feeling.”