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Youth theatre group receives funding from the C100

2 February 2015

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Page2Stage youth theatre group in Saltash received £498 funding from the Cornwall Community Foundation’s business arm towards the purchase of two sewing machines and an overlocker to allow the volunteers to make their own costumes efficiently.  C100 members Emma Elkin from Miller & Son Estate Agents’ Liskeard office and Richard Collett from RTP Surveyors visited the Page2Stage’s weekly rehearsal. They take part in community events and put on an annual show at Saltash.net community school in Saltash every March/April. This year sees them perform Disney’s Mulan Jr.

Page2stage is a small, not for profit, young person's theatre group based in Saltash.  They aim to give young people between 7 and 17 years of age the opportunity to perform and develop their skills and potential through singing, dancing and acting. They encourage personal development by including the children in production aspects, such as hair and makeup, sound and light, stage management, costume design and choreography.  By asking for and taking on their ideas and comments, a sense of ownership and inclusion is achieved whilst experience is gained and new skills are learned.

Emma Elkin, Branch Manager of the Liskeard Office, said “It was a pleasure to be invited to watch a rehersal session with Page2Stage, we at Miller & Son think the work the 100club does sharing out donations to charities and helping fund groups such as these and many others up and down the county is inspirational and we are delighted to be a part of it.”

Richard Collett from C100 member RTP surveyors said “It was fantastic to see Page2stage in action last week. I thought the quality of the early stage rehearsals bodes very well for an excellent performance in March. Good luck with Mulan, I’m sure your costumes will be amazing!”

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Page2stage is into its fourth year and have previously had to rent or borrow all the various items of equipment required to run the group. The new sewing machines will allow the volunteers to make their own costumes for the young performers. The volunteers use clothes and material purchased from local shops and charity outlets where possible to help support the local community and other organisations. 

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Simon Day, fundraising co-ordinator with Page2Stage described how the money from the CCF helps small groups such as this; “We are a not for profit group run by a small team of volunteers. Our small income, which comes from member subscriptions and ticket sales for the annual shows is mostly spent on running costs such as insurance, hall and equipment rental, show licences etc. Financial support such as this from the C100 Club allows us to become more sustainable by purchasing our own equipment, reduce running costs and to help ensure the volunteers can continue their work for the benefit of the group and the wider community. Making costumes has always been a challenge due to lack of equipment so the new machines have made a huge difference. We are extremely grateful for the support from the C100 Club and also the work that the Cornwall Community Foundation does”. For more information about the group you can visit their website at www.page2stage.org.uk

The Cornwall 100 Club, the business arm of the  CCF, has granted £31,685 in 2014 to 18 community groups throughout the Duchy.