Kidz4Kidz is appealing for donations to help them put a special show to celebrate 20 years since the theatre group’s first performance.
The performing arts company has been putting on shows since 2001, all of the profits for their shows have all gone to help a child in need or a children’s charity.
Cathy Thompson-Evans, the founder of Kidz4Kidz, admits that the lockdown has presented many challenges for the group but they have worked hard to stay connected:
“Like the majority of the nation, we had no idea how long this would go on, but we decided to do daily dance challenges from the day we were in lockdown. We did 100 daily dance challenges, and lockdown continued. We decided to continue reaching out by producing a Virtual Show.
“The feedback was great, as people felt more connected, so we decided to do another virtual show to occupy the children a little more spring the summer holidays.”
“By September, with schools going back and some restrictions changing, we were able to secure an alternative venue, which allowed for more rooms (and larger rooms), so our cast could be bubbled with their dance group and spread out more.”
Kidz4Kidz have been offered a very prestigious venue in Blackpool but will need some help to afford all the costs that come with it:
“Now we are allowed back, and we’re rehearsing, in our bubbles once again. Rehearsing for our 20-year anniversary show! We’ve been offered The Opera House Theatre, at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool,
“The venue is big enough to accommodate our size of the cast both on stage and changing room wise. It also costs just over £4000 for the venue and technical staff.”
The group still managed to raise money for young local girl during lockdown but they have not been able to host any fundraising events:
“Kidz4Kidz is called such, as children (kids) put shows on with the profit from each show going to a local child in need or children’s charity. We still managed to raise over £3000 for a local girl in need of a wheelchair adapter, via our Virtual Shows.
“However we’ve not been able to hold any fundraising events with lockdown so we are reaching out for any help to reach our target to secure a venue that accommodates our 20-year show.”
Cathy and the rest of the team are over the moon at being able to return properly as they are all very passionate about it:
“For the returning cast members who have been with us a few years, they’ve gone from performing at The Charter Theatre to performing at high schools, a bar venue and online, they know what it feels like and are desperate to get back to a ‘proper theatre’.
“It’s been an emotional time, working throughout the lockdown, looking after our own families and still, desperately, wanting to keep the lines of communication open for the Kidz4Kidz cast.
“We do this free because we believe there’s a need for it, for children to have the opportunity to perform (not for competitions or gradings or professional development, just for the fun of it) and to realise they are helping others less fortunate than themselves by doing it.
“We are passionate about Kidz4Kidz and any support we could get to make The Opera House happen, after 20 years of Sunday rehearsals, would make us all feel like the luckiest people in the world!”
You can donate here to help Kidz4Kidz put on their 20th anniversary show.
For any more information about the Children’s theatre group, you can check out their Facebook page here.