You Want Fame? Look No Further…

by Handy Mag
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York Light Youth are excited to be returning to The Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, after a break of two years, for their tenth production: ‘Fame the Musical’.

They welcome back, in principal roles, several performers from their 2019 and 2018 productions of ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Our House’, and they are joined by lots more local talent.

The creative team is led by Artistic Director, Ruth Parker-Wakeling, along with MD Martin Lay, returning for his second YLY show, and choreographer Hayley Patrick-Copeland, who is on show number 7.

‘Fame the Musical’ follows the highs and lows of the final class of New York City’s prestigious High School for the Performing Arts, from their first year in 1980 to their graduation in 1984. It tells the story of several students, highlighting their struggles, triumphs, and relationships with each other and the staff of the school. We see how they deal with ambition, fame, and self-confidence: Carmen, the ambitious dancer obsessed with fame, serious actor Nick, overweight dancer Mabel, and the talented dancer Jack, who struggles desperately with dyslexia. The show also tackles complex issues such as prejudice and drug abuse as the young performers experience the realities of striving for a career in show business and, ultimately, for FAME.

The last time FAME was performed on a York stage was five years ago, so now is your big chance to see this amazing show. Full of 1980’s nostalgia and great music, it really is a must-see.

‘Fame the musical ‘runs from 26th-29th October with evening performances and a matinee on Saturday 29th.

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