Newtonhill youngster a step closer to dream

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A Portlethen Academy pupil has been accepted for this year’s Scottish Youth Theatre’s Summer Production and Learning Programme.

Newtonhill resident, Scarlett Randle, who attends KidzAct Youth Theatre in Stonehaven, was successfull in her audition for the programme. The SQA registered course takes place in Glasgow over the six-week summer holidays and, if successful, Scarlett will gain a qualification between Higher and Advanced Higher Drama.

Scarlett explained that she had always wanted to have a career in music and drama.

She said: “From a young age I have known I wanted to pursue this type of career so, when I heard about Scottish Youth Theatre, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity for me.

“I auditioned with not much hope of getting in as the number of entrants is high and the spaces are low but I was lucky enough to be granted a place.

‘‘The six week course is SQA accredited so, not only will it be an amazing experience where I can improve my dramatic and musical skills, I will also gain a qualification between higher and advanced higher drama.”

In line with Scottish Youth Theatre’s advice that all applicants fundraise and find sponsorship to help with the costs of the course and accommodation, Scarlett is making a plea to any businesses or individuals who may be interested in sponsoring or 

In addition to a successful daffodil tea hosted last month, Scarlett is well on her way to covering her course costs. To help towards her accommodation she has also arranged a fundraising murder mystery on Saturday, May 25, at 7.30pm at The Bettridge Centre in Newtonhill. Blitz Entertainment, one of the North-east’s foremost entertainment companies,are renowned for their murder mysteries.

It’s 1959 and, in the Makemore Ballroom, Teddy Baer has been found murdered in a most horrific way. Was it his ‘pash’ Sonia Foot, perhaps the ageing barmaid Beryl Figgis was to blame or maybe his best friend Duane Thrust? Perhaps the owner of the Makemore, Mr R Supwood, had a hand in it? Turn sleuth for the evening and see if you can unravel the mystery of ‘Who Killed Teddy Baer.’ Tickets are priced at £10, the evening is BYOB and nibbles and a fantastic night of entertainment is guaranteed. *Please note this Murder Mystery contains adult themes so parental discretion is highly recommended.