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Young People’s Theatre hits the stage in milestone year

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In a milestone year for Young People’s Theatre (YPT), the local organisation will present its latest production to Hunter audiences this month.

Tuck Everlasting is scheduled to premiere at the YPT Theatre in Hamilton on Friday 10 February and continue its season until Sunday 26 February.

Based on Natalie Babbitt’s best-selling children’s classic, it’s a timeless story of life and change that is effortless in beauty.

Photo: Riley McLean

Winnie Foster, 11, yearns for adventure beyond her white picket fence.

But, not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck family does she know more than she could have imagined.

When Winnie learns of the magic behind their immortality, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life.

As her journey unfolds, she faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life or continue with the Tucks on their infinite expedition.

Tuck Everlasting marks the first production in YPT’s 75th anniversary year… and is sure to delight theatregoers with the talents of the students, the extraordinary music and its gifted artistic director Riley Mclean.

“Young People’s Theatre was created for young people by young people,” they said.

“A dream born in 1948 to a thriving school and company in 2023, YPT is proud of its long history in the Newcastle community.

“So, our Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) edition of Tuck Everlasting is perfect for the whole family, engaging our youngest members while intriguing and connecting emotionally with adults.

“Tuck explores universal truths, ultimately asking what life would mean if it never ended, and whether a never-ending life would be worth living.

“It’s a powerful sentiment for a ‘kids’ show but our dedicated cast was more than up for the challenge.”

Photo: Riley McLean

The director has expertly weaved the themes of Tuck Everlasting into the staging of the production.

“The cast creates the world of Treegap with props made of wood and string, a set overgrown by ropes and ladders and, fundamentally, circular direction and chorey, which sends them swirling through the years along with the clock,” McLean said.

“But, the story itself makes you think about the time you have with your loved ones and the times you’ve had with the ones you have lost.

“As one guest explained, who watched a preview recently, bring tissues because there will be tears.”

Book your tickets on the YPT website or phone the Box Office (4961 4895) from 11am weekdays or 9am Saturdays.

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