Practising the aerial hoop for Barnum! show

LBYT circus skills
LBYT circus skills

Tightrope walking, ball balancing, plate spinning and juggling were on the curriculum when Leighton Buzzard Youth Theatre spent a day at Northampton’s Circus School.

A group of 25 children aged between nine and 19 had the time of their lives practising various curcus skills while the adults who accompanied them also joined in the fun.

The keen youngsters were preparing for their upcoming Christmas production of Barnum! which opens at The Venue in Milton Keynes on December 4.

LBYT chair Sarah Cavender said: “All the young people involved are working with great enthusiasm and commitment to produce a fantastic show for the local community.”

Barnum! is a lively and invigorating story that traces the career of America’s greatest showman. The production combines the delights of musical theatre with the flare of the circus, featuring many toe-tapping numbers from Cy Coleman’s Tony Award-nominated score.

Leighton Buzzard Youth Theatre put on two full musicals a year. Since their inception in 1987, they’ve gone from strength to strength, priding themselves on their ability to produce high quality shows while continuing to develop members’ skills and confidence.

All young people aged nine to 19 are welcome, regardless of previous experience, level of confidence, or how much they want to feature in productions.

One young fan said: “It’s more like a family than a club.”

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