Curtain falls on theatre lessons

Youngsters from the Class Act Theatre School.
Youngsters from the Class Act Theatre School.
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A THEATRE charity which offers cut price acting lessons to youngster is to close due to a lack of funds.

The Class Act Theatre School, based in Handsworth Road, North Shore, was set up six years ago by Rachel Sykes but she now says it can no longer continue to subsidise pupils due to the current economic climate.

Rachel told The Gazette: “The trustees have been keeping an eye on the reserves in the charity’s account and the recession’s hit like everything else, with charities being hit especially badly.

“We’ve been trying to resurrect it but it’s come to the point where we have to be responsible.”

Around 30 children attend classes at the school currently, but in its heyday it drew up to 100 youngsters wanting to perform in its various shows.

Rachel also cited a change in her personal circumstances as a reason for her being unable to continue with her duties at the school, but it is hoped the school will continue in another form.

However, it is unknown whether it will still be able to offer discounted subscription rates.

Rachel said: “I’ve had to get another job and go back to university so my life’s changed as well.

“We’ve had great times and we’ve been very fortunate but we’ve got a last show to do to go out on a high.”

The final show, a pantomime of Peter Pan, is due to take place over Christmas.

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