Rehearsal underway under the sea!

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The cast has now been finalised for The Little Mermaid and rehearsals are underway!

KYDS has been delighted to welcome Lee Dillon-Stuart to rehearsals, who has played a pivotal role in blocking scenes and working with the cast at the initial stages of the production.

The cast will now rehearse twice a week, right up until the performances which are due to take place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June at Thurstable School.

Our volunteers will be working hard behind the scenes to organise costumes, props and scenery, as well as publicising the show, amongst many other tasks.

Make sure that you have put the dates in your diary – we look forward to welcoming you for another brilliantly entertaining, family-friendly production.

KYDS is always on the look out for new youth members and volunteers. If you are interested in joining us, why not get in touch.



KYDS searching for principals

KYDS Youth Drama Society is looking for 3 boys aged 11-18 to fill principal roles in its next production, the Dracula Spectacula Show. 1 part is non-singing, the other 2 are singing roles. 

The production will be performed on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June. Rehearsals will take place in Tiptree on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. We also have roles available in the ensemble. If you are interested, please get in touch with Alex Berriman by email:

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KYDS praised by NETG adjudicator

The Society is delighted to have been commended in a recent adjudication for raising the standards of its productions.

Michael Poole, an adjudicator for the North Essex Theatre Guild saw the Society’s recent production of Alice in Wonderland and commented in his adjudication of the performance that all aspects of the performance had “improved immensely”.


The cast of Alice in Wonderland. PHOTO Dave Turner Photography

He went on to say that the “whole show had a wonderful feel about it”. The Society is thrilled that the hard-work of its members and volunteers has been recognised in this way. 

You can read the full adjudication on the Alice in Wonderland page.

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Remembrance cast announced

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In September this year, KYDS will be staging a special production in commemoration of World War One entitled Remembrance.

The play will take place on the 19th and 20th of September 2014 and has been sponsored by Tiptree Parish Council.

Remembrance, which takes a look at World War One through the eyes of a group of children will be directed by James Stocker who will be assisted by Ray Banks. We are delighted to announce that the play has now been cast as follows: 

MAGGIEBecky Wright
EMILYSophie Stocker
GRACEBecky Craig
ALICECheyenne Coleman
BILLYAndrew Stocker
TOMPeter Greenwood
EDWARDMatthew Greed
ROBERTWilliam Riglin
JOHNBen Collins
MARKHAMRoger Lyons

This is the first piece of serious drama that the Society will have produced, making this a landmark project for KYDS. We hope that you will join us this September for what promises to be an excellent evening of drama.

You can find more information about the play at Make sure you don’t miss out on similar events organised by Tiptree Parish Council from June to November. Find out more on the Tiptree Parish Council website.



It’s panto time! Well, almost…

We are delighted to announce that KYDS will be performing the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk in November this year!

The production will be directed by Jon Beales who will be assisted by Daniel Carr.

Like our 2012 pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the script has been written by Alan P. Frayn and we’re sure that you will love it as much as we do already!

The show dates are Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November: make sure you put the dates in your diary. 

Auditions for Jack and the Beanstalk are due to take place at the beginning of September. If you are 11 – 21, why not join us on stage?

Watch this space for all the latest news on this show and don’t forget to like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter!

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The inspiration of Dr. Seuss comes to Tiptree!

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“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

(Dr Seuss ‘Happy Birthday to You’ 1959)

This might sound just a little odd to us conservative Brits but as many parents and teachers can tell you, particularly those of reluctant learners and readers, Dr Seuss is all about being yourself whilst learning to get on in society .  His rhyming, witty and sometimes altogether naughty texts draw even the most disinterested child into the wonderful world of words and this is also true of this brilliant musical Seussical Junior.

Through the songs and narrative the Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust full of Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets into trouble for thinking too many ‘thinks’.   Horton faces a double challenge – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. 

In a way, Seuss captures the ethos of junior drama, as one of the aims of our own society is to empower young people by giving them the confidence to be themselves in front of strangers whilst at the same time giving pleasure to others

Our junior members get a great deal of satisfaction both from working on the productions and from actually performing to their audience – these are some of the comments they’ve made during the last week:

“The standard of this show is amazing and I’m proud to be part of the cast.”
Dan Carr

“I’ve been doing KYDS now for 2 years and I love it! The show we are rehearsing for now is ‘Seussical the musical’, I personally think it will be one of the best shows that KYDS would have done. It is a great mix of Dr Seuss stories into 1 big musical. The show shows character and it is for all the family.”
Ellie Russell

“Seussical is progressing really well for us. Everyone in rehearsals is doing really well to develop their characters and we are all pumped for the shows in July”
Matthew Russell

“It’s very exciting doing Seussical as its great fun rehearsing and finding out what the show is all about and everyone works really hard to give their best performance, can’t wait to perform it and show everyone what we have done. It’s great to be part of the KYDS team.” 
Ellie Macey

As well as twice weekly rehearsals there have been a number of workshops focusing on specific skills needed for the show, the most recent of which was a fantastic dance workshop led by Aaron Owen Bailey an actor/dancer from London.  Aaron’s workshops are always amazing; they really bring out the best in the cast finding an energy source from nowhere.

Of course, workshops and rehearsals are only part of the story; no production can be complete without a fantastic audience and this is where we need the people of Tiptree to do their bit – we’ll try our hardest to be the best we can be on stage, we just need you to come along and be the best audience you can be! 

Our performances are on Friday 5th July and Saturday 6th July at Thurstable School, Maypole Road, Tiptree.  Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30pm for the evening shows and 2.00pm for 2.30pm for the Saturday Matinee. 

You can find out more information about the show and buy tickets here