Starring roles for young Knaresborough actors

NAWN 1403185AM1 St. John Fishers young actors. Robyn McIntyre(18), Sally Hall(15) and Michael McGeough(18). Picture : Adrian Murray.(1403185AM1)
NAWN 1403185AM1 St. John Fishers young actors. Robyn McIntyre(18), Sally Hall(15) and Michael McGeough(18). Picture : Adrian Murray.(1403185AM1)

Three young actors from Knaresborough have won coveted places in productions by the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) this summer.

Sally Hall, Michael McGeough and Robyn McIntyre auditioned for parts in shows which are being produced by the NYMT to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

They were among just 200 youngsters to make it through to the auditions from 3,500 applicants.

Now, they’ll get to perform on a professional stage - and could be watched by the likes of Hollywood actor Jude Law.

Sally, 15, and Robyn, 18, scooped two of a mere 27 roles in Brass, a new work commissioned by the NYMT which will run at City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds this August.

Robyn, who left school last summer and is currently applying to London drama schools, said: “We auditioned last year but it’s really tough to get into. The auditions were really intense and I hadn’t got my hopes up because there were so many good people.

“It’s great to get in because if you do NYMT, you can end up with an agent.”

Sally, a Year 11 student at St John Fisher High School in Harrogate, added: “I couldn’t believe I got in. We’ll get to work with professional directors.”

Brass follows a group of Leeds residents from the start of the war until the battle of the Somme in 1916.

Robyn added: “If the show does well, we can say we were in the original cast.”

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Michael will be appearing in The Ragged Child, after auditioning for the NYMT for the first time.

The Ragged Child, which runs in Kingston in July as part of the International Youth Arts Festival, is an account of child deprivation in London, and won the coveted Edinburgh Fringe Festival Award.

Michael, a Year 13 student at St John Fisher in Harrogate, said he was delighted to be part of the show as: “I didn’t think I would get in.”

The trio, who have known each other since their primary school days at St Mary’s in Knaresborough, have starred in a variety of amateur productions. They appeared together last month in the Upstagers’ production of Les Miserables at the King’s Hall in Ilkley. Sally took the lead role of Epanine, while Michael played Thenardier and Robyn Cossette.

The NYMT - dubbed “the finest youth music theatre in the world” by Andrew Lloyd Webber - offers opportunities in pre-professional musical theatre training for young people aged 11 to 23 years. It works with some of the UK’s leading creative minds on its productions, which are usually attended by the Earl of Wessex and NYMT patrons - and alumni - Jude Law, Amy Nuttal, Sheridan Smith and Tom Chambers.