Upcoming Productions

Youth Onstage – Kipps

Kipps will be performed at the Dormston Theatre in Sedgley, on the 8th – 9th October 2021.

It is so good to have theatre back again and even more fantastic to see our local Amateur companies getting back to what we all love – live theatre! Youth Onstage are all set to deliver the new Half-a-Sixpence musical, Kipps, which promises to keep us entertained with the characters we all know and love.

This successful youth company have had many members now performing professionally both here in the UK and abroad, so audiences will be in for a treat with this production. The company have been massively affected by COVID with closed rehearsals from March 2020, 6 weeks prior to the show! Since then they have worked together on Zoom and even performed a Zoom pantomime. They were back to rehearsals for Kipps in January 2021 using Zoom to learn the music. Live rehearsals resumed in June and have still been affected by COVID in the cast and isolations but the show is now progressing ready for their scheduled dates in October 2021.

Kipps – the new Half-a-Sixpence musical will play at The Dormston Theatre, Sedgley near Dudley on the 8th and 9th of October with 2 evening performances and a Saturday matinee.

To book tickets visit their website and get in touch with them about their 2022 show via their email below:

Youth Onstage’s next show in May 2022 is The Addams Family. Any interested parties please get in touch via email deb-brook@outlook.com

Kipps – The Story

At the turn of the last century, Arthur Kipps, an orphan, is brought up in Kent by his Aunt and Uncle. They lead a simple life and Arthur enjoys playing by the lighthouse with his best friend, Ann.  As a young teenager he leaves to go and work in Folkestone, eventually becoming an over-worked draper’s assistant at Shalford’s Bazaar. 

Arthur is a charming but ordinary young man who, along with his fellow apprentices, dreams of a better and more fulfilling world.  One day, he is knocked over by an eccentric actor and writer called Chitterlow who announces that he has just used the name ‘Arthur Kipps’ in one of his plays.  He says that he likes to use real names and he had come across this name in the newspaper – some lawyers are looking for Arthur!  Chitterlow goes to the lawyers for Kipps and discovers that he has inherited a fortune.  This unexpected money propels him into high society and confuses everything he thought he knew about life.  As Chitterlow helped Arthur out, Arthur agrees to back his new play, “The Right Horse”, and the writer leaves in order to produce his play.

Arthur falls in love with Helen Walsingham, whose family have secretly lost their wealth.  Her brother, James, offers to become Arthur’s financial advisor and her mother is desperate for Arthur to marry Helen so that the family can regain their status and become rich again. Arthur proposes to Helen but, having met up with Ann again, he realises that he is more suited to a life with Ann.  Meanwhile, James has been speculating with Arthur’s money and loses it all – Arthur is poor again. Ann and Arthur decide to get married. On their wedding day they are surprised by the sudden entrance of Chitterlow, who announces that his play is a resounding success and so Kipps is rich once again!