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Musical Play in a Week at the NCEM

Are you looking for a musical adventure this summer? If so, sign up quickly for the annual NCEM's Musical/Theatre course, suitable for 9 to 14 year olds, as there are only a few places left. 

'The Kenilworth Secret' is this year's play and it has an Elizabethan theme. The workshop takes place daily from Monday 15 August with a performance for family and friends on Friday 19 August at 7.00pm.

The play is set in the year 1575. At Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, is preparing for a visit from the Queen of England. 

Wishing to surpass anything Queen Elizabeth has seen before, Lord Robert plans an extravaganza of music, theatre, feasting and dancing, but his ideas are proving rather grander than his budget! Desperate for money, he orders his hapless servant to discover the Kenilworth secret, treasure that is said to have lain hidden in the castle for over a hundred years. At his wits' end, the servant finds help from a band of young travelling players, but it soon becomes clear that they are not the only ones seeking the treasure, and that the very safety of the realm is at stake. Will the children reach the treasure in time, and can they save England from its fate?

Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music, said that the Musical Play in a Week was a highlight on the NCEM's calendar. "We started this summer activity in 2001 and it is now well established in our programme. The young people who take part have an amazing time. They learn so much from our professional team and have great fun working towards a performance and making new friends.

"We are also delighted that as the young people get older they are keen to come back and work with us on stage management and costume design. For instance, Hannah Bixby appeared in the plays until she was 14 and for the last three years she has worked with the production team and learnt new skills. She now has a University place at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts this autumn."

This year's play has been written by Cathryn Dew, Education Consultant at the National Centre for Early Music and will be directed by Paul Birch with music by Sam Dunkley.

The Musical Play in a Week is open to all young people who are interested in music and acting. No previous experience of singing or acting is required, and there are no auditions. The daily sessions will take place at the National Centre for Early Music from 10.00am - 4.00pm, culminating in a performance on Friday 19 August. The cost for the week is £85 + VAT. More information and downloadable application forms are available on the website at Alternatively ring 01904 632220.

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