The Hawth in Crawley will host a Family Open Day on August 5.
Go behind the scenes on a backstage tour and discover parts of the theatre not usually open to the public. See the dressing rooms where the stars get ready for their shows and learn what it takes to put a show together. You may even have the chance to tread the boards yourself.
There is an opportunity to sample some of the creative classes, which run throughout the year; try your hand at making a greeting card with Natalie O’Shea or create some artwork with Rachel Cowell from Ginger Moo. For something more energetic, you can have a go at some of the dance and exercise classes. Whether it is gentle Pilates or energetic Street Dance, there are classes to suit all abilities.
It wouldn’t be The Hawth without having lots of entertainment. There’ll be performances from The Hawth Youth Theatre and Perform Classes, as well as Ballet, Tap and Street Dance demonstrations. There’s even a sneak preview of the summer youth production of Beauty and the Beast. Plenty of live music will be performed throughout the afternoon in the foyer, by a host of special guests and local talent, bringing a great mix of music, from pop to folk, jazz to blues, as well as rock and roll.
For the children, there will be fairground rides, story and singing sessions, led by Whirly Wiggles, and Baby Boogie sessions, with Busylizzy, guaranteeing bags of fun for even the youngest children.
There will be celebrities to meet on the day: Actress and author, Susan Jameson, will be popping in to read from her bestselling book, Pony Tails, including a question and answer session, and Lauren Cocoracchio, who stars as Snow White in this year’s pantomime, will be on hand to say hello.
Learn how to become a DJ (in the DJ Workshops) and mix some music, or how to become an expert filmmaker and learn about screenwriting, directing and camerawork. There really is something for everyone.
Why not complete the day by purchasing tickets to see one of three productions? For families Big Wow Small Wonder will be in the Studio at 11am, The Emperor’s New Clothes in the Amphitheatre at 7pm or The Johnny Cash Roadshow in the Theatre at 7.30pm.
Admission to the The Hawth Open Day is absolutely free.
Tickets for performances are available from the Box Office on 01293 553636 or online hawth.co.uk