Myakka, the ethical furniture and homesware retailer in Wincanton, supports South Somerset community groups and projects through the Myakka Grassroots Fund held with Somerset Community Foundation (SCF).
The most recent to benefit from the fund is Wincanton Youth Theatre. This inspirational theatre company, started just 18 months ago, has a growing membership of children and young people. The group rehearse in the Balsam Centre and have put on several performances, from musicals to more serious drama, at King Arthurs School, Wincanton.
Andrew Warren, General Manager of the Wincanton Youth Theatre, was presented with the cheque for £2,205 by Georgie Hopkins and Simon Whitehead, directors of Myakka. He said: “this generous donation will make a tremendous difference. Some will be used to cover the costs of an exciting new project funding London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams for those of our members actively seeking to progress a career in dramatic arts. It will also go towards the substantial upfront costs for our big show next year – Oliver.”
The group runs regular workshops during the weekly rehearsals and it is hoped that these will be extended to include singing and writing workshops, trips to theatres, talks and public performances.
“This is a fantastic community group to have on our doorstep, proven by its considerable success in such a short space of time,” said Georgie. “It provides a wonderfully creative environment that nurtures many additional life skills such as commitment and friendship as well as performing.”
Justin Sargent, SCF Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to award this grant to Wincanton Youth Theatre. This has been made possible through the generosity of everyone at Myakka, whose contribution has been matched with funding from the Youth Social Action Fund. This is part of the national #iwill fund which encourages young people to engage in social action projects – such as campaigning, fundraising, and volunteering.”
“Not everyone is a singer, dancer or performer, but everyone has their own skills to offer. Involvement in theatre fundamentally improves confidence and self-awareness in young people,” concluded Andrew.