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February 3 2014.

Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors (SMTJ) were delighted to welcome president Mike Logan and Mike Hemmings from the Rotary Club of Seaford to midweek rehearsals for 'Grease' - the world’s favourite musical. 
A cheque for £500 was presented to the Barn Theatre President, Shar Turnbull, to kick start SMTJ's appeal to equip the orchestra pit with permanent instruments that can be used for productions, band rehearsals and to give tuition to young people at minimal or no cost.

Junior Director, Paula Woolven, feels that there has been a serious decline in the number of young people being given the opportunity to learn an instrument at school, with ever-increasing charges for after-school lessons and the average cost of 'borrowing' an instrument to practice on being in the region of £150-£250 per year.

"We don't make GCSE science students buy their own microscopes," said Paula, "so why are music students put at an immediate disadvantage? If our members want to learn a musical instrument,or have vocal coaching, we want to remove any hurdles in their way. Music can turn peoples' lives around and give them confidence and hope and we can't thank our friends at the Rotary Club enough for helping make dreams a reality."

The funding from the Rotary Club will be used to purchase a full drum kit and percussion and SMTJ is appealing for anyone who would like to sponsor another instrument to contact Paula at

President Michael Logan is pictured with some of the Juniors: Top - Aimee Eaton as “Jan”, and Jade Rogers as “Marty”. Bottom - Devon Novis as  “Doody”