Drama groups plead for help to find new bases

Emma Billingham and Grace Witherden

Drama groups plead for help to find new bases

Stage One Youth Drama Group are in desperate need for a new home

Community theatre groups are calling out to townsfolk to help them find new rehearsal and storage spaces.

Stage One Youth drama group and Maidenhead Musical Comedy Society are soon to be left without anywhere to store props and costumes, as well as losing rehearsal space, because their units in Foundation Park will no longer be available to them from Wednesday, June 22 onwards.

Maidenhead Musical Comedy Society has been using eight offices at the business park on Cannon Lane for the past four years, free of charge.

It has 15 years worth of theatre props and costumes and now needs a new home.

Vice-chairman John Wesson said: “I just don’t know what we would do without everything. We just hope we can have somewhere, anywhere, to rehearse and store. It doesn’t have to be together.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do if we don’t have anywhere.”

John Wesson from the Maidenhead Musical Comedy Society is looking for storage and rehearsal space.

Stage One Youth gives young performers the chance to go on stage.

The group, founded in 2010 by Ursula and Julian Fox, is aimed at 14 to 21-year-olds and will also be losing space to rehearse and store costumes.

Julian said: “We’re looking for rehearsal space or sponsorship because that would mean we are able to pay the going rates to hire a space.

“We’re in desperate need of a company or individual fairy godmother that could help us solve these urgent issues.

“We could fill at least three garages full with all the props we have, so it’s not just space we need, but storage.

“We usually rehearse a show for about six months and the increase in costs for storage and rehearsal space could cripple our finances to such an extent that a future may not exist past this year’s show.”

If you can help Maidenhead Musical Comedy Society email jj.wesson@yahoo.co.uk and email stageoneyouth@yahoo.co.uk for Stage One Youth.

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