Excitement is building as the Esk Valley Theatre prepares to present its eighth professional season at The Robinson Institute in Glaisdale.
Despite the recession, advance ticket sales are going well and theatre-goers from across the country are booking their accommodation and pre-theatre dining.
The year has got off to a good start with news that Arts Council England has awarded the company a grant of £7,000 and Scarborough Borough Council has awarded a Community Revenue Grant of £1,400.
Producer Sheila Carter said: “This is fantastic and although it is the theatre that applies for the grants, they are really an award for the whole of our community, including Whitby and the wider Esk Valley area.
“It is also reward for the efforts of all our fundraisers, as the income they generate acts as match funding in our grant applications.
“Without their efforts it is unlikely that our applications would be successful.
“With the need to generate income of around £38,000 just to break even, it means that the theatre can plan ahead with greater confidence and hopefully balance the books at the end of the season.
“We are also delighted this year we can present the romantic comedy, Same Time Next Year, by Bernard Slade.
“We tried to get the professional performance rights for the play a few years ago, but someone had beaten us to it.
“This time, however, we have been successful - and the production runs from 3 to 25 August.”
EVT is now in its eighth year and the theatre would like to thank all its sponsors and supporters who have helped the company get this far.
“It’s been an adventure from day one”, said director Mark Stratton, “not only for all the actors and production staff who have worked for the company, but also for our community.
“Every year throws up new challenges and every year people astound us with their commitment, hard work and generosity.
“Long before people started talking about The Big Society, I believe it was already happening here in Glaisdale.”
In addition to the main production, EVT welcomes back the Pocket Panto Company which will be presenting Jack and the Beanstalk.
“It probably seems strange offering panto in the summer”, said Sheila, “but if you’ve never seen this dynamic little company, then a trip to Glaisdale with all the family is well worth it.
“They are only giving two performances so hurry if you want tickets”.
Visiting the Esk Valley Theatre offers the chance to enjoy theatre in an unusual location amid the scenery of the North York Moors. There are also several pubs and restaurants that offer pre-theatre lunch or dinner.
For more information about shows and pre-theatre dining options, call the box office on (01947) 897587.
Visit www.eskvalleytheatre.co.uk - you can also follow EVT on Facebook.