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Kidz 4 Kidz raising funds for 20th anniversary show after Preston theatre closed down

Posted on - 13th May, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Kidz 4 Kidz at a pre-Covid performance

Kidz 4 Kidz is a volunteer run performing arts company which give children from all walks of life the opportunity to participate in theatrical productions.

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The group rehearse every Sunday afternoon, and perform two theatre shows a year.

They are named ‘Kidz 4 Kidz’ as profits from shows go towards a children’s charity, or a particular children in need. The children are raising money for other children who need it most.

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Over the past 20 years, Kidz 4 Kidz have raised funds to buy wheelchairs, sensory equipment, medical accessories and physical enhancing equipment to help children across Preston, as well as donating to children’s charities.

The group have also won LEPs Heart of the Community Award, were finalists in Rock FMs ‘Time to Shine’ awards, and two of the groups long term volunteers have won at the North West Pride Awards.

Kidz 4 Kidz started out in 2001 with a cast of 43 performing their first show, and since then numbers have risen dramatically.

Unfortunately though, the theatre they would usually perform in, The Charter Theatre in Preston, was closed down in 2019, and was due to be taken over by new owners, but the pandemic changed things.

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The group have not been given an update on what is happening to their closest theatre which they have performed at for 18 of their 20 years, so they have had to look elsewhere.

The team have managed to secure The Opera House in Blackpool for their 20th anniversary show on Sunday, 19 September, despite the fact their funds are low due to the pandemic.

Their regular rehearsals will cover the hire of microphones and other production aspects, but the venue will cost £4,400 to hire, including the costing of technical operatives.

Kidz 4 Kidz have a team of volunteers who have started to organise fundraising events such as a sponsored three peaks challenge, a table top sale, an 80’s night and more, but some of these events are only able to go ahead once the government roadmap allows.

The group have set up a fundraising page to try and raise money for the venue hire, but also to reignite passion for the accessible arts for children in Preston.

To donate, click here.

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