Imaginary comes to City Varieties Music Hall

Leeds Grand Youth Theatre presents its ninth professionally produced, full-scale musical at the beautiful City Varieties Music Hall later this month, on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July 2022.

As someone who enjoyed performing when I was younger, I can’t tell you how important it is for young people to have the opportunity to take part in this kind of thing and it’s truly wonderful that Leeds Grand Youth Theatre gives youths the opportunity to perform at this scale.

A show for all the family, Imaginary is an exciting, funny and inspiring musical about the wonder of childhood, the power of the imagination and what it means to grow up. The show will be designed by Julia Wray, with musical direction by Pete Rosser and choreography by Dawn Holgate.

The show follows Milo and Sam who spend all their time together, using only their imaginations to transform their world into a place of adventure and excitement. But as Sam’s first day at secondary school approaches, her mother worries that Milo is holding her back, stopping her from growing up. School turns out to be full of surprises – and secrets. Imaginary centres on an enduring friendship with other-worldly twists and turns that change lives forever.

Lizi Patch, Director and Leeds Heritage Theatre’s Artistic Director Young People’s Theatre, spoke about choosing this year’s musical for LGYT after they’d had 18 months away from the rehearsal room: “We all agreed it was time to take a chance on something new – and then I found Imaginary, by Stuart Matthew Price and Timothy Knapman. As I read, I found a smile spreading across my face, a lump forming in my throat and the hairs standing up on the back of my neck. The story, the songs, the characters – all fresh and brilliantly realised. The young cast is absolutely buzzing every rehearsal. Just being back in the room creating with their mates is something that will take a very long time to take for granted again.”

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