A Kirkcaldy drama group which has nurtured the talent of many people who have gone on to make a good career in the field has received a national award.
Kirkcaldy Youth Music Theatre has been presented with the National Operatic and Dramatic Association Scotland’s National Youth Award – one of the top accolades of its kind.
The group is chaired by John Urquhart and directed by Monica Holland.
Describing the recognition as “fantastic” Mr Urquhart, a member from the age of 16, said it was an honour for everyone involved in the group, which is run on a completely voluntary basis.
“I am just absolutely delighted for everyone involved,” he said.
“We all work hard and all our volunteers have gained so much from our involvement with theatre that we just want to put something back into it. We get a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment from working with the super group of young people, and our membership is currently around 60, which is great.”
KYMT was nominated for the award by Judith and Harry Kerr, both members of Kirkcaldy Amateur Operatic Society, who help out with KYMT.
Judith explained: “This is a thoroughly well deserved award for a fabulous group which has seen many of its members go on to work and contribute a great deal to the arts in Scotland,” explained Judith.
“The fact that the group as opened its doors to everyone who wants to be involved in drama and only charges £2 per rehearsal session, where others charge a lot of money upfront, means it is easily accessible to all and it gives children of secondary school age the great opportunity to be involved in musical theatre in their town.
“In addition all the people who run the group do it voluntarily and take not money from it, and they still manage to put on a quality production which is staged in a professional theatre – that’s why we wanted to nominated KYMT.”
As well as winning the overall award, KYMT also picked up a commended award for its programme and runner up award for its posters for its production of ‘Summer Holiday.’
KAOS was runner up for its programme for ‘The Sound of Music.’
In 1958 three people with a great interest in music and drama launched a musical group aimed at the young people of Kirkcaldy.
It was originally called ‘Kirkcaldy Teenage Opera Group’ and was based in the YWCA in Kirkcaldy.
Its aim was and still is “to offer an opportunity for any young person of secondary school age to participate in a musical production.”
It became YWCA Light Opera Group and its first production was ‘The Rajah of Rajapore.’