My heartfelt Congratulations to Ed and Maureen Bailey on 30 years of the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd with Track Youth Theatre.
I am eternally in their debt. The moment I commenced with the group in 1985, I knew I would never be the same.
Ed taught me about concentration, communication, co-operation and commitment. Maureen taught me how to box-step and can-can, I learned that if I really put my mind to it, I’d never have to do a real job in my life.
Thank you Ed & Maureen – now my Mum’s got four boys who between them can’t even change a lightbulb. We do however know to project, to never have our back to the audience and we wouldn’t dare even consider peeking through the curtains. Here’s to the next thirty years… (cough).
Stephen Curry (better known as ‘Happy Villager No. 4’ from Man of Steel in 1985.)
Theatrecraft Review, Rumpelstiltskin (2015)
Founded in 1980 by Ed Bailey and Maureen Bailey, Track Youth Theatre continues to stage shows on a grand scale while providing an opening for youngsters 9 to 16 years.
When the curtain goes up, the scale of the production on stage is highlighted initially by a first rate rendition of Miller’s Dale Village with little stone house and a water wheel that actually turns throughout. It provides the backdrop at the opening for a very large cast of children in colourful well fitted costumes as they burst into song and dance. As the story unfolds we are treated to a number of clever topical gags, changing scenery and costumes and some imaginative lighting effects and bright sound track.
Reviewed by Bruce Cochrane- September 4th, 2015