Local charity Herts Inclusive Theatre (HIT) hosted a sell-out theatre performance at the Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday, March 25.
HIT provides a programme of theatre activities, creative projects and performance opportunities for children and young people across Hertfordshire.
The Hemel Children and Youth Theatre Group performed their new musical Wands, Wings and Wifi, which was inspired by a book by Hertfordshire-based author Marion Hertz.
The play is about fairies and elves taught by wizards from around the world. However, it has a modern-day twist as their wings need charging, they use mobile phones, and the fairies wear platform shoes.
A parent of one of the performers said: “I think it’s a great thing for the children’s confidence and a sense of achievement – it’s a really big thing to be able to stand up in front of everyone and really have your moment to shine. I feel really proud; she really loved doing it and had a massive grin on her face all the way through. It’s really increased her independence too.”
Tanya Byrne, lead workshop facilitator, said: “It’s a very social thing for the young people; they make friends and it extends to life outside of this class. There are so many transferable skills that they learn through performing arts, such as communication, collaboration and getting confidence to speak.”
Author Marion said: “I like to think that my book makes children laugh and smile; a magical story coupled with modern-day technology. Plus of course, the considerable bonus of raising funds for HIT, with all proceeds going to this great local charity.”
Marion is also raising funds for the charity through the sales of the book and hopes to raise around £10,000. If you would like to buy a copy, visit hit-theatre.org.uk/wands-wings-wifi
To find out more about HIT, please visit www.hit-theatre.org.uk