AS THE acclaimed Plough Youth Theatre is busy rehearsing its 10th production, preparations are also being made for its fifth birthday celebrations on February 24. A cast of 65 youngsters aged 8-17 years are working closely to bring Leslie Bricusse's musi

AS THE acclaimed Plough Youth Theatre is busy rehearsing its 10th production, preparations are also being made for its fifth birthday celebrations on February 24. A cast of 65 youngsters aged 8-17 years are working closely to bring Leslie Bricusse's musical, Scrooge to the stage of the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, where the youth theatre is based. The show will play February 14-16.Two of the cast members, Kate and Rose Kennelly, have been with the group since it first sprang from 2002 drama workshops run by Rod Pudner. Producer/director Rob and assistant director/stage manager Sarah Peter promise a production to remember. Alan Boxer is musical director and new additions to the creative team are choreographers Helen Venn and Helen French who have added extra sparkle by way of full company dance numbers. Light and sound design is in the capable hands of Marcos Willats who promises a few surprises, and design is by Pippa Jenkins who is turning the auditorium into 1860s London. "Tickets are selling fast for this rousing show, with its cornucopia of colourful characters, joyous songs and large production numbers, it certainly is going to be a winter warmer and one not to be missed," said Rob.Reduced price tickets are available for the dress rehearsal on February 13 when there will be a collection and raffle in aid of North Devon Hospice.On February 24, The Plough will host a celebration of five years of The Youth Theatre: all members and anyone who has had involvement in the group are invited. Tickets include a light buffet. There will be some cabaret style seating and of course a red carpet, plus special guests, musical entertainment and film clips from past productions.The company's first show for the public was Alan Parker's Bugsy Malone early in 2004, followed by Korczak, and King Matt. Members joined with the Community Theatre for Brecht's Mother Courage and The Pied Piper of Torrington. In 2007 alone the youngsters performed three outstanding shows, Treasure Island by Stephen Kingsbury, Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Freedom, a piece of outdoor musical theatre which they devised as part of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade.For further tickets, information, to join the Youth Theatre or offer sponsorship or support, call the Plough box office on (01805) 624624.