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SOS call from Llanelli

The Llanelli Star has launched its Save Our Stars campaign in an all-singing, all-dancing article.

The newspaper is trying to muster support to find a new home for the Llanelli Youth Theatre which has to leave its current venue at the end of March.

If the group cannot find premises big enough for all of the equipment – as well as with space for rehearsals – it faces the threat of closure.

The full-page story describes how the theatre group had received offers for rehearsal space at various halls and venues, but none was enough for the company of up to 100 youngsters – and some 10,000 costumes.

The article also gives a factfile on the Llanelli Youth Theatre group revealing its 102 different productions in 17 years.

The newspaper is not asking for money: it is trying to encourage readers to give their backing to force the local authority to continue providing a home.

Editor Robert Lloyd said: “A group which has helped develop the talent of the youth of our area cannot be allowed to go to the wall.

“In the long-term, there is a wider issue of support for an ambitious community theatre project.

“But for now, the biggest concern is the impending deadline which sees up to 100 talented youngsters and their valuable stage equipment being made homeless.”

The Star has promised to mention every person who backs the campaign to find a new home so the workshops can continue to provide a safe and creative environment for the area’s youth.

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