YMCA show a real cracker

The cast of YMCAs production Christmas Cracker prepare for their shows in early December.
The cast of YMCAs production Christmas Cracker prepare for their shows in early December.

The YMCA Theatre’s Christmas show will go on after a generous donation from a local businesswoman.

Linda Wood, owner of Jitterbugs Nursery, stepped in to help when the YMCA’s funds couldn’t cover all of the costs of the charity show.

This year’s festive production at the YMCA, called a Christmas Cracker, pay will tribute to the dedicated men and women of the emergency services.

Following an appeal, Linda offered to cover the cost of kitting-out the cast with special T-shirts sporting the emergency services logos.

Katie Doubtfire, co-director of Christmas Cracker, said: “It costs a lot to put on these shows and, as a charity, the YMCA relies on the generosity of organisations and individuals to support its work with young people.

“This year, the Christmas Cracker team wanted to highlight the amazing work the emergency services do for us on a daily basis, by including a section in the show dedicated to thanking NHS workers, police officers, fire and rescue teams and the RNLI.

“We cannot thank Linda enough for her kindness.

“Christmas is a time for giving and the YMCA wants to give our young people the best opportunities and our audiences the best entertainment.

“Linda’s kind donation has helped us to do that.

“One of the things we love about this show is that as well as being jam packed with festive fun, songs, dances, comedy sketches and much, much more, we also find time to look back and respectfully honour those friends and supporters of the YMCA that have tragically passed away in 2016.”

Linda Wood said: “So many people of all ages owe so much to the work of the YMCA.

“Many generations have benefitted from the opportunities and support they provide and it is an organisation that is very close to my heart.”

The Christmas Cracker show runs on Friday 2 December at 7:30pm, Saturday 3 December at 7:30pm and Sunday 4 December at 2pm. Tickets are priced at £8.50 for Adults and £7.50 for Concessions.

Group bookings of 10 or more are priced at just £6 per ticket.

Tickets for the show are available from the YMCA Box Office on St Thomas Street, by telephone on 01723 506750, or online at www.ymcascarborough.uk.