Backstage Youth Theatre take to our screens

Cents and sense, two things that it’s fair to say, go hand in hand. Backstage Youth Theatre (BYT) have been busy working on their latest project, titled “Saving Makes Cents”.

Cents and sense, two things that it’s fair to say, go hand in hand. Backstage Youth Theatre (BYT) have been busy working on their latest project, titled “Saving Makes Cents”.

This campaign involves producing, directing and acting in short videos for the internet, which they are anticipating will go ‘viral!’

The campaign deals with saving amongst teenagers and the advantages it can have on one’s personal life, a subject vastly relevant to the times we are currently in.

“Saving Makes Cents” is just another success in what has been a somewhat hectic and demanding year for BYT. From the annual pantomime, “The Wizard Of Longford” to their spring one-act production of “The World Is Our Stage”, it has been a highly successful and triumphant year.

All members have been dedicated, hard-working and talented as ever, and along with the guidance of their leaders, they have made it one of the most superlative and pre-eminent years of Backstage Youth Theatre to date.

In the early stages of the project back in November, Shane Crossan (Movie-Making Co-ordinator) ran various workshops in the Canal Studio, Backstage Theatre. All members were welcome to come and join in, and those who showed an interest and desired to be a part of the finished product stayed on for the coming weeks.

A huge amount of effort and hard work has gone into the project by leading man Paul Higgins (Chairperson), as well as Karie Murray, Mairtin Kenny and Brendan Williams.

Shane Crossan has also donated a huge amount of his time in co-ordinating the project. His expertise and enthusiasm has been a tremendous asset to the project, to say the least. He brought the BYT members through the artistic and technical sides of film-making, as well as showing them and helping them discover which screen-shots and angles worked best in different situations.

‘Shooting’ of the advertisements themselves took place in a variety of locations around Longford, including Carphone Warehouse, and members’ houses. After all, sense, unfortunately cannot be bought, but it makes sense to save cents!

Of course, this is not the première year of BYT on our screens. Last year’s production of “Silent Revenge” sent ratings soaring through the roof.

This latest endeavour of BYT however has given all its members and leaders a welcome opportunity to learn, develop and indeed brush-up on their film-making skills.

It has provided yet another outlet for its many members to showcase their never-ending line of talent.

The first of the three advertisements takes place outside Carphone Warehouse outside Longford town. It sees a young man (Luke Casserly) torn between ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’ (Sarah Considine and Tatiana Simoes) in trying to decide whether to spend his money on a new phone or save the money he has. Eventually, ‘Good’ wins out and he decides to save the money.

With a catchy and infectious tune to accompany this silent ad, it makes a very convincing argument. The second ad happens in “a girlie bedroom somewhere in the midlands” where we see a teenage girl (Hannah Carleton) in a bit of a situation. She too has a decision to make!

She needs to figure out whether to go to the cinema with her friends, or spend the money on tickets to a Rihanna concert. Suddenly, she has a light-bulb moment and she ostentatiously whips out a very large bottle of coins, conveying to the audience that she has enough money to do both because she has saved.

Finally, the last advertisement occurs in a BYT member’s home. This time we see the attention of a teenage girl (Sabina Dubiel) being captured by a TV ad for a new laptop.

She is told by her parents (Philip McCarthy and Molly Carleton) that they will not buy her the laptop in question, so she retires to her room in a strop to look for her piggy-bank.

During the search of her wardrobe, she ends up throwing personal belongings on her bed. It is then made clear to the viewer that the cost of all the ‘discarded’ items on the bed is equal to the cost of the new laptop.

So, have you seen the advertisements, yet? If not, visit youtube.com/savingmakescents to see them all, right now.

And who knows, after you have all that money saved, you can spend it on tickets to see the next Backstage Youth Theatre production. Watch this space!