THE Musical Theatre Summer School at Helmsley Arts Centre will run from Monday to Friday, led by 19-year-old director and choreographer Jolley Gosnold, whose talent and experience belies his age.

He will be joined for five days of music, movement and theatre by acting coach Audrie Woodhouse and voice coach Em Whitfield Brooks, the arts centre's artistic director.

From 10am to 4pm each day, young performers aged 12 to 17 will learn and develop musical theatre skills, including acting through song, character work, dance and stagecraft.

" Using well-known songs from the shows, we will create a new piece of modern musical theatre and perform the piece in the auditorium at the end of the week," says Jolley. "Bring your ideas, your friends, your dancing shoes, loose clothing and a packed lunch. Dance experience isn't necessary but experienced dancers are welcome."

The summer school costs £80 or £70 for Helmsley Arts Centre Youth Theatre members. Places are limited, so book pronto on 01439 771700.

Meanwhile, children aged seven to 11 can take part in the Charlie And The Chocolate Factory theatre workshop on Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 4pm.

The workshop will be run by playwright and director Helena Fox, who specialises in Roald Dahl.

"We'll be getting stuck into two whole days of exploring the factory and characters from Dahl's much loved novel," she says. "Working with physical theatre and characterisation, we’ll have fun building a dynamic performance piece to share with family and friends on the Tuesday afternoon. Parents should arrive at 4pm to watch."

Places cost £30 or £25 for Youth Theatre & Tykes members on 01439 771700. Again, participants should bring a packed lunch each day.