MEET THE TEAM
Join us at GLJ YOUTH THEATRE as young members discover a wide variety of acting techniques, as well as creating brand new characters within every session.
Learn everything you need to know about the theatre through fun games, scripts and exercises - preparing every GLJ member to take part in our performance later in the year.
GLJ YOUTH THEATRE is the place to have fun, explore drama and create brand new scripts and scenes from scratch in a safe environment.
Get hands on with costume, props and scripts from different artists.
Gary L Johnson was born and raised in Northamptonshire and first started performing at a very young age at the local theatre. Gary started his performing career in his local youth theatre before working professionally on a number of Christmas productions – he’s played everything from
THE MAD HATTER, TINY TIM and even JESUS! Gary’s passion and dedication to performing transformed over the years and Gary has worked successfully in different art forms including acting, presenting, stage management and writing. In 2010 Gary went off to train in Musical Theatre in Leicester. Gary was the Youth Theatre Director at The Castle Theatre for four years before being given the opportunity to return to his performing roots – Gary is now signed up to an agency singing / entertaining for a number of venues up North including a number of shows in Blackpool. Finally Gary is a strong charity supporter and has used his theatre skills to help raise money for a number of charities including DONNA’S DREAM HOUSE in Blackpool.
His charity work has helped him win the Princess Diana Award.
Since opening GLJ THEATRE in 2015 Gary has also performed in a number of productions around the UK including CINDERELLA (SHAW THEATRE LONDON), WIZARD OF OZ (CASTLE THEATRE), ROBIN HOOD (ALTON TOWERS) and ALADDIN (SUNDAIL THEATRE).
From a young age Laura has been a part of the creation of drama, whether that has been as an actor or behind the scenes creating the sounds, lights, costumes or props. Laura started by being involved with her local theatre company, where she stayed for a number of years.
Productions included “Just by Ali Smith” and “Under the hood”.
More recently Laura has taken up a leading and assisting role with Gary. Laura was also lucky to be involved with the National Theatre Connections as the Company Stage Manager for The Castle Theatres 2015 production. Laura has now returned to the theatre world with
GLJ THEATRE performing in the 2016 production PLAIN AS PAPER and becoming the stage manager for ALICE THE MUSICAL in 2017.
In 2018 she joined Enchanted Entertainments as the Rehearsal Stage Manager for Cinderella.
Reece Yarnold is back and has returned as the Assistant to GLJ THEATRE! Reece has been busy in the performing world taking part in numerous dance competitions and also performing on stage in a number of productions including JACK AND THE BEAN STALK at CASTLE THEATRE and as a professional dancer in REAMBA'S ALADDIN.
Reece returned to the GLJ FAMILY with A TRIP TO OZ playing MR LION and then performed with Gary L Johnson in DAME WORKALOT FINDS LOVE. Now Reece is looking forward to the next GLJ adventure and to working with our young members each week.