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Looking ahead to our 100th production - plus news from our company and its members.
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Little Theatre Co April 2015 newsletter

June is our 100th production

Mike Harding comedy revival

Following Evita - our annual youth production earlier this month - it's back to laugh out loud comedy as we stage the Mike Harding comedy Fur Coat and No Knickers from June 23rd - 27th.

For our milestone 100th production since becoming an independent performing arts group in 1984, we are returning to the comedy play that was the FIRST production we ever staged at the Brewhouse Arts Centre in March 1991.

Set in the north of England in the 1970s, it tells the story of the Ollerenshawe/Greenhalgh wedding. We see high jinks on the stag night, embarrassing relatives galore, misunderstandings and mischief. Will our Deirdre and our Mark make it down the aisle? Will the bride's mother and bridegroom's mother avoid a major fall out? What secrets will the bride's granddad let slip?

The play will be staged at 7.30pm each evening, plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets will be Â£9 for adults, with £8 concessions available Tuesday to Thursday only. All matinee tickets are Â£8. Online booking will be open shortly with tickets forms going out to patrons very soon.

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Below are a couple of pictures from our March 1991 production of Fur Coat and No Knickers.
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Evita is a hit

Four great reviews and superb feedback

We are very proud of our LTC Youth company who blew local audiences away with a stunning week of performances of the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita from April 7-11th.

The show earned great reviews from Burton & District Arts Council, Downstage Centre, the Burton Mail and the Ballet Bichon blog.

Among the many lovely comments we received from audience members were:

  • A standing ovation fully deserved....Great vocals, great energy, great look....Such strength in the company across the board... Absolute congrats to the whole team!
  • We spent a lot of money going to see Evita in London - and we enjoyed this more.
  • The singing of the cast and ensemble were powerful and strong and sensitive and beautiful. Well done all concerned. Congratulations on a superb production.
  • There is no i in the word TEAM and that is exactly what LTC are - an excellent team who put on excellent shows. Well done 10/10.
  • Loved the choreography and discipline of the ensemble numbers. Katie Ireland is wonderful in her demanding leading role and was so well supported by the other cast members.
  • That show inspired me to go to the theatre more.Montage of pix from Evita
Many thanks to Geoff Thompson for his wonderful pictures taken at our Evita dress rehearsals over the weekend that graced social media, our show week front of house display and various reviews and coverage in print and online.

We can now also reveal that the Easter 2016 youth production will be The Phantom of the Opera!

Princess parties take off

LTC Youth member and her twin start their own business

Scarlett Marchant, of LTC Youth, and her twin sister Juliette, have created their own business providing princesses for birthday parties and special events.

Scarlett explained that the idea came to them after Juliette - who studies childcare at Burton College - went to help out at Violet Way school dressed as Rapunzel.

"When the little children spotted her as Rapunzel they believed that Juliette actually was the real princess and stared at her in amazement," explained Scarlett. From then onwards, whenever there was an opportunity to dress up to make the children smile while she was doing volunteer work in schools and nurseries Juliette would take it. Then the sisters, now 17, began to realise that this could become a growing business.

Scarlett said: "I agreed with Juliette that I could handle the business side of things whilst she did the 'princessesing'. At first we only had a few bookings, however we had many requests for an Anna & Elsa from Frozen. Juliette decided that because I study a level 3 extended diploma BTEC in musical theatre and that I'm also performing onstage with Little Theatre Company that I would be perfect for performances and singing the princess songs. As well as this we are real life sisters so we have a genuine connection with the characters." 

Primmy's Princess Parties - the name of their business - introduced Anna & Elsa for Christmas 2014, and have seen bookings increase since. 

(Pictured below: Scarlett as Anna and Juliette as Elsa)
Anna and Elsa
They now have a few more princesses available to help them and as well as Rapunzel, Else & Anna they can arrange visits by Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, Aurora (from Sleeping Beauty), Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) or Cinderella. New characters are set to be introduced as the year continues.

Scarlett said: "Even though it is a business, we really do this in order to see the look on children's faces. That's what it's all about. We give the chance to meet their idol, and it allows them to believe. We make their dreams come true and it's always a magical feeling."

You can contact Primmy's Princess Parties through its Facebook Page or by ringing 07508 880 083.

Wil's music strikes a chord

Success in this year's vocal festival

Congratulations to Wil Pearson, 16, who came first in the jazz category and won the overall senior's award at the Burton Vocal Festival in March. We are also delighted to say that Ewan Bourne won the Traditional Folk Song (Unaccompanied) category.

Wil Pearson at vocal festival

Wil is also securing bookings as a pianist and vocalist at weddings and corporate events and can be contacted through his Facebook Page, Wil Pearson Music.

Full results from the festival can still be read on the Burton Mail website.

Jackie in training for bike ride

Jackie PearsonAs we told you in February's newsletter, Little Theatre member and Costume Co-ordinator Jackie Pearson is getting on her bike to tackle a 100km cycle ride from the Royal Windsor Racecourse into London and back overnight on the evening of Saturday May 30.

You can read more about this event - and the cancer charities that will benefit from money raised - on the official Ride the Night website

Jackie says her training is going well and she's hopeful of meeting the challenge. You can still show your support by making a donation at Jackie's Just Giving page.

News from Sophie and Scott

Sophie TownsWe have fantastic news that Sophie Towns has now signed to Becky Barrett Management in London to further her Musical Theatre career.

In addition, Sophie recently auditioned and won the chance to represent the London College Of Music in the annual Stephen Sondheim competition. This was a huge accolade for Sophie and gave her the chance to perform at the Royal Academy of Music in central London.

At the end of April, Sophie will perform in her last show at LCM before finishing her final year. She is playing the part of Helen, one of the female leads, in Stephen Sondheim's "Saturday Night". Due to the number of students, this is a double cast production. So If anyone is interested in travelling to see Sophie in the show, which will be at the Watermans Theatre in Brentford, please check to make sure you attend on a night that Sophie is performing.

Pop on over to Sophie's new website to see more details and to take a look at her new Agency Showreel.www.sophietowns.com

Meanwhile, Sophie's dad and LTC patron, Scott Towns has formed a brand new classic chart rock covers band called "Deja Vu".

The band comprises Scott on lead vocals and guitar, Andy Price on keyboards and vocals, local guitar teacher Roy Robinson on guitar and vocals, Frank Codrington on bass guitar and vocals and Rich Harris on drums.

The chaps have been working hard over the last few months in preparation for their first ever gig at The White Swan in Walton on Trent on Friday 24th April, followed by a show at The Middle Bell, Barton on Friday 15th May.

It would be great to see some of you there...!

More info can be found either through the band's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thedejavuband or at their website, www.thedejavuband.co.uk

Corporate patron thanks

HUGE thanks to the local businesses who continue to support us as corporate patrons. Since our last newsletter we are delighted that the Stagecoach theatre schools of Burton and Ashby; Lifestyle Wills and LH Lighting have all renewed their support for a further 12 months.

You can read more about their services and products by clicking on their names on the Corporate Patrons section of our website. You will also have seen the logo adverts of all our current corporate patrons in all the programmes sold during our show weeks.

We are very grateful for the support of all our business patrons whose support enables us to continue to stage high quality productions.

New private patrons join us

We're delighted that more people have joined us recently as private patrons. In return for an annual donation of £10 they receive a 'thank you' in all of our show programmes,priority ticket booking and two free tickets to our exclusive bi-annual Patrons' Evening. 

ONLY patrons get to see this special night of entertainment and the next patron's nights take place on September 1 and 2 this year. Patrons will receive details of how to claim their free tickets later in the year.

If you - or someone you know - is interested in becoming a patron, please ask them to email Company Secretary Elaine Pritchard at elaine@little-theatre.co.uk 

Saturday is Tappercise day

TapperciseSince tapping her way through Acorn Antiques the Musical as Miss Berta, Heather Gallagher has continued to run a 45 minute Saturday morning exercise class for people who want to try a fun exercise class based around tap steps.

The class starts at 10am at Dethick Hall, Hartshorne (behind the Bulls' Head pub). There is free parking across the road and each class costs £4. There's no need to have prior dance experience or to have tap shoes. Any shoes with a solid sole and a small heel are suitable. Find out more at the Tappercise Facebook Page.

Thanks for your continued support of Little Theatre Company. Our next newsletter is due out in June, and until then we'd love to chat with you on any of our social media channels below.
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