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Welcome to our October 2016 newsletter for members, patrons and subscribers.
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Galloping towards Spamalot

Don't delay - grab your tickets today!

Hear that clip-clop noise? That'll be King Arthur's trusty servant Patsy on the coconut shells. He's hurrying in your direction to make sure you have booked your tickets to see the Monty Python comedy musical Spamalot on stage for the first time in Burton.

Fans of the Pythons will notice more than a loving nod to the classic comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, the Lady of the Lake and assorted characters. Look out for the Knights Who Say Ni, the fish-slapping dancers, the Laker Girls, the Trojan Rabbit, French people with outrageous accents and much more!

Get ready for fantastic song and dance numbers including: He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and, of course, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life. 

The show runs from 7.30pm each night November 14-19 and there will also be a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £12, with £10 concessions from Monday to Wednesday only. All matinee tickets are £10. Ring the Brewhouse box office on 01283-508100 or visit in person to book your tickets. Online booking (NO additional fee) is available at www.ticketsource.co.uk/littletheatreco
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Congratulations Jack

Awards and honours are flying in thick and fast



Winning the Derby Magic Circle award for Close-up Magician of the Year is just one of the accolades that have come the way of our Jack Dent, of JD Magic.

He was recently accepted into the highly-prestigious national Magic Circle and also chosen as one of this year's #SmallBiz100 - 100 small businesses chosen to showcase the UK's five million small businesses. In this role he was speaking and performing at Burton's first-ever Small Business Big Difference conference at the Pirelli Stadium on October 12, organised by Burton Small Business.

Jack will be back at the Pirelli Stadium again on October 20, because he is a finalist for this year's Burton Mail Business Awards. Break-a-leg, Jack, from everyone at Little Theatre Company.

Juliette is a Disney Princess

Heading for Disneyland Paris this month

Congratulations to Juliette' Marchant who flies out to become a Princess at Disney Land Paris later this month.

It's the next exciting career step for LTC Youth member Juliette who has appeared at parties and events as Elsa for Primmy's Princess Parties - the company she founded with twin sister Scarlett in Burton.

Her initial contract is for four months and she'll be playing the roles of Rapunzel, Belle, Tinkerbell and Alice as face characters as well as character sets as Minnie Mouse and performing as a dancer in the parade. Here's a couple of pictures of her playing those characters in the Primmy's Princess Parties business.

Singing success for Heather's pupils

Matilda, Macmillan and much more

Matilda workshop by Heather GallagherHeather Gallagher and fellow Vocal Intuition singing teacher Rachel Shaw held a two-day Matilda-themed vocal and performance workshop over the summer holidays at the Stapenhill headquarters of Burton Musical Theatre Company. The two days were filled with drama games, vocal warm ups, exercises and confidence boosters.

On the first day they had the excitement of welcoming the girl who was currently playing Matilda in the West End. Heather said: "The students were completely overwhelmed to have her there and even more so when they realised she was staying the entire day to work with them. The day culminated in a performance of When I Grow Up for parents."

Day two was action-packed as they worked on two more numbers from Matilda including harmony work, dialogue and full-on dance routines. All the work was performed to an exceptionally high standard to parents at the end of the day. 
 Matilda Workshop

Macmillan big night outMacmillan Big Night Out

In Late September, Heather and two of her students - Ruby Stewart and Elena Foster - took part in a charity evening in Derby. Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Care they performed as a trio in I Know It's Today from Shrek The Musical. Ruby also performed Part Of Your World from Disney's The Little Mermaid as a solo. Both girls had wonderful feedback from the audience and the evening raised more than £1,200.

Festivities with Friends

There's a chance to see and hear Rachel and Heather's students when they perform as part of this year's Festivities with Friends Christmas Show on December 15 at The Brewhouse Arts Centre.

Break-a-leg to Bill

BADAC newsletter editor is sleeping rough

Bill Pritchard, who edits the Burton and District Arts Council (BADAC) newsletter, is taking part in the annual YMCA Burton sleep out next month.

He is giving up his bed for the night to help the charity support adults and youngsters in crisis. Since the event began in 2009 it has raised more than £100,000 in total. As demand for the YMCA's services, including its food bank, increases the charity is hoping to raise £30,000 this year. Find out more about this year's expanded sleep out events here. 

Bill would like to thank all the LTC members and their families and friends who have sponsored him.

His fundraising page is here.

Fundraiser for US trip

Join Wil and friends at the National Brewery Centre in October

Wil Pearson is performing with his band mates from the Hot House Music School at the National Brewery Centre to raise funds for their Christmas and New Year tour of America. Tickets are flying out of the box office, but check for any last minute availability.

Wil Pearson gig poster

Coming up in 2017

Rehearsals have started this month for our Easter youth production, which will be the Schools Edition of Les Miserables, and we are delighted to welcome the new youth members who auditioned recently.

Other shows lined up for 2017 are the smash-hit, satirical musical Avenue Q, sometimes described as 'Sesame Street for adults' in June. It features actors playing alongside Sesame Street-style puppets but the adult themes they explore in a series of catchy, comedy tunes address modern-day issues and anxieties.

In November we will be performing Betty Blue Eyes, a stage musical comedy based on the 1984 film A Private Function. It features music and lyrics by Stiles and Drewe and is based on the original screenplay by Alan Bennett. The show is set in 1947, where having won the war, Britain seems to be losing the peace. Belts are being tightened by families, while local officials feather their own nests by taking more than their own fair share as acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades beset the country. The bright spot on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
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