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April's news and updates from Little Theatre Company

Two great shows rock Burton

Calendar Girls and Joseph bring in huge audiences

Since our last newsletter it's been a busy time for us with Calendar Girls as our March play followed just two weeks later by the annual LTC Youth production, which this year was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

It was a thrill to see packed audiences every night for both these shows with most nights sold out. 

Congratulations to 'the girls' who achieved their target of raising £2,500 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research - and thanks to everyone who supported them. The cheque will be handed over to the charity shortly.

Calendar Girls by Little Theatre Company

If you were in the audience for the last night of Joseph you will know that Tom Kounnas, who was playing Reuben and Pharoah, dislocated his shoulder during Act 1 and had to be taken by ambulance to Burton's Queen's Hospital. We are pleased to say that Tom has made a full recovery and we would like to pay tribute and thanks to Sam Pearson who stepped into the breach and played the role of Pharoah at just a few moment's notice. 

The entire cast rallied round and did a thoroughly professional job in very difficult circumstances.

Joseph by LTC Youth

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LTC member Ed Robinson is following his love of singing and has gained a place at the Royal Northern College of Music to study for his degree in the school of vocal studies starting in September.

He has been taking every opportunity to perform over the last few months, singing the Baritone solo with Hall Green Choral Society in their Christmas Concert, in Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs and taking part in Burton Vocal Festival and the Staffordshire Young Singer of the Year Competition.

Ed was not able to appear in Joseph this year because he auditioned for the National Youth Choir and was taking part in a week-long residential course over Easter  which concluded with a performance in the Royal Albert Hall.
Congratulations to Ewan Bourne who won the Mabel Millen Award at this spring's Burton Vocal Festival.

Ewan also made the regional finals of the TeenStar talent contest held in Derby, as did fellow LTC Youth member India Burnton,

A number of other LTC members also competed in the Burton Vocal Festival and among the winners were Wil and Sam Pearson and Ed Robinson.

Thanks to Anne Leatherland - Ewan's singing tecaher - for the picture above. Read more about at Anne at her Vocal Intuition website.
Good luck to "Team Ratcliffe" - a.k.a Heather and Georga Ratcliffe of Little Theatre Company - who are taking part in the Race For Life 5k at Loughborough on July 21.

Also on the team are Leon Ratcliffe's sister Gemma, his sister-in-law Sarah and his cousin Dawn. 

It's not too
 early to sponsor 
Race for Life for Cancer UKthem at their Just Giving Page - http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/team-ratcliffe and any ladies who fancy joining the team will be most welcome.

Events like Race for Life are vital in funding Cancer Research UK's life-saving work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.Please dig deep if you can and support them for this very important cause.
 
Congratulations to our Hannah Mason on becoming Mrs Kirkpatrick at her wedding to Joel on Friday April 5.

The ceremony came just three weeks after Hannah played the golf-loving Celia in Calendar Girls.

The couple first met at Hull University.

We wish them every happiness in their new life together.



Piaf poster

Our June play marks a major change of mood from our last two shows.
Piaf, a play with music by Pam Gems, tells the gritty story of Edith Piaf and her rise from the slums of Paris to stardom.
It pulls no punches in portraying the singer's self-destructive side and shows her dabbling in drink, drugs and promiscuous behaviour.
Jane Lapotaire shot to fame in the play. Our version stars Katie Haywood - last seen on stage with LTC as Maria Von Trapp.
Tickets will be on sale soon through the Brewhouse box office on 01283-508100 and at the Little Theatre Company website.
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Piaf's death. This powerful play features some of Edith Piaf’s greatest songs (La Vie en Rose, Hymne a l’amour and Non Je Ne Regrette Rien). It contains some strong language and adult scenes.
Elaine and Bill Pritchard are holding a craft and gift fair on Saturday April 20 from 2pm to 4pm at the Priory Centre, Church Road, Stretton, to raise funds for the charity Nowzad Dogs.

Guest of honour will be Kilo the dog (pictured with owner Sue Gibbs).
Rescue dog Kilo with owner Sue Gibbs
Kilo was adopted by British soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, and Nowzad - a charity formed by Royal Marine 'Pen' Farthing - fundraised to bring her home.

The charity works tirelessly to raise animal welfare standards in Afghanistan and to re-home dogs and cats who form strong bonds with the soldiers stationed overseas.

Elaine and Bill have had lots of help and support from LTC members and friends and would love to see you at the event.

Admission is free but donations to Nowzad Dogs are welcome.There will be at least ten stalls selling crafts and gifts, a tombola, refreshments and a meet-and-greet with Kilo.
Congratulations to LTC Youth member Nina Ball who was one of 150 people to be accepted - out of 1,000 who auditioned - for a place in Year 10 at the Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA).
Nina Ball of LTC Youth

BOA is an independent state-funded 14-19 academy specialising in Creative, Digital and Performing Arts.

Nina will be moving from John Taylor High School to take up her place where she will study musical theatre alongside the core subjects of maths, English and science.

Nina said: "I heard about it from some people at my school and I'm very excited to have been successful and I can't wait to start there."
A few weeks before he took the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Tom Dent was on our television screens - and in several magazines - as the star of the opening episode of the second series of Sing Date on Sky Living.
Billed as a karaoke TV dating show, each episode focuses on one keen singer who watches clips of other singers and shortlists  three to duet with over the internet. After this, the star of the episode chooses one person to meet in person and duet with on a 'sing date'.
The episode also featured Tom's twin brother Jack. Filming of the family scenes took place before Jack left for his six-month tour on a cruise ship which ends next month.
The twins' dad Dave was also filmed giving some last minute advice to Tom before his sing date.
Former LTC member Adele Bates was back in Burton recently to perform in a memorial concert for former de Ferrers head of music Philip Marshall who died in August 2012.

Adele is pictured (right) during the concert at Burton Town Hall.
Have you ever considered becoming a volunteer behind the bar at the Brewhouse?

When there is a show or special event in the Brewhouse bar or the auditorium - including of course our own LTC shows - the bar is provided through Burton and District Arts Council and staffed by volunteers.

They serve behind the bar, collect, wash and dry glasses and organise the pre-ordered drinks and make sure they are ready for the interval.

The team of volunteers are a friendly bunch of all ages and they would love to hear fromm anyone who would like to join their rota. 

For over-18s it's a great chance to get some work experience on your CV. Future employers are more likely to be impressed by job seekers who have shown commitment and responsibility in a volunteer job.

Previous bar experience is not needed, and if you would like to find out more, email Vikki Gill on vikkigill@rocketmail.com

Feel free to forward these details to friends and family who might like to volunteer.

The Brewhouse is always interested in hearing from people who would like to become volunteer stewards at shows performed at the venue by Little Theatre Company and others. For more information contact the Brewhouse Box Office.
We are grateful to all our private and corporate patrons who support our work with an annual donation. 
Patrons are thanked through publication of their names in our souvenir programmes sold in the foyer and bar area at all our shows.
Corporate patrons - all local businesses - are also thanked through a section of the website where they each have a page.

The latest local business to become a corporate patron is LH Electrical Limited. 

LH Electrical Limited

Other corporate patrons who have renewed their support for us recently include
To see the full list of all corporate patrons - click here

To enquire about becoming a patron, email elaine@little-theatre.co.uk


Thanks to Corporate Patron The Mug Tug who surprised some of the cast of Calendar Girls on the last night of the show with jugs she had hand-painted for them as souvenirs.

                                    


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