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Welcome to Little Theatre Company's April 2014 newsletter, compiled by Elaine Pritchard. LTC is a Registered Charity No: 1072000.
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Miss Saigon flies in to Burton

Our annual LTC Youth production takes to the stage this Easter

The Easter holidays are almost here, and that means it's nearly time for our annual LTC Youth musical.
This year we are delighted to be presenting the powerful and dramatic Miss Saigon, School Edition, just weeks before this classic show celebrates its 25th anniversary with a triumphant return to London's West End.
If you've not yet booked your tickets, don't delay. There are SEVEN chances to see and hear this musical treat with evening performances at 7.30pm each night from Tuesday April 22-Saturday April 26, plus 2.30pm matinees on Thursday AND Saturday.Tickets are £10 with £8 concessions available at ALL performances. All matinee tickets are £8. Book via the Brewhouse box office on 01283-508100 or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/littletheatreco

Below: Rehearsal image by Geoff Thompson
Miss Saigon School Edition

Still to come in 2014......

Artistic Director, John Bowness, has cast the remaining two shows we will be staging in 2014.
Up Pompeii by Little Theatre Company, Burton-on-Trent
In June we bring you the riotous and cheeky comedy Up Pompeii.

Written by Miles Tredinnick, this specially-created stage version brings you all the characters you may remember from the BBC comedy series which starred the late, great Frankie Howerd: Lurcio the slave; Senna the Soothsayer; Ludicrus Sextus, his wife Ammonia and their grown-up offspring Erotica and Nausius.

If you have been watching the new comedy series W1A - set in the BBC - you may have spotted fictional BBC employees meeting in the Frankie Howerd room adorned with one of the Up Pompeii catchphrases: "Nay, nay and thrice nay".

The play will run from Tuesday June 24 to Saturday June 28 at 7.30pm each night with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets will be £8 with £7 concessions available Tuesday to Thursday only. All matinee tickets are £7.

Up Pompeii poster design and illustration by Kevin Coward © The Edward Alderton Theatre.

Acorn Antiques the MusicalLooking ahead to our November musical, we will be bringing you Acorn Antiques - The Musical created by Victoria Wood and based on the characters first seen in her Acorn Antiques soap opera spoof in her TV series. 

You are promised a night full of smiles, laughter, song and dance - and Manchesterford's finest antiques - courtesy of Miss Babs, Miss Berta, Mrs Overall and the rest of the cast.

Acorn Antiques opens on Monday November 10 and closes on Saturday November 15. More details in our next newsletter.
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It's our 30th birthday


2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Little Theatre Company's creation as an independent town-based amateur theatre group following the closure of Burton's School of Speech and Drama.

We were delighted that during the week of our highly-successful March play - The History Boys - the Burton Mail ran a double page spread about our company including lots of pictures of productions down the years.

You can still read the feature in the Burton Mail Online.


Success in Burton Vocal Festival


Congratulations to LTC Members Wil Pearson and Jack Hawkins who enjoyed success in the 11th Burton Competitive Vocal Festival, held at the Brewhouse on March 1.

Wil won Class Three, 12-16 years Show Song and was also awarded the The Mabel Millin Award for a promising young singer.

Jack won Class Seven, Over 17 Show Song.

Both these talented young singers can be seen in Miss Saigon this month.

New world record attempt by Adam and Alex

Adam Bates and Alex Gill are playing squash for 32 hours - and attempting to set a new World record. And it's all in aid of The Royal Society of Wildlife Trust in memory of Adam's aunt Ann Hogan who sadly passed away very suddenly last year. Their feat will take place at Nottingham Squash Rackets Club over the weekend of May 3/4. All support in person - or via donations at Adam's Just Giving Page http://www.justgiving.com/SquashWR - will be very welcome.
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NT Connections Festival

Tommy Loftus - who recently played Posner in The History Boys - along with LTC Youth members Tom Pritchard and Fawn Clements - are in the cast of Heritage, a play by Dafydd Williams being performed at Derby Theatre by de Ferrers Academy as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival.

You can book tickets for their show on Tuesday April 15 at 7.30pm, for just £5 each, here through the Derby Theatre website

National Theatre Connections Festival
The NT Connections Festival is an exciting three-day festival during the Easter holidays for young people age 11-25 to see exciting new plays commissioned by the National Theatre and performed by local youth groups.

Apart from evening performances, there are workshops during the day on many subjects including stage combat, physical theatre, street dance, playwriting and performance poetry. You can download a brochure here.
 

All star volunteers


We were very proud that Little Theatre Company was a finalist in the category Team of the Year in the East Staffordshire CVS Star Volunteer Awards 2014.

Chairman Peter Clemson and Committee Member Jackie Pearson represented the company at the awards night on March 7.

Although we didn't win we did receive a certificate from Burton MP Andrew Griffiths. It was inspiring to hear the stories of individuals and organisations who give up their time with no thought of reward.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who volunteers for Little Theatre Company and makes our performances possible.

BADAC news and updates

  • Burton and District Arts Council publishes a newsletter, now being compiled and edited by Bill Pritchard. You can catch up with the latest Spring 2014 edition, subscribe to future editions and read more at the BADAC website newsletter page - BADAC.org.uk/newsletters
  • A number of our LTC Youth members auditioned for BADAC bursaries to further their studies this month, In the June LTC newsletter we'll tell you more about how they got on.
  • Make sure the BADAC website is among your favourites. It includes lots of news about BADAC members and what's on in the local arts scene.

Row, row, row your boat 

Fiona Waite and Harley PantallThe Oxford v Cambridge boat race wasn't the only important rowing event taking place on the first weekend of April.

LTC member Fiona Waite, currently studying history at Cardiff University, was the cox of the winning team in the Welsh Varsity novice women competition

It's a coincidence that LTC member Harley Pantall also became passionate about rowing when she went to Salford University. You may remember that Fiona and Harley (pictured left) played Madame Thenardier in the Les Mis School Edition productions of 2009 and 2012 respectively.

It's likely that the two will be rivals in the British Universities and Colleges Regatta taking place in Nottingham over the weekend of May 3 and 4 (YES, the same weekend as Alex and Adam's squash world record attempt in the same city).

Welsh Varsity Womens Rowing ChampionshipFiona's family turned out to support her on April 5 and saw her team win by a good margin.

They learned that it's not only after the Oxbridge boat race that the winning cox gets thrown into the river - and brother Steve was on hand to capture the moment when Fiona hit the water.
Fiona thrown in the river

Save this date - Saturday September 6


Every other year we hold a major fundraising day to boost our funds and enable us to keep producing quality theatre in Burton.

This year the day take place on Saturday September 6 at The Brewhouse  - and will include Berta's Big Quiz. Teams of four will be able to enter for a fee which will include chip butties at the interval. The bar will be open for liquid refreshment and more details of costs and how to enter will be in our June newsletter. 

There will also be a giant tombola and all profits will go to LTC funds.

Read on for our Corporate Patrons news

Scott Towns releases charity single


Singer songwriter Scott Towns - who is a Corporate Patron of Little Theatre Company through his BT business - has released a new single.

His inspiration to write, produce and release the track came after a close friend lost his soul mate very suddenly through a heart condition. The track is called If I Look Up and is now available to download on iTunes and AmazonMP3. A percentage of the profits will go to the British Heart Foundation.

The link to download the track from iTunes for 79p is here: - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/if-i-look-up-single/id848983581 

The cover picture above was taken by Martine Muller Photography


Scott is the father of LTC member Sophie Towns, currently studying Musical Theatre at the London College of Music.
 
We are delighted to welcome The Burton-on-Trent and Ashby-de-la-Zouch Stagecoach theatre schools - now being run by LTC's Hannah Kirkpatrick - as new Corporate Patrons.

Discounts are available for siblings attending together, and anyone referred through Little Theatre Company will receive their first term half price!

Numbers are limited to around 15 students per class, and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.  As well as the weekly sessions, run by teachers who are all working professionals in their field, students also have access to PPA and LAMDA exams (which carry UCAS points), workshops with West End performers, trips, charity events and many performance opportunities. 

For more information please visit the website or call Hannah on 01283 331183.
Thank to Corporate Patrons LH Electrical who recently renewed their corporate patronage for another year.

You can find out more about the services this long-established Burton company offers at its website - www.lhelectricalltd.co.uk
Corporate patron Ian Page - who runs Burton web development company Webb2b - is the driving force behind the  #loveburton hour which sees Burton businesses and organisations promote themselves on the social networking platform between 8-9pm every Thursday. 
Now the companies and charities who tweet together also meet together on the second Friday afternoon of every month at 3pm at Burton's Holiday Inn Express. The LoveBurtonMeetUp (as it is called) is a free networking meeting and all are welcome.
If you know any local businesses - or organisations - that would like to support performing arts in Burton-on-Trent by becoming a corporate patron, the cost is just £25 a year. In return for this donation we are delighted to offer them a full promotional page linked from our website - LTC Corporate Patrons index -  and a logo/advert in the programmes sold at all our shows. patrons also received priority booking on tickets and two free tickets for our bi-annual Patrons Evenings'. Email elaine@little-theatre.co.uk for more details.

Individuals can become private patrons for a donation of just £10 a year.
If you have news for the June 2014 newsletter, please email it to Elaine at elaine@little-theatre.co.uk before the end of May.
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