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Our Feb newsletter includes info about forthcoming shows and a look back at our LAFTA awards in December. Compiled by Elaine Pritchard
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Looking forward to 2014

Two great shows coming up in March and April

The start of each new year is always busy and exciting for us. There's the promise and excitement of two plays and two musicals to come and it's the only time we are rehearsing two shows simultaneously.
Up first, from March 11-15, is The History Boys, by Alan Bennett. This play was voted the nation's favourite late last year which led to our Chairman Peter Clemson being interviewed on the Andy Potter afternoon show on BBC Radio Derby. The play follows the fortunes of an unruly bunch of bright sixth form boys as they each set out to secure themselves a coveted place at Oxford or Cambridge.
From April 22-26, LTC Youth is performing Miss Saigon (School Edition) just ahead of the show's triumphant revival in the West End of London. Created by Alain Boublil and Claude Michel Schönberg, who also brought us Les Miserables, Miss Saigon is the epic and tragic love story of Chris, an American soldier and Kim, a Vietnamese girl during the turmoil of the Vietnam War.
If you've enjoyed our youth productions in other years you will know we strive for the highest standards possible - so this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy this splendid show in your home town.
If you've not got your tickets yet - don't delay. You can buy them from us online (no booking or admin fee) at www.ticketsource.co.uk/littletheatreco or you can buy them in person from the Brewhouse Arts Centre box office or by telephoning 01283 508100.


When your tears have dried, after watching Miss Saigon, it will be tears of laughter for the rest of the year.
In June we present the stage version of the television comedy series Up Pompeii - which starred the irrepressible Frankie Howerd. That will run from Tuesday June 24 to Saturday June 28. There will also be a Saturday matinee.
Our November musical is - Acorn Antiques, The Musical -Victoria Wood's all-singing, all-dancing version of her spoof  television soap opera set in an antiques shop in Manchesterford.
That will run from Monday November 10 to Saturday November 15 at 7.30pm each night, plus a Saturday matinee. 
The LAFTAS (Little Awards for Theatrical Achievement) are our annual celebration party for members held immediately after our annual general meeting.
In December 2013, one of the highlights was the presentation of The Adam Bates Trophy for Youth Performance of the Year in memory of Vera Creamer. Vera was Adam's grandmother, and she was also a patron and a big supporter of LTC and loved coming to watch Adam and his sister Adele perform in shows.
Adam's uncle David came up with the idea of a trophy and it will now be presented annually to the winner of the youth performance category at the LAFTAs.
The first winner was Jim Haywood (pictured above) for his performance as Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd, The Musical. The presentation was made even more special thanks to a surprise video of Adam announcing the winner from a beach in South America where he was working as a football commentator.
Pictured below: Alyson Bates presents Jim with his award on behalf of the Bates family.

Could you help front-of-house?


Kay St Clair, who organises the rota of volunteers to sell programmes and serve behind the coffee bar at our shows, is always keen to hear from new volunteers.

It was lovely to see some youth members helping out during the week of Sweeney Todd.

If you would like to help out, please email me - elaine@little-theatre.co.uk - with your contact details (email and phone number) and I'll pass them on to Kay. She will send you a rota ahead of forthcoming shows and you can mark down when you are available.

 


 

Did you hear the people sing?


February got off to a wonderful start with Do You Hear The People Sing? - a concert in loving memory of Dawn Ratcliffe in the Brewhouse bar.
All tickets sold out VERY quickly for this special night organised by Dawn's son Leon, daughter-in-law Heather and granddaughter Georga (pictured above).
They presented a night of Dawn's favourite songs, which ranged from Adele's Rolling In the Deep to numbers from shows such as Blood BrothersWicked and Les Miserables.
They were also joined on stage for some numbers by other guests from LTC:- Grace Clarke, Sophie Towns, Jack Hawkins and Peter Clemson.
Dawn's family are fundraising in her memory for St Giles Hospice who provided essential support to Dawn and her family last year. An early estimate is that the event has raised around £620. A further £120 was raised for St Giles Hospice at our AGM where members voted that proceeds of the annual collection in lieu of Christmas cards should go to this charity.
If you couldn't get a ticket for the gig you can still donate at this Just Giving page, or by texting DRAT66 £5 (or whatever amount you want to give) to 70070.

Berta's big quiz, and the LAFTAs


On Saturday September 6 there will be a fundraising quiz night - organised by 'Berta' of the daily LTC fun trivia quiz fame.
More details will be announced later, but save the date in your diary. It will be open to teams of four and all will be welcome to pit their wits against members and patrons.
Our next LAFTAS and annual general meeting for members will be held on Saturday January 3, 2015.

The LAFTAS were compered and masterminded by Chairman Peter Clemson, with Matt and Tilley Bancroft. The glamorous Harley Pantall, returned to Burton to assist on the night.
Winners in each category were:
  • Front of House Award - Brian Alston for the Sweeney Todd beer.
  • Best Accent or Dialect and Best Actor (Comedy) - Jack Hawkins for Pirelli in Sweeney Todd.
  • Best Actor (Drama) and Best Actor in a Leading Role - Leon Ratcliffe for Todd in Sweeney Todd.
  • Best Musical Performance; Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actress (Drama) - Katie Haywood for Piaf in Piaf.
  • Best Actress (Comedy) - Elaine Pritchard for Ruth in Calendar Girls.
  • Best Double Act - Katie Haywood and Leon Ratcliffe for Mrs Lovett and Todd in Sweeney Todd.
  • Technical Award - Peter Clemson for sound operation in Sweeney Todd.
  • Best LTC Set - Joseph.
  • Best Newcomer - Shannon Lenton for the narrator in Joseph.
  • Good Sport Personality of the Year - Sam Pearson for heroically stepping into the role of Pharaoh half way through the last night of Joseph.
  • Villain of the Year - Rob Tunley for The Beadle in Sweeney Todd.
  • Best Youth Performance (and the Adam Bates Trophy for Best Youth Performance in Memory of Mrs Vera Creamer) and the Artistic Director's Award (Onstage) - Jim Haywood as Tobias in Sweeney Todd.
  • Mike Mear Award - Jackie Pearson.
  • Backstage Award - Tom Pritchard for Assistant Stage Manager in Sweeney Todd.
  • Best Supporting Actor - Tom Kounnas for Pharaoh in Joseph.
  • Best Supporting Actress - Vicky Fryer for Toine in Piaf.
  • Artistic Director's Award (Offstage) - Carol, Elaine and the Calendar Girls.
  • Production of the Year - Sweeney Todd.
  • Member of the Year - Elaine Pritchard.
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Shannon's World Challenge

This summer, Shannon Lenton (along with fellow LTC youth members Dara Laughlin and Fawn Clements) will be taking the trip of a lifetime to Ethiopia with the de Ferrers Academy as part of a World Challenge expedition. During the trip she will be building a water source, going on a three day trek and taking in the culture of the country. 

In order to take part Shannon must raise £2,000 which she has been working towards over the past two years with more car boot sales than she can remember, ticket sales from drama performances and taking part in a fun run as the Incredible Hulk (pictured above).

In March she will be tackling a four-mile mud run in Northampton and is looking for sponsors. Any help would be greatly appreciated as it all goes to a worthwhile cause, for more information you can contact her via email on shannon.lenton@hotmail.co.uk. This email can also be used directly on PayPal for straight donations as another option.

The entire World Challenge group will also be putting on a Race Night at the de Ferrers Academy on Saturday March 15 at 7.30pm. The night is great fun for all the family, you can own a horse to have a chance at winning fantastic prizes, bet, or simply sit back and enjoy. It's a night at the races that's too good to miss. Tickets for the night can be purchased for £2 while horses cost £5.  
News from our corporate patrons
 
Break-a-leg to Corporate Patron Peter Bourne - of Peter Bourne Communications - who is set to take to the stage during February half term with his colleagues from Burton Amateur Stage Entertainers in their annual panto. This year they are performing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Brewhouse from Tuesday February 18 to Saturday February 22. You may know that Peter designed and developed our official website. He has also recently developed a new website for Burton Business Club.

We have updated details of our upcoming shows for 2014 on the Big Local App. The app is a great source of useful local information and can be downloaded free. Just search on itunes for Big Local App East Staffordshire. Once you have it on your smartphone you can find us by clicking on "cinema and arts" and then on "theatres".


Welcome to Bob Summerbell - of Summerbell Design - who signed up as a corporate patron recently. Thanks to Peter Bourne Communications, Bidmead Bakery and Timbertown Trophies who have all renewed their support as corporate patrons for another year.

Ian Page of Webb2b is one of the driving forces behind #loveburton, a special hour on the social network platform Twitter. If you have a Twitter account, you can log on between 8-9pm every Thursday and include #loveburton in your tweets. Most weeks, we'll be among those tweeting from our LTC_in_Burton account. Ian and his colleagues are now also organising monthly meetups in the town for local businesses, charities and organisations who take part in #loveburton to network and make business connections.

If you know any local businesses who would like to be corporate patrons of Little Theatre Company, the annual donation is an affordable £25 per year and there's publicity in all our show programmes, on our website, in this newsletter and on social media. Email elaine@little-theatre.co.uk for more information and an application form.


Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter. Our next one will be out in April 2014.

If you have any news you would like us to include, please email elaine@little-theatre.co.uk before March 24.
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