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Little Theatre Co shows for March & April 2015

Just weeks to go ...

The Ladykillers on stage in March - then Evita at Easter

There are just weeks to go until our first show of 2015 is produced at The Brewhouse Arts Centre.

The classic comedy film The LadyKillers has been adapted for the stage by Graham Linehan, the television comedy writer and director best-known for the sitcoms Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd. 

Our version opens on Tuesday March 10 and runs until Saturday March 14, telling the story of a gang of criminal misfits - posing as musicians - who rent a room in the house of a sweet old lady while they plan a robbery. The play starts at 7.30pm each night with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

If you've not yet booked your tickets, snap them up online here or by visiting the Brewhouse box office in person, or by ringing 01283 508100
The Ladykillers in Burton March 10-14, 2015

Easter is the traditional time for our annual youth production, and our talented students have been working hard since the autumn on the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Evita.

This passionate, dramatic and colourful musical takes to the stage from Tuesday April 7 - Saturday April 11. Curtain up is at 7.30pm each night and there is also a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Evita on stage in April 2015 in Burton
Telling the story of Eva Peron, Evita has more than 20 major awards to its credit, including the Oscar won by the film version starring Madonna in the title role.

Evita features some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Oh What a Circus, High Flying Adored and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.

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An exhibition to remember

We were delighted to be offered the chance to stage an exhibition at the Brewhouse Arts Centre in January to celebrate our 30 years on stage as the Little Theatre Company, our forthcoming 100th production (in June this year) and our origins within the former Burton School of Speech and Drama.

Helped by some great publicity in the Burton Mail's Mail Remembers section, we organised a reunion of cast members who appeared in a production of The King and I which took place at the original Little Theatre in Guild Street in 1971.

The King in that production was played by Ron Whetton, our Honorary Life Patron, and Anna was played by Helen Law who both returned to join us along with a number of Royal children and dancers. LTC's own Ken Brown played the interpreter in 1971 and met future wife Carol who was helping backstage with make-up.

LTC King and I reunion in Burton Mail

Later on during the exhibition run, the Brewhouse staged a sight and sound social night to celebrate the exhibition with live music provided by our Tom Dent and Heather Gallagher.

The exhibition ended on a wonderful note as former School of Speech and Drama student Brian Loftus, who went on to enjoy a celebrated career as a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer, returned to his home town to see the exhibition and meet up with Ron Whetton.

Brian Loftus and Ron Whetton in Burton Mail
If you missed the exhibition, you can see some of the pictures - and others from our archives - on a 30 Years of Little Theatre Company board on Pinterest.

Thanks to Burton and District Arts Council, Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools (Burton and Ashby) and Caittom Publishing - whose sponsorship made the exhibition possible. Thanks also to Anna Roebuck, the East Staffs arts development team and the Brewhouse.

Jackie's night ride to fight cancer

LTC member - and costume co-ordinator - Jackie Pearson, is taking part in the Women V Cancer Ride the Night on May 30.

The Women V Cancer Ride the Night is a women-only night cycle ride starting from Royal Windsor Racecourse, following a 100km route into London and back to The Racecourse. This is all in aid of Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Please visit www.ridethenight.co.uk for more information.

Jackie said: “This is going to be a real challenge for me as I am just an occasional cyclist. I will need to put in many, many hours of training but I am determined to complete it as I want to raise as much money as I can in memory of those I have known who have been taken by this killer disease and those who have survived.  If you would like to sponsor me please visit my Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/Jacqueline-Pearson2

"Help me fight cancer – please give generously! Wish me luck as it's not going to be easy!!! Thank you."



You can also follow Jackie's progress in training at her new Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/RideTheNightFightCancer

Josh's Book of Mormon dates

We mentioned in our last newsletter that former LTC member Josh Andrews was joining the cast of The Book of Mormon in London's West End as Swing – which means he will be covering a number of performers during a 13 month contract. 

Josh's mum now has some dates for us if you fancy a trip to see the show and would like to try and catch Josh performing. He is due to appear: 26-28 March; 4-9 May and 21- 23 September unless illness prevents him appearing.

Last year Josh completed a run with Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake International Tour. He was drafted in for a few weeks to cover an injured cast member and had the opportunity to visit Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney and Milan with the production.

Liam tours in Macbeth 

Macbeth by Black Box theatre

We are delighted to share the news that Liam Atton is playing the title role in Macbeth for the award-winning Black Box Theatre Company in March.

Liam played many roles for us, including Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2008.

This production, directed by Ian Moore, tours the Midlands and the North West in March, including a number of workshops in schools. Details are below if you want to try and catch one of the public performances.

Liam said: "It's a tough task, but I'm having fun. It's a great challenge!"
 

Thursday 5 March Mitchell Arts Centre, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

Box Office 01782 409307 
mitchellartscentre.co.uk


 

Wednesday 11 - Friday 13 March Lantern Theatre, Liverpool

0151 703 0000 
lanterntheatreliverpool.co.uk


 

Monday 16 March Civic Hall, Oswaldtwistle

01254 232172


Monday 23 March New Bradford Playhouse

01274 800 415 
bradfordplayhouse.org.uk


 

Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 March John Thaw Theatre, Manchester

0161 275 8951 
martinharriscentre.manchester.ac.uk


 

Our 100th and 101st productions

It hardly seems possible that in June this year we stage our 100th production since we became an independent drama group in 1984.

To mark this milestone we will be reviving the very first play we performed after moving from the old Little Theatre in Guild Street to the Brewhouse - the hilarious Mike Harding comedy Fur Coat and No Knickers from June 23 to June 27.

This show was a sell-out for LTC back in March 1991 so don’t miss out on your ticket as we invite you to revisit the chaos that is an Ollerenshawe family wedding!

It was announced at our January 2015 AGM that our November production this year will be the comedy The Flint Street Nativity, by Tim Firth.


Tim, you may remember, penned the fantastic stage version of Calendar Girls that we performed in March 2013.

The Flint Street Nativity began life as a television comedy film and was adapted for the stage in 2006. 

Alfred Hickling of The Guardian thought the film "exposes what an ungodly snake pit of paediatric power-politics the staging of your average Nativity play can be... There are moments when you may wet yourself laughing."

Congrats to Cait and Alex

Love and congratulations to LTC members Caitlin Pritchard and Alex Gill who became engaged on Wednesday February 11, 2015.
They fell in love on stage playing post-war school pupils Barbara Cahoun and Hopcroft Minor in our production of The Happiest Days Of Your Life in March 2006 (pictured below).
Alex popped the question in The Brewhouse - of course.
Caitlin Pritchard

The LAFTAs

Our annual general meeting took place at the start of January this year - and was followed by our light-hearted LAFTAs (LTC Awards For Theatrical Achievement) which celebrate the onstage and backstage performances of the last 12 months. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for an award.

Special congratulations go to James Clarke, who won The Adam Bates Trophy for Youth Performance of the Year in memory of Vera Creamer for his performance in The History Boys in March 2014, and Peter Banton who was named as Member of the Year.

Magical weddings with Jack

Jack Dent runs his own business as a professional magician and is looking for couples planning a wedding who would like him to bring his unique brand of magical showmanship to their special day.

Jack is currently rehearsing for Evita, in which he plays Peron. 
 

Jack Dent wedding magician

 

BADAC bursaries 2015

In his teenage years, Jack was one of many Little Theatre Youth members who benefited from a bursary awarded by the Burton and District Arts Council (BADAC) and aimed at talented young people with an ambition to work and/or train professionally.

The 2015 BADAC bursary scheme is open for applications and the form to apply can be downloaded from the BADAC website here. Closing date for applications will be Friday March 20 and theose invited to audition will be seen at the Brewhouse on Saturday March 28.

The presentation of awards and a concert by a selection of recipients will be on Wednesday May 20.

BADAC is always keen to hear from people and organisations who would like to sponsor awards. BADAC can be contacted here.

LTC Members' handbook

A reminder to all our youth and adult members of Little theatre Company that this year we have decided to issue printed copies of the members' handbook - first introduced in 2012 - which gives you ALL the information you need about how the groups runs, who does what behind the scenes, how you can help the company continue to thrive and contact numbers and essential email addresses. Please make sure you look through it when you receive your copy. Whether you've joined us in the last 12 months, or whether you've been with us for all our 30 years, there'll be useful information included that you need to know.
 


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