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Welcome to our June 2016 newsletter where we have LOTS of news for you abut what's coming up this year and in 2017 plus news from, and about, our members and patrons.
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Countdown to June play

It's a Shakespeare 'rom-com' in a Downton Abbey-style setting

Did you see A Midsummer Night's Dream on BBC-TV on the last Bank Holiday Monday? We thought it showed how Shakespeare's plays can be re-imagined and full of excitement and fun.

For our production of the comedy Much Ado About Nothing, director John Bowness has moved the action forward 300 years to World War One and set it in a Downton Abbey-style country house. 

Like so many of Shakespeare's play, the themes and characters are timeless and lend themselves to any part of the world in any age. The story of Much Ado features a group of soldiers and their leaders back from the front and settling in for some well-earned leave at the home of Leonato and his family. Leonato's daughter and soldier Claudio fall in love - but malicious mischief looks set to wreck their happy ever after. Meanwhile, kinder souls are trying to reconcile former lovers Benedict and Beatrice and help them unearth their true feelings. Will either couple make it to the altar? Join us and find out. You can also look forward to some totally daft nonsense from the unlikely nightwatchmen, patrolling the estate and stumbling accidentally into the plots. But do they have the brains to sort out what's happened and save the day?

The show runs from 7.30pm each night June 21-25 and there is also a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £10, with £9 concessions from Tuesday to Thursday only. All matinee tickets are £9. You can book yours NOW from the Brewhouse box office in person or by booking online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/littletheatreco. There is no extra admin or booking fee when you book online.

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Welcome to Newton Fallowell

We are delighted to welcome the Burton branch of Newton Fallowell on board as the latest corporate patron of Little Theatre Company. You can visit their website here and their page on our website here.

We are very grateful for the continued support of all our corporate and private patrons. You can see the full list of all our corporate patrons on our website here. Click on their name or their logo for more information. The names of all our private patrons are listed in all the programmes we produce for our shows as a 'thank you' for their support.

If you would like to become a private or corporate patron and benefit from priority booking for our future shows, please see more details on our website at www.little-theatre.co.uk/about-us. Patronage for individuals is just £10 a year. Local businesses can become a corporate patron for £25 a year and receive an advert in all our show programmes and a page on our website.

Get ready for quiz night

Are you up to the challenge? 

We are delighted to tell you following its success in 2014, Berta's Big Quiz Night is back for 2016.

Named after the frequent winner of our online daily trivia quiz (accessed through the message board at www.little-theatre.co.uk) this is an important fundraiser for our company to enable us to continue to invest in acquiring top shows for our adult and youth companies and staging them to professional standards.

We'll be looking for teams of four to enter the quiz night, which will be held in the Brewhouse bar on the evening of Saturday September 3. The cost will be £10 per person (£40 for the team) which will include a chip butty supper. The bar will be open throughout the night for liquid refreshment.

We only have space for a limited number of teams, and LTC members and patrons will be given first opportunity to book. If you want to register your interest, please email Elaine Pritchard now or ring her on 07889 821 348 and she'll contact you later to arrange payment and ask you for your team name.

Auditions for new youth members

Spread the word

This summer we'll be auditioning for new teenage members to join LTC Youth ahead of our Easter 2017 production of Les Miserables (School Edition).

We are keen to hear from any young performers who can sing and act and are available throughout the 2017 Easter holidays and able to commit to rehearsals every Monday from September to December and then Mondays AND Thursdays from January until Easter.

If you know anyone who would like to audition for the youth company, please ask them to email info@little-theatre.co.uk IN EARLY AUGUST with some information about their previous experience and we'll get back to them with details of the audition day when it is finalised. It is likely to be at the Brewhouse on a Saturday in late August. We will be posting details about the auditions on our social media channels too, so follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date.

Summer workshop

LTC member and vocal coach Heather Gallagher and Rachel McNeilly are taking bookings for a two-day summer workshop for young singers aged seven to 18. It promises to be brilliant fun as they explore the smash hit musical Matilda.

Details of how to register are in the poster below.

 During August, Heather will also be re-running her popular audition preparation sessions. 

Sessions will be one hour in length and cost £30 for one-to-one coaching.


Appointments can be booked during the day and evening on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday August 15,16 and 17. It would help Heather to get a timetable ready if you can give her a couple of alternative dates and times.


To be first with the news, follow Heather's Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/heathergracevocaltuition
Keep scrolling down to read more news about BADAC bursary winners, a little girl's charity appeal, our next two shows and a local community musical.

BADAC bursary successes

Congratulations to LTC Youth members

We're delighted to share the news that LTC Youth members Ewan Bourne, Ollie Last and Wil Pearson have all received bursary grants from Burton and District Arts Council to help them continue their performing arts studies and work. The three also appeared in the BADAC Bursary Concert held to celebrate the successes of all who received grants.

Little Lauren's charity success

Hair cut to benefit two good causes

LTC Committee member Sue McPhee has plenty of reasons to be proud of her generous and brave daughter Lauren who offered to have her long hair cut short to help a little boy in her class called Igor.

Igor's mum, a good friend of Sue's called Paulina, is battling cancer for the second time in three years. Her treatment has taken its toll on the family and Paulina wanted to take Igor and his brother Borys (who are four and five) away on a summer holiday to make some precious memories.

Lauren wanted to raise £50 towards the holiday fund by having her hair cut sponsored. The hair she has cut off will also go to a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair through illness.

A Facebook appeal helped Lauren to achieve a final total of £170.25 It has also helped Paulina achieve her target of £1,500 on the Crowdfunding website and the appeal is now closed.

Sue explained: "The 25p was donated by one of Lauren's  young cousins who wanted to help and it was all the money he had. Lauren is thrilled that she's been able to help."

Coming up in Nov and March

Two laugh-a-minute shows in the pipeline

If you are a fan of Monty Python you are bound to want to see our November musical, which is the hit West End and Broadway show Spamalot. This musical sends up the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and is adapted from the 1974 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

It will have you swaying and singing along to the great anthem Always Look On The Bright Side of Life as you meet characters including Sir Lancelot the Homicidally Brave; Sir Robin, the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot; Sir Dennis Galahad, The Dashingly Handsome and Sir Bedevere, The Strangely Flatulent.

In March we bring another comedy hit to Burton for the first time in the shape of the play One Man, Two Guvnors, which played at the National Theatre, the West End and Broadway and toured the UK with a cast led by James Corden. Set in Brighton in the 1960s it tells the comic misadventures of Francis Henshall who is working for two men and trying hard to stop them meeting and finding out about each other. 
 

The Hired Man in Lichfield

Community musical including LTC-ers in the cast

Just down the A38 at Lichfield's Garrick, the theatre is staging its first ever community musical with 10 performances in late July and early August.

The Garrick's artistic director Tim Ford had assembled a 
cast of local performers who will join the theatre's professional production team to present Melvyn Bragg and Howard Goodall's award-winning British musical, The Hired Man.

LTC members Heather Gallagher and Vanessa Birch, along with Brewhouse technician Joel Kirkpatrick are among the cast telling the story of a young married couple and their struggle to carve out a living in the Cumbrian lakes between the 1890s and the 1920s - a period when life changed forever.

Tickets can be bought at the Garrick website here or from the box office on 01543 412121.

Thanks for your support for Little Theatre Company.

 If you are a member or patron with any news or events that you would like to include in our next newsletter, please email elaine@little-theatre.co.uk.

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