NEEDWOOD SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERTS 2016

Once again why not begin your preparations for Christmas with the atmospheric experience of the Needwood Singers’ Carols by Candlelight?

The concert will consist of our usual mix of the well-loved and the less well-known and will include some audience participation.

This year our first concert will take place at

Alrewas Methodist Church, DE13 7BS on Sunday 4th December.

The second will take place at

St. Peter’s Church, Yoxall, DE13 8PD on Sunday 11th December.

Both concerts will start at 6 p.m. Please note that this is earlier than in previous years.

Tickets will cost £8 (free to under 16s) and will include interval refreshments.

For tickets and further information:

Tel: Sheila 01283716790

Email: sue_and_mark@yahoo.com

Website: www.needwoodsingers@wordpress.com

Thanks to Mark & Sue Griffiths for the info.

Mellows – The Addams Family

The Mellows Dramatics are thrilled to be bringing a spookily magnificent new musical comedy to the stage in January 2017 – The Addams Family.

The show follows the story of a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things gruesome. Featuring well known characters Gomez, Morticia, Fester and Lurch come along and feast your eyes on this frightfully spectacular show!

Come to the mansion, meet the Addams. We will leave the lights off for you!

 

The Addams Family

From 17th – 21st January 2017

Evenings 7.30, Matinee 2.30 Sat only.

Tuesday and Saturday matinee: £10.00 All other performances: £12.00

Buy 4, get a fifth free on Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sat Matinee shows

Box office 01283 508100

WWW.Mellow-Dramatics.org

 

Brewhouse Events -Dec

Performing Stars Academy

‘C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S’

Performing Stars Academy presents a C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S feast of songs, dances and short plays that will guarantee to have you tapping your feet and singing along! Come and see the students of PSA Burton for one night only!

Friday 2 December. 7.30pm

£9 Adults (£7 Children)

Auditorium

 

tHe mAdHoUSe

Sean Taylor plus support

“An absolutely superb guitarist…reminiscent of John Martyn” Bob Harris, Radio 2

“Superbly tailored songs” (Four stars) Daily Mirror

“A fine blues guitarist…Taylor is a man to watch” Guardian

Saturday 3 December. 8pm

£10 ADV (£12 OTD)

Cafe Bar

 

Stephanie Parrott ARAD School of Dance

Annual School Performance

The pupils of the school perform a ballet featuring scenes from the Harry Potter Stories. Another exciting adventure! All the favourite scenes from the first two books are performed through ballet. Pupils trained by Stephanie Parrott ARAD

Friday 9 December & Saturday 10 December

7pm Plus Saturday Matinee 2.30pm

£10

Auditorium

Please Note: ‘Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K Rowling are not responsible for this event’.

 

Santa And The Pirates (That Don’t Want Christmas!)

Santa is having trouble this year – somebody has stolen his naughty list!

When the pirates of the good ship ‘Christmas Cheer’ offer to help him find it, he must decide, with the help of the children, who has been good and who has been naughty! But can you ever really trust a pirate?!?

With pieces of eight at stake, a lost Rudolph – and Santa all at sea – will Christmas be able to go ahead at all this year? You will have to join us for an action packed story that is suitable for all ages to see!

Santa and the Pirates (that don‘t want Christmas!) is ideal for families to get together during the festive season for some good traditional fun, songs and games with a modern feel…

Starring: Children’s TV stars Callum Donnelly and Robin Hatcher stars of popular CBeebies TV show ‘SPOTBOTS’DATE

Tuesday 13 December, 1.30pm & 6.30pm

£10 (includes present) £30 Family of 4 (include 2 presents)

Auditorium

Suitable for Ages 2 – 7

 

GEM Recitals

Hayley Parkes: Classical Piano Recital

GEM Recitals return to the Brewhouse to proudly local pianist Hayley Parkes. Hayley was chosen as one of five of the top young pianists in the country to compete in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Category Final, won first prize at the Beethoven Junior Intercollegiate Piano Competition and has since been twice winner of the EPTA UK piano competition.

GEM Recitals are certain that this will be 45 minutes of sheer musical delight.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

12 noon. £5

Cafe Bar

 

BOX OFFICE 01283 508100

 

UCS – Concert Review

A cold and frosty afternoon was transformed in the evening by an electrifying performance of Uttoxeter Choral Society. An arresting performance of Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir was accompanied by the playing of two beautiful violinists as well as Katie Riddle on the piano. The dynamic range of the choir was illustrated in this first concert by conductor Jakob Grubbström.

A varied selection of choral items was succeeded by a virtuoso performance by Sarah Farmer on the violin of Gerald Finzi’s Introit ably accompanied by Katie Riddle on piano. During the interval the presence of the mayor, Alan Noyes was utilised as he presented a long service award to Philip Knight who has sung tenor with the choir since his arrival in Uttoxeter in 1966.

Bach’s motet was ably accompanied by the two violins so that when they played in unison only an increase in volume was heard. Patricia Stepien and Sarah were perfectly matched. The harmonies were beautiful.

This was emphasised in the accompaniment of the Faure requiem. Here Sarah played viola and she and Patricia gave a poignant note to an inspirational piece. Rheinberger’s lovely Abendlied was the prelude to a magnificent ending to the concert with Haydn’s Te Deum. The powerful male singers gave a magnificence to the performance balanced by the soft and gentle flow of the allegro. The distinctive surprises of Haydn’s composition were effectively contrived and the piece ended on a triumphant note.

Jakob is to be congratulated, not only for presenting such an interesting concert, but also for his development of the choir into a professional and effective ensemble. The audience praised the violinists on a beautiful performance and the men on their effectiveness.

(soloists Lto R:- Katie Riddle, piano, Sarah Farmer, viola, Patricia Stepien violin,Jakob Grubbström, conductor;)

Mary Pollard.

 

CTS – Little Shop of Horrors – Review

Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret Theatre School, Brewhouse arts centre, Burton. November 25th and 26th.

For those unfamiliar with the plot – and this includes me – Little Shop of Horrors tells the tale of an alien plant bent on world domination.

The story of a talking plant that thrives on human blood harks back to the heyday of sci-fi films when creatures from the black lagoon played on Cold War fears of a Russian invasion.

But that is just a footnote in history.

Cabaret Theatre School’s production of the Alan Menken/Howard Ashman black comedy at the Brewhouse arts centre has plenty of vocal talent on show from the young cast.

Little Shop of Horrors tells of Seymour, played by Harry Whetton, who is bullied by flower store owner Mrs Mushnik, played by Lilly Prince, who is ready to shut up shop until . . .  Seymour reveals Audrey 2 – the alien plant voiced wonderfully by Sara Evans-Bolger.

Because of Audrey 2 Seymour’s life changes as the shop becomes successful and he becomes a celebrity. All the while longing for shopgirl Audrey, played by Hannah Birkin, after whom he named the blood drinking monster – some tribute eh, to notice him.

However, Seymour conceals the dark secret that Audrey 2 feeds on human blood. Mrs Mushnik and Audrey failing to link the plasters on his fingers to the growth spurts the plant is having.

As  Audrey 2 grows Seymour finds it needs more blood than he alone can supply

The fact that the girl he loves is being abused by her dentist  boyfriend gives Seymour the chance to source more nutrition for the plant and said dentist is soon helping Audrey 2 to grow.

Mama Mushnik puts two and two together and suddenly finds  herself  consigned to the by now giant maw of the plant.

Hannah Birkin’s rendition of Somewhere That’s Green was a highlight of the evening as was Suddenly Seymour.

Holding the plot together were a trio Skid Row kids named Chiffon, Ronnette and Crystal – spot the link – played by Dani Murden, Eleanor Skinner and Ashleigh Dudson.

A round of applause must also go to the magnificent puppets that represented the Audrey 2. A Youth Performance Arts Award from Burton Rotary Club helped to finance the hire of these all-important props, which added much to the show.

Congratulations to producer/choreographer Sally Everson and director Dan Webber. Musical director Charlotte Daniel led a trio of musicians gave the show a rock and roll edge.

Little Shop of Horrors will have two further performances today at Burton’s Brewhouse Arts Centre. ( Saturday 26th Nov.)
Box Office 01283 508100

Bill Pritchard.

 

Ocho – Review

That’s Christmas To Me, Ocho, The Trinity Lounge, George Street, Burton on Trent

This is the first event I’ve attended at the former George Street Methodist Church and I have to say it is a wonderfully cosy and atmospheric space.

As a former church the high ceiling allows the vocals to sweep and soar and a full house were treated to a sublime evening of a capella singing from Ocho.

That’s Christmas to Me took us on a musical journey with carols and popular Christmas songs that really made the festive season seem that bit closer.

From the opening with Heather Sorenson’s arrangement of Christmastime right through to the finale of We Wish you a Merry Christmas the eight piece vocal group entertained and uplifted the audience.

A packed programme of 23 songs had moments of open-mouthed wonderment at the range of the human voice along with toe-tapping numbers such as Jamaican Noel which, in the words of the song, makes you want to ‘stomp on the devil and dance for joy’.

The eight members of the group, four ladies, Soeli Bonham, Tilley Bancroft, Hannah Wilkinson and Rachel Cook along with four men, Huw Lloyd, Stuart Hannibal, Derek Gardner and human beatbox Adrian Juffs have a deep love and understanding of choral singing that shines through their work.

There were many highlights in the concert from the sheer excitement of Jingle Bells to the rousing Jamaican Noel, the chilly feeling created by In The Bleak Midwinter through to the depth and complexity of In Dulci Jubilo.

Away in a Manger brought back memories of Midnight Mass at St Joseph’s, in Derby, and White Christmas and The World for Christmas had tremendous poignancy.

My favourite of the evening, and indeed one of my favourite Christmas songs of all time, was The Drummer Boy. However, I have to say that Ocho’s rendition topped my previous favourite version by Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band.

All this and mulled wine and mince pies. The only disappointment of the evening was leaving – stepping out into the rain instead of the snow that the evening merited.

There is still chance to catch Ocho’s That’s Christmas To Me concert as the group are singing at Leicester Guildhall on Monday, December 5th.

If you’re stuck for a stocking filler Ocho have a live CD from a previous concert which will be available at the show or go to their website at https://www.facebook.com/ochosingers/ for more details.

Bill Pritchard.

CTC – Little Shop of Horrors

Cabaret Theatre Company

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a poor florist hungry for change, a young woman hungry for love …..and a plant that’s just plain hungry!

Join us for some fabulously freaky horticultural happenings at the Brewhouse in November.

Friday 25 November at 7.30pm £12

Saturday 26 November at 2.30pm £10

Saturday 26 November at 7.30pm £12

Brewhouse Box office 01283 508100

 

Sally Everson

Cabaret Theatre School

LTC – Spamalot – Review.

Monty Python’s Spamalot

Little Theatre Company

Brewhouse Arts Centre.

 

Monty Python’s Spamalot is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features witch burnings (sadly cancelled due to health and safety fears), fish-slapping, cows, killer rabbits and French people with outrageous accents.

Phil Robinson as the Historian sets the scene of an England in the Middle Ages which leads into the Fisch Slapping Song as the cast think he said Finland. He corrects them and the stage is set for the entrance of King Arthur, played regally by Leon Ratcliffe and his faithful manservant Patsy, played by Tim Robinson (and coconut).

The show is peppered with one-liners. From Ken Brown’s guard: ‘And I’m the King of Norway, now bugger off.’ to Mark Pearson’s French Taunter: ‘Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!’

There are also some memorable tunes including: He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and, of course, the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song (Reader’s Digest Poll 2010), Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Katie Haywood makes the most of her opportunity to go over the top as The Lady of the Lake in numbers such as The Song that Goes Like This and Whatever Happened to My Part?

The show is also choreographed by Katie and there are some great routines involving The Laker Girls.

Mike Mear as the leader of the Knights of Ni does some sterling stilt work and Olivia Robinson and Sarah Spencer as the other Knights of Ni have just the right tone to be shrill without screeching.

The dialogue in the scene with Prince Herbert’s father, Phil Robinson, and the Prince’s guards, Caitlin Pritchard and Alex Gill flows effortlessly as the Prince’s father tries to make them understand their simple mission.

The confrontation with the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog is extremely well executed as is the fight with the Black Knight, played by Pete Banton.

The graphics and splendid animation, in a style befitting Python’s heritage, were created wonderfully by Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studio.

Once again director John Bowness brings out the best from the members of the Little Theatre Company.

Monty Python’s Spamalot is on at the Brewhouse Arts Centre, Union Street, Burton, until Saturday, November 19th with performances every evening at 7.30pm and a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets for the show are available from the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100.

Bill Pritchard.

LTC – Spamalot

Little Theatre Company

Monty Python’s Spamalot

by Eric Idle

“Spamalot” is more than a loving nod to the classic comedy film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. It tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features witch burnings (cancelled due to health and safety), fish-slapping, cows, killer rabbits and French people with outrageous accents!

Get ready for fantastic tunes including ‘He Is Not Dead Yet’, ‘Knights of the Round Table’, ‘Find Your Grail’ and, of course, the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song (Reader’s Digest Poll 2010), ‘Always Look On The Bright Side of Life’.

Monty Python’s Spamalot: “Funnier than the black death!”

Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle

Monday 14 November – Saturday 19 November

7.30pm plus Saturday Matinee 2.30pm

£12 (£10 Concessions available Monday – Wednesday only)

£10 Saturday Matinee

Brewhouse Auditorium