Anne Lee School of Drama – Enrolment

Anne Lee School of Drama

Open Day and Enrolment

Little Stars, Youth Drama, Drama for all Ages

Communication Studies, Interview Techniques and Confidence Building


Saturday 3rd September 2016 10.00am to 12.30 pm

At the school:

3 Friars Walk, Adjacent to Market Place, Burton on Trent. DE14 1HS

Tel: 01283 517094


UCS- Summer Concert at Oldfields School

The muggy evening of 16th July was brightened with the singing of Uttoxeter Choral Society of their Favourite Anthems at Oldfields School. A remarkable number of anthems was interspersed with a variety of readings.


The evening began with a rendering of William Boyce’s Alleluia which the choir settled down to sing. The more lyrical 23rd psalm by Howard Goodall almost had the audience expecting the Vicar of Dibley to appear. The first half closed with a spirited rendering of John Rutter’s “When the Saints” where the audience was invited to join the conductor in singing against the choir’s descant.

The interval allowed the audience to step outside with their cold drinks and raffle tickets before the Choir’s joyful rendering of Parry’s ” I was glad” began the second half. Bob Chilcott’s version of “Be Thou my vision” was very moving, as the men sang and the ladies answered then joined together at the end. David Gage then read to us about the Crowning of Solomon and evening concluded with a series of Rutter pieces including a delightful rendering of “For the beauty of the earth” where the accompaniment by Katie Riddle was most obviously complementary. The choir are very lucky to have the services of this talented pianist as their weekly accompanist where she hammers out their parts for them. However, her delicate touch was noticeable in this piece and the choir thanked her too at the end of the evening.

This was the last concert with Mitch as conductor as family reasons require him to move away. The choir took this opportunity of expressing their delight in his teaching. The next concert will be on 26th November at St Mary’s parish Church, Uttoxeter.

Mary Pollard

UCS – Your Favourite Anthems.

The well-known anthem which introduced the Vicar of Dibley (23rd Psalm by Howard Goodall) will be among the anthems sung by Uttoxeter Choral Society on Saturday 16th July at Oldfield’s School, Stone Road, Uttoxeter at 7.30pm

The programme of Your Favourite Anthems includes “When the Saints Go Marching In” as arranged by John Rutter, and anthems by Samuel Wesley, Bob Chilcott and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The interval of this cheerful evening will allow audience to buy raffle tickets and drink wine at the last concert conducted by Mitch Holland.

Tickets at £10 are available from 01332 732 858 or at the door.

The picture shows the choir in action at the last concert.

Thanks to Mary Pollard for the info.



St James’s Church, Barton-under-Needwood, DE13 8HU

Saturday August 20th, 7.30 p.m.



From Shakespeare to Shearing

To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare the Needwood Singers will present a programme of light classical music by English composers and arrangers. The concert will include folk songs, madrigals and settings of Shakespeare’s words. Composers will range from the times of Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II including jazz arrangements of Shakespeare songs and sonnets by London born Sir George Shearing (1919-2011).

Tickets will cost £10 (free to under 16s) and will include interval refreshments.

We hope you can join us.

For tickets and further information:

Tel: Sheila 01283716790



LTC -Much Ado – Review

Much Ado About Nothing, Little Theatre Company, Brewhouse arts centre. Burton.

With a cast of 19, a masked ball and more than a little skullduggery Burton’s Little Theatre Company (LTC) celebrates the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard of Avon with some panache in their production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Much Ado, is generally considered one of William Shakespeare’s best comedies, because it combines down-to-earth hilarity with more serious thoughts on besmirched honour and the politics of the day.

By means of gossip and rumour spread much for fun, but also in the case of Don John out of malice, Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into humiliating Hero at the altar in the poisoned belief that she has been unfaithful.

At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right as the local watch bring the villains paid for by Don John to justice.

While the story concerns two couples the tale of Benedick and Beatrice provides the humour while Claudio and Hero give us the tragic counterpoint.

Dan Tunks, who has graced many LTC productions with his sublime comedy, both in terms of timing and expression is outstanding as Benedick. His manner and gesture display an arrogance towards Beatrice tempered with an almost puppyish playfulness.

He is matched wonderfully by Vicky Fryer who is equally disdainful of him – and men in general.

The other couple, who provide the tragedy, Claudio, played by Tim Robinson, and Hero, Olivia Farthing, showed graphically how love’s young dream can be destroyed by sly whispers and false witnesses.

It is a wordy piece and many of the actors have long speeches and it is a credit to them all that there was nary a stumble. Phil Robinson as Leonato, Hero’s father, and Peter Clemson as Dogberry were ones who caught the ear.

Rob Tunley as Borachio is a slimy, slippery villain, ably abetted by Peter Banton as Conrade and Matt Bancroft sneers well as the malevolent Don John.

Director John Bowness has transported the action from Messina, in Italy, to an English country estate at the end of the First World War and the switch works remarkably well with both the setting and Shakespeare’s language.

As is usual with LTC there are fine performances from all the actors and the scene changes are smooth and subtle.

Much Ado About Nothing is on at the Brewhouse arts centre, Union Street, Burton until Saturday, June 25th. Performances commence every night at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

For tickets contact the box office on 01283 508100.

Bill Pritchard.

LTC – Much Ado About Nothing

Little Theatre Company

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare


Claudio loves Hero and Hero loves Claudio, and it seems that nothing will keep them apart. Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice loves Benedick, and it seems that nothing will bring them together. Until, that is, plots and scheming turn things upside down, with reputations and lives at stake…


Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25th June 2016

7:30 each evening plus Saturday matinee at 2:30pm

Tickets: £10 adults / £9 concessions

(Concessions Tuesday to Thursday only – Matinee tickets all £9)

The Brewhouse Arts Centre

Box Office 01283 508100

BADAC AGM and Bursary presentations.

The Brewhouse arts centre and cafe/bar has once again played host to the annual Burton and District Arts Council (BADAC) general meeting during which the BADAC Bursary awards 2016 were presented.

Several award recipients gave a concert for sponsors, BADAC members and family and friends in the Brewhouse auditorium.

Being the opening act at an event such as this must be a daunting task but dancer Jessica Woolley, who opened the show with Shut Up and Dance, carried it off well with a routine that was both fluid and spikey and contained some gymnastic elements.

Paige Kendrick-Thorpe treated the audience to an emotional I Don’t Know How to Love Him, from Jesus Christ Superstar, which she grew into as the song progressed. Both Holly Russell, who performed A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, and Libby Bromfield, who sang I Could Have Danced All Night, had very pure voices that were a delight to listen to.

Next up was Olivia Harrison who performed an untitled dance piece. Olivia overcame technical difficulties and performed her piece without music and did really well with some wonderful movement that used the width of the stage.

Shania Gaunt gave us her version of I Can Hear the Bells, from Hairspray, which she also danced to. A very good performance during which she held her American accent very well.

As this was a celebration concert for the bursary recipients it feels wrong to single one person out but I have to say that for me Ewan Bourne stole the show with his cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Only Living Boy in New York which was simple yet mesmerising.

Rebecca Fisher sang and tap danced through The Lady is a Tramp, from Babes in Arms, she was light on her feet and was another performer who kept their accent throughout. Ollie Last was up next in a duet of Me and My Shadow with Wil Pearson and they recreated the Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davies Jnr laid back version really well. Ollie will be leaving Burton in the summer to take up a place studying Musical Theatre at Central Lancaster University.

Another two bursary winners joined together for the next number as well as Abbie Jean-Baptiste and Shannon Smith performed Wings, by Birdy, with Abbie singing and Shannon dancing. The duo really complemented each other.

Wil Pearson, who is using his bursary award to travel to New York with a jazz band to perform on New Year’s Eve, returned to the piano for a stylish version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Ballet was the next art to be featured with a smooth, flowing performance of Etude Lyrique from Ella Price, which is a set piece for Royal Academy of Dance’s Grade 8 examination. Ella is set to use her bursary award to attend a Royal Ballet Summer School and I’m sure she will do very well there.

The evening was brought to a smooth and smokey conclusion by James Vickers, who has gained a place at the Liverpool School of Performing Arts, playing Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me as a saxophone solo that had a sultry nightclub vibe.

Following the performances the Mayor of East Staffordshire and President of BADAC, Councillor Beryl Toon, presented the bursaries to the performers commenting on what wonderful talent we had in the area.

During his speech to the AGM, which preceded the concert  chairman Geoff Thompson paid tribute to BADAC member groups from which many of the performers came by saying: “BADAC affiliated member societies provide their own rich variety of  events and performances. We continue to celebrate the opportunities they create for local people to both enjoy and participate in the arts.

“We thank them for their pro-active contribution to the well being and quality of life in our community. BADAC is proud to serve them.”

Mr Thompson also thanked East Staffordshire Borough Council and the many businesses and groups in the town who donate the funds which enable the BADAC bursaries to continue to help the youngsters to follow their performance arts dreams.

Bill Pritchard.


Burton And District Arts Council AGM.

Brewhouse Wed 18th May.

7.30 BADAC AGM. (approx 20 mins)

Break (approx 10 mins)

8.00 pm Short and very informal concert by some of the 2016 BADAC Bursary Award winners followed by cheque presentations.

Anything Goes – review

The Mellow Dramatics, Anything Goes, review

If there is any justice in the world then the Mellows will be playing to packed houses at Burton’s Brewhouse arts centre this week.

Quite simply, for me, this is one of the company’s best performances in a long time.

The evidence has been there for a while that Mellow Dramatics members have been growing in confidence and belief in themselves as the younger actors take on more challenging roles.

With Anything Goes, Cole Porter’s music and lyrics are at their peak with numbers such as You’re The Top, It’s Delovely, I Get a Kick out of You, Blow, Gabriel, Blow and of course the title song Anything Goes, while the book, written by Guy Bolton and PG Wodehouse and then revised by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse is packed with smart and sassy one-liners.

Dan Robb as Moonface Martin is coming on in leaps and bounds and as his confidence grows becomes more natural and relaxed. Tom Brassington as Billy Crocker and Joe Bromfield as Sir Evelyn are strong as the other two male leads, with Brassington’s voice managing the intricacies of notes and lyrics very well.

In what seems to be becoming a highlight in a Mellows’ show, choreographer Catherine Moore brings out some stunning dance sequences from the cast, most notably in Blow, Gabriel, Blow and the title song. Heaven Hop is another energetically performed sequence.

The comic timing of the cast is also progressing well and very few lines were lost under laughter as the cast had the confidence to await the right moment to deliver the punchlines.

The two female leads, Lucy Warner as American heiress Hope Harcourt and Lucy Robinson as the former evangelist turned nightclub songbird who leads a troupe of ‘angels’ are both excellent with Robinson having the more active role in the dance numbers and the larger onstage persona.

Natasha Ingham as Moonface’s glamourous companion Bonnie shows both her comic talents and some nimble footwork when called upon.

The set, although simple, manages to convey much more that the sum of its parts without intruding on, or slowing down, the action for which the backstage crew deserve a round of applause. The band also do a fine job without impinging on the action on stage.

So Bon Voyage to the good ship Anything Goes this week. I certainly got a kick out of you.

Anything Goes is at the Brewhouse arts centre, Burton, at 7.30pm every night this week until Saturday with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

For ticket availability call the box office on 01283 508100.

Bill Pritchard.

Mellows – Anything Goes

Anything Goes

Billy instantly falls in love with a beautiful girl he meets in a taxi. When he discovers she’s boarding the SS American, the same London-bound ship his boss and co-worker Reno are boarding, he sneaks aboard himself.

The beautiful girl, Hope, is engaged to a stuffy British aristocrat, Lord Evelyn, but that doesn’t stop the love-struck Billy.

With the help of other passengers, Billy seeks to shake Reno, whose love he doesn’t return, and capture the heart of the girl of his dreams – all without hurting anyone’s feelings.

10th to 14th May 2016

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm

(plus Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm)

at The Brewhouse Arts Centre,

Burton on Trent

Box Office 01283 508100