LTC – Avenue Q

Little Theatre Company

Avenue Q

by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx Book by Jeff Whitty

AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment on Avenue Q which is home to some lively and off-the-wall characters performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets!

Life may suck on AVENUE Q but being homeless, politically incorrect and having sex ( … and that’s just the puppets) are just some of the topics featured in the terrific songs of this show.

Cross Sesame Street with South Park and slap on a Government Health Warning that too much laughter can make your sides ache and you’ve got AVENUE Q.

It’s amazing what you can get away with when you’re fuzzy and cute!

Tuesday 27th – Saturday 1st July 2017

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

Tickets: £12 adults / £10 concessions(Concessions available Monday to Wednesday only – Matinee tickets all £10)

Brewhouse Box Office 01283 508100

Mellows – Gypsy

The Mellow Dramatics are pleased to announce their next production coming to Burton on Trent in May 2017.

Gypsy

A Musical Fable

16th to 20th May 2017

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm (plus Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm)

at The Brewhouse Arts Centre,

Burton on Trent

All tickets are £12 apart from Tuesday and Saturday Matinee they are £10

Brewhouse Box office 01283 508100

Thanks to Natalie Summers for the info.

RCS – St John’s 150th Anniversary Concert

Rolleston Choral Society held a very successful concert at St John’s Church, Horninglow, in March, attended by the Mayor of East Staffordshire, Councillor Beryl Toon and her consort James, who were carrying out one of their last official duties of her mayoral year.

St John’s is this year celebrating its 150th anniversary, and Rolleston Choral Society are helping with the festivities. In July they will be staging a concert which will take the name ‘John’ as its theme. We have been thinking laterally: the programme will include the Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Faure, as well as pieces by John Lennon, Elton John and Johann Strauss. More ‘Johns’ to be announced!

The concert will be taking place on Friday, July 7th, not the usual Saturday, and may also start earlier than usual.

Further details will be available nearer the date.

Thanks to Nick Willmot for the info.

UCS – Brahms’ German Requiem -Review

‘Ein Deutsches Requiem’

Saturday (8th April) evening’s performance of Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem, in St Mary’s parish church Uttoxeter, was an example of the quality and musicianship of Uttoxeter’s Choral Society. This work, written and first performed in the 1860’s, is one of the most technically complex items in the choral repertoire. Written partly as consolation for the composer after the death of his mother, to whom it is dedicated, it takes its cue from various parts of the Bible, ranging from the Old Testament Psalms to the Gospels and letters of the New Testament.

The piece itself is in part a series of contrasts between sadness and joy, one immediately succeeded by the other, and all involving a rapid interweaving of the various voices of the choir. Led by musical director Jakob Grubbstrøm; and supported by pianists Katie and Ian Riddle on two pianos, the choir moved easily from gentle chords representing the agony of the suffering, to the exuberant outpourings of those released into newness of life.

Male voices were augmented by choristers from Gloucester Cathedral, including Matthew Clark, who’s rich baritone voice powered ‘The Ransomed of the Lord’ in the first half; and; ‘For theTrumpet will Sound’, in movement 6 of the second half of the concert.

The fifth movement in the second half, ‘Ye Now have Sorrow’, from St. John’s Gospel, was taken by soloist Grace Bermingham, whose glorious high soprano voice lifted the piece, literally and metaphorically. Then, in keeping with the idea of contrasts, this was followed immediately by ‘I will Comfort You’, from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

An appreciative audience included Colonel David Leigh, for whom this event was his final duty as High Sherriff of the County. He afterwards congratulated the choir and their conductor, for all of the hard work that had gone before, and the accompanists and soloists, for their vital contribution to the concerts’ success.

Photo: Musical Director Jakob Grubbstrøm and Soprano Grace Bermingham.

 

Anthony Fellows

 

 

Thanks to Mary Pollard for sending this item.

LTCY – Les Mis – Review

Les Miserables School Edition, Little Theatre Youth Company, Brewhouse arts centre, Burton

Due to audience demand, LTC Youth brings you its brand new production of the world’s most popular musical, Les Miserables School Edition, featuring a new cast.

Once again the youngsters take on this epic show and make it their own. Somehow the Little Theatre Company seems to have discovered a production line of talent whereby they maintain a very high standard of performance even though the names and the faces change.

This year’s show brings us Oliver Last as Jean Valjean and Edward Watchman as Javert the two main protagonists in Les Miserables, the musical based on the novel of the same name by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. The show, which premiered in Paris in 1980, has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and original French-language lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, alongside an English-language libretto with accompanying English-language lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.

Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.

Along with Edward and Oliver in principal roles are Scarlett Marchant as Fantine, Katie Ireland as Eponine, Georga Ratcliffe as Cosette, Ewan Bourne as Marius and Wil Pearson as Enjolras. The principals are well supported by a cast that take on many roles between them.

This is the third time that LTC Youth has performed this show at the Brewhouse and still the company brings something fresh to the stage.

Les Miserables School Edition is on at the Brewhouse arts centre, Union Street, Burton, from Tuesday, April 18th until Saturday, April 22nd. Shows commence at 7.30pm every evening and there are matinee performances at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday.

 

Ticket information contact the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100

Bill Pritchard.

LTCY – Les Mis

Little Theare Company Youth

Les Miserables (School Edition)

by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg

Back by popular demand, LTC Youth are thrilled to bring you their brand new production of the world’s most popular musical, “Les Miserables School Edition”, starring a brand new cast.

DREAM THE DREAM AGAIN!

Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd April 2017

7:30 each evening plus Thursday & Saturday matinees at 2:30pm

Tickets: £12 adults / £10 concessions

(Concessions available at all performances – Matinee tickets all £10)

Photo LTCY in rehearsal

All Little Theatre Company shows are performed at The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton upon Trent

Brewhouse Box Office 01283 508100

Needwood Singers Concert

Needwood Singers Concert

Saturday 6th May

St. John’s Church. Horninglow.

 

This spring, by special request the choir will be performing at the Parish Church of St. John the Divine, Horninglow for the very first time. This is part of the church’s 150th anniversary celebrations.St. John’s Church is situated at the corner of Horninglow Road North and Rolleston Road in Burton on Trent, DE13 0JZ.

At 7.30p.m.on Saturday 6th May we will be performing music by arguably the two greatest classical composers, Bach and Mozart. The concert will consist of two Bach cantatas, BWV 106 for choir and soloists and BWV 51 for solo soprano and trumpet, and Mozart’s Requiem. For this very special occasion we will be joined by several former members of the choir.

The ticket price of £15 will include a donation to church funds and reflects the fact that professional soloists and orchestra are very expensive. It also includes interval drinks. There is no charge for children under 16.

SPECIAL EARLY BIRD OFFER

Buy early- Save £3!

Tickets bought before April 17th cost only £12

Tickets can be obtained fron Sheila on 01283 716790, Sue & Mark Griffiths on 01283 542915, any member of the choir or on the door.

www.needwoodsingers.wordpress.com

Thanks to Sue & Mark Griffiths for the info.

 

UCS – Brahms Requiem

Concert Saturday 8th April Uttoxeter Choral Society

 

Brahms’ longest composition was probably inspired by the loss of his mother. The German Requiem is not in Latin and will be sung in English by the Uttoxeter Choral Society on Saturday 8th April in St Mary’s Uttoxeter.

The beautiful, lyrical movements will be accompanied, unusually, by two pianos played by our accomplished accompanist Katie Riddle and her father Ian Riddle.

This arrangement is known as the London version as it was first performed in 1871.

The opening credits of the BBC documentary film series The Nazis: A Warning from History, use the start of the Requiem ‘s second movement “For all flesh, is as grass” because it is such an atmospheric piece. Brahms wrote this as a humanist rather than a Christian work and is felt as a comfort.

Come and join the High Sheriff of Staffordshire Colonel David Leigh TD DL at an inspiring concert of Brahms’ beautiful tunes. Come and listen to the talented Grace Bermingham sing “You now have sadness” while the choir return “I will comfort you”. The wonderful cadences of Matthew Clark’s delightful baritone in “Lord teach me to know mine end” are such an inspiration.

Tickets are available at £10 online at http://www.uttoxeterchoralsociety.co.uk/index.php/concerts or on the door Saturday 8th April 7.30pm in St Mary’s, Bridge St, Uttoxeter.

Thanks to Mary Pollard for the info.

RCS – Spring Concert

Rolleston Choral Society’s Spring Concert will take place at the Church of St Mary and St Modwen in Guild Street, Burton, on Saturday, March 25th at 7.30pm.

It will centre on music to celebrate the Annunciation, and will include the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Stanford, Salve Regina by Arvo Part, and music by Howells and Pergolesi – plus much more.

Tickets, costing £8, will be available shortly from Starbucks News, in Rolleston, or from choir members.

The society is also on the lookout for new members. There is no audition process and they meet at 7.40pm every Wednesday evening in term-time, in the upstairs room of the Spread Eagle, in the village. You are assured of a friendly welcome.

You will find further information on Rolleston Choral Society on their website at: www.rollestonchoralsociety.co.uk

Thanks to Nick Willmot for the info.

Anne-Lee School of Speech and Drama

Anne-Lee School of Speech and Drama

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

by William Shakespeare

13th. 14th. 15th March 2017 (7.00pm) at the Brewhouse.

The young actors starring in this production are aged between 7 to 18 years and all attend local schools within the Burton on Trent area.

Director Anne-Lee Draycott’s 1930’s adaptation of this production promises to be both innovative and imaginative encapsulating the humour and dynamics of this spellbinding tale.

Guests attending this event will experience an authentic 1930’s film and theatre style era. A red carpet welcome awaits you.

Tickets £10 (Concessions £8). Group discount also available.

 Brewhouse box office 01283 508100