West Midlands and Shropshire am dram theatre

Although our area is blessed with large theatres including the Wolverhampton Grand, Birmingham Hippodrome and Lichfield Garrick, we also have smaller venues available for amateur performances, some of which are absolute little gems.

West Midlands and Shropshire am dram theatre

The King – Elvis Presley

One of these is the Grange Playhouse in Walsall, at which I had the pleasure of presenting a discussion on publicity and marketing a couple of years ago.

It was the first time I had visited the theatre and I was pleasantly surprised to find that although it only seats 104, has a tiny stage and offers simple but effective facilities, the venue has a wonderful, welcoming atmosphere and an old-fashioned theatrical feel which just screams perform here.

The resident group, The Grange Players, have been in existence for 65 years now and are always on the lookout for new members.

If you are interested in taking part, contact 01922 625 100, or 07909 036 835.

Meanwhile, it’s all about the youngsters during these long summer holidays. The Young Ones, who perform at Netherton Arts Centre, were originally a youth-based pantomime company but are now relaunching themselves as a musical theatre group.

Spokesperson Audree Henwood said: “We felt there are too many pantomime groups across the West Midlands now and so we decided to try musical theatre instead.”

They are seeking performers aged between 10 and 20 who would like to take part in Disney’s High School Musical in February. There are auditions to join the group on August 24 and the rehearsals begin in September. For more information, call 01384 895266.

From Monday to next Friday, RSM Stage Academy in Wednesfield is offering a pop and rock workshop.

People will learn high energy commercial choreography and tunes from current pop and rock chart hits as well as old classics, with a show at the end of the week. Tickets are just £2. Visit www.rsmstageacademy.co.uk or call 01902 725100.

Anthem Voices Youth Choir is also offering young singers the opportunity to have fun while exercising their vocal chords.

The choir is open to 11 to 18-year-olds and at just £3 per session is well worth a try. For more information, call Elise on 07949 255226 or email anthemvoices@hotmail.com.

Over in Shropshire, accomplished choreographer and performer Rebecca Haydon is presenting Summer Performing Arts Workshops, together with her colleague Connagh Tonkinson.

At The Arts Centre Telford (TACT), it’s day after day of musical theatre heaven with workshops on Disney on Broadway, Les Miserables and Pippin.

The workshops run from 10am to 3pm each day and are suitable for children aged eight and over, at a cost of £15 per session.

For more information, email admin@theatrescentretelford.com.

One of the largest musical theatre companies in the West Midlands, Wolverhampton Musical Comedy Company, who perform at the Grand Theatre presenting popular musical theatre, has undergone quite a change in recent years.

Their member base has changed significantly and now the majority of those taking part are aged between 16 and 30.

This has meant that the company has been able to perform some excellent, modern musical theatre. It is with real enthusiasm therefore that their audiences are looking for forward to Muscom’s (as the group are affectionately known) next offering, All Shook Up, featuring the music of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, which they will perform at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre next March.

The company is holding an open audition on September 6 at Springdale School, Penn, starting at 7pm. To register, contact Kate Jordan on 07794 048727 or email kate.jordan@southwatereventgroup.com

Central Youth Theatre who are based at Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton are running exciting theatrical projects for young people all through the summer holidays.

Check out www.newhamptonarts.co.uk for class dates, times and workshop content.

Finally this week, over in the Stourbridge area, the exceptional Side by Side Theatre Company, whose members are all adults with learning difficulties or disabilities, is seeking a new stage manager to assist them with their performances.

Interested? If so visit www.sbstcs.org for more information.

Alison Norton

Well that’s all for this week. Please keep those emails and good quality photographs to accompany all your news coming to a.norton@expressandstar.co.uk, call me on 01902 319662 or follow me on Twitter @AlisonNorton

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