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Calendar Girls proudly presents

Inspired by a True Story


Calendar Girls Inspired by a True Story

by Tim Firth

Based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth Calendar Girls was first presented by David Pugh Ltd. at Chichester Festival Theatre on 5th September 2008 Calendar Girls transferred to the NoĂŤl Coward Theatre, London on 4th April 2009, Associate Producer: Stoneface Ltd. Arrangement by Samuel French Ltd.

The flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire. Every stage of their growth has its own beauty. But the last phase is always the most glorious.


Welcome once again to the Palace Theatre and Little Theatre Company’s production of “Calendar Girls”. This is a slightly different show for us on two scales; the first being that this is the second of three shows LTC will be performing this year in the main house: secondly, that this production is, in fact, a play rather than a musical! Originally written as a comedy film in 2003 starring Julie Walters and Helen Mirren, the story is based on the true events of a group of ladies who raised money for Leukaemia Research by producing a nude calendar of themselves to sell under the auspices of the Women’s Institute in April 1999. Due to the popularity of the movie (grossing $96m worldwide on a $10m budget, the picture was awarded the British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film and also received an ALFS Award, Empire Award, Satellite Award and Golden Globe nominations for Mirren and Walters respectively) it was adapted into a stage play. The stage play (based on the film) opened in 2008 as part of the Chichester Theatre Festival and was subsequently transferred to the West End. Since then it had enjoyed amazing success, constantly touring and featuring a whole host of female TV, movie and stage stars including, Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge, Gaynor Faye, Anita Dobson, Jill Halfpenny, Gemma Atkinson, Jerry Hall, June Brown, Kelly Brook, Julie Goodyear, Jan Leeming, Hannah Waterman, Letitia Dean, Charlie Dimmock, Ruth Madoc, Jennifer Ellison, Michelle Collins, Lisa Riley, Rula Lenska and of course our very own President, Gemma Craven, who played the lead role of Chris during a tour in 2010. We hope you enjoy our production which features a whole host of stunning performances which I guarantee will have you laughing and crying (and the men getting slightly hot under the collar!). Don’t forget that LTC will be back here next month with Frank Wildhorn’s new production of “Dracula the Musical” which is based on the classic Bram Stoker love story. So don’t delay, book your tickets now! Anyway, sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Tim Cater - Chairman


Cast List

Synopsis of Scenes

Sally Lightfoot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris

The action takes place in Knapeley village, Yorkshire, in the church hall and on top of a nearby hill (John’s hill), and at the annual WI conference in London.

JUDY LAURENCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANNIE AUDREY BOTT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CORA SUE MORLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JESSIE

ACT 1

SARAH MUMMERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RUTH

Scene 1: The church hall, autumn

SAM anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CELIA

Scene 2: The following winter

CORAL DAVIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARIE

Scene 3: The following spring

COLIN BOTT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROD

Scene 4: John’s hill, early summer

DAVE LOBLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOHN

Scene 5: The church hall, later that summer

ROSS SOWERBUTTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LAWRENCE

Scene 6: Night, a few days later

JOAN HUBBARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRENDA SHIRLEY WOLFE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LADY CRAVENSHIRE

ACT 2

PAUL ALWRIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LIAM

Scene 1: The WI conference, London

ALI GRAVES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . elaine

Scene 2: The church hall, the following day Scene 3: A few days later Scene 4: A few days later Scene 5: Later the same day Scene 6: The next day Scene 7: Late summer Scene 8: John’s hill, half an hour later Time – the present


The Real Calendar Girls It is a lovely coincidence that our (LTC’s) first night of “Calendar Girls” is 4 years to the day after the very first performance of the play at the Chichester Festival Theatre. That production starred Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge and Sian Phillips. The play was based on the Miramax motion picture starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters.

to print 1,000 copies to raise £5,000.00. However, the printer said that the minimum viable print run was 3,000. Donations from individuals and local businesses took care of the printing costs, so they reluctantly agreed to the increase while worrying that they would struggle to sell them. They needn’t have worried – all 3,000 sold in the first day!

However, the real stars of both the play and the film are the original, real Calendar Girls.

To date, they have raised over £3million for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and are the subject of the film and of Tim Firth’s “Calendar Girls” stage show which has now seen over one hundred sell out weeks across the country, and has become the most successful play to ever tour the UK.

When Angela (Miss February) Baker’s husband, John, Assistant National Park Officer for the Yorkshire Dales, became seriously ill with cancer in 1998, her friends in the Rylstone and District Women’s Institute rallied round. They took it in turns to help with the nursing when he came out of hospital for a few days at home and also raised his spirits when visiting him by joking that they would make a nude calendar. He said that they were “all talk” and would never do it. The sunflowers, the integral feature in all the calendar pictures, became significant when Angela’s daughter-in-law, Georgina, noticed that almost all John’s get-well cards had sunflowers on them. She bought a packet of sunflower seeds and they grew 150 little plants: they then gave them to everyone in their village, Cracoe. The idea was that when John came out of hospital on remission there would be sunflowers in every garden. Sadly, he never got to see them bloom as he died in July, only 5 months after his diagnosis. A few weeks after his death, Tricia (Miss October) Stewart, seeing how grief-stricken her friend Angela was and wanting to support her, went to her house and suggested that they carry through with the idea of the calendar as a way of doing something in John’s memory. Hopefully, sales of the calendar would raise enough money to buy a new sofa for the hospital where John had been treated. They had no idea of the media sensation they would create! Tricia and Angela persuaded 9 other friends in the WI to volunteer and arranged for the photos to be taken by Lynda (Miss July) Logan’s husband, Terry, who was a local artist. They originally planned

The Girls’ fabulous fundraising work continues with personal appearances, endorsements, speaking engagements, photo shoots and much more. Tim Firth, the author, dedicated the play to the real Calendar Girls: Angela Baker, Tricia Stewart, Ros Fawcett, Chris Clancy, Beryl Bamforth and Lynda Logan and to John Baker, Terry Logan, and May Wilkinson.

The Calendar Girls with Terry Logan, photographer of the original calendar


Sally Lightfoot

Chris

Sally learnt her theatre craft at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she studied singing and drama. She has been a member of LTC for 35 years. During that time she has played numerous leading roles, her favourites being Mame (Mame), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd) and, most recently, Bloody Mary (South Pacific). She has also directed shows, worked as Chorus Mistress on numerous other shows and served on the LTC committee for many years as a committee member and then as Chairman. As well as being an LTC member, Sally sings with RUG Opera. She thought that she had done most things on stage over the years, but the special requirements of “Calendar Girls� present an entirely new challenge for her!


It’s amazing what you can do with a bit of garden twine and a few roses.


One lump or two?


Judy Laurence Annie

Judy joined the Everyman Theatre Cardiff to meet new friends when she moved to Wales 20 years ago. She appeared in David Hare’s “Pravda” and Wilbur Smith’s “Wild Justice” before taking the lead role of Susan in “Women in Mind”, a play that starts and ends with lines of gibberish. Judy has tried to avoid confusing her audience ever since. Moving back into the area, she joined Southend Shakespeare Company (she has been a member for 16 years) and has played a number of leading roles, including her favourites – Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Clytemnestra (The Oresteia), Hermione (Winter’s Tale) and Mrs Malaprop (The Rivals). Her many roles, ranging from a 60’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew” through a saloon dancer in the wild West version of “Comedy of Errors” to a dying woman in the slums of Moscow, have involved some beautiful, gaudy, downright ugly and strange costumes; ‘Calendar Girls’ would seem to add a new dimension entirely! Annie is Judy’s first appearance with LTC – and she’s getting to know her fellow cast better than most!!


Audrey Bott

Sue Morley

Sarah Mummery Sam Anderson

Cora

Jessie

Ruth

Celia

Since joining LTC as a teenager, Audrey has always enjoyed singing and dancing in the chorus. Occasionally she will take a leading role, the most recent being Gladys in “Copacabana”.

As one of LTC’s older members (since joining in 1987), Sue has appeared in most shows in the chorus. Occasionally she has taken minor roles: the most recent was Dorothy in “Stepping Out”, but “Summer Holiday” was exhausting as 9 character roles were involved! At ‘her age’ the prospect of appearing topless in public for the first time is quite challenging, but as long as no ‘front bottom’ is featured, she’s up for it!

This is Sarah’s 10th year as a member of LTC, having joined for “Oliver” in May 2002. In that time she has enjoyed being in the chorus and taking on several principal roles.

Sam has been acting since she was six, appearing mainly in theatre productions locally and in London, but has also had a few minor television appearances.

The roles include Adelaide Adams (Calamity Jane), Conchita Alvarez (Copacobana), Miss Adelaide (Guys and Dolls), Ado Annie (Oklahoma), Maria Elena (Buddy) , Maxine (Stepping Out), Bag Lady/Mrs Luce (Little Shop of Horrors), Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes) and, most recently, Lou Anne in our spring show this year “All Shook Up”.

She trained at The Sylvia Young Theatre School in London and The Lee Strasberg School of Method Acting in New York. This is Sam’s second show with LTC and she is excited by the new challenges that this role has presented... having a well-spoken accent seems to be a bigger challenge than performing topless!

She also frequently assists backstage and front of house, but being asked to “strip” for LTC is a first. “It is a real privilege to be part of something so unique and, as Cora says, if I’m not gonna get them out now, when am I?”


Trying desperately not to drop any stitches!


My Eddie will never be able to eat marmalade again without a smile on his face.


Ross Sowerbutts

Colin Bott

Ross has enjoyed a long association with LTC. His first show was “Carmen” in 1990 and “Calendar Girls” will become his 9th show with the company to date. He has played roles such as Mercedes (La Cage aux Folles) and Bienstock (Some Like it Hot) and he is already in rehearsal for LTC’s next show, “Dracula”, where he will be playing Arthur.

Lawrence

Rod

Dave Lobley

John

Coral Davis

Colin has been a member of LTC for 44 years and this is the first time that he has appeared in a straight play. He has taken several leading roles, the most recent being Earl in “All Shook Up”, and has directed a number of musicals and variety shows. Colin is very proud of his wife Audrey and the other ladies appearing in the production for displaying similar courage to the original Calendar Girls.

“Calendar Girls” marks Dave’s sixteenth show for LTC. He has taken a number of leading roles and directed two LTC shows including our award-winning “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Dave is also an active member of Southend Shakespeare Company for whom he has played a number of featured roles and for whom he will be directing “Othello” next spring. Dave feels privileged to play the role of John, a brave man whose battle was the catalyst for these wonderful women’s story and their magnificent charity fund- raising efforts.

Coral joined LTC in 1985 and took her first leading role as Rosemary in “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”. This started her run of leading roles, including Julie Jordan (Carousel), Kathy (Singin’ in the Rain) and Bonnie (Anything Goes). She has played other roles in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “Guys and Dolls”. Coral is delighted to be playing the role of Marie in “Calendar Girls” and is proud to be working alongside the other ladies who will always have her “support” whenever they need it.

Marie


Joan Hubbard

Shirley Wolfe

Paul All wright

Ali Graves

Since joining LTC some ten years ago, Joan has performed in over fourteen shows, playing featured parts in many of them, including “Me and My Girl” and “South Pacific”.

Shirley has been a member of LTC since 1977 during which time she has served on committee and taken numerous roles in both musicals and plays. These include, Widow Corney (Oliver), The Queen (Slipper and the Rose), Madam Dindon (La Cage aux Folles), Morgan le Fey (Camelot), Lalume (Kismet) and Mrs Reece in the series of Farndale Plays.

Since joining LTC in 1984, Paul has enjoyed playing a number of principal roles, the most recent being Emile de Becque (South Pacific) and Caiaphas (Jesus Christ Superstar).

Ali studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She is pleased to be back on stage for her second show with LTC after appearing in “All Shook Up” in April.

Outside LTC he has compered a number of shows helping to raise funds for local charities. Nothing has quite prepared Paul for the extended eyebrow raising he has been subjected to as he has tried, unsuccessfully, to explain to people that he has a ‘small part’ in “Calendar Girls”.

Next on the agenda for her is the mammoth task of choreographing “42nd Street” alongside her friend, Laura Witherall, which she is most excited about. When not rehearsing with LTC, Ali can be found teaching yoga.

Brenda

She has also been heavily involved in creating costumes for a number of shows. Joan is delighted to be playing Brenda in this wonderful play.

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She is also a member of East Essex Players.

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Gemma Craven - LTC President Gemma Craven, LTC’s new President, is well known as an actress and singer in films, on stage, on television and on radio. As such, she is an ideal figurehead for the Company. However, this special relationship with LTC actually started when she was 15 years old and became a member performing with the Little Theatre Club (as LTC was then known) at the Palace Theatre. Gemma was born in Dublin into a theatrical family; her great uncle was Arthur Lucan, the comic famous for playing Old Mother Riley, and her mother was all-Ireland Irish Dancing champion and a magician’s assistant until she was fired for forgetting to put the birds in his pockets! Her family moved from Dublin to England in 1960 and she attended St Bernard’s Convent High School for Girls in Westcliff where she was a contemporary of Helen Mirren. Gemma also attended the Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts in Romford. As Bush Davies didn’t allow students to take any professional work outside the school, she decided to join a local amateur company in order to gain some stage experience: fortunately, she chose LTC. She appeared in the chorus for “Oklahoma” and “The Pajama Game” and then landed the lead in “Flower Drum Song”. However, a professional career was what Gemma really wanted, and so, after graduating from stage school, she started as an assistant stage manager at the Palace Theatre. After only a few years in repertory theatre she was plucked from obscurity for a part in the 1970 West End production of “Fiddler on the Roof”. But her career was kick-started by her role in Cameron Macintosh’s first solo production, “Trelawny”, replacing Hayley Mills when the show transferred to the West End.

Cinderella in ‘The Slipper and the Rose’

She then appeared as Cinderella in the film “The Slipper and the

Rose” (1976) opposite Richard Chamberlain. Cast as an unknown, she was spotted by one of the producers while doing a stage play. The local press touted the event as her own “Cinderella” story. The film was chosen as the 1976 Royal Command performance and it gave Gemma an opportunity to shine with her impressive singing talents. Other notable film roles include Minna Wagner opposite Richard Burton as Joan Parker in ‘Pennies From Heaven’ Richard Wagner in the 1983 film “Wagner” and an appearance in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (1993). In London’s West End, she starred opposite Tom Conti in the musical “They’re Playing Our Song” for which she won a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance, and she was given the lead role of Ensign Nelly Forbush in the first major West End revival of “South Pacific”. She also appeared on stage in Noel Coward’s play “Private Lives” which toured throughout 1991 and into 1992, played Josie in Boy George’s “Taboo” and features on the OCR singing “Independent Woman”. Her big break in television came playing opposite Bob Hoskins as his wife, Joan Parker, in Dennis Potter’s ground-breaking musical drama “Pennies From Heaven” (1978). Since then she has made guest appearances on “Robin of Sherwood” (1985), “The Bill”, “The Morecambe and Wise Show”, “The Two Ronnies”, “Father Ted” (episode “And God Created Woman”) and in the popular English drama “Midsomer Murders” (episode, “Shot at Dawn”). On radio, she has played the part of Helen in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series “Clare in the Community”. It is especially significant that LTC is staging “Calendar Girls” in Gemma’s first year as its President, as she played the part of Chris in a national stage tour of the play.


For the Little Theatre Company Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephanie Wilson Production Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony Godman Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glenn Witherall Sound Designer/Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony Godman Costumes . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carla Cater, Doreen Goodfellow, Sue Morley Deputy Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah George Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Debbie Smallbone Stage Crew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bridie Lane Stage Crew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carla Cater Stage Crew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ali Louise Graves Stage Crew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Allwright Stage Crew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elaine Doherty Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah George Prompt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June Vallely Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scenic Projects Publicity Material & Programme Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bradley Green Programme Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Hooker Programme Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sally Lightfoot Publicity Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura Deaves, Bradley Green Front of House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doreen Goodfellow Front of House Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gareth Poxon Perspex supplied by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.wholesaleposco.com

For Southend Theatres Theatre Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ellen McPhillips Programme Co-Ordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kate Hazell Marketing & Development Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Driscoll Marketing Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emma Harley Marketing Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Wareham Education & Community Development Manager . . . . . . Emily Malcolm Administration Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Caroline Hatley House Manager, Palace Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Georgie Holt Stage & Technical Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Seed Stage Technicians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kez Hughes

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Stephanie Wilson

Director

Stephanie has been a member of LTC for some 30 years and has appeared in many leading roles, including Anna (The King & I), Nellie (South Pacific), Amalia Balash (She Loves Me) and Matilda (All Shook Up) to name but a few. Over the last ten years she has turned her hand to directing and now enjoys working on both sides of the footlights. She has directed the series of popular Farndale Comedy plays for LTC plus many musicals, including “Some Like it Hot”, “42nd Street” and “Buddy”. Stephanie directs for Benfleet’s junior society, BOSCATS, and has been a member of RUG Opera for the last ten years. When not indulging her hobbies she is found teaching at a local further education college.

Tony Godman

Production Stage Manager

Tony’s involvement backstage began back in the late 1970’s. He has fond memories of Lindisfarne Players and Focus Youth Theatre (Bugsy Malone). He studied Engineering at Southend Techncal College moving on to develop his professional and technical skills in his varied professional career. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the Palace Theatre, he has relished the range of opportunities presented by being a member of Little Theatre Company. Tony was a spot operator on Mac and Mabel and was Stage Manager for Little Shop of Horrors, Production Stage manager for South Pacific, Jesus Christ Superstar, and All Shook Up. Tony is looking forward to the challenges of Sound design, and being at the very heart of the fabulous Production team, cast and crew of Calendar Girls.


Past Productions 1949-2012

Chairman Tim Cater Treasurer & Vice Chairman Joanne Ellis-Bailey Secretary Audrey Bott Business Manager Paul Day Entertainments Officer Carla Cater Press and Publicity Officer Bradley Green General Committee Doreen Goodfellow & Darren Harper Vice Presidents Mrs Sandra Burford Ms Joanne Ellis-Bailey Mrs Doreen Goodfellow Mrs Sally Lightfoot Mrs Iris Lucas Mr Michael Matlin Mrs Sheila Nicol Mr Brian Odell Mrs Pat Odell Mrs Lynne Young Life Members Mr Paul Allwright Mrs Sharon Allwright Mrs Annette Blake Mr Michael Burford Mrs Pat Collop Mrs Ann Couldridge Mr Ron Couldridge Mr Gerry Davis

Mr Paul Green Mrs Wendy Hatton Mr Brian Houser Mrs Sue Morley Mr Ray Newby Mrs Beverley Onslow Mr John Onslow Mr Colin Simmonds Mrs Debbie Smallbone Mr Derek Smith Mrs Olive Smith Mr David Stokes Mrs Sheila Thomson Mr Brian Topsfield Mrs Valerie Wilcox Mrs Stephanie Wilson Mr Jim Wolfe Mrs Shirley Wolfe Mr Roger Young

We’re always looking for new members. So whether your forté lies on stage, backstage or even making costumes, there surely isn’t a better way to make so many friends and most of all have fun! If you would like to be part of the Little Theatre Company, please contact our membership secretary Audrey Bott on 01702 232103 or email membership@littletheatrecompany.co.uk Connect with us at: www.LittleTheatreCompany.co.uk www.facebook.com/ LittleTheatreCompany www.twitter.com/official_LTC

No No Nanette The Girlfriend Mr Cinders Please Teacher Me & My Girl Blue for a Boy Anything Goes South Pacific Love from Judy Kiss Me Kate Girl Crazy South Pacific Annie Get Your Gun Flower Drum Song++ The Music Man++ Carousel Love from Judy Oklahoma! The Pajama Game Flower Drum Song Camelot Half a Sixpence** Showboat How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Carousel West Side Story The King & I Half a Sixpence No No Nanette Me & My Girl Charlie Girl The Music Man Rose Marie Camelot Robert & Elizabeth Variety ‘75 Bitter Sweet Variety ‘76 Kiss Me Kate Variety ‘77 Mame West Side Story The King & I Variety ‘79 Love from Judy The Dancing Years

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Variety ‘81 The Sound of Music Salad Days Orpheus in the Underworld Golden Variety ‘82 Oklahoma! Variety ‘83 South Pacific 7 Brides for 7 Brothers**## Fiddler on the Roof Variety ‘85 Showboat How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Guys & Dolls Camelot Sweet Charity The Pirates of Penzance Variety ‘89 7 Brides for 7 Brothers Carmen++ The Pajama Game## The Mikado Gentlemen Prefer Blondes++ Carousel Godspell Half a Sixpence Variety ‘93 Guys & Dolls 42nd Street*## The Pirates of Penzance Kismet Will Rogers Follies*## Little Shop of Horrors* Singin’ in the Rain She Loves Me*##(2) Oklahoma!## La Cage Aux Folles Some Like It Hot* The Wiz Mack & Mabel*** The Slipper & the Rose* Annie Crazy For You## The King and I## Oliver!

2003 Anything Goes Me & My Girl 2004 Calamity Jane 42nd Street## 2005 7 Brides for 7 Brothers Hello Dolly! 2006 Guys & Dolls Kiss Me Kate## 2007 The Pirates of Penzance Copacabana 2008 Oklahoma! Summer Holiday 2009 Sweeney Todd## Buddy* 2010 Stepping Out* Mack and Mabel Little Shop of Horrors## 2011 South Pacific Jesus Christ Superstar## 2012 All Shook Up Our last production: All Shook Up

*Regional Premiere **South East England Premiere ***South East Essex Premiere ++UK Amateur Premiere ##NODA Award Winner

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Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Following over 50 years of investment, this organisation now leads in this field. The life-saving research is focused on finding causes, improving diagnosis and treatments, and running ground-breaking clinical trials for all blood cancer patients. Blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma affect people of all ages from babies to grandparents. Around 30,000 people of all ages are diagnosed in the UK with blood cancers every year. When the charity started in 1960, children with leukaemia had virtually no chance of survival. Now, thanks to research, nine out of ten survive the most common form of childhood leukaemia. The charity’s aim is to ensure that people of all ages are given the best possible chance of survival and of living a normal healthy life after treatment for blood cancer. They need to raise £100million over the next five years to continue their research into better diagnosis, treatments and cures for all those with blood cancers. This charity relies entirely on voluntary support and receives no government funding. LTC are donating profits from the first night ticket sales to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and will be collecting any donations from the audience after each performance. For more information contact: Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research 39-40 Eagle Street London WC1R 4TH 020 7504 2200 Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm info@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk

The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) Founded in 1899, is the main representative body for amateur theatre in the UK. It has a membership of some 2500 amateur/ community theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to village halls. Members have access to a wide range of benefits. NODA is divided into eleven national Regions, each headed by a Region Councillor who sits on the Council (the ruling body of the Association), supported by a network of Regional Representatives and other volunteers. These volunteers are the vital link to the grass roots of the Association, the amateur theatre companies themselves. The Association is administered from its Headquarters in Peterborough, with a knowledgeable and friendly staff able to deal with virtually any enquiry relating to amateur theatre. There is a broad spectrum of ages involved with amateur theatre nationwide, from a burgeoning number of youth groups to adult companies, which meet the needs of all levels of both performers, whether dramatic or musical, and enthusiasts involved backstage, front of house or in administration. NODA aims: To give a shared voice to the amateur theatre sector • To help amateur societies and individuals achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance • To provide leadership and advice to enable the amateur theatre sector to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century


The Little Theatre Company Theatrical Costume and Equipment Hire

Please note that intelligent lighting of this nature may not be suitable in all venues. Please ask for details.

We offer highly competitive rates on the hire of professional lighting, costumes, theatrical equipment and props. Lighting Hire

Equipment & Props

Professional, well designed lighting can make a good show great. Use of intelligent lighting has many advantages, especially in theatre. Not only does it add vibrant, modern colours and effects to any show or performance, but, thanks to its versatility, it gives you an instant contingency for when things don’t go quite right and it means that you can create entire lighting plots using just a few lamps. The time saved by not having to fix and focus 40 or so standard lamps means that the lighting can practically pay for itself. We currently offer a set of 4 Martin moving head units available for hire, which consist of 2 Mac500 profile lamps and 2 Mac300 wash lamps. With unit hire rates from just £50 per week, you really can afford to add that professional touch to your next performance.

Music Stands Add professional quality and convenience to your band or orchestra. Our professional, powered music stands are robust, sturdy and have built-in lighting on each stand, making them perfect for pit orchestras or for giving your orchestra that professional, uniform look. Our rates start from just £6 per stand, so they really are a must!

Costume Hire Quality costumes for every production. With over 60 years experience in producing shows, we know a thing or two about costumes. More importantly, you can take advantage of our extensive wardrobe which is bursting at the seams with hundreds of quality costumes. Not only do we have generic costumes for many different eras, but we also have collections of costumes for many of the most popular shows, letting you, literally, dress your show ‘off the rail’. Doing “Oklahoma”? We’ve got it covered. “My Fair Lady”? That too! “Annie”? “Oliver”? “Anything Goes”? “Wizard of Oz”? “Sweeney Todd”? No problem. With rates from just £6 per costume and discounts for sets of costumes, there’s no need to worry about making or buying your costumes. Just come to us!

Tel: 01702 340308/07947 359046 www.LittleTheatreCompany.co.uk

Props, glorious props As with our costumes, having staged over 130 productions we’ve amassed a huge array of props, including scenery, all of which is available for hire. There are far too many props to list, but from rifles to bicycles, swords to birdcages and musical instruments to suitcases - all, as always, at great rates it’s always worth giving us a try.

Email: hire@littletheatrecompany.co.uk

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book and lyrics by

Don Black & Christopher Hampton music by Frank Wildhorn

a new musical based on Bram Stoker’s classic gothic novel

17-20 october 2012 wed/thu/fri/sat at 19:30 & thu/sat at 14:30

book tickets: by phone: 01702 351135 online: southendtheatres.org.uk You can purchase tickets from either the Cliffs Pavilion or the Palace Theatre in person

littletheatrecompany.co.uk facebook.com/littletheatrecompany twitter.com/official_ltc an amateur production by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited May not be suitable for children under 12

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