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Last September the Panto Group's meeting attracted a membership of around 40 young people and over 20 adults. Clearly this was too many people to perform in one production and therefore the group decided to offer a choice of two productions: Mother Goose and, for young people, Carol and Gordon Kenneth volunteered to run the Barrow Youth Theatre and produce 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.

We felt that many young people would be familiar with the story line from either the book or the film and our performances would hopefully attract a wide audience. This production has many opportunities for young people to develop their skills on stage. The Group has the full backing of the Panto group and is dependent on Panto members for their expertise. The future of tomorrow's live theatre depends on the youth of today developing their interest and performing talent. We can already see the benefits to our young cast in their greater confidence and their ability to start working as a team. Our group has around 30 acting members between the ages of 6 and 70.

To identify the main roles, Olly Cavner is playing the eccentric Willy Wonka and newcomer Alex Norris is playing Charlie. David Spiller from the Panto Group appears as Grandpa Joe. Abi Crossley plays Veruca Salt, Melissa Bartlett - Violet, Andy Kenneth - Augustus Gloop and Oscar Acton - Mike TV. Their parents are played by Hannah McKay, Katie Rose, Nik Copson, Sophie Walker, Abi Whitlock and Sam Tyler.

The story is narrated by Jess Acton, Aimee Crossley and Lindsay Bennett. Members of the Panto Group, Gill Flinders, Kevin and Olive Chapman portray the other grandparents.

The play tells of a competition to find the 5 Golden Tickets in bars of chocolate. The prize entitles each winner to a supply of chocolate and a tour of Mr Wonka's Chocolate Factory. As the five winning children make the tour they fail to do as Mr Wonka requests. Disaster follows. But there can only be one overall winner. Who is it and what is the grand prize ??

Come and find out!

Performances will be on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th March, starting at 7.00pm at Humphrey Perkins High School, Cotes Road, Barrow. Tickets are 4.00 (concessions:2.00) and are available from Carol and Gordon Kenneth (01509 620572) and at Grants Newsagents. We hope you will come and support this exciting new venture for the youth of our village.

Carol and Gordon Kenneth


The Winner of the Panto Competition was 5-year-old Jordan from Wymeswold.

His winning name for one of the goslings in Mother Goose was Little Lucy Goosey.


The Community Association has booked another professional Centre Stage company to visit Barrow on Thursday May 20th. The show will be at Humphrey Perkins Community Centre and will start at 7.30. Tickets will be on sale nearer the time at Grants Newsagents.

The Bakelite Boys will attempt to sing 100 songs from 100 years in 100 minutes.

Pop Goes the Century isn't just a recitation of old favourites, though it does cover a great many great songs. The show is not chronological but themed, so the songs and the years come at you from unexpected angles. The date of each song is revealed on a giant scoreboard and, as the 100 minute clock ticks away, the three performers transform themselves into a cast of thousands, sometimes impersonating the originals, more often just letting the songs speak for themselves without mannerism or musical modification.

Despite the quest element - will they manage a song from each year of the 20th century in 100 minutes? - they contrive to perform with charm and subtlety, some of the most lyrical music of the century. Nor, despite the word 'pop' is there an electric guitar or a drum-kit to be seen. The Bakelite Boys run the gamut of 20th century popular music using only unamplified instrumentation and three versatile voices.


On Saturday March 20th, Charnwood Orchestra will celebrate its 30th Anniversary by performing nearly the same programme as it played in Rawlins Hall, Quorn in March 1974.

The programme will consist of three works by Dvorak: The Noon Witch, Cello Concerto (soloist-Eduardo Vassallo) and Symphony No. 8. The concert will again be in Rawlins Hall, Quorn, starting at 7.45. Tickets will be priced at 6.00 and 4.00 (concessions) and can be obtained from members of the orchestra, by phoning or emailing Judith Rodgers- 01509 412063, from Rawlins Community College or from Flowers by Sarah, Quorn.

Thirty years ago, the orchestra, then known as the Quorn Orchestra, was conducted by Jo O 'Reilly. Jo was Head of Music at Rawlins Community College. It was his brain child to start up a new orchestra for local players. Under his guidance, Quorn Orchestra flourished and became securely established as an orchestra with promise. Thirty years and several conductors later, Charnwood Orchestra continues to grow and to improve. There will be a leaving collection in aid of Macmillan Nurses, the charity that supported Jo so well in his last year. You can count on a cracking good concert on March 20th.