BARROW YOUTH THEATRE'S FIRST EVER PRODUCTION
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
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
WINNER OF PANTO COMPETITION
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.
POP GOES THE CENTURY
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.
CHARNWOOD ORCHESTRA'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY
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.