It's a tale of two theatre companies, a pair of Sheffield favourites who had their own successes and their own loyal audiences for their shows. But when two became one, they went on to become one of the city’s most popular community theatre companies. And as they prepare for their latest show - a lavish regional premiere of West End musical The Wind in the Willows - Handsworth and Hallam Theatre Company can look back on a string of successes that span several decades of theatrical excellence.It was in 1948 that Jean Walker had a chat with friends on the way to work that would lead to a legacy of amateur theatre in Sheffield spanning almost 70 years.Travelling on the 221 bus destined for Pond Street, Jean got talking to Ron Smith and Bill Burton who offered their services as director and accompanist for a small concert party singing at local retirement homes.It was this small collection of players that would eventually become Handsworth Operatic Society. And in 1950 the new … [Read more...] about In pictures: when popular Sheffield theatre companies joined forces
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0 Have your say We often wish for a fairy godmother to turn up when we are in a tight spot. Bethan Roscoe has had her own fairy godmother moment through her actual mother, Helen. The third year student has taken on the role of director for the University of Portsmouth’s Dramatic and Musical Society’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. There was a problem with how to create a dress for the magical moment when Cinderella’s rags turn into a ball gown. When Bethan told her mum, who is an experienced wardrobe mistress for an amateur dramatics society, she knew exactly what to do.‘Mum offered to make the transforming dress for us and we jumped at the offer,’ says Bethan. ‘She put it together in Suffolk then drove it down to have a fitting with Matilda, who is playing Cinderella. Matilda’s smile was so wide when we transformed it for the first time!’Matilda Andrews agrees … [Read more...] about Cinderella will go to the ball in University of Portsmouth’s Dramatic and Musical Society’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic
By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “The Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland is one of those films that was declared a classic upon its release and is still considered a classic by fans and critics decades later. The film, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, was called a “delightful fantasy” by New York Daily News’ critic Kate Cameron when it was released in 1939. On Aug. 18, 1939, The New York Times’ critic Frank S. Nugent said, “Not since Disney’s ‘Snow White’ has anything quite so fantastic succeeded half so well… It is all so well-intentioned, so genial and so gay that any reviewer who would look down his nose at the fun-making should be spanked and sent off, supperless, to bed.” Decades later, audiences of all ages still take delight in the adventures of Dorothy Gale, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Wicked Witch. “My earliest memory of watching ‘The Wizard of … [Read more...] about Happy birthday to ‘The Wizard…’
PUBLISHED: 12:19 20 January 2019 Steve Russell Great days. The camera, you might say, loved Sidi Picture: SCOTT FAMILY COLLECTION Archant What a night! November, 1954, and dancer Sidonie Darrell is on stage with a galaxy of stars: Bob Hope and Noël Coward, Norman Wisdom, Max Bygraves, Joan Sims, Frankie Howerd and Peter Sellers. Sidi, right, with Norman Wisdom Picture: SCOTT FAMILY COLLECTIONIt’s the Royal Variety Performance, before the Queen and The Duke Of Edinburgh. Sidi isn’t even 21 years old.Household names featured prominently in her career, which ranged from classical ballet and West End musicals to TV work and appearances in Sunday Night at the Palladium, but Sidi was never starry-eyed. These were talented folk, all doing a professional job.Later she adopted and adored Suffolk – enjoying a long association with Southwold Summer Theatre, teaching ballet to probably three generations, serving as ladies’ captain … [Read more...] about Tributes: Did you know Southwold dancer and actress Sidi Scott?
REVIEW BY Chris Linford The Funtington Music Group Christmas Special on 12 December took place at the University of Chichester.The Group welcomed back two former Chichester University graduates who were also previous Prize Winners of the Funtington Music Group’s prestigious Robert Headley Prize. Erin Alexander won in 2016 and Tina Gelnere in 2018. Both have gone on to pursue post-graduate careers at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The two singers performed an amazingly varied programme that included works by 17 composers with a full 24 pieces in total. Chris Coote, in fact Treasurer of the Funtington Music Group, accompanied. His performance always did more than support, yet never overwhelmed or eclipsed the singing voice. A real partnership in action.The programme opened with a performance of Mister Snow from Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein, sung by Erin Alexander. The two soloists then took it is turns and Tina Gelnere opened with Voi, che sapete from … [Read more...] about Funtington Music Group welcome back past prize winners for their Christmas special