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Stage 2 stalwarts march on
STAGE 2, that Birmingham hotbed of youthful talent and springboard for many a thespian career, is keeping an excited eye on news of former members.
Ellie Jurczak, who is returning to the city to work at St Mary's Hospice as a fundraiser later this month, will be a special guest at the group's next fundraising meeting to tell everyone how her Stage2 experiences led to the successes she has enjoyed so far.
Yolanda Kettle is opening as Jane Bennett in
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in the Open Air Theatre at
John Light is Oberon and Theseus in
Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Globe in
Lauren Crace is currently filming the second television series of Mr Selfridge.
Matt Hill has just been at The Alexandra
Arthur Darvill is starring in Once on Broadway.
Wayne Fitzsimmons is still strutting his stuff in the NO1 Tour of Priscilla,Queen of the Desert.
Bless all who sit in her . . .
AND with that Sir Derek Jacobi wielded the scissors to cut the ribbon to officially open Hall Green Little Theatre's newly refurbished auditorium in his role as president.
Included in the refurbishment was new life for the auditoriums seats - which have lost a row to improve leg room.
The seats were second-hand when they were installed in 1950, and have been reupholstered and re-covered at a cost of some £22,000. Further contributions will be greatly appreciated.
Sir Derek Jacobi, scissors in hand officially opens the refurbished auditorium with, in the background, Hall Green chairman, Alex Bradshaw and Hall Green Theatre Council member Louise Price
The official opening also included a showing the film Greasepaint and Girders, the story of the building of the theatre in 1951 by members who, with no formal construction training, got stuck in and created a theatre to be proud of.
Introducing Sir Derek, Hall Green Chairman Alex Bradshaw revealed that he and Sir Derek had a lot in common: they had been born on the same day (22 October 1938 for those interested) although he was momentarily lost for words when Sir Derek asked innocently: "I was a mistake, were you?"
Sir Derek was impressed with the new-look auditorium. He said: "I think it is great. I love the colour they have chosen. The seats are very comfortable and it is beautifully raked so that everyone has a very good view, which is very important - and the front of house is beautiful too.
"It is a big stage and I looked backstage at
the dressing rooms and wardrobe and it is a wonderful setting. They can
fly things too and some professional theatres can't fly stuff, I spent
the summer down in Chichester at the Festival Theatre and they can't fly
Nicky's tricky trekking
LAPWORTH PLAYERS' Nicky Watt has raised £3,244 for
Childreach International by trekking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro –
and reports that seeing what the money can do for schools in the region
made it all worthwhile.
“I saw just a small part of what the money can do
for the local schools and it definitely made it all worthwhile.
“The trek was an experience I know I will not forget
easily. It pushed me up and beyond my limits, physically and mentally,
but on reaching the top I forgot it all – though I think it is probably
safe to say that it shall remain as a once-in-a-lifetime experience:
Nicky's report in the Players' newsletter is
accompanied by pictures showing “the iconic pose at the top.”
It followed nine months of fundraising, 24 hours of travel and five days' trekking.