OP­ER­ATIC ORI­GINS

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD -

BORN in 1992 Dreamdragons was the name of an opera cre­ated and pro­duced for Ash­ford by peo­ple in the town af­ter coach­ing by Glyn­de­bourne Opera staff to mark the com­ing of the Chan­nel Tun­nel. Schools, youth and com­mu­nity groups, choirs, orches­tras, singers, ac­tors and dancers led by a pro­fes­sional creative team from Glyn­de­bourne ed­u­ca­tion staged the pro­duc­tion in 1993. With spon­sor­ship from Euro­tun­nel and this news­pa­per group, plus some sup­port from Kent County and Ash­ford coun­cils and South East Arts, it of­fered the chance to any­one who needed only en­thu­si­asm to take part in the ex­pe­ri­ence. Fol­low­ing that ef­fort a small group were in­spired to con­tinue and the Dreamdragons Com­mu­nity Theatre Group be­came per­ma­nent, with a num­ber of the orig­i­nal mem­bers still in­volved. They put on shows at Singleton and re­hearse in Great Chart. The group stages pro­duc­tions rang­ing from pan­tomime, farce, variety shows, drama and even me­dieval mys­ter­ies.

To find out more about the group con­tact Judy Peir­son­Web­ber on 01233 631588.

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