Per­form­ers urged to join troupe

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

TWO per­for­mance troupes are invit­ing new mem­bers to join them for the next sea­son.

Bolling­ton Fes­ti­val Choir and Bolling­ton Fes­ti­val Mu­sic Theatre both meet and res­hearse at Bolling­ton Arts Cen­tre and will start their new sea­sons in Septem­ber.

Don­ald Judge, di­rec­tor of the choir and theatre, is en­cour­ag­ing any­one who has an in­ter­est in per­form­ing to come along to meet the group.

He said: “Both are known for their dis­tinc­tive and ad­ven­tur­ous style, and for of­fer­ing all com­ers a warm and friendly welcome with no au­di­tions.

“Keen choral singers, what­ever their voice or abil­ity, and bud­ding young thes­pi­ans how­ever ex­pe­ri­enced are welcome to come and try the groups out free of charge to see if they like them.”

The Fes­ti­val Choir, for adults, was founded by Bolling­ton doc­tor Dr John Coope, who en­thu­si­as­ti­cally pro­moted the arts in Bolling­ton and founded the Bolling­ton Fes­ti­val.

It will be re­hears­ing mu­sic by Jan Dis­mas Ze­lenka for its Christ­mas con­cert which will also in­clude carol ar­range­ments.

Don­ald ex­plained: “In the first half of the 18th cen­tury, Czech born Ze­lenka was ar­guably the finest com­poser of choral mu­sic af­ter Bach and Han­del, and is only now emerg­ing from ob­scu­rity af­ter his mu­sic, be­lieved to have been de­stroyed in the bomb­ing of Dres­den, was re-dis­cov­ered.

“It’s al­most cer­tain that no other choir in the North West has per­formed any of his mu­sic, which is a great op­por­tu­nity for singers and au­di­ences.”

Younger per­form­ers aged be­tween seven and 13 will be tack­ling a spe­cial per­for­mance of One Thou­sand and One Nights, as writ­ten by Don­ald Judge.

He said: “The tales to be acted out are Sin­bad, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, and Aladdin – all fa­mil­iar, but with a twist.

“There’s lots of fun and ac­tion, and while it isn’t a pan­tomime in the tra­di­tional sense, the show does have larger than life char­ac­ters, en­ter­tain­ing rou­tines, plenty of corny jokes, and lively mu­sic for singing and danc­ing. There are lots of bril­liant male as well as fe­male solo parts and lots for all the team to do, so boys and girls aged 7-13 are very welcome to join the com­pany.”

The first re­hearsals for the choir take place on Tues­day, Septem­ber 8, from 8pm un­til 10pm.

The mu­sic theatre will be­gin on Sun­day, Septem­ber 13, from 2pm un­til 4 pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to or ring 01625 261933.

Don­ald Judge

●» Young per­form­ers in last year’s pro­duc­tion of What’s Your Poi­son, Mr Hitler?

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