The Music Theatre was formed in 1986 and since then has presented at least two shows a year, mostly at the Arts Centre. There are no auditions to join, everyone who comes along can be in the show, and casting is decided as part of the rehearsal process. Many of the shows are written by the group’s founder and director Donald Judge.
Some, like the new show for the Autumn of 2016 – the Shakespeare inspired Midwinter Nightmare – are set in the local area and draw on Bollington’s character and history. Folk tales and legends from Britain and Europe often feature along with true stories such as Children of Lidice, Roma Girl, Wojtek the Soldier Bear, and No Hatred or Bitterness which celebrated the childhood and life of Edith Cavell as part of the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.
The emphasis is on teamwork and developing musical and theatrical skills in a relaxed, supportive environment. Children often surprise themselves with what they can achieve in a short rehearsal time, while a frequent comment from parents is that being a part of the group raises their child’s confidence.Rehearsals for a new show begin early in September and January each year with a free Taster Session for those interested, with performances in November / December and March / April.
Please see the Events page for details of those taking place in the near future.