Little Theatre to reopen after pandemic closure



Little Theatre to reopen after pandemic closure

by Henry James (April 2021)

PLANS are once again being made to stage performances at Southport’s Little Theatre.

The venue has been closed for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It was March 2020 when the final applause echoed round the theatre’s auditorium for the last night of the SDC Youth Theatre production of Swallows and Amazons.

Now, it has been announced ‘Swan Song’ - a one-man play starring Andrew Lancel, directed by BAFTA award-winning director Noreen Kershaw and produced by Bill Elms, will reopen the Little Theatre on Monday, July 5.

SDC Youth Theate will then bring their talent and energy to the stage in August for ‘Fame the Musical’.

A spokesman for the theatre said: “The SDC is proud to be offering young people aged between 14 and 25 the opportunity to be involved in this theatrical extravaganza.

“We are looking for actors, dancers and singers to play the iconic roles that have delighted audiences for generations; the exuberant wannabe actor Joe Vegas, the sultry Carmen Diaz a magnificent dancer with a big ego and of course the hugely talented Tyrone Jackson, a talented, black hip hop dancer with attitude. These are just three of the roles on offer in this exciting musical.

“We are planning to cast an ensemble of up to 20 young people. Those without previous musical theatre experience are welcome, together with the more experienced – what matters most is a passion to be a part of creating an excellent production.”

Fame will be directed by Paul Wilkinson with musical direction by Adam Dutch and choreography by Pippa Morris. 

There will be a ‘talk-up’ at the Little Theatre on Thursday, June 24 at 7pm at which people can learn more about the show, receive audition parts and have an opportunity to meet fellow actors, dancers and the production team.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, July 4 at 11am. Rehearsals begin July 8 and the production runs from August 24 until Saturday, August 28. For more details or to express an interest, contact Paul at pjwilkinsonuk@yahoo.co.uk

The spokesman continued: “We are finalising the details to ensure we can manage the process safely both for our audiences and volunteers. Keep checking our website or social media posts on Facebook and Instagram for updates.”

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