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This November, not only are Aldridge Musical Theatre Company (AMCS) back, they’re on home ground. Smokey Joe’s Café is being staged at the Aldridge Youth Theatre, Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 November (1930 Start).

Smokey Joe’s Café – Aldridge Youth Theatre – 8 to 11 November 2017

After the success of their anniversary show, Fabulous at 50, AMCS are embarking on a different type of review show showcasing the works of legendary duo, Lieber and Stoller. Famous for hits by artists including, Elvis, The Coasters, The Drifters and Ben E King, Lieber and Stoller’s music epitomise all that is fifties.

In the Neighbourhood, Poison Ivy, On Broadway, Saved, Baby This is Rock and Roll, Yakety Yak, Hound Dog, Kansas City, I Who Have Nothing and Stand By Me. These are just a handful of tunes to expect in a vibrant show with great voices and dance.

Direction for Smokey Joe’s is in the safe hands of Julie Lamb with choreography by Sarah Hemming and musical direction from Mark Bayliss.

AMCS currently has a core of 30 members and are always on the lookout for more of all ages. Rehearsing in Aldridge every Wednesday, the society, in addition to two shows a year, also perform for charity functions and care homes.

Smokey Joe’s Café – Aldridge Youth Theatre – 8 to 11 November 2017

Tickets available from AMCS on 01543 480626.

Adults £12. Concession £10 and Under 16s £8.

Cheers.

 

Antony N Britt.

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This May, Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS) make a welcome return to the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock for a magnificent celebration of fifty years as a society. The show is Fabulous at 50 and never has a title been so apt. Last year, AMCS put on two well-received productions of the highest standard in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Once Upon a Time. You can expect Fabulous at 50 to be no different.

Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS) Fabulous at 50 – Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock – 18 to 20 May 2017

Great voices, breathtaking dance and good humour, Fabulous at 50 features numbers from Les Misérables, Oklahoma, All Shook Up, Oliver, Rent and many more. Direction for Fabulous at 50 is in the safe hands of Julie Lamb with choreography by Sarah Hemming and musical direction – Mark Bayliss. Julie, who is also chairperson of the society, spoke about the show, “I’m so proud to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of AMCS and feel very honoured to be directing such a talented group of people on this special occasion.”

Making a return to the stage is society president, Paula Garratt, who appeared in AMCS’ first ever production – Calamity Jane. “When I started with AMCS 50 years ago,” Paula said, “I never thought I would be lucky enough to join this great company on stage in celebration of those 50 years. I am very proud of everyone associated with the society.”

AMCS currently has a core of 30 members and are always on the lookout for more of all ages. Rehearsing in Aldridge every Wednesday, the society, in addition to two shows a year, also perform for charity functions and care homes.

Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS) Fabulous at 50 – Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock – 18 to 20 May 2017 © Antony N Britt 2017

And the shows continue. With Smokey Joe’s Café (Nov 2017) and West Side Story (May 2018) already confirmed, the next fifty years is underway. But not until this current celebration is complete and from experience, AMCS guarantee the 50th anniversary show will be nothing less than Fabulous.

Fabulous at 50 is on 18 to 20 May 2017 (1930 start). Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock.

Tickets available from AMCS (01543 480626) or Box Office (01543 578762).

Adults £12. Concession £10 and Under 16s £8.

Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS) Fabulous at 50 – Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock – 18 to 20 May 2017

Cheers.

Antony N Britt

Have you ever wondered what would happen if happy endings were reversed and heroes suffered while the wicked reigned supreme? Well, Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS) have the answer with a hilarious return to the world of panto in Once Upon a Time. Here we see the fairytale good guys pitting their wits in order to defeat familiar arch nemesis’ yet again.

Next year, AMCS will celebrate 50 years as a society and have been performing quality productions throughout that time. Once Upon a Time will be no exception.

With an original script by Mark Nicholls (whose 2010 production of Dick Whittington won a NODA award for best pantomime), the show features song after song which will have you singing all the way to Neverland. Great voices, exceptional acting and brilliant dance. Numbers include: Toxic, Let it Go, Somebody to Love, You Can’t Stop the Beat, Uptown Funk and a marvellous rendition of Cell Block Spell Block Tango.

In addition to the direction of Mark Nicholls, Once Upon a Time features music arranged by Mark Baylis, choreography from Sarah Hemming and costumes, Sarah Carter.

Once Upon a Time is on at the Great Wyrley High School Theatre: Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November (1930 start) with additional matinee on Saturday 12 November (1430 start).

Great value and entertainment for all the family. Tickets are £13/Adults, £11/Concessions, £7/Children with a Family Ticket (2+2)/£35. Tickets available by calling 01543 480626 or 07794 539271.

So come along and meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, Aladdin, Mad Hatter, Sleeping Beauty, Belle and many more defeat the combined might of Jaffar, Evil Queen, Maleficent, Ursula, Gaston and the Queen of Hearts. Plus, a little comic collaboration along the way from Captain Hook, Smee and the Ugly Sisters.

Has anyone ever read you a fairytale
and taken you to places, magical.
Where homes are made of gingerbread
and skies are always blue.
Where pumpkins turn to coaches
and wishes all come true.

Once Upon a Time (The Panto) – Great Wyrley High School Theatre – 10 to 12 November 2016

Cheers.


Nick

* Once Upon a Time Lyrics – Mark Schoenfeld & Barri McPherson

It’s showtime again and Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS) are taking us back to the 1920s with their production of Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock. Now approaching 50 years as a society, AMCS are known for quality shows and this is one of the best.

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Thoroughly Modern Millie is an energetic musical which will have you singing (and tapping) in your seats. The year is 1922 and Millie Dillmount arrives in New York, a place filled with frisky flappers, dashing men and a dragon lady of a villainess the audience is sure to love to hate. Loosely based on the 1967 film of the same name, Thoroughly Modern Millie first opened on Broadway in 2002. Featuring songs such as Gimme Gimme, Forget About the Boy and Not For the Life of Me, the show won six Tony Awards at the time, including Best Musical.

Determined to experience the rip-roaring twenties, Millie sets out to test the modern ideas she’s read about back home in Kansas. The goal is to pursue her dreams of becoming thoroughly modern by marrying for money instead of love. She first meets, and is immediately attracted to, the poor, but fun loving, Jimmy. Despite this, she goes to work for pompous, Trevor Graydon with every intention of marrying him instead. When not typing up a storm at the Sincere Trust Insurance Company, Millie also parties with her fellow residents of the Hotel Priscilla, a house for aspiring actresses which also hides a sinister secret.

Thoroughly Modern Millie is the perfect musical for the whole family, appealing to all ages. It stars Chloe Hancox as Millie, Danny Teigte as Jimmy, Hattie Sketchley-Bates as Miss Dorothy, Mark Nicholls as Trevor Graydon, Kerry Flint as Mrs Meers and Linda Bloxham as Muzzy Van Hossmere. Producing is Andy Poulton with musical direction from Mark Baylis and choreography by Sarah Hemming.

Do come along and share in this magnificent experience. A show filled with charm, comedy and romance, plus a little intrigue. Great acting, fantastic voices, excellent dance and a fifteen piece orchestra. What more could you wish for?

So beat the drums ’cause here comes Thoroughly Modern Millie … Now!

Staged Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May 2016 (1930 start). Tickets can be obtained from the box office on 01543 578762 or direct from AMCS (01543 480626 and 07932 688485).

£13/Adult, £10/Concessions and £7/Under 16s.

Cheers.

Nick

Yearning for a trip to the theatre? Can’t wait to see Mary Poppins on stage? Well Step in Time as memories of Broadway and the West End hit the region this month.

Musical Memories - Aldridge Musical Comedy Society

A spectacular concert of song and dance, Musical Memories is the latest offering from the awesome Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS). For almost 50 years, AMCS have been delivering quality productions, and this is no exception.

Numbers draw from a variety of shows with something for everyone. If it’s classics you’re after, you will not be disappointed with segments from Cats, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Miss Saigon and Evita. Then there are more contemporary with songs from Spamalot, Avenue Q, Sister Act, All Shook Up and The Little Mermaid. Plus, huge pieces hailing from Wicked, Jekyll and Hyde, Chess, Little Shop of Horrors and many more including a teaser for AMCS’ Spring 2016 production, Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Performed Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 November 2015 at the Rugeley Rose Theatre, Rugely, tickets can be obtained from the AMCS box office on 01543 480626 with full details on websites – www.aldridgemcs.co.uk or www.musicalmemoriesshow.com.

Don’t miss out on this magnificent experience.

£12/adult, £10/Concessions and £6/Under 16s.

You can follow AMCS on Facebook for news of current and future productions.

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Cheers.

Nick

Heroes & Sweethearts - Aldridge Musical Comedy Society. Cannock 22-23 May 2015

Pack Up Your Troubles and return to 1940s wartime Britain with a concert of song and dance to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

Heroes and Sweethearts is the latest offering from the marvelous Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS) and will be on at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock, 22-23 May 2015. For almost 50 years, AMCS have been delivering quality productions and Heroes and Sweethearts is no exception.

Numbers include: In the Mood, White Cliffs of Dover, We’ll Meet Again, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, It Don’t Mean a Thing and Chattanooga Choo Choo, all which will have the audience singing and tapping in their seats.

Heroes & Sweethearts is the brainchild of producer Julie Lamb and will be supported by a full band with musical direction from Mark Baylis and choreography by Sarah Hemming.

The show is being staged in partnership with the Royal British Legion, an association which came about through negotiation between AMCS costume designer, Sarah Carter and Alison Bates of the Legion. The hope is not only to honour the events of World War II, but also raise money for a fantastic charity which continues to support our armed forces past and present.

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Left to Right: Julie Lamb, Sgt Dan O’Sullivan, Alison Bates, Sarah Carter.

One such recipient of Legion support is Sgt Dan O’Sullivan who in 2011 was assaulted and left with serious head injuries. After a lengthy spell in hospital, Dan spent time at the Portland College, Mansfield, a stay partly funded by the Legion. At the college, Dan learned to walk, talk, eat and drive again and has since had further assistance to adapt his home in order to allow independent living. Dan is a keen supporter of local fund raising activities and is looking forward to seeing the show.

Performances Friday 22 to Saturday 23 May 2015 at 7.30 pm (with additional Saturday Matinee – 2.30 pm). Tickets can be obtained from the box office on 01543 578762 or by going online to www.aldridgemcs.co.uk with options to book direct from AMCS.

Don’t miss out on this magnificent experience.

£12/adult.

£10/Concessions.

£6/Child (U16).

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What’s the buzz? Let me tell you what’s happening. Classic rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar is in the region for three nights only. The groundbreaking musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber which has delighted audiences for decades is on at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock from the 20th to 22nd November 2014.

Originally produced as a concept album, the musical arrangements on Jesus Christ Superstar mix rock with the classical in multi-layered dynamics which are as fresh today as 40 years ago. The score features well known numbers including: Heaven on Their Minds, I Don’t Know How to Love Him, the semi-comical, Herod’s Song, and of course, Superstar.

Performed by a magnificent cast with excellent musical direction and choreography, Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of the final days of Christ and his ultimate betrayal by Judas Iscariot. Beginning with uplifting exuberance, events quickly turn with the arrest and trial of Christ, leading to its poignant conclusion. The production contains a passionate portrayal of characters, triumph, struggle and subsequent tragedy.

This current show is the latest offering from the excellent Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS). For almost 50 years, AMCS have been delivering quality productions and Jesus Christ Superstar is no exception.

Staged from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 November 2014, tickets can be obtained from the box office on 01543 578762 or by going to www.aldridgemcs.co.uk with options to book direct from AMCS or online.

Don’t miss out on a rare chance to share in this magnificent experience.

£12/adult, £10/Concessions and £6/Child.

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Cheers.

Nick

This week, the Forest Art Centre is home to a murder mystery musical from Aldridge Musical Comedy Society: Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 April (7.30pm plus 2.30pm Saturday Matinee),

For over 40 years, AMCS has been putting out quality performances and Deduction, will be no exception. Written by musical director Ben Batt, this original production pays homage to murder mysteries of old.

Great detective, Noel Uckholmes is invited to a fancy dress ball in order to witness the reading of the last will and testament of Lady Stourbridge, a woman killed in suspicious circumstances. Each of those gathered is not only a potential beneficiary, but also suspect for the murder and as the evening progresses, we find she is not the only one to meet a sticky end. But will you be able to deduct whodunnit?

The show is at Forest Art Centre, Hawbush Lane, Leamore, WS3 1AG. Tickets are £10/adult & £8/Concessions with a family bundle (2+2), £30. They can be obtained by calling 0845 111 2898 or by going to the AMCS website.

www.aldridgemcs.co.uk.

Deduction - Aldridge Musical Comedy Society

Cheers.

Nick

Accident-prone … Me?

Ugh! I’ve been ill these past couple of weeks. Starting on that day out in London, my sore throat developed into a full blown cold as reported last week and continued for much of this one. I am, thankfully, over it. Yesterday morning was the best day for ages. I felt bright, cheerful and raring to go at the monthly meeting of the Walsall Adult Writers. Then I walked into this …

Yes, that’s my loft ladder, left open while I was putting stuff up there and when I came upstairs with more things, I didn’t notice it as I was too busy reading while walking … and then smacked my head against the trap.

Ouch!

Yes, there was blood and maybe getting into the bath twenty minutes later wasn’t a good idea but it had stopped by then.

Thing is, as I’d decided I was going to blog about it, I needed a photo, which is the one you’ve just seen. However, my camera was downstairs so after lowering the hatch once more, later in the evening, I went to get it. I was returning upstairs (You know where this is going, don’t you), switched on my camera, didn’t look where I was walking and hit the bloody thing for the second time in one day.

Okay, on this occasion there was no injury and my staircase didn’t resemble a scene out of Saw, but I was disorientated. I retreated back downstairs to grab a drink from the kitchen.

Now, a lesson also to learn is that when it is dark and you have to go through your living room to reach the said kitchen, it’s a good idea to turn on the light, especially when the kitchen is in darkness, too. And if you’ve forgotten that you left the kitchen door like this …

Not my day, really. I suppose I am a little accident-prone. Still, I can relax now. All I have to do is write this roast. Oh yes, I also have to repair that loose floorboard. Now where’s the hammer and those nails?

The Sun always shines …

I was in the queue at the local shop a while back. In front of me, a man was complaining as the Sun newspaper he’d bought an hour before, had most of the middle of it, missing. He should think himself lucky. Some poor bugger’s going to find himself reading pages 19 to 54, twice.

Steptoe and Son – Ride!

Remember these?

Today, where your local rag-man drives around in a van, you may be excused for thinking the likes of Steptoe and Son, were a thing of the past. But not so.

On quite a few occasions, and mostly in the neighbouring town of Bloxwich, I’ve seen a horse and cart driven around to collect scrap. However, it isn’t grown men as I found out recently, they are being operated by kids. I was in a massive queue. The tailback was immense but slowly, cars were overtaking the offending vehicle holding everybody up. Imagine my annoyance when I did too and saw this.

Yes, astonishing. To drive a car, you need to spend hundreds on lessons, pass a test and then get fleeced by greedy insurers who want all your savings just so you will be allowed to drive. On the other hand, by the evidence of this photo, any pizza-faced moron can grab hold of a horse, stick a couple of reins on it, whip it half to death and leave the roads full of shit as they can’t be bothered to pick it up.

How is this allowed to go on? There are strict guidelines for driving a motorised vehicle which is entirely in your control yet people are allowed to ride on the roads pulled by a creature that can be totally out of their control.

Something is not right there.

Still doesn’t add up.

Last week, I spoke of 30-year-old maths teacher, Jeremy Forrest who was a silly sod and ran off with his 15-year-old pupil. In his defence, he does say that he took it literally when somebody asked him to work out how many times 30 goes into 15.

Has Cinderella been in my garden?

Well, judging by the evidence – no.

The other day, I got up, yawned, walked downstairs and avoided walking into a door. I stared out of the kitchen window and imagine my surprise as I saw this …

Okay, that’s weird. It’s not like my garden is a right of way so how in the name of sanity did that training show get there? The thing is, it gets weirder. I was due out the house and didn’t have time to investigate. By the time I’d got home, it had gone.

WTF? It’s my back garden. So some bloke has lost a bloody shoe and tries to think. Oh, now where did I leave it? I know, it was in Nick’s back yard.

Also, next day I looked out and there was a pack of half-eaten sandwiches.

Am I missing something; has somebody stuck up a sign saying Picnic Site and not told me?

By hook or by crook.

Ha Haaaa! Hook-handed Abu Hamza has been extradited and you lot over there in the States have to foot the bill for his upkeep now.

It’s ridiculous how long it’s taken for this low-life scum to be kicked out. Come on, authorities, sort the bureaucracy and make it simpler.

Still, he’s gone after eight years. Three in prison and five to get him through the metal detectors at Heathrow Airport.

And back in calamity corner …

I told at the beginning of my attempts at head-butting the loft hatch. I was worried at first as there was quite a bit of blood but it soon stopped. I did make a mess of a nice white towel though and after I’d used it, forgot and left it at the foot of the stairs. Now imagine this. I’m chopping some meat to prepare a meal and the bell goes. I walk to the door, see the blood-soaked towel and think, Oh, I must wash that. I pick it up, open the door and all my visitors see is me with a large knife in one hand and a blooded towel in the other.

Brilliant. Don’t think I’ve ever got rid of Jehovah Witnesses so quick.

Cheers.

Nick