Goodbye to old and hello to new

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A DANCE and stage society is celebrating 60 years in existence with lots of changes.

Hartlepool Stage Society is marking its anniversary with a remembrance evening.

Society spokesman Jill Jackson said it was a way of “saying goodbye to our old hall to mark the opening of our new hall.”

That event will be held next February but before then, society members will be holding a Christmas singalong in their new hall - with mince pies and mulled wine - on December 19.

All this comes after the society has only just celebrated its successful production of Acorn Antiques and Cinderella Rockerfella.

The organisation was formerly known as the Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

It was based in Walmsley Hall which was in Osborne Road in Hartlepool.

Jill said: “The hall served the society for many happy years but unfortunately the society has outgrown the hall and we needed to move on.

“We are now rehearsing in Throston Grange Community Centre, in Glamorgan Grove.

“We have recently started a very successful junior society who have just performed their first production in the Town Hall Theatre and are going from strength to strength.

“Our junior section rehearse on a Tuesday evening, from 6.40pm to 8pm, and the senior section rehearses on a Tuesday, from 7.30pm to 9pm.”

In between the two groups, there is a “half hour overlap to incorporate interactive work between the age groups,” said Jill.

She said the first of the group’s forthcoming performances was the Christmas singalong in Throston Grange Community Centre .

Tickets are £3 or £2 with concessions and the proceedings will include a short performance from both junior and senior society members as well as a singalong section for the audience.

Tickets are available from any society member and Jill said the show was “a lovely Christmas evening for adults and children alike. “

She added: “We will be holding a remembrance evening to celebrate our 60th anniversary in February next year with a slide show of shows over the last 60 years and a performance of songs from the musicals over the last six decades.”