Hartlepool Stage Society needs more men

The Hartlepool Stage Society, which is appealing for more members.
The Hartlepool Stage Society, which is appealing for more members.

The search is on for new recruits to help a stage society in its next productions – and the plea from officials is “we want more men”.

Two sets of casts are needed for the branches of the Hartlepool Stage Society as it gets ready to put on productions in 2016.

Musical director Sarah Barton said: “Hartlepool Junior Stage Society is recruiting new members for their summer production of Seussical the Musical.

“And Hartlepool Stage Society are recruiting new members, especially males, for our summer production of Act Your Age.”

The show for adults is described as a comedy farce musical, written for amateur societies.

Shows for both of the society sections are being planned for performances next June and arrangements are currently being put in place.

But Sarah explained more about the need for more people to come forward and take part in a great group.

“At the moment, the junior society gets about 30 members but only about four of them are boys.

“It is the same in the adult society, where we have got about 25 members but we have only got three men.

“We are always deperately looking for more men to come and join us.”

For more details on the stage society, visit its Facebook page.

The society has just marked its 60th year in existence. It was formerly known as the Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

It was based in Walmsley Hall, which was in Osborne Road, in Hartlepool, before it moved to the Stage Society Hall, in the Throston Grange Community Centre.

As well as the long-running senior section, there is also a junior society, which was formed in September 2012.

Anyone wanting to take up the offer of joining the society should come along to rehearsals on a Tuesday.

They are held from 6.30pm to 7.30pm for junior members, and from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on the same night for senior members.

All rehearsals are held in the community centre, which is in Glamorgan Grove, in Hartlepool.

This has been a busy year for the society, which had a packed programme of events.

They included a show called Thoroughly Modern Musicals, which was held last autumn. Members were part of a Christmas singalong and joined in with spooky fun in Ward Jackson Park on Halloween night.

Now people can find out how to get involved in this year’s activities by visiting the society’s Facebook page.