Stage society gears up for latest show

Stage society members get ready for their next show
Stage society members get ready for their next show

WHO says dance is just for the town’s youngsters?

Adults by the dozen are enjoying the benefits of being part of Hartlepool Stage Society and there’s space for more to join up.

And this is the ideal time to take the plunge. The society has a show on the way at the Town Hall Theatre, from Monday, May 2, to Friday, May 6.

Chairman Jill Jackson said: “We are the only adult musical amateur dramatic society in Hartlepool and cater for anyone aged eight years and over. No experience is necessary.”

As well as acting, singing and dancing is also taught to members who meet every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the society hall in Osbourne Road.

Jill added: “We are seeking new members of all ages both male and female. They will receive tuition in singing, acting and dancing. They can take part in all or part of the activities.”

People who want to help backstage – with activities such as costumes and building scenery – are also welcome.

Membership levels have reached 80 people at any one time and ages have varied from people in their 20s to pensioners.

The society has added its own new recruit with Tom Morris joining to launch a network of drama classes throughout the North-East – and in tandem with Hartlepool Stage Society.

Tom is a recent graduate from the Guildford School of Acting.

He said: “The industry is constantly changing and improving itself; its vital that I keep my head in the game and continue to pursue my own professional performing career, in tandem with teaching, and they both compliment each other so well.”

His association with Hartlepool Stage Society began several years ago, when he was asked to direct My Fair Lady at the Town Hall Theatre.

He has remained a friend to the society and its members ever since.

He said: “The society is going from strength to strength, and is really making an effort to support itself long-term. By allowing me to operate sessions in their premises, we will assist one another when it comes to developing the Society’s next generation of on-stage talent.”

The Society has seen a surge in teenage members in recent years, perhaps due to phenomena such as High School Musical and Glee.

Tom said: “Shows like that have really pushed musical theatre into vogue, and made it a popular choice. The society and myself hope to capture the interest of these youngsters long-term, and allow them to explore new opportunities with myself and with Hartlepool Stage Society.”

The forthcoming show has performances at 7pm each evening with a 2pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are priced at £12 or £11 with concessions and more details are available from the theatre box office on (01429) 890000.