I wish I could tell you our full song list for the upcoming musical revue You Can't Stop the Beat (tickets on sale here) but we are being extremely careful to make sure that the evening will be full of surprises. Why? Why? Well our directors have worked hard to take you on the journey of life from childhood to adulthood and I don't want to be accused of rocking the boat by spilling too many secrets here, though for those of you like us who have far too many musical lyrics stored in your head you may find there is more than meets the eye in what I write.

Now rehearsals are about half way through and we are progressing well but I have this singular impression things are moving too fast. Everyone is working so hard and we are making memories that will last forever. The dances are pushing us to step up to the challenge but the post rehearsal aches are nothing like I've ever known before. That being said I wouldn't change a thing rehearsals are so much fun. I mean when I get to the end of a...

What a knockout performance by The Bethel Crowd's Jnr workshop at WACO's bank holiday event! 

It was great to be invited again to be involved in this hugely popular event and we were more than happy to agree, despite nearly being washed away in the torrential  rain last year. Thankfully (despite  the thunderstorms over the weekend) this year turned out to  be perfect weather for an outing.

The wonderfully talented cast of youngsters performed 5 up beat songs from their upcoming production of Cinderella & Rockerfella including 2 duets. For many of our youngsters, this was the first time they had performed in front of a crowd and they were fantastic. 

You don't have long  now to book your tickets for the production. 

Tickets:  £4

Phone: 01942 790578

web: ticketsource




May 10, 2017

Helena has been busy choreographing a little dance for you to practice and demonstrate at our first meetings for the show. She was worried the moves came too easy for her and was convinced she'd done it before- but no! She's just great at choreography!

We're hoping you join us at our first meeting next week (Wednesday 17th May) at 7.15pm to find out what it's all about!

April 25, 2017

In this year's murder mystery "Mutiny and Murder" I am playing Katie, an 18 year old who is being taken on holiday by her dad John (Chris Beckett) and her new step mother Megan (Zoey Tattersall). John's plan to bring his new family together is put on hold when the Captain (Peter Schofield) is found dead! Could one of the family have killed him? Was it the first mate (Austin Mulhearn)? A member of the crew (Graham Talbot, Janette Hampson, Jason Taylor)? Or could it be the mysterious stranger (Will Taylor) catching a ride to the next port?

Join us at our Murder Mystery evening on Saturday 6th May and see if you can help our detective (Mary Caswell) uncover the truth! Tickets are £5 including supper and are available now. Book Here.

April 23, 2017

We are giving all of you the chance to win 2 tickets to use at any one of our upcoming productions. All you have to do is fill in our short survey about the society and our shows. 

Click here now to enter.

The draw will take place at 8:00pm on the 10th May 2017 on our Facebook page. The winner will be notified by email so worry not if you don't have Facebook.

To be eligible to be entered in the draw your survey must be completed by 7:00pm on 10th May 2017.  Any surveys completed later than this will not be entered into the draw.

April 13, 2017

After 26 years of amazing dedication, the Bethel Crowd’s dame Will (the plumber) Taylor is hanging up his dress. During his career with the society, Will has been sent to Mars, blown up a variety of ovens and scared off an infinite number of ghosts. This January’s production of Puss in Boots was his final performance on the Bethel’s stage as the dame.

Will Taylor is local to Westhoughton but can be seen fitting and fixing bathrooms all around Bolton. His years as a full time plumber and part time dame have, unfortunately, taken their toll on him. Mr Taylor says, ‘I’ve enjoyed every minute of being on the stage but I can’t handle it with my plumbers knees anymore.’

Over the years Will has brought much laughter to audiences of all ages. He brought so much personality to his performances that there wasn’t always space on the stage for the rest of the actors. After 26 years, Will finally got the hang of spotting when he was being stitched up. This skill would have saved him trying to reassem...

March 23, 2017

Is a phrase that is often associated with the gripping storylines of your favourite soap opera -if you have time to watch them that is! Here at the Bethel we’re so busy we don’t have the time (boo hiss!).

Helena and I are currently working on/planning 3 of the shows for this season including Cinderella & Rockerfella and our musical revue- You can’t stop the beat. Just before those though  we have just enough time to squeeze in the Bethel’s mystery tale; Mutiny and Murder (written by one of our own- Tom Hewat). 

We’ve just completed auditions for the junior production and Helena has been working hard choreographing the dances, whilst I have been assisting Ben in the directors seat/pressing play when needed (it’s hard work-honest!). Once those rehearsals have finished we have been zipping over to the murder mystery rehearsals and working on that.

We are currently rehearsing our questioning and interviews but we think the most important question of all is: “what do I wear?!” 


March 15, 2017

Our annual general meeting was held last Wednesday evening and we thought we'd share with those of you who were unable to attend what happened. This a chance for us to review as a society the year that has just finished and what exciting new plans are on the horizon. It is also a chance for members of the society to be voted onto the committee as either a co-opted member or into a specific role or job.

Chairman's Report

Welcome everyone to our 2017 AGM.

Thanks to everyone who has helped us to make a success out of this year. We have put on some very

challenging shows throughout the past 12 months. I believe it is a record number of productions this

year; ‘Directing Dilemma’, ‘Wind in the Willows’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Puss in

Boots’ in addition to a quiz night. Needless to say all of those involved in the committee are


It was great to perform a play written by a member of the society. Tom must be given a lot of credit

for the work he put into ‘Directing Dilem...

March 12, 2017

 Rehearsals are now under way for our Jnr Workshop production of Cinderella & Rockerfella and here is your first peek at our cast. They have all worked extremely hard and we are certain that this will be a fantastic show.

Don't forget that tickets are now available for £4.

March 11, 2017

Dear parents/carers of cast members,

Firstly, thank you for allowing your child to be involved with our production of Cinderella & Rockerfella. We have a fantastic cast which will allow us to put on a fantastic show this year. Just to remind you that the show dates are Friday 16th June – Saturday 24th June with all days and times shown on the rehearsal schedule attached to the back of you audition pack.

Please read through the following points

  • Please can we ask, due to the amount of people with allergies, that nobody brings any snacks containing nuts.

  • There is no ‘trip’ to McDonald’s inbetween the shows. You must make arrangements for the care of your child between the matinee and evening performances.

  • There will be a central box for children to place their phones in at rehersal. This is to safegaurd your children following a number of incidences over the last few shows. We already have contact details for you in case of emergency so there is no need for the children to brin...

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