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...
What a difficult task we had casting the show this year! The caliber of all the auditions we saw was truly exceptional and the production team and I are excited to start rehearsals on Friday.
We had a record number of children come to be involved this year and managed to see 60 auditions over the course of the afternoon. It was wonderful to see the vast improvement our returning performers have made and lovely to see so much new talent.
We only started looking at who could part at around 5:00pm and it took us until 5:30pm to assign the first part. Once this was done it was easier to match other performers to their look and style and the process moved a lot quicker.
As ever, it is a terribly difficult task to cast a production, even more so when all the auditionees are good. There are many factors that the audition panel must take into account when assigning roles. Here are just a few that we have considered:
First, it was great to see so many new and old members tonight and welcome if you have just decided to get involved now.
Auditions will start on Sunday at 1:00pm and will be done in character groups (eg, all the Cinderellas, Dan Deeneys etc). Once you have auditioned you will be free to leave. All cast will be contacted by phone or email by Tuesday with the outcome of their audition.
Each person may audition for up to 2 parts, including chorus.
Auditions will cost £1 + all cast members must pay a membership fee of £5 on the day (This will cover them for performances during the next year).
Each audition will consist of a song and an acting part. Please ensure you have rehearsed both of these thoroughly before the day to give you the best chance of getting a part.
We are thrilled to announce the audition dates for our September Musical 'Little Shop of Horrors'
Wednesday 16th March 2016, 7:15pm - Initial Meeting
For anyone interested in auditioning or being part of Little Shop of Horrors. Auditions are open to only those over the age of 14 and any person under the age of 16 needs to bring a parent or guardian over 18 to the initial meeting.
Friday 18th March 2016, 7:15pm - Audition Preparation
For anyone who wishes to work on their audition pieces. It is optional but the director will be there to help out and it is the perfect chance to ask for any pointers or tips before the big day.
Sunday 20th March 2016, 1:00pm - Auditions
Open auditions for Little Shop of Horrors for anyone over the age of 14. There is a £1 audition fee that is to be paid up front on the day. Please be prepared to be there most of the afternoon as there may be same day callbacks.
I am very excited to officially announce our September production will be "Grease".
Including official movie songs:
"Hopelessly Devoted To You"
"You're The One That I Want"
The production is for anyone ages 14 and over.
If you would like to be involved you can contact us via our facebook page or the contact us section of this website.
I am very excited to be directing this show, previously with the society I directed "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe". "Grease" is one of my personal favourite musicals and I relish the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for the show with all those who wish to get involved.
There are worse things I could do, than put on a show or two.
I look forward to seeing you all at our intial meeting, please spread the word.