June 20, 2018

The next few weeks have a lot going on with rehearsals and shows so here is a little run down for those involved about what is going on.

Wednesday 20th June

 - And they all lived happily ever after, dress rehearsal

Friday 22nd June

 - And they all lived happily ever after, performance

Saturday 23rd June

 - And they all lived happily ever after, matinee and evening performances

Wednesday 27th June 

- And they all lived happily ever after, pick-up rehearsal

- Wizard of Oz, rehearsal trio and snowflakes

Friday 28th June

  • And they all lived happily ever after, performance

Saturday 29th June

  • And they all lived happily ever after, matinee and evening performances

Wednesday 4th July

  • Little Red Riding Hood, pantomime and The Nativity first meeting (7:15 - 8:15 pm)

  • Wizard of Oz, Sing  through of Act 1( 8:15 - 9:00 pm)

Friday 6th July

  • Wizard of Oz, full cast rehearsal

Sunday 8th July

  • The Nativity 1:00 pm

  • Little Red Riding Hood, pantomime 2:00 pm 

So what are you going to do with that I hear you ask?

Well let me tell you...

We're the stage crew and with just a few screws and some other odds and bods we can:

  •   Fly you to other planets or on a magic carpet

  •   Whisk you to exotic locations

  •   Take you down a rabbit hole or through a wardrobe

We're the engineers who bring your shows to life.

So how does it work?

It all starts with a meeting with the producer.

They explain what they would like from the show. We then calm them down and explain that this isn't the London Palladium or Hollywood and we then generally arrive at a suitable compromise. Being honest there isn't a lot we say no to!

We have built:

  •   Rockets that fly

  •   Doors that can shrink and grow

  •   Revolving walls

  •   Flying carpets

  •   and space shuttles

We all have our different take on any given ideas of course and after a bit of discussion we arrive on a plan of action.

How do we start?

Location is easy with the help of some very talen...

May 22, 2018

This is my first experience of Directing and it's made me appreciate what other people go through when directing a show.  There's been many challenges but the support we've received from Ben, Lisa, Christine, Peter, Helena and the rest of the Bethel Crowd have really helped in making things easier for us.

The cast are making great strides in their acting and performances for each of the shows.  They're improving their timings and stage positions as well.  We're now wanting to speed things up so that each show flows better.

Christine and Barbara have worked wonders in the Costume department.  The outfits look fantastic and bring a wonderful display of colour and detail to each of the costumes.  We're having our first Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday 23rd of May so I'm really looking forward to it.

Peter, Austin, Bob and the rest of the stage crew have made some wonderful sets for us, really bringing the stories to life.  We can't wait to get on stage and work with the sets and...

Myself and Scott are having an amazing time with our brilliant cast rehearsing Happily Ever After.

We're looking forward to telling 6 fantastic tales from some of our favourite fairy tales:

  • The Three Billy-goats Gruff

  • The Princess and the Pea

  • The Gingerbread Man

  • Rapunzel

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Our cast are always enthusiastic when they come to rehearsal, always happy to get involved with all dances and even coming up with some of their own ideas for scenes!

We're looking forward to seeing you this June and remember; they all lived happily ever after!

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...

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 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...

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