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Blog and News Letter

Blog and News Letter

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Update to NEWSLETTER Feb 2016

Posted on March 5, 2016 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (12683)

Since publishing the Newsletter we have now cast Darren Smith as Sir Evelyn and Cev Barker as Whtney.

Thank You. 


Posted on March 5, 2016 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (1203)

Hello and a belated Happy New Year to all the members and supporters of Normanton 5 Towns MTS (old and new).

After a great Pantomime and the relaxing (really) Xmas festivities, isn't it great to be getting back into the good old rehearsal process again? Tuesday and Thursday at 19:30pm until further notice.

Anything Goes is a classic Cole Porter musical that we last performed nine years ago, and with the usual effort, enthusiasm and commitment that our cast and production team put in we are sure to have another amazing show to perform for the paying public of Normanton and the 5 towns area.

Our principles have been through the emotional stresses and strains of the audition process and we are pleased to announce the following people were cast:

Graham Hemingway as Billy

Paul Wilkinson as Moonface Johnson

Pippa Slater as Reno Sweeney

Margaret Melvyn as Mrs Harcourt

Charlotte Wilson as Hope Harcourt

Samantha Heyward as Bonnie

Bethany Beever, Chloe Butcher, Joanne Burgess and Trish Heyward as Angels

Malcolm Whatcott as The Ships Captain

John Kappes as the Bishop

Chris Littler Moore as The Purser

Sadly we had a Lord Evelyn who for personal reasons had to withdraw from the role, so we are on the hunt for both a Lord Evelyn and a Witney, let the production team know if you have any suggestions or know of any one suitable for either role.

For anyone who is unsure of our show dates, first night is Wednesday 24th May to Friday 27th May at 7:15pm with a Saturday matinee on the 28th May at 2:15pm. The venue has still to be confirmed…. watch this space or check either the web site or our Faebook page for updates, also we are sure our chairpersons e mail messages will be frequent and informative

PS Don't forget the after show party, Saturday 28th from 19:30pm at the Conservative Club Normanton. Enough about Anything Goes!

Here are some IMPORTANT Dates and requests from the Social Committee for you to put in your diaries:

Christmas is over so it's time for the Easter Raffle, yippee!! and we are on the lookout for your kind contributions, you know the type of thing we are after, Easter Eggs/ bottle of wine or other suitable raffle prizes, there will be a star prize probably a Large Easter Egg or a goodies Hamper, but please anything will be gratefully received, please see Stuart Gaynor or Sharon at Rehearsals. Tickets have been given out so please SELL SELL SELL!!!


Our first social soiree of 2016 takes us back in time to the 1940s and is on Friday 18th March at the Lee Brigg club Altofts:

Entertainment is being provided by the wonderfully talented Karen Clegg

So please come along and join in with our FORTIES NIGHT included in your ticket price is a homemade Pie and Pea supper, a quiz and a couple of easy party games.

Ticket available to buy now from Stuart Wilson at £10 for adults and £8 for concessions. come on you know you want to Bring your friends and family

Costume hire is available from Sharon at very reasonable rates.

Volunteers are needed to help deliver promotional leaflets round the estates of the Normanton/ Altofts area to help promote Anything Goes. This will be happening around the end March. WATCH OUT FOR UPDATES

Following the success of our first Five Towns INDEPENDENCE DAY Barbecue and due to popular demand we are pleased to announce the date of our second ANNUAL "Independence Day" barbecue at The Poplar, Altofts is Saturday 2nd July 2016.

No upfront cost just let us know in advance so we can cater food how many are intending to come along, Everyone is welcome, please bring all your friends and family. fresh cooked BBQ food will be available to buy on the day

Please speak to Stuart, Gaynor or Sharon for more details.

STOP PRESS: Due to the loss of Asda Normanton for Bag Packs we are looking for other ideas for fund raising suggestions or volunteers to "do"gratefully received

We are currently looking at running a "Sponsored Walk" on the same day as the Barbecue WATCH this space.

2015 - 2016

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (1722)

Unfortunately it’s been a while since the last entry! I can only apologise. 2015 has been a productive year for us, firstly with our 90th year Celebration Showcase, which went down a storm. The Direction, Choreography, music, costumes, stage etc. were excellent. A lot of hard work was put into the show by the cast, production team and back stage team, which showed on the live shows. The youngsters were an absolute credit to us and it was especially pleasing to see some of our more mature, experienced members take to the stage again. (See our photos of the rehearsals)

It wasn’t long after the showcase that we started rehearsing for our Annual Pantomime which was Dick Whittington and his Cat. As usual a lot of time and effort went into getting it on Stage. The cast, production team and the behind stage crew never cease to amaze me as to how much time and effort they put into staging the show. There were some particular outstanding performances from the cast.

The Pantomime was great success which showed through the ticket sales. However we do seem to struggle on the Wednesday and Thursday shows. We really do need the support of the public to fill the seats; we rely on the Annual Pantomime to make enough money so we are able to put on the more expensive Musical. If you didn’t see it you missed out on a great Pantomime. Why not put our next one in your diaries now. Dec 7th 2016 – Dec 10th 2016. Robin Hood and babes in the Woods. Venue TBC. Directed by David Hartill and Chris Oxley.

This brings us up to date with the current production, Anything Goes. We are looking for cast and crew for the show. If you fancy putting on your tap shoes and a little grease paint then why not audition for a Principle part. See Normanton 5 Towns Facebook page for announcement about the Principle parts available, or see Audition closing date is Jan 21st 2016; auditions are on 24th Jan 2016. There are no auditions for the chorus so just turn up for the rehearsals. Like our page on Facebook and we’ll announce the start of the rehearsals on there. If you have an interest in front of house, backstage, makeup or any aspect of musical theatre then get in contact we may have some openings, we can certainly offer our experience if you need it for development, young and old.

See for further information about the show and synopsis.

Thank You for clicking on our Website. Please come back soon to find out about developments with the show and also to keep up to date with our up and coming Social events. Also please leave any comments about our website or recommendations.

Thank You again,



Rehearsals and bowling!!

Posted on November 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (1102)

Not long now until show time, 2 and a bit weeks! Rehearsals still going well and still managing to make me laugh despite seeing the

Scenes….well I’ve lost count! Just proves how funny it is.

Can I just remind the cast at this point of the proposed Rehearsal on Sunday 23rd November from 3:00pm until approx 7:30pm for full run through, sort costumes, tweak any scenes, etc. Bring your Sandwiches!

We had a social evening last night ten pin bowling, which proved to be very enjoyable, not only have we some fine thespians but we have some good bowling youngsters/teenagers. Ok Mr Wilson and you! Even the food order was right ;)

I have posted the bowling Pictures on the Gallery and some more rehearsal photos on the ‘more’ tab at the top of the page.

Please feel free to share the website on your Facebook page.


Fundraiser Event

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (498)

We have been informed that the Mayor of Normanton is having our Society as one of his Charities this year and that there is a charity fundraiser at the Johns Terrace Club on Queen Elizabeth Drive in Normanton, on 14th Nov 2014. It's £6 per ticket which includes Pie and Peas. You can get tickets from Normanton Town Hall.This is a great opportunity for us as it will help us to fund our live shows we put on for the local community.



Posted on November 1, 2014 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (1356)

The Annual AGM will take place this Tuesday 4th Nov 2014 at the Conservative club, Normanton, at 19:30pm.

It is a public meeting so everyone is welcome, but you must be a fully paid up member and be over 14 years of age to vote. If you are a past member we would LOVE to see you back, equally we would love to see NEW people, young and old, so please come a long. We are a friendly bunch who will offer you a warm welcome :). 

If you have any questions please feel free to ask on the contact page and I will answer you ASAP.

I sincerely hope to see you there.

Bev (chairperson)

Lets Get on with it!

Posted on October 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (1440)

It seems so long ago now since we had auditions for the Principle parts for our Pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk. It was in fact only 2 months ago!

So after some very good auditions, the standard was very high and it was obvious that a lot of hard work had gone into the preparation by the candidates, the principle parts were cast. Unfortunately not everyone who auditioned could be cast in a Principle role, however saying that, it was by no mean feat to cast the parts as the standard was so high.

The advice to those who did not get a part is to keep trying, some decisions to cast is made, not only by the hard work put in but also by the pairing of characters, hence the reason if it’s not your day today maybe tomorrow will be. Don’t give up on trying. Many who have experience in treading the boards will tell you that they were turned down many a time before and after they got parts they auditioned for. One of the most important qualities to have for our society is ENTHUSIASM & COMMITMENT.

So the people cast for the principle roles are as follows:

Jack                                                                               Charlotte Wilson

Princess Primrose                                                         Sophie Golby

Dame Dotty Dimple                                                        Paul Wilkinson.

Simple Simon                                                                Tim Guest

Snatchet                                                                         Katie Golby

Scarper                                                                           Adam Lovell

King Hubert                                                                     Malcolm Whatcott

Queen Hyacinth                                                              Margaret Melvin

Piccalilli the Witch                                                           Joanne Burgess

Fairy Sugardust                                                              Jessica Young

Humphrey                                                                       Nick Wray

Rancid                                                                            Chris-littler Moore

Last but not least……….Buttermilk                                Surprise appearance by ……….and…………..

Well done everyone and a big thank you to those who have turned up for the Chorus. We are well and truly into rehearsals and I have to say the chorus sound fabulous. Again enthusiasm and commitment is evident, everyone is working very hard. 

I think it’s about time I mention the Production team. We have the privilege of having David Harthill as Director, believe me it’s going to be a very funny show. Our one and only Elaine Oakley as Musical Director and drum roll…………..Bernadette Cowley-Richardson as choreographer. Assistant, Jessica Beever.

Unfortunately our stage manager and set builder has left for this show which has been a major blow as they were such an asset for our productions, very talented and professional. The show must go on though! We have fortunately managed to procure the talents of another Stage manager whose reputation precedes them. As a committee we are very relieved and extremely thankful for them standing in at short notice. Disaster averted, thank goodness. I also need to say my other half, Stuart Wilson was railroaded......I mean volunteered to be set designer, something which is very new to him, but I have the utmost faith in his abilities....or else!!! ;)

So rehearsals have started and everyone is working hard, ok there are some hiccups but what show doesn’t. On the whole things are going well and the show is starting to take shape. There have been a few tears but overall there have been more laughter……………

However as we are on the subject of tears I feel it is appropriate to mention the floods of tears we have been having behind the scenes that could and will have major repercussions for our society continuing to produce live musical theatre to Normanton and surrounding areas. (Not to mention the repercussions for other local groups and societies).

We have for a few years now used the Alice Bacon Centre to stage our productions; however after we have finished this Pantomime the future of using this facility is doubtful, the reason being is that Wakefield council has made the decision to put up the hire charges for the centre. we expect some increases but we were not prepared for a 100% - 125% increase! The Wakefield council criteria for rental of the centre states because we charge for tickets we must be a business and therefore we must have enough to cover the extra charges. Believe me even before the increases we made a loss on our shows. Ok maybe we can put ticket prices up but then we don’t want to make it any more expensive than it is, as we feel it will be at detriment to some being able to afford to see our show, surely this is counterproductive as we would get less in our audiences. We would absolutely love to show our productions for free or at a minimal charge, however I don’t think people realise how much it costs to put on a show, I know I didn’t appreciate the costs before I got involved in the society! The bills soon add up, hire of the facility, production costs for example hire of the band, wardrobe costs for costumes, stage set costs, lighting, sound. Marketing……..etc., etc. the list goes on and on. At best we break even but that's a rarity, most of the times we make a loss, we have recently made up this loss by fundraising; I don’t think I need to say how difficult that can be. Thanks to the generosity of our members giving up their time and money and the generosity of the public, to whom we are very grateful, we have managed to just keep our heads above the water, however with this massive increase the council have implemented in hire cost, after this show (we had already started to plan for the Pantomime and continue to fight the substantial increases so therefore are committed to the Pantomime this year) the money in the pot will not cover another show at the Alice Bacon Centre. If you are aware there is very little in the way of other facilities in Normanton/Altofts area that can accommodate our productions and therefore we are going to have to think seriously about our future. We will continue to fight the increases but we would also like you to support us if you want live theatre to continue in this area.

So back on a happy note, rehearsals. Everyone is working very hard, I am always amazed by the commitment of the members coming to at least 2 if not 3 rehearsals a week. We started with singing and choreography and have progressed onto Lib. I don't think that a rehearsal has gone by without a good laugh and a giggle, not just with the jokes but also with the cast and their antics. We have the pleasure of 2 Crigglestone members treading the boards with us for this Panto and they both bounce off of each other with their humour. If you came to Normanton gala this year you probably seen and heard them as Dame Dotty Dimple and Simple Simon, Paul Wilkinson and Tim Guest, so funny. I've also been impressed with the 'clicking' of the funny characters Snatchet and Scarper, Katie Golby and Adam Lovell.

We have quite a small chorus this year for the Panto but when you hear them sing you'll be amazed by the power of their voices and this includes the youngsters. I know I'm probably bias but they are fantastic, come along and see for yourselves.

I don't think anyone in the chorus can deny that they won't be a lot fitter by the end of the show, what with Bernadette's warm ups for the choreography!!!!  :D

Well think that's enough for now, don't want to give too much away too be continued.

Have a look at our gallery for rehearsal photos.


NB Since writing this the council have delayed the increase charges until there has been a review. Let's sincerely hope they see how devastating a big increase will be, not only to our society but other community groups as well.