News

NEW! YOUTH GROUP PRODUCTION 22ND-24TH JUNE
Our brilliant and talented Youth Group will be performing their next show, "The Rocky Monster Show" on 22nd-24th June.
Bizarre, anarchic and very funny, this Rock 'n' Roll musical is a riotous mix of the Addams Family, Young Frankenstein and Phantom of the Opera, with Rebecca and The Rocky Horror Show thrown in for good measure!
Come and support our Youth Group! Phone 01204 305812 to book tickets.
NEW! SECOND SHOW OF 2018 ANNOUNCED!
42nd Street will be our second show of 2018! See opposite for full details. The Committee have now secured the licence and we can look forward to an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza for our Autumn show of 2018.

There are still two more shows in the pipeline, so keep checking here to see what 2019 will hold for us and our audiences!
NODA AWARDS NIGHT 30TH APRIL
The annual NODA North West Awards Night was held at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester on 30th April and what a glittering occasion it was. We had a nomination for Steve Benson as Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Fagin in Oliver. Unfortunately, Steve did not win the award but, as it says on the certificate, all nominees are winners of their category in their region. So congratulations to Steve for being the best in District 5! Keep an eye on the NODA North West website for full details of all the winners.
NORA MEETS THE PRIME MINISTER
You may know that our Chairman and Director, Nora Howcroft, recently visited Number 10 Downing Street to chat to MP David Davies about Brexit (as part of her job as a roving reporter for BBC's The One Show). Well, it seems Prime Minister Theresa May must have been upset that she missed Nora's visit, as she flew up to Walmsley Parish Hall on Wednesday 19th April just to give her a big hug. She also took the time to have a look at our props for High Society and chat to Nora about the show and the society. While she was here, she took the opportunity to speak to local voters and rally some pre-Election support.
Read the Bolton News article.
FIRST SHOW OF 2018 ANNOUNCED
We are very excited to announce that our first show of 2018 will be "Follies" by Stephen Sondheim (book by James Goldman). This is one of Sondheim's most popular shows which has seen many revivals since its opening in 1971 and was last performed at Walmsley in 1996.
The Committee have also selected the next three shows, which will take us to the end of 2019. As soon as we have confirmation of the licences, we shall announce them here. Keep checking!
NODA NOMINATION FOR OLIVER
We are delighted to learn that NODA has nominated Steve Benson for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Fagin in Oliver. Congratulations to Steve and fingers crossed for the Awards Night which takes place on Sunday 30th April at the Mercure Hotel, Piccadilly, Manchester.
For a full list of nominations click here.
ANNUAL DINNER GETS A MAKEOVER FOR 2017
This year's traditional annual dinner for members and friends has a new venue and format. Re-titled as "A Meal Out With Friends", we will be enjoying a superb 3-course meal at the award-winning Astley Bank Hotel in Darwen. There will be no disco or dancing this year, just the chance to relax with your Walmsley friends over great food in beautiful surroundings. To secure your place, put your name on the noticeboard in the Parish Hall, or contact the Social Secretary. The cost is just £25 per person.
CAST DETAILS FOR HIGH SOCIETY
Following successful auditions, we are proud to announce our cast for the next production "High Society". Click here to go to the High Society page with full cast details.



OLIVER!
Our most recent production, Oliver! played to full houses and great acclaim. Click here to see the photos, etc.
GOODBYE DONNY
We were saddened by the death of our long-time member Don Howcroft on 15th August. Donny was a wonderful actor, singer, dancer, designer, artist, friend and mentor and he will be sorely missed, not just by our society, but by the whole Amateur Dramatics scene in Bolton, so many of whom came to pay tribute to him at the memorial service at Walmsley Parish Church.
Donny played many leading roles in his 55 years on the amateur stage, including the Artful Dodger in 1968 at Walmsley - the first amateur actor in the world to take the role. He was also a regular on TV with his wife Nora, as an extra and, famously, as a participant in the TV series Food Glorious Food with his signature dish, salmon cheesecake. Indeed, he was well known to his friends as a very talented and creative chef.
Donny was involved in almost every Walmsley production in recent years, acting and designing, as well as supporting Nora, to ensure we maintain such a high standard of professionalism.
Goodbye Donny, we shall always remember you.
MORE AWARDS AT BATS ANNUAL DINNER!!
We were thrilled to win BEST MUSICAL for "White Christmas" at the BATS Annual Dinner Awards Night on Friday 2nd September.
Members enjoyed a great night at the Holiday Inn in Bolton, not least because we won a further two nominations for the show: Best Choreography for Lara Crombie-Syddall and Best Actor in a Musical for Steve Benson.
This brings our haul of nominations for "White Christmas" to 13, including 2 wins! What a spectacular achievement for the society!

Nora wins at NODA
nora wins best director of a musical FOR "WHITE CHRISTMAS" AT noda northwest 2016!!

Congratulations to Nora Howcroft, winner of the NODA North West award for Best Artistic Direction of a Musical at the Annual Awards Event, held on 1st May at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.

It was a wonderful night for the society, having received an unprecedented 10 nominations for "White Christmas", which means we were winners in our region in all these categories.
BEST ARTISTIC DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL - Nora Howcroft
BEST MUSICAL
BEST STAGING, SOUND & LIGHTING
BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION - Mike Pinder
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY - Lara Crombie-Syddall
BEST LEADING MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL - Steve Benson
BEST LEADING FEMALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL - Adrienne Wormald
BEST SUPPORTING MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL - Tristan Nixon
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL - Vicki Wilson
BEST FEMALE YOUTH PERFORMER IN AN ADULT PRODUCTION - Lizzie Glover
Congratulations to everyone!

Click here to read the article in The Bolton News (this article is also on the White Christmas production page)

Future Productions

FOLLIES

30th April - 5th May 2018

In a crumbling Broadway theatre, a reunion is being held for the showgirls who starred there as Weismann Follies over 30 years ago. While these faded glamour girls laugh, remember and perform the musical numbers which made them famous, they are trailed by the ghosts of their younger selves. Amid the reminiscing, two couples confront some unpleasant truths about their past and present, coming face-to-face with the future.

With the endless variety of Stephen Sondheim's score, a loving and brilliant pastiche of show music from the '20s, '30s, and '40s and such show-stoppers as "Broadway Baby" and "I'm Still Here", Follies is a glamorous and fascinating peek into a bygone era.

42nd STREET

29th October - 3rd November 2018

One of showbusiness's most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Armed with tap shoes and big dreams, Peggy arrives in New York where her talent catches the eye of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh, who gives her a spot in his new show. The star of the show, Dorothy Brock, is a classic Broadway diva, who takes an instant dislike to the new girl. But when Dorothy is injured, Peggy gets her chance to shine in the lead role.

Peggy's rise from showgirl to star is the stuff of show business dreams. 42nd Street is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards, and show-stopping ensemble production numbers.


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