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September 2017


Panto Time


This year’s exciting family pantomime is to be ‘Aladdin’, and has been written by Julie Cook.  The introductory meeting will be on SUNDAY 10th SEPTEMBER at URC from 1-4pm.   You will get a chance to meet the production team, read through the script and hear the songs in the show.  You will also be given general information regarding rehearsals and details of the parts available. 

Following this, there will then be two pre audition rehearsals on Monday 11th (St Luke’s, 8pm) and Wednesday 13th (Brompton Ave., 7:30pm) where audition pieces (including songs and dances where applicable) will be taught.  


AUDITIONS will be held on SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER at Eshe Road URC from 12-5pm.  Children in the panto should be in Key Stage 2 and 

upwards at school.  Specific times for auditions will be given at the pre-audition rehearsals. 

The pantomime will be staged at the our new venue at Bootle Town Hall and the production dates are:


1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th and 10th December 2017

Evening showings at 7:30 pm

Matinee showings at 2:00 pm


New members (as well as current ones!) are always welcome!   If you wish to know more information, please contact Nicci Henshaw.


Christmas Music

 

This year's Christmas music concert will be performed at St Luke's church on 13th & 14th December 2017.   The first rehearsal will take place on Thursday 21st September at  Brompton church hall.    We are very pleased to announce that Ian Dunning will be Musical Director for this event.     If you fancy joining the choir and singing a wide range of Christmas music, you will be most welcome to join us!


July 2017


Well done to everyone who took part in the production of YOURS - A Tale of the Bootle Blitz.  This was performed at another new venue, Merchant Taylors' Boys' School and it received raving reviews.  Due to the success of this production we have been asked to put this on again next year and will be looking at doing this somewhere between April and May 2018 so watch this space.  Please see the NODA review attached :- 


Waterloo and Crosby Musical Theatre Company’s latest very interesting and educational production was a musical drama called "Yours, a tail of the Bootle Blitz” written by playwright David E Davies and is set during World War II in Bootle Liverpool. This was the first time this play had been performed on stage and it looks at life during this historic conflict as well as the story of the horrific bombing of Bootle, which apparently sustained the second highest civilian loss of life outside of London. The play also highlights the effects of the war on families, the local community and shows how life and plans can change in the blink of an eye. I personally knew that Liverpool had been bombed during the war but I was not aware of the severity and the consequences of this terrible life changing episode for its population.


There was a talented very experienced production team  which included Director Pamela Foy, Musical Director Ian Dunning and Choreographer Claudia Molyneux, who had at their disposal a large cast made up of different age groups playing interesting characters who were representative of those people who could be seen and found in Liverpool during this period in history. 

 The story centres on the lives of the Maguire family and principally the eldest daughter Shirley Maguire and her fiancé Paul Rimmer, we see the devastating effects the war has on their relationship, future plans and the family as a whole. The role of Shirley was excellently played by Alexandra Edgar who also had a very good singing voice, her fiancé Paul was also very well played by Luke Saunders, both actors complimented each other nicely making a very believable central couple. Luke also played two of the small cameo roles, American GI, Glen and Capitaine Louis. Jenna Watkins produced a lovely sympathetic characterisation in her role as Mary McGuire Shirley’s mother and she also sang beautifully, her husband and Shirley’s father Mick Maguire was strongly played with understanding by Alex Sinclair, who complemented Jenna nicely, making a very believable married couple of the era. Four talented young actors gave lovely performances as the two younger children, Oscar Sansbury was Jamie McGuire and Jessica Keggin was Jane Maguire in the first act with Euan Parkes and Nikita Madden playing their older selves in the second act. Other well played important roles included Steve Little as Harry Rimmer, Paul’s father, Ian Dunning as a very smart Sergeant Major,Claudia Molyneux as Doris, Lindsay Lyth as Carol,Sarah Henshaw as Maureen and a comedic Carolyn McAdam as Bridget. We were  also entertained by  two very famous names from the period namely, Vera Lynn ( Laura Ratcliffe) and Rob Wilton (Roy Hartley). There were also several small well played cameo roles who along with the ensemble which was made up of a mixture of age groups, supported the principal cast excellently, performing the songs and effective relevant choreography by Claudia Molyneux very well.


Diction, projection and clarity of words was very good which meant the audience could follow this important story easily. The  music score included lots of well-known songs from the period which were accompanied expertly on the piano by pianist Brian Tubbs with Chris Ellis on the drums and conducted by Musical Director Ian Dunning.

Everyone in the cast appeared to be enjoying the experience and all sang the memorable songs with gusto and lots of feeling.
The set was very minimalistic but scenes were set using different areas of the stage with excellent use of furniture and first class appropriate props from the period. There was very efficient use of the stage area which meant there was smooth and quick transition between scenes which keep the pace of the production just right. The production was complemented by excellent technical input which included lighting, sound, sound effects, radio archive material, sourced by Steve Little of Maghull Radio, and also the showing on screen of lots of thought provoking photographs taken in Liverpool specifically Bootle during the war. Costumes fitted the era and the production very well, it was obvious that a great deal of thought and hard work had gone into getting them just right. Well done to  the Stage Manager Colin Wilson and all the back stage crew.


This was a very interesting and sometimes poignant production which centred on a period of history which should not be forgotten. Talking to various members of the audience it was clear that this play brought back memories for some and reminders of stories told by relatives from the local community who lived through this conflict.

Congratulations to Pamela Foy and to all involved in bringing this interesting thought provoking production to the stage. Thank you for a very entertaining evening we had a lovely time.



December 2016


Last years pantomime was yet again a big success.  Beauty and the Beast was enjoyed by everyone who came to see it.  Lets hope we can top it next year.


April 2016


Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now


This play was undertaken by our adult members and was a laugh a minute.

















January 2014


Congratulations to our NODA District 6 nominations, which took place on Saturday 11th January. We can be very proud of having so many nominations and the great news is that we won two of the categories: Best Pantomime and Best leading actor in a pantomime. Well done to all!

 
Our full list of nominations is as follows:

Best lead actress (Musical) - Alex Appleton (Nancy)
Best supporting actor (Musical) - Jamie Lester (Fagin)
Best supporting actor (Musical) - Leo Appleton (Bill Sykes)
Best youth performance in an adult musical - Brian Comer (Artful Dodger)
Best youth performance in an adult musical - Lucas Frost (Artful Dodger)
Best lead female (Pantomine) - Lisa DeGeir-Mawdsley (Robin Hood)
Best lead male (Pantomime) - Leo Appleton (Dame Trot) WINNER
Best comedy act (Pantomime) - Linda Hansen & Emerald Hickey (Smash & Grab)
Best pantomime (Babes in the Wood) WINNER
Best overall production (Babes in the Wood)

December 2013


Bugsy Malone

 The Waterloo and Crosby Theatre Company Youth Group will be staging their production of 'Bugsy Malone' at the Starry Nights Theatre from April 11th - 13th 2014. The first pre-audition workshop will be held on Sunday 22nd December, 2.00 - 4.00 p.m. at Eshe Rd United Reformed Church, Crosby, further pre-audition rehearsals will take place on Sunday 29th December (2.00 - 4.00) and Thursday 2nd January (3.00 - 5.00), with audition taking place during the afternoon of Sunday January 5th. Auditions will then take place on Wednesday evenings, 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons (2.00 - 5.00) until the Easter holiday performances. Please contact Leo if you are interested in this 07969 513087 leo@theatreco.org.uk

 
November 2013

Congratulations to WCTC for the NODA nominatons that we have received for some of our performances in Oliver! The NODA District 6 awards take place on January 11th and the following members have been nomiated:

Best Actress in a Musical - Alex Appleton (Nancy)

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical - Jamie Lester (Fagin)

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical - Leo Appleton (Bill Sykes)


April 2013

Congratulations to the Waterloo and Crosby Theatre company Youth Group on winning the 2013 Leverhulme Youth Drama Festival. Below is a review of the winning performance written by Jenny Robson from the Southport Champion, and a photo taken of some of the youth group members:

 

  

Waterloo and Crosby Theatre Company Youth Group wins top award

The Waterloo and Crosby Theatre Company Youth Group have made headlines and excelled themselves by taking the top award for Best Play at the recent Leverhulme Youth Drama Festival with their version of Bradley No Mates by Linda Stephenson – a powerful, hard-hitting drama about schoolyard bullying.

 This was their first time of entering.  They beat off stiff competition from seven other drama companies from Wirral and North Wales and may now be eligible to enter the national final in July.

 Said Leo Appleton, Director, “The children were fantastic.  They were all commended on their acting, projection and stage awareness.  The adjudicator also praised the overall artistic direction and described it as visionary with particular attention to the mimimalistic set, use of the children to make shapes and the sound and lighting effects, all of which really came to life in the Gladstone Theatre.”

 Alex Burke played Bradley and was runner-up in the Best Actor category.  Eboni De Geir Mawdsley who played Paige (Bradley’s friend) was runner-up in the Best Actress category.  Also nominated in these two categories were Lucas Frost and Anna McKenna who played bullies – Seth and Lou.

 Lucas has also been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Youth Musical (playing Aslan) and Leo has been nominated for Best Director of a Youth Musical in their 2012 production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the NODA North West Awards in Blackpool on 4 May.  This is alongside nominations for Poppy Hart (Best Lead Actress in a Youth Musical (playing Lucy) and Charles Moss (Best Musical Director).

 Most of the Bradley No Mates cast and production team will be appearing in the main company’s production of Oliver! at the Starry Nights Theatre in Litherland High School from 19 to 23 June. 

Make sure of tickets by calling 0151 924 0231.

 

 

 

 

February 2013

 

NODA nominations

Congratulations to WCTC for five nominations at the forthcoming NODA Awards which take place in Blackpool on the 4th/5th May.

·         Tony O’Keefe – Best actor in a drama (Gilbert Bodley in ‘Not Now Darling’)

·         Leo Appleton – Best artistic direction of a youth show (‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’)

·         Charles Moss – Best musical director of a youth show (‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’)

·         Poppy Hart – Best actress in a youth show (Lucy in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’)

 


·         Lucas Frost – Best supporting actor in a youth show (Aslan in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’)

We wish all our NODA nominees the best of luck in Blackpool in May.  

 

 

August 2012

 

Pantomime – Cinderella

This year’s pantomime is to be ‘Cinderella’, especially written for us by Roy Hartley, and it is being directed by Pam Foy.

 

The pantomime will be performed at Crosby Civic Hall on Friday 30th November - Saturday 1st December and Friday 7th December - Sunday 9th December.

 

The cast list is as follows:

Cinderella

Buttons

Baron WotFitzSimonFitzWilliam

Baroness WotFitzSimonFitzWilliam

Dolly (Baron’s cook)

Mouldy (One of cook’s helper)

Mildew (Cook’s other helper)

Bigeta (One of the ugly sisters)

Grimma (The other ugly sister)

Cyril Doogooder (Health and Safety Officer)

Prince Charming

Dandini

Fairy Godmother

King Cuthbert

Shontelle

Announcer at the ball

Small parts for villagers, ballroom guests

 

The first get together and read through for the pantomime will be at 8 p.m. on Monday 10th September at St Luke’s church hall. Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Wednesdays as usual. Anybody who would like to be part of this year’s pantomime should come along. For more information contact Pam on 0151 924 0231

 
 
May 2012
 

Not Now Darling

 

 

Our other show taking place this year will be a production of Not Now Darling which is to take place at Crosby Civic Hall from the 5th to the 8th of September. Not Now Darling is a classic 1967 farce written by John Chapman and Ray Cooney. It is set in a London furrier’s shop. The play is being directed by Pam Foy and has now been cast:

 

Arnold Crouch – Les Longley

Miss Whittington – Sophie Weymouth

Miss Tipdale – Melanie De Castro

Mrs. Frencham – Marion Yates

Gilbert Bodley – Tony O’Keefe

Commander Frencham – Roy Hartley

Harry McMichael – Danny Walsh

Janie McMichael – Claudia Molyneux

Sue Lawson – Becky Weymouth

Maude Bodley – Alison Jones

Mr. Lawson – Phil Lawler

 

Rehearsals are well underway and tickets can be booked through Tim on the usual phone number. Tickets are priced £8.00 for the performance on Wednesday 5th September and £10.00 for the other three performances..

 

Waterloo and Crosby Theatre Company 30th Birthday Party

We hope that everyone will be able to join us for the company’s 30th anniversary celebration. We will be marking the occasion with an official birthday party to be held at Crosby Lakeside on Friday 17th August at 7.30 p.m.. The Tickets cost £22.00 per person and are available from Leo. The evening will be a black tie/lounge suit event and will include entertainment, a luxury buffet, presentation of long service awards and music.  

 
March 2012
 
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - finishing touches
 
The Waterloo and Crosby Theatre Company are putting the final touches to their spectacular youth musical 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. which they will be performing at Blundellsands United Reformed Church from Friday 13th April until Sunday 15th April.
 
The show features 35 of the company's youth members, aged betwen 6 and 14. The musical, based on C.S Lewis's classic story has been adapted by Irita Kutchmy as a youth production. The adaptation keeps perfectly to the traditional story and characters but has the added interest of lots of catchy, contemporary music which is used to tell the tale of the adventures of four children who stumble upon a magical land of talking animals and the white witch, when they venture through the wardrobe that they find in Professor Kirk's spare room. The show features all the familiar characters in the children, played by Alex Burke, Jessica Lathom, Thomas Corcoran and Poppy Hart, alongside Olivia Taylor-Goy who plays the White Witch and Lucas Frost, in his first appearance for the company as Aslan the lion.
 
The show features a realistic narnia set, which has been put together by the company in collaboration with Crosby's own 'In Another Place' group, who of course were responsible for the Narnia Experience at Old Christ Church and St George's Hall in recent years. The show is directed and choreographed by WCTC regulars Leo and Alex Appleton, who have been working with the children and youngsters within the company over the last few years in their pantomimes and youth shows. On this occassion they are joined by musical director Charles Moss, who has also worked with the company on several previous musical and concert performances.
 
Director, Leo Appleton said: "I am really pleased with this production of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was a bit ambitious for us at the outset, as we knew that the children would not be familiar with the muscial numbers, but they have motivated themselves very well and their singing and acting performances are excellent. We have some real talent within the company and I love seeing our youngsters apply themselves and develop as performers. We advertised quite widely in the new year, as we are always trying to recruit new youth members. They are the future of the company. We were really pleased with the response and although we are based in Crosby and Waterloo, we have youth members from Southport, Maghull, Formby and Bootle.  So you could say it's a real Sefton production. Anyone who comes to see the show is in for a treat, and I hope people will come along to support this family show, whcih will be a great way to end the Easter holidays.
Performances take place on the following dates:Friday 13th April, 7 p.m., Saturday 14th April, 2 p.m. (matinée) and 7 p.m., Sunday 15th April, 2 p.m. (matinée)
 
Tickets are priced £9 and £7 (concessions – under 18s, students & OAPs) and are available, on 0151 924 0231.
 
 
Showbiz Quiz and Sauasage Casserole Supper - Saturday 31st March
 
Join us for our latest social evening. A ShowBiz quiz will take place at St Luke's Church Hall on Saturday 31st March. at 7.30 p.m. Food is provided but you need to bring your own drinks. Tickets are £8, and £7 for members, and can be purchased at rehearsals.
 
 
February 2012
 
 
"The Best of Times", a series of concerts taking pace in the summer will be a 30th anniversary celebration of all the musicals that WCTC have produced over their 30 year history.
 
Rehearsals begin on Thursday 23rd February at 8.00 p.m. at Blundellsands Methodist Church (Brompton). All members past and present (and newcomers) welcome. There will be plenty of choral music for everyone to get involved in, as well as the opportunity for some solo and ensemble pieces.
 
The shows themselves will take place at Old Christ Church, Waterloo (Saturday 14th July), St Faith's Church, Crosby (Friday 21st July) and Saturday 21st July (Saturday 21st July)
 
January 2012
 
The Waterloo and Crosby Theatre Company is very pleased to announce their forthcoming youth production
 
'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'
 
 
Rehearsals are nowunderway and the production will be performed at Blundellsands United Reformed Church Hall, Warren Road, Crosby, L23 6UA:
Friday April 13th - 7.30 p.m.
Saturday April 14th - 2.30 p.m.
Saturday April 14th - 7.30 p.m.
Sunday April 15th - 2.30 p.m.
 
Ticket details will be available soon.
 
 
October 2011
An evening of One Act Plays
Saturday October 1st 2011, St Luke’s Church Hall
 
The Claremont Home for Gentle Folk
(written and directed by Cath Rowe)
 
Dying on Stage
(written by Edward Chapman, directed by Alex Appleton)
 
Facing Up
(written by Edward Chapman, directed by Leo Appleton)

 

 
September 2011
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Auditions for our 30th Annual Pantomime will be starting in September. For more information, including details of how you can join us in our fun filled family panto production Click Here.
 
 NODA Nominations
Congratulations to all our members involved in last summer's production of 'The Hollow'. We recently received two NODA nominations for this production. One was for 'Best Play' while the other was a 'Best Actress in a Play' nomination for Linda Millar for her role of Henrietta. Members of the company attended the NODA Awards at Blackpool over the May Bank Holiday weekend, and while we did not win, it is still an achievement to be recognised in these categories. Well done all.
 
May 2011
Transvestite Tramp
Congratulations to everyone who completed our sponsored walk between Southport and Crosby on Saturday 7th May to raise funds for our forthcoming musical La Cage aux Folles. 14 members of the cast and crew successfully completed the 17 and a half mile walk in the pouring rain, dressed as show girls in order to publicise the show and raise some much needed funds. Thanks also to everyone who supported us on the day and to everyone who has sponsored us.