Rochdale Musical Theatre Company December 2016 Newsletter
ACT Awards Night
RMTC’s last show, A Tale of Two Cities, received four award nominations from ACT (Association of Community Theatre) for Most Original Overall Production (Musical), Most Accomplished Actor in a Musical – Peter Norris, Most Accomplished Actress in a Musical – Rachel Brierley and Most Original Character Actor in a Musical – Phil Swift. Congratulations to Peter Norris for winning Most Accomplished Actor in a Musical!
Well done to all those in this production and those that helped to make this such a successful show.
More Concert Success
RMTC were proud to perform another concert of ‘Songs from the Musicals’ at Springhill Hospice on Saturday 12th November. John Simmons again stepped out of his usual role as a chorus member to be the Musical Director, many thanks to John for ensuring the singing was of the highest standard. Siew Middleton again gave her time and talents to accompany expertly on the keyboard. RMTC were delighted that Anne Birchenough returned to the Company to sing a solo, namely ‘Can’t help loving that man’ from Showboat; Anne sang this beautifully and it was very well received by the audience.
Again, all of the soloists excelled themselves to give professional standard performances, huge congratulations to them all.
Soloists: Isabella Middleton, Charlie Middleton, Rachel Brierley, Angela Mayall, Scott Jones, Anne Birchenough, Tony Stones, Dave Edwards and Grant Hindle.
Any profits from this concert are to be shared between RMTC and Springhill Hospice.
RMTC welcomed Paul Shiel, as he deviated from his previous role as Stage Manager, to join his wife, Helen and son, Adam, with the choral singing. We hope Paul will now want to join us to sing again in the future. Thank you to all who took part and came to watch. Thank you to Michelle Barker and Sarah Croke for their help on the evening too.
The AGM took place on Wednesday 16th November. RMTC thanked Marjorie and Ray Dale for their tireless and valuable work on the committee.
The AGM was attended by some of the Society’s long serving members. These members have either performed in or ensured the smooth running of productions. RMTC are hugely proud of and grateful to these exceptionally hardworking members, without whom the shows just would not go on!
Left to right: Bert Brearley, David Heaton, Kath Meredith, Roy Taylor, Joyce Rathbone, Jill Chadwick, Ann Stubbs, Ray Dale and Marjorie Dale. Combined membership of over 340 years! Fantastic!
At the AGM, members placed their votes for the next two charities to receive donations from the 200 Club. The two charities chosen were: Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary and Rochdale Children’s Moorland Home. Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary cares for small stray animals as well as providing a home for retired farm animals. Rochdale Children’s Moorland Home provides holidays for children from disadvantaged backgrounds or for children with disabilities.
More Charity News
The RMTC Committee chose the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in Rochdale to receive a donation from the 200 Club in October. This charity aims to tackle poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender. The SVP Society in Rochdale receives referrals from local churches and sometimes directly from councillors for people or families in need of help. The smallest of donations to this Society goes directly to those that cannot get help elsewhere; recent examples of ways the SVP Society has helped include: providing local families in need, with food and school uniform vouchers. RMTC would like to thank all the 200 Club members for their continued support, not only has the 200 Club been a lifeline to RMTC but it is also helping to make a difference to charities in the local area.
A fun night was had by members and friends at Madison’s Restaurant on Friday 25th November. The acting skills of many were tested during the game of ‘Would I lie to you?’ You had to be there to know who had a ride in the back of a police van on their wedding night and who was once a Hell’s Angel! Well done to Helen Simmons who guessed the most correct answers. We hope many more members and friends will join us for next year’s meal.
The Full Monty the musical is to be performed at Heywood Civic Centre from 21st-25th November 2017. An initial Get Together will be held in February and auditions will be shortly after this (dates to be confirmed asap). Rehearsals are set to start on Wednesday evenings in May. We hope as many people as possible will want to be in the show or offer support during the lead up to the show, as well as during show week.
Another fundraising concert (but with different songs!) is to be performed at Christ Church, Chadderton, on Saturday 6th May 2017. We hope as many members as possible will want to sing with us.
Our new website!
Please take a moment to look at our new website at www.rochdalemtc.co.uk. Thank you to Grant Hindle who has kindly agreed to keep the website up to date. RMTC are very grateful to Chris Robinson and the team at 24/7 Uptime and Tameside Business Solutions for their help and support in getting the new website up and running. There is now a page on the website which will be updated monthly to show the latest 200 Club winners. You have to be in it to win it, so if you are not already a 200 Club member then please consider this for the New Year.
Many thanks to Helen Shiel and Kelly Meyer for the fantastic photos featured in this newsletter.
We would like to wish all our members and friends a very Happy Christmas and all the very best for a successful and enjoyable New Year.