Saturday 4 June 2016

Out With The Old, In With The New

Sad news about our proposed "Grease" show.  The American rights owners have withdrawn their permission for any of the songs to be used, so we can't do it.  So – forget that.  We now go to our next show………….


AN EVENING OF FUN AND FRIVOLITY WITH BILL SHAKESPEAREWHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT?  He died in 1616 so this will be the 400th anniversary of his death.


We will perform a one-act play, "A Merry Regiment of Women", the odd soliloquy or two and songs from the various shows and films with Shakespeare connotations.  So, something for singers and actors alike.  Danny Sparkes will be director, Lance Jones the Musical Director.


They will hold a read through/audition evening at Addlestone Community Centre, Mitchell Hall on Thursday 23rd June 7.30 p.m. onwards.  Do come along and find out more about it, just remember "all the world's a stage" and it may be time to "brush up your Shakespeare".


The performance dates will be Friday and Saturday 23rd and 24th September.


Tuesday 2 February 2016


Jane Ward has resigned her chairmanship of A.C.T.  At a committee meeting last night, 1st February, Lance Jones was unanimously elected as Interim Chairman until the A.G.M.

Monday 11 January 2016

Fwd: Dad's Army

We were pleased with the turnout for our Dad's Army auditions recently.  We have a few places left for some smaller or non-speaking parts and are holding another audition evening on Sunday 31st January at 7.30 p.m. at Addlestone Community Centre.  Ladies as well as Gentlemen are welcome.

We are doing two plays - Mum's Army and The Godiva Affair, plus a rendition of The Floral Dance, as only Dad's Army can do it. 

If you have any queries please ring Betty - 01932 225441 or


Friday 1 January 2016

St. Valentine's Cabaret and Supper


As our St. Valentine's Cabaret and Supper was so popular last year, we are holding a similar event this year, on 12th February in the Muriel Wise Suite at Addlestone Community Centre.  Members and Friends of A.C.T. will be welcome.

Tickets £5 per head - please contact David Strike on 01932 882154 prior to the day so that there is enough food for all..

As we will be doing a Disney show in October, you may like to do your favourite Disney song at the cabaret.  On several occasions performances at our private dinners have been included in subsequent shows.

DRESS - Posh frocks and natty suits


Wednesday 23 December 2015

Dad's Army Update


Are you ready to lay down your life - well at least a few hours of your time, in order to take part in this production?  We need 10 men and 8 women

Dress and Technical Rehearsal - Sunday 17th April
Performances - Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April


Tuesday 24 November 2015

Friday 16 October 2015


Tony Bushell is holding his first rehearsal of HANSEL & GRETEL ACT's next pantomime, on Thursday 29th October at 7.30 p.m. at the Addlestone Community Centre (Mitchell Hall), Garfield Road Addlestone.  He hopes all of those who have been cast for this show will be there and ready to give your all that night.  We are still in need of more people for the adult chorus, men and women.  There will be plenty for you to do, so come and join us.  

If you want to know more please contact Tony on 01483 769431

The performance dates will be January Sat 23rd 2.30 and 7.45 pm, Sun 24th 2.30 pm, Friday 29th 7.45 pm and Sat 30th 2.30 and 7.45 pm.  Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings, probably with extra dates as we go along.


Sunday 4 October 2015

Bond & Fosse

More about BOND & FOSSE (James and Bob to you)  -  Tickets are selling well so if you have not already bought yours there are only 5 days to the show - Friday 9th and Saturday 10th October at 7.45 pm at the Addlestone Community Centre.

Come and enjoy all the fabulous Bond themes and Fosse songs and dances being brought to life by our singers and dancers, including the brilliant Pond-Grainger Group .  Tickets are £10 each but if you buy a table of 8 there is a reduction.  Available on line at Addlestone Community Theatre, or ring 01483 769431, or drop into the Addlestone Community Centre any weekday morning between 10 and 12.

A bar will be available for drinks and nibbles. 

Tuesday 15 September 2015

Buttercup the Cow

I recently loaned some of the costumes I have in Wardrobe at ACT to a local primary school, for their end of term production.  I would like to share with you the letter I have just received.

When the cow is with us she is called Buttercup but her name was changed to Marigold for this production, perhaps that accounts for the surprised look on her face.


Friday 11 September 2015

Hansel & Gretel Auditions

Director Tony Bushell will be holding further Hansel & Gretel Auditions on Tuesday 15 September, so all prospective panto people who have not already auditioned, please come along to the Addlestone Community Centre, Studio 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. that day and show him what you can do.

Tony is eager to cast the show as soon as possible and I am keen to start making costumes.


Wednesday 9 September 2015

Vacancy for ACT Business Manager

Unfortunately our current Business Manager, Reem Ghannam, is unable to continue in the post for personal reasons.  We are therefore looking for someone to take over from Reem.

The job involves becoming a member of the ACT Committee and attending meetings when necessary, mainly leading up to and just following each show.

Our Business Manager is responsible for obtaining licenses, buying scripts, getting Council permission to erect banners, finding staff for front of house and back stage.  Anyone who takes on this job will be briefed on the requirements and given all the help they need. 

If you would like to become part of our Production Team and take on this important role, please contact me on 01932 225441 or


Wednesday 19 August 2015

Pantomime Update

The first audition will be on Thursday 27th from 7.30pm. There will be a Bond rehearsal going on alongside and anyone involved with that rehearsal can come to the pantomime rehearsal as and when not required by Lance & Karen.

Hansel & Gretel is not one of the usual pantomimes but is all the better for that. The characters are as follows:

The Forest Fairy
Attrocia the Witch
Karl, a young forester (Principal Boy)
Dame Do-Good
Sir Rupert de Rottweiler, mayor of Pumpernickel
Lucy Locket, the Mayor's Kitchen-Maid (Principal Girl)
Hansel & Gretel, the dame's grandchildren
Potz & Panz, the mayor's bailiffs
Dickie Dimwit, the Dame's beau
Melindra, the Gypsy Queen
Roderigo, a gypsy.

Chorus of Villagers, Fairies, Gingerbread Men, Mice, Servants, Gypsies etc.

The two stand-out roles are the Forest Fairy & Attrocia as there is quite a lot of rhyming dialogue between them.

Melindra and Roderigo are small roles and whoever plays them will also be in the chorus.

If you were in Old King Cole you do not necessarily have to audition, just let me know if you want to be in H&G and the role/s you are interested in, I obviously know your ability from the previous production. I would also hope that if you are unsuccessful in getting a principal role you will still take part in the chorus. With Old King Cole the only disappointing element was the small number of adult chorus members and I hope that this can be rectified this time around.

I am a pantomime traditionalist and would hope to return this time around to the Principal Boy being played by a female.

I intend to double up the roles of H&G each child playing three performances.

I am not yet sure of rehearsal dates and apart from Wednesday's being a no-go area for me, I would rather ensure the use of the most convenient evenings for cast members, so please advise me of your preferred evenings when you audition plus telling me of any dates that you already know you cannot do. Rehearsal will begin during the week commencing Monday 26th October.

Please let me know if you are unable to make the 27th September but wish to audition and I will make alternative arrangements for you.


Tony Bushell

An Opportunity For A Man

The below information was received through the ACT website

First Name: Stefan
Last Name: Vitalis
Telephone: 02076107120
Comments: Hello,

I am contacting you on behalf of a talent and entertainment company called KruTalent.

The reason I am contacting you is that we have an event coming up and wondered if you could direct me to any actors which would be available. Below are some details of the event.

            Audition: 14th September
            Training: 21st November
            Rehearsal: 25th November
            Activity: 28th November and 24th December


We are looking for men aged 40+ (or with and older look) to play Father Christmas.
Our Father Christmas would need to be Confident, Friendly, Articulate, Fun, Joyful Humour, Believable, and of course good with children. 

If you know anyone who would fit the brief please have them call me (Stefan) in the office to discuss details further. 

Monday 17 August 2015

Bond And Fosse

Dave Bond

 This was Dave auditioning for James Bond. In fact - this was what gave birth to the idea of our Bond And Fosse show

A Musical Genie

This was our MD about half his life ago (and half the size!) when he appeared as the Genie in Aladdin. He only got the part because he could click his fingers the loudest! The lovely Serena Hughes was on make up. Circa 1992

If you have any old pictures you are happy to share, email them to


Great news - Tony Bushell has agreed to direct our January 2016 pantomime - namely HANSEL & GRETEL, by Norman Robbins.  With a cast of 13 parts plus chorus there will be plenty of scope for everyone to join in.

Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings.

It contains all the usual characters - dame, goodies, baddies and funnies plus the 2 children.  The Pond-Grainger Group will be taking part too.

AUDITIONS ARE BEING HELD IN THE Colin Gaskin AT THE ADDLESTONE COMMUNITY CENTRE ON THURSDAY 27TH AUGUST AT 7.30 PM  If you want to take part and really can't make it that day please either ring Tony on 01483 769431 or e-mail him on


Thursday 13 August 2015

Life After Farndale

Danny Sparkes' Farndale Avenue Christmas Carol play was a great success for ACT and the NODA Report was very flattering.  Our thanks to Danny and all her cast and crew, who worked so hard on this very difficult play.

Now on to the next production on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th October at 7.45 BOND & FOSSE, featuring the famous BOND themes and music originally choreagraphed by the one and only BOB FOSSE.  Our production team for this show will be Lance Jones Musical Director, Debby Bentley Artistic Director, Karen Theunissen Choreographer.

Tickets £10, seating at tables of 8.  Licensed Bar available serving drinks and snacks (only those bought on the premises may be consumed during the show).   
Further details in our next Newsletter when tickets are on sale.