PRODUCTIONS AT HIGHBURY LITTLE THEATRE

1999/2000 SEASON

Note: No performances on Sunday or Monday except where stated.

There is always an exhition of the work of local artists in the Foyer during a production.

21 September - 2 Oct 1999

WAITING IN THE WINGS by Noel Coward

"The Wings" is a small charity home for retired actresses. It provides only for leading ladies or stars who, through age, lack of providence etc. have been reduced to poverty. Full of humour with an underlying saddness, we get to know nine residents over a time span of a year.

A tribute to the Master at his Centenary.

9 - 20 November 1999

CURTAIN UP ON MURDER by Bettine Monktelow

In complete contrast, a new play set in the 90's. An amateur dramatic company is rehearsing at the end of the pier. Storms rage overheadand the doors are locked - they are trapped! A ghostly presence passes across the stage and the Assistant Stage Manager falls through the trapdoor to certain death. One of the actresses is poisoned - who is the murderer?

A new thriller.

20- 23, 27 - 30 December 1999, 2 - 8 January 2000

NOTE: Curtain Up times are:-
20-23 Dec @7.30pm
27 Dec Matinee @ 3.00pm
28-29 Dec @ 7.30
30 Dec Matinee @ 3.00pm
3 Jan Matinee @ 3.00pm
4-7 Jan @ 7.30pm
8 Jan Matinee @ 3.00pm and @ 7.30pm.

OLD FATHER TIME by Doreen Modger

A brand new "pantomime come Christmas fantasy". All is well in the Land of Summertime until Old Father Time refuses to leave and make way for the Baby New Year! There are adventures galore on board S.S. Millennium, the Isles of External Darkness and Neptunes Cave!

An exciting, fun evening for all the family. ESPECIALLY WRITTEN FOR THE MILLENNIUM.

 

1 - 12 February 2000

CHASE ME COMRADE by Ray Clooney

When the famous Petrovyan, a Russian ballet dancer, defects and ends up in the house of a 'Member of the Establishment' without his knowing, the wiles of the daughter and his dance partner provide many a laugh as they try to keep it from him. Run in a wife, a boyfriend, a Government official, a village bobby, a nervious neighbour, and suspected K.G.B. men and it is easy to see why this farce is so successful.

A renouned Whitehall farce.

14 - 25 March 2000

BROKEN GLASS by Arthur Miller

It is Brooklyn, 1938 and Sylvia Gellbury is stricken by a mysterious paralysis in her legs.There is devastating news from Germany, the persecution of the Jews has just begun, the repurcussions are enormous. Arthur Miller unfolds this gripping story.

An American Classic.

25 April - 6 May 2000

THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY by H.E. Bates

In complete contrast, the story of life in Kent with the Larkin family, Pa and Ma and all their children, where the sun always seems to shine.

The feel good factor

6 - 17 June 2000

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespear

One of the most popular plays by the Bard, with more magic than you can wave a wand around. A Royal Wedding, lovers, fairies and stange goings on in a wood.

A loved Shakespearian play to end the Highbury Players Season.

6 - 8 July 2000
Youth Theatre Production


A SURGICAL SENSATION AT St.SENNAPODS (or Dr Scapel's Missing Bit) by John Gardiner & Fiz Coleman
All is not well at St Sennapods Hospital! When one of the surgeons goes missing young Dr Boldly is left in charge of Ward 10.
Amid the confusion the sinister Dr Scapel and his henchman Tootski are causing a mayhem of their own.

Can Orderly Jim Peel save the day - and the patients?

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STUDIO Productions

24-27 May 2000 - 3 One Act Plays
The Family Affair
by David Campton
Returning from her husband's funeral Ida is accosted by a menacing stranger whose presence threatens Ida's entire future.
This one act drama has a strong vein of suspense.
Funeral Dance by Pamela Sykes
We are all invited to Sunday lunch with the Barnaby's - very much a family affair! A witty and poignant depition of the lives of a "typically English" family.
The Colour of Heat by Saul Zachary
Beneath the surface humour there is a wrenching sadness in this short play by the Brooklyn playwright.

Others to be arranged

It is anticipated that the Youth Theatre will present occasional productions in the Studio.

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Visiting Companies and Other Productions.

3 October 1999
A Musical Review
. - Tudor Musical Comedy Society & Circle Light Opera Company
A tribute to Eric Cooper who was MD to Tudor MCS , CLOC and others for many years.

3 October 1999
Voice Masterclass
- Session 1

12 - 16 October 1999
Fiddler on the Roof -
Banners Gate Music Society

17 October 1999
An Evening of Global Acoustic Music by
Andy Bole & Phil Bates
For Tickets phone 0121 321 1670 or The Raconteurs & The Eleanor Rigby Experience with Andy Bole

18 October 1999 
Voice Masterclass -
Session 2

21 November 1999
Sunday Night at Highbury
- Highbury is one of five venues on the Birmingham Comedython run .
Performers in this major Charity event for the Birmingham Mail Christmas Tree Fund include Malcom Stent, Gavin Prime, Less Ross, Steve Ford, Alan Merrill and supporting acts.

24 November 1999
Floral demonstration -
Wylde Green Flower Club

28 November 1999
Charity Concert sponsored by Hertford Lodge

15 & 22 January 2000 
Highbury Youth Theatre on CharityTour - Dick Whittington
Performances at Boldmere Junior School & Emanuel Church Hall, Wylde Green.

16 - 19 February 2000
A Century of Song -
Banners Gate Music Society

22 - 26 February 2000
Frankenstein the Pantomime -
Circle Light Opera Company

27 February 2000
Sunday Night at Highbury  -
Music & Comedy including Aldridge School Big Band

26 March 2000 (8.00pm)
Sunday Night at Highbury -
Music & Comedy starring Gavin Prime

May 2000
Floral demonstration -
Wylde Green Flower Club

19 - 24 June 2000
We've Got 2 Get Out! A musical play by D Crump and J Wilson see Circle Light Opera Company

12 July 2000
Preview of 2000 - 2001 Season

15 July 2000
Millenium Modes
- A Nearly New Fashion Show

5 August 10.00am - 4.00pm
Stage Management Workshop - What a Stage Manager should do. Contact Brian Parker for a place on this 10.00am - 4.00pm course.

5 August 2000
The Raconteurs & The Acoustic Eleanor Rigby Experience with Andy Bole

Other Dates

10 -14 October 2000
Viva Mexico
- Banners Gate Music Society

14 October - 21 October 2000
Sand Castles by HE Bates. The BT Biennial Production.

21 November 2000
Floral demonstration -
Wylde Green Flower Club

22 - 25 November 2000
Dance Show
- Jane Cook Dance School

26 November - 3 December 2000
Dance Show
- Anne Harris School Of Dancing

15 - 17 June 2001
Host to the LTG National Conference

Productions may also be presented by other Associated Companies including:-

Anne Harris School of Dance
Jane Cook Dance School
The Blenheim Wind Quintet
The Raconteurs
Walton Opera Group
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