Theatre group issues appeal

NRHNLM110905E1 - Heanor Operatic society audition for All shook up.
NRHNLM110905E1 - Heanor Operatic society audition for All shook up.

Heanor Musical Theatre 
Company is desperate to find new members to join its ranks, fearing it might not be able to put on its next show.

The group, formerly Heanor Operatic Society, aims to put on Singing in the Rain but must find new blood - especially men.

The company usually has between 30 and 40 members and its shows are eagerly awaited in the area and always well supported.

But its numbers have dropped to just 12 for a number of reasons, including many young woman members leaving to have babies or take a break from acting.

If numbers continue to drop there is even the risk the company might fold, which it says would be a travesty as it has just celebrated its 40th anniversary.

It is due to put on Singing in the Rain in February next year, but as yet does not even have two men for the lead roles.

Now it has issued an appeal for people to join it – they do not need to have had any acting experience.

Company member Lilian Rowley said: We have never known it so bad.

“Everyone who is leaving has a really valid reason; it’s just that it has all happened at the same time.”

The group’s last show All Shook up, featuring music by Elvis, was a huge hit, but when the company resumed in September, it had lost many members.

Rehearsals are on a Monday nights at 7.30pm at Langley Community Church, Breach Road, Heanor. Anyone interest is asked to go along.

They can call Lilian on 07891896847 or Janet Newton on 01773 769671 for more details. No experience of dancing is necessary, although singing and dancing is required for the role.