As 2020 approaches, we are working overtime on the preparations for our latest season of shows which will celebrate CTC’s 50th anniversary.
Since the very first production (Cinderella Revisited in 1970) CTC have gone on to become one of the area’s leading amateur theatre companies. Having started with performances taking place at Christchurch Methodist Church in Shepshed, then to Hind Leys Community College, and then on to the Loughborough Town Hall where we still perform today. CTC have also staged a number of shows and concerts at the unique Barry Young’s Stardust Theatre in Bardon, including performances of La Cage Aux Folles and Hello, Dolly!, both alongside the late, great, Danny La Rue.
Over the past 50 years CTC have staged a wide range of musicals, from classic shows such as The Sound of Music, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof, to more modern musicals such as We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde, Cats, Evita and Flashdance. The company can also boast to being one of the very few amateur societies in the country to have staged the musical Blood Brothers.
To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we have planned a season of shows that will see a line-up of local talent take to the stage to wow Loughborough audiences.
Fresh from the success of Grease, Rent, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, CTC are now well into rehearsals for the smash hit Jerry Herman musical Mack & Mabel which will be presented at Loughborough Town Hall from January 28thto February 1st.
A LITTLE ABOUT THE SHOW
A glamorous and dazzling musical comedy, Mack & Mabel is both a poignant love story and a riveting tribute to the grit and glamour of the era of silent movies.
Based on the real-life romance between legendary filmmaker Mack Sennett and his beautiful, talented rising star Mabel Normand, Mack & Mabel captures the excitement of Hollywood’s golden age, the fun and action of the silent screen, the hysterical madcap chaos of Fatty Arbuckle and the Keystone Kops, and the glamour of the bathing beauties.
Mack & Mabel received eight Tony Award nominations when it originally opened on Broadway. Featuring music and lyrics by the great Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!, La Cage Aux Folles, Mame) and a book by Michael Stewart (42nd Street, Barnum), and is packed full of Broadway hits, including; I Won’t Send Roses, Tap Your Troubles Away, Time Heals Everything and Movies Were Movies.
Leading the company is CTC newcomer Gareth Wynne as the formidable Mack Sennett, alongside CTC regulars Holly Easter as the hugely talented Mabel Normand and Anja Zeman as the tap dancing movie star Lottie Armes. Supported by a hugely talented cast of CTC performers, and featuring a stunning 19-piece orchestra, breath-taking costumes and sets, and fabulous choreography, this is a fantastic opportunity to see CTC’s brand-new production of one of the all-time great musicals.
For our second show of the season, CTC are extremely excited to return to the Loughborough Town Hall to present the hugely popular musical Chicago from the 30th April to the 2nd May.
A story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery, Chicago has gone on to become one of the most popular musicals of all time. Currently in its 23rd year on Broadway, the show was also made in to a Hollywood movie starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere and went on to win six Oscars.
CTC’s brand-new production of this iconic musical will star CTC favourites Lucy Brown as Roxie Hart, Julie Easter as Velma Kelly, Ashley Bright as Billy Flynn, Anita Benson as Mama Morton, and Nick Sutcliffe as Amos Hart.
Due to license restrictions, Chicago will only be performed for three nights so it would be a crime to miss it!
Tickets for both shows can be ordered via Loughborough Town Hall.