As we head in to the new decade, here at CTC we’re reflecting on what has been a great 10 years of theatre and memories!
2010 marked CTC’s 40th anniversary, and our 4th decade saw us performing, as always, a varied range of productions.
Traditional musicals such as The Sound of Music and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. More modern shows like Rent and The Witches of Eastwick. Musicals based on movies with Legally Blonde and Ghost. Jukebox musicals such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Flashdance. And iconic musicals like Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Cats.
This started the decade off with our all singing, all dancing production of Crazy for You – featuring stunning music and lyrics by the Gershwin Brothers. This was followed by our high energy production of Footloose – featuring the hit songs Footloose, Let’s Hear it for the Boys and I Need a Hero.
To celebrate our 40th anniversary, 2010 saw CTC stage a special anniversary concert. This concert brought members from the past 40 years together to celebrate this special milestone in a celebratory gala performance of songs from shows that have shaped CTC.
2011 saw CTC’s second outing for Barry Manilow’s Copacabana. This show was a real spectacle, featuring an array of extravagant and breathtaking costumes made especially for CTC. We were then extremely fortunate enough to be one of the few societies to be granted permission to stage the amazing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!
We kicked off this year with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind and followed in the May with our all dancing production of Flashdance, featuring the hit popular songs Flashdance, Gloria, Maniac and I Love Rock ‘n Roll.
This year started with another new musical for CTC, The Witches of Eastwick – created in 2000 and based on the novel of the same name by John Updike. We then went on to produce the well-known Sondheim musical; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
January 2015 saw us start the year off with the tap dancing festive spectacle: White Christmas. Featuring wonderful songs by Irving Berlin, this production proved a hit with the whole family. The year also saw us stage Ghost in the May. Fresh from a production in the West End and Broadway, CTC were lucky to get the chance to stage this moving musical based on the hit movie.
The Year of Andrew Lloyd Webber. CTC were privileged to be the first UK adult amateur society to perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical; Cats. This was closely followed by another Webber hit show; Evita – which coincided with the birthday of Eva Peron (Maria Eva Duarte) on the 7th May.
Oh my God you guys, 2017 we produced our brand new production of Legally Blonde The Musical. Another musical based on a popular movie. This was followed by the iconic and classic musical: Gypsy! The story of the famous Gypsy Rose Lee and her mother Rose.
This was the year we ventured down under for our production of the smash-hit, jukebox musical; Priscilla Queen of the Desert and performed to a sold-out audience. In the May of 2018, and our third outing, followed the lesser known (yet fantastic musical): The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Telling the true story of Miss Mona and the Chicken Ranch, this proved to be an hilarious yet poignant production.
The last year of this decade witnessed CTC tackle the nations favourite musical: Grease. Featuring those loved songs Summer Nights, You’re the One That I Want, Beauty School Dropout and Hopelessly Devoted to You. Another sell-out production! This then closed the decade and our 2019 season with our brand new production of Jonathan Larson’s emotional and life affirming musical: Rent.
Wow! What a decade. None of which would have been possible without our amazing members and volunteers (including stage crew, front of house, props, wardrobe etc.) The fantastic venue we get to perform in and all the brilliant staff at Loughborough Town Hall. All our amazing colleagues and suppliers in lighting, sound, set, costumes, orchestra. And finally our AMAZING luvvies (audiences, followers and supporters. Without you none of this would be possible. Thank you for constant support.
We hope to see you all in 2020 for our productions of Mack & Mabel (Jan 28 – Feb 1) and Chicago (Apr 30 – May 2).