Major changes are coming with the upcoming CADOS seasons!
We've decided to move from an academic to yearly timetable, which means seasons will run January-December, rather than September-June. We think this is a more modern way of doing things, brings us into line with the award schedule for NODA, and will cause less confusion for audiences. It means Season Tickets will make great Christmas presents and every season will end with a big Panto party.
To bridge the transition, the Autumn 2017 CADOS Season will contain three productions:
The Rise & Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright, directed by Robert Walsh
Seasons Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Kath Ashworth
Whittington! The Panto, written and directed by Steven Catterall & Andy Burke
The 2018 Season will be announced and onsale in November 2017.
Season Tickets are now available for the CADOS Autumn 2017 Season, priced £25 each. For this you get a seat at each show (saving up to £7 on individual prices) plus £4 off tickets to Stage On Screen events. You can book at Malcolm's Musicland, at the theatre (when open) or book via Paypal below stating your preferred day and seats (we'll get back to you).
Previous Season Ticket seats have been carried over and will be held until confirmation of renewal or cancellation.
Panto group booking is also now open.
The shows (including Panto) will be available individually from Saturday 1st April. Theatre Box Office will be open Noon-2pm on Sunday 2nd April for all tickets and you will also be able to book online.
We are very pleased to confirm that the new season will be comfier than ever as we will have brand-new seats, each with more legroom. Now you can enjoy our plays, films, stage on screen and other events even more thanks to an investment of over £60,000. These new seats will be installed over the summer break and ready for the start of September.
You can see the new layout below. Look out for fund-raising events coming soon so we can pay for them!
AUDITION NOTICE FOR THE PART OF LITTLE VOICE ONLY
(Auditions for the rest of the cast will take place in a month or so)
'The Rise And Fall of Little Voice' by Jim Cartwright
Directed by Robert Walsh
Produced by Rachel Offord
Production Dates – Monday 11th to Saturday 16th September
Date and time of audition – Sunday 9th April from 10am onwards at Chorley Little Theatre
Little Voice is a modern day classic. It is a working class fairy-tale about a girl with extraordinary talent. It is funny, tragic and a cabaret performance all rolled into one. What’s not to like!
LV – Female, playing age of late teens to early twenties (you must be 16 or over to audition)
Despite being so shy and hardly ever leaving her bedroom, she can sing exactly like the big divas in her record collection. So the person playing Little Voice needs to be able to do that!
The audition process
STAGE ONE: SINGING
Everyone auditioning will be asked to sing three songs from the following options:
- Song one: ‘Goldfinger’ or ‘Big Spender’ in the style of Shirley Bassey
- Song Two: ‘The Man That Got Away’ or ‘Get Happy’ in the style of Judy Garland
- Song three: ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy’ or ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’ in the style of Marilyn Monroe
If there are a lot of people at the audition then you won’t sing the entirety of each song. If you are asked to stop before the end don’t worry! It is not a reflection of your performance. You can choose to sing with or without a backing track. If you want a backing track, please come prepared with a backing track WITHOUT VOCALS! We want to hear your voice and your voice only. If there are a lot of people at the audition then not everyone will go through to the second stage.
STAGE TWO: ACTING AND SONG
Stage two will include:
- Reading of a short scene from the play.
- Singing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ in the style of Judy Garland without backing track.
No matter how good the rest of the play is, if LV does not sound like Shirley Bassey/Judy Garland/Marilyn Monroe/a selection of other divas, the play does not work!
However if you:
- Don’t sound exactly like those people YET but think that you could.
- Haven’t tried impersonations before but have a great singing voice.
- Fancy auditioning for a bit of fun!
Then please come down and have a go!
For more information, contact Robert Walsh on:
CADOS is about to embark on a fund-raising campaign to improve the comfort of everyone who comes to watch shows at Chorley Little Theatre
The plan is to install comfier seats with more legroom, to make a visit to our shows even more enjoyable than it already is. Many people have asked for this, and now it’s become urgent as our current set of chairs are at the end of their lifespan and frequently broken, worn and falling apart.
We want to replace the current seats before they all collapse so have drawn up a plan that re-arranges things slightly but only loses us a couple of seats. But we can’t quite afford to do this and continue to stage the high-quality productions we’re known for so need a little help.
Our main source of income is from ticket and bar sales, so keep on supporting our events and you’ll be helping. Chorley Youth Theatre and Chorley Empire Community Cinema are also helping with the funding but as we’re all volunteers and very busy there’s only so many shows we can put on and still see our families or work colleagues.
We’ll soon be launching a crowdfunding campaign with incentives and rewards so look out for that. We’re also applying to funding bodies and also have collection tins around the building. Please feel free to pop a few coins in there when visiting.
We want to put on the best entertainment in Chorley – from our award-winning plays, to top touring comedians, our Youth Theatre shows, local bands, cinema screenings and the best of world theatre on our big screen. And we want you to watch them in the most comfortable way possible. If we raise enough money, we can also replace our decades-old crumbling heating system and do some other work around the building, so every little helps.
Keep an eye out for the crowdfunding campaign, but in the meantime please continue to enjoy our shows and events or simply donate below!
The latest play at Chorley Little Theatre is based on the emotional real-life stories of children who moved from Nazi Germany to Britain in the 1930s. As authorities in that country cracked down on Jewish activity the British government arranged for 10,000 children to be rescued just before World War II broke out.
The play, Kindertransport, by Diane Samuels focuses on Eva/Evelyn who lives with a foster carer, Lil, in Manchester. Spanning several time periods a story emerges of life in Germany, including concentration camps, and a possible new life in America.
Eva finds herself torn between life with her adopted family and her roots and heritage. All the time, the action is haunted by the nightmarish figure of “the Ratcatcher”
Director David Reid says the play is “about family, about separation, about new beginnings and the distress they can cause. Most importantly it’s a play about mothers and daughters.”
In the lead role Becky Chamberlain takes Eva from child to teenager, with Sue Hilton as Lil. Debbie Garrett, Sam Quinn, and Katie Waller play characters from different times in Eva’s life, while Ryan Norse is the German concentraion camp guard who haunts their lives.
Producer Jacqueline Green said “Kindertransport tells a captivating story of survival and building a new life, and which strikingly resonates with current events facing the world today.”
She added “It’s a very emotional and moving play and we hope audiences will be affected by it the way we have”
The play runs from Monday 27th February to Saturday 4th March at 7.30pm each night. Tickets from Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362 or www.chorleytheatre.com
We're delighted to have been nominated 40 times by NODA Region 6. The winners will be announced on 11th February, and we'll list them here.
Best Male Actor In A Supporting Role (Play) - David Reid (Billy Liar)
Most Entertaining Comedy Actor Male (Play) - Ryan Norse (The Railway Children)
Best Male Actor in a Lead Role (Play) - Bobby Walsh (Billy Liar), David Walker (Habeas Corpus)
Best Female Actor in a Lead Role (Play) - Diane Glover (Habeas Corpus)
Best Artistic Director (Play) - Mark Jones (Pals)
Best Ensemble Cast (Play) - Pals
Best Play - Pals
Best Youth in an Adult Production - Lucy Aspinall (The Railway Children), Scarlett Gorman (The Railway Children) & Adam Wilson (The Railway Children)
Best Ensemble Cast (Musical) - I Love You Because
Best Musical Director - Matthew Peter Clare (I Love You Because)
Best Artistic Director (Musical) - Paul Carr (I Love You Because)
Best Musical - I Love You Because
Best Staging/Technical - The Railway Children
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Pantomime) - Amy Hardcastle (Ali-Ooop – Cleopatra)
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Pantomime) - Ashley Hambrook (The Evil Asp – Cleopatra)
Best Comedy Duo Performance (Pantomime) - Scarlett Gorman & Ryan Norse (Carter & Carnarvon – Cleopatra)
Outstanding Performance as Pantomime Dame - Andy Burke (Neffy-Titty – Cleopatra)
Best Male Actor in a Lead Role (Pantomime) - Max Porter (Mark Anthony – Cleopatra)
Best Female Actor in a lead Role (Pantomime) - Rachel Offord (Cleo - Cleopatra)
Choreographer (Pantomime) - Kate Burke & Rebecca Dickinson (Cleopatra)
Director (Pantomime) - Paul Carr (Cleopatra)
Best Pantomime – Cleopatra
Award for Innovation in Writing or Adaption - Mark Jones (Pals), Ian Robinson (Hamish and Dougal) & Paul Carr (Cleopatra)
Best Female Actor in a Lead Role (Youth Play) - Charley Burke & Emma Heyes (The Light Burns Blue)
Best Male Actor in Supporting Role (Youth Musical) - Lucas Burns (13)
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Youth Musical) - Eleanor Anderton (13)
Best Male Actor in a Lead Role (Youth Musical) - Jack Titherley (13)
Best Female Actor in a Lead Role (Youth Musical) - Holly Petts (13)
Best Choreographer (Youth) - Lucy McManus (13)
Best Musical Director (Youth) - Paul Carr (13)
Best Artistic Director (Youth) - Lucy Aspinall (The Light Burns Blue), Scarlett Gorman (13)
Best Production (Youth) - The Light Burns Blue, 13