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Visitors to Chorley Little Theatre will now be entering the building slightly differently, thanks to the installation of new doors and a new box office layout.
The previous doors were installed in the Dole Lane venue in the 1990s have have been battered by the elements so needed replacing. The new set of doors aren’t just stronger and more secure but help access and should improve the flow of people into and out of the building.
The work has been commissioned by Chorley Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society (CADOS), who own the building, helped with funding from the Lancashire Environmental Fund with Chorley Empire Community Cinema and Chorley Civic Society.
Operations Director Ian Robinson said “We’ve been planning these door changes for a while now. The style is reminiscent of when CADOS took over in 1960 and now provides more light into the foyer.”
The main door has moved from the centre to the left of the entrance, and the box office desk is now more open and spacious.
“The main door is now back where it was when the venue first opened in 1910 but importantly we are now step-free from pavement to auditorium, bar and toilets. The floor has been relaid as best we can, and so the building is now more accessible than ever.”
Part of the changes include a waiting area, and the original 1910 stained glass “Empire” sign has been cleaned and protected . The changes have been done by builder Ian Bromley and his team, with Edge 2 Edge doors and Hawkins Construction, who have had to work around shows at the theatre over the last few weeks.
The changes are part of ongoing work to spruce up the venue, with new paintwork, guttering, and signage. Any profits from shows and events all go back into the upkeep of the building, which celebrates it’s 110th Anniversary next year.
To celebrate the installation, the cast of Stepping Out posed in front of the doors. Their show is performed in September so will be the first on when works are finally completed over Summer.
The next play from Chorley Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society at Chorley Little Theatre is an acclaimed drama that depicts the big events life through the small things that happen.
Set in a small, growing town, Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” covers the universal themes of love, parenthood, work and death as we follow the lives of residents through the early years of the 20th Century. Everyday life, such as deliveries by the postman or milkman are depicted as the community grows.
Central to the story are George and Emily Gibbs, who we see fall in love, get married and have children together. The audience sees the ripples their relationship creates, from the parents to the friends, to the gossips in the choir.
In an unusual move, the story is guided by the Stage Manager, who sets the scenes and cues the actions. He narrates the play, and fills in the gaps.
Written in the 1930s “Our Town” is considered one of the greatest American plays of the 20th Century, winning a Pulitzer and influencing such diverse works as It’s A Wonderful Life and Twin Peaks.
This production is simply staged by director Mark Jones, who makes the most of the 18-strong cast with minimal props and set, but effective lighting and music.
Mark says “Although set in America, the themes of the play are universal and resonate with everyone. The cast will be using their own Lancashire voices, and audiences will really get to know the characters over the course of 90 minutes.”
NODA Award winner Dave Reid leads the cast as the Stage Manager, with a mix of long-term and debut CADOS actors in the ensemble. Amber Tabiner stars as Emily, with Dom Nolan as her husband, George.
Tickets are £8 Mon-Wed, £10 Thurs-Sat from Malcolms Musicland 01257 264362 or www.chorleytheatre.com. It opens on 29th April at 7.30pm for 6 nights - book here
Malcolms Musicland will be closed Monday-Thursday throughout June, but tickets can still be bought at Ebb & Flo Bookshop on Gillibrand Street (with a 5% booking fee), online, and whenever the theatre is open for an event.
In addition, the theatre box office will be open every Tuesday 5pm-7pm and won't charge a booking fee. Come and say hello to a lonely box office operator.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
Here are our winners from the NODA Awards covering 2018. Congratulations to all of them, and the rest of the nominees.
Best Supporting Female Actor – Drama
Emma Bailey – Be My Baby
Best Supporting Male Actor – Drama
Steven Catterall – For The Love of the Game
Best Original Script
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Mark Jones
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Female Youth In An Adult Production
Best Male Actor in a Lead Role Youth Production Musical & Drama
Charlie Kemp - James and the Giant Peach
Best Musical Director-Youth Production
Paul Carr – Popstars
Best Artistic Director Youth Production Drama
Alice Charnley & Lucas Burns - James & the Giant Peach
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