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

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 Comedy
Guards Guards

Best Original Script
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Mark Jones

PANTOMIME

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Kim Brookfield

Best Choreographer
Rebecca Dickinson

Best Female Youth In An Adult Production
Lucy Aspinall

YOUTH

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

Attendees a special meeting on Thursday at Chorley Little Theatre voted overwhelmingly to change the name of the venue. The building will be called “Chorley Theatre” from 2020, after that option beat Chorley Empire Theatre and the current name. The vote was done in secret at a packed event, with 85% voting for change.
 
Chairman Ian Robinson said “Chorley Little Theatre is a great name and has served us well, but as we expand and face competition it’s time for a change. It was great to have so many people turn out for the vote, and now we will look at bringing in the new name while staying true to our heritage and ethos."
 
“Our new name is boldly saying we are Chorley Theatre and we are here for the town and community”
 
The new name will be introduced from 2020, by which time venue owners CADOS should be operating 2 stages and hope to use the extra space to give more opportunities to local performers.
 
Ian Robinson added “the important thing now is we can concentrate on all the great shows we’ve got coming up in 2019 and plan for further ahead"

The cast has been announced for April's CADOS play, Our Town. See below. 

Stage Manager - David Reid
Dr Gibbs – Sam Thurston
Joe Crowell – James Clow
Howie Newsome – John Holland
Mrs Gibbs – Sara Norse
Mrs Webb – Danii Townsley
George Gibbs – Dom Nolan
Rebecca Gibbs – Sadie Christopher-Coles
Wally Webb – James Clow
Emily Webb – Amber Tabiner
Professor Willard – Val Fotheringham
Mr Webb – James Clow
Simon (Mrs) Stimson – Denise Audsley
Mrs Soames – Libby Burke
Constable Warren – Beverley Heinze
Si Crowell – James Clow
Sam Craig – Hannah Liddle
Joe Stoddard – Shaun McManus
Belligerent Woman/Dead Soul/Ensemble – Hannah Liddle
Lady in the box/Dead Soul/Ensemble – Cathy Hurley
Woman in the balcony/Dead Soul/Ensemble – Tasha Reece-Lewis

Our Town is written by Thornton Wilder, directed by Mark Jones and runs for 6 nights from 29th April. More details here.

CADOS calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund


CADOS is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Chorley Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society (CADOS) is one of the groups on the shortlist.

CADOS has been based at Chorley Little Theatre in the town centre since 1960 and are looking to expand into the empty restaurant next door. Money raised from this campaign will go towards fitting that building up to be a multi-purpose venue that will expand and enhance the entertainment CADOS offers to the town.

CADOS Chairman Ian Robinson said “This is an exciting time for us and the new space will enable to us to stage more shows and give more opportunities (on-stage and off) to local talent that can be enjoyed by the whole community. It needs a lot of work to get ready, so this scheme goes some way to helping us with that.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in January and February and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Vote at the following Tesco Stores:

Chorley PR7 1NW
Chorley Buckshaw PR7 7EL
Leyland PR25 2FN

Express Stores:
Leyland - Earnshaw Bridge - PR25 1XD
Leyland - Canber Road PR25 3ET
Clayton-Le-Woods - PR25 5TU
Preston - Blackpool Road PR2 1XJ
Preston - Church Street PR1 3BQ
Preston - Friargate PR1 2LD
Preston - Fulwood PR2 9PS
Preston - Ribbleton PR2 6RJ
Preston - Tulketh Mill PR2 2BT