Monday 6th May 2019

Jess wins Best Female Comedy Performance

... at the NODA NW Region Awards for her role as Kate in the 2018 LADOS production of "Kiss Me, Kate"
Jess Turton (with Josh Utting) and her award for Best Female Comedy Performance in the 2018 LADOS production of 'Kiss Me, Kate'
Jess Turton (with Josh Utting) and her award for Best Female Comedy Performance in the 2018 LADOS production of 'Kiss Me, Kate'
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Jess joined LADOS last year to play the part of Kate in the Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me, Kate". During a special evening at the Abbey House Hotel Jess was excited to learn that she had been nominated for "Best Female Comedy Performance".

At the NODA awards ceremony in Manchester on Sunday 5th May, in the company of about 500 fellow thespians from the North West, Jess was thrilled and amazed when her name was announced as the winner.

Jess is a graduate from a Fine Art and Theatre degree at the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts. She came to Lancaster to study in 2014, from her home town in Bury where her love of theatre started.

Jess is presently working as duty manager at the Dukes Theatre. However, if you want to see this talented young actress in action, hurry along to the Grand Theatre to see Jesus Christ Superstar, where Jess is playing the emotional part of Mary Magdalene, singing the iconic song "I don't know how to love him".

Tickets are selling fast and the show runs until the end of the week, incorporating a Saturday matinee. LADOS are supporting the Rosemere Cancer Foundation with this show.

Tuesday 30th April 2019

LADOS Damian completes London Marathon

Damian Ashton, with his medal (and two 'marathon cousins') after completing the 2019 London Marathon
Damian Ashton, with his medal (and two 'marathon cousins') after completing the 2019 London Marathon
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As well as rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar, our resident "Forest Gump" Damian Ashton has been in training for the London Marathon. Running in aid of the British Heart Foundation, Damian has so far raised over £1500.

Since taking up running, Damian's goal has always been the London Marathon. This was actually Damian's sixth marathon, the first being in Vancouver alongside his brother. Then going on to complete marathons in Manchester, Chester, Windermere and the Isle of Man. But after 7 years, and watching his brothers run it many years ago, it was finally time to take on the London Marathon!

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On the day, Damian completed the course in 5 hours and 10 minutes. "I didn't beat my best of 4 hours 32 minutes, but I wasn't going for that. I just wanted to enjoy the event, the day and the overwhelming crowds of London", says Damian. "After 7 years of waiting, I finally did it!"

Damian decided to run the London Marathon in aid of the British Heart Foundation, after his father survived a double heart attack a few years ago. "How doctors and surgeons managed to save his life with the equipment, know how and expertise. That is why I chose this charity. I was doing it for dad."

Congratulations to Damian for successfully completing the London Marathon, and good luck with Jesus Christ Superstar, which will be Damians' 14th production with LADOS, having also appeared in our 1996 and 2002 productions of JCS.

Damian's fund raising page - https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DamianAshton

Monday 29th April 2019

James and Jess talk Jesus Christ Superstar on BBC Radio Lancashire

James Shields and Jess Turton went along to BBC Radio Lancashire to talk about their roles in the upcoming LADOS production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Saturday 27th April 2019

Announcing our 2020 production

We're heading to Baltimore for "Hairspray" in May 2020!

As we countdown to opening night of "JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR" in just 10 days time, we felt now was the time to tell everyone that in 2020 it will be back to the 60s when we will be saying 'Good Morning Baltimore' and welcoming back "HAIRSPRAY".

As always, further details of this new production will be posted here and across social media over the coming months.

Saturday 20th April 2019

Alison talks Jesus Christ Superstar and Rosemere on BBC Radio Lancashire

Alison Birtle went along to BBC Radio Lancashire to talk about her life as a Consultant Clinical Oncologist with Rosemere and the upcoming LADOS production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Wednesday 6th February 2019

LADOS "Kiss Me, Kate" wins Best Musical 2018

LADOS won BEST MUSICAL 2018 for our - too darn hot - production of "Kiss me, Kate", on a successful night at the NODA Region 11 Awards Dinner.

Celebrating our win - Best Musical 2018 for 'Kiss Me, Kate' from NODA Region 11.
Celebrating our win - Best Musical 2018 for 'Kiss Me, Kate' from NODA Region 11.
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Several nominations and 2 wins all celebrated at our Rehearsal for our next production, "Jesus Christ Superstar" on Monday!

NODA Region 11 Awards:

  • Best Musical - LADOS "Kiss Me, Kate"
  • Best Female Comedy Performance - Jess Turton as Lilli/Kate

Well done everyone involved with "Kiss me, Kate"! And here's to the next one...


NODA Review by Martin Craig

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The plot of Kiss Me, Kate involves a production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, and the on and off-stage squabbles between its' director, Fred Graham (who also happens to be the leading man, Petruchio) and his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi (his leading lady, Kate). Lilli (although engaged to Harrison Howell) isn't particularly happy about Fred's pursuit of Lois Lane, who plays Bianca. Throw into the mix her gambling actor boyfriend, (Bill Calhoun), a couple of gangster hoods, an overenthusiastic fiance, a Cole Porter score to die for with dance numbers a plenty, and you have a great musical within a play within a musical.

Ashleigh Hartin and Sam Wicks
Ashleigh Hartin and Sam Wicks
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For this show to work, the audience have to be convinced that the two were once an item and have a history together- so much so, that each acerbic barb thrown at each other just bounces off, like they've heard it all before-it still hurts, but no way are you going to show it to the other party. James Shields (Fred Graham) and Jess Turton (Lilli Vanessi) carried this off with ease, the interaction between the two both as Fred/Lilli and Petruchio/Kate came over really well.

James Shields and Jess Turton
James Shields and Jess Turton
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James once again gave a great, dependable leading performance- slightly tongue in cheek, but never so much so that the two characters he was playing were ever lost, performing his musical numbers with aplomb.

Jess Turton
Jess Turton
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Jess Turton played the role of Lilli/Kate. Having never seen Jess perform before, I was interested to see what she'd bring to the role. What can I say about this performance? Initially, I thought her first entrance was a little low-key, but then... Wow, just wow!!! Jess's Lilli was an absolute powerhouse of a performance. Every single nuance of the character right down to a tee. Her facial expressions, her comic timing and use of props and vocals throughout were absolutely En Pointe- the light and shade of her character(s) there for all to see. Sometimes, as an audience member you just have to sit back, let your jaw drop, marvel in somebody's craft and feel privileged to be there. Show-week, the audience were privileged.

Ashleigh Hartin as flirty Lois and Sam Wicks as her jealous boyfriend Bill/ Lucentio both gave fine performances. The interplay between these two was a delight to watch- Ashleigh once again showing she's a "triple threat" performer.

Bob Bailey and Simon Yaxley
Bob Bailey and Simon Yaxley
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Bob Bailey and Simon Yaxley as First Man and Second Man respectively, with their New Yoyk accents milked every last ounce from "Brush up your Shakespeare" and then some.

Robbie Love's bombastic General Harrison Howell was a solid performance, even when marching with the same arm and leg. Victoria Muir and Alec Taylor obviously enjoyed their roles as Hattie and Ralph, as did all of the other smaller roles too numerous to mention.

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Chorus were well drilled and diligent throughout the whole production, with its long heavily choreographed numbers they didn`t once lose their focus.

Staging was clever, simple (although the crew may not agree) and effective, with sound and lighting, as ever on a par with the production.

Musical Director, Angela Potter`s orchestra sounded great, and she had obviously worked hard with principals and chorus with all numbers well performed.

Holly Brown's well thought out and balanced choreography made the most of the long instrumental breaks in the musical numbers, and allowed all cast members to make the most of their abilities.

Directors Suzanne Ward and Kevin Ward should be very proud of what they achieved with this show, when Kiss Me, Kate isn`t done well, it`s a long show, where most people spend the last half hour of each Act looking at their watch... I didn't look at mine once.

Congratulations to all involved, and thank you for your hospitality.

The LADOS 2018 Cast of 'Kiss Me, Kate'
The LADOS 2018 Cast of 'Kiss Me, Kate'
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Friday 11th January 2019

Another new rehearsal room...

From Monday 14th January our new Rehearsal Room is St. Paul's Hala Centre, Hala Square, Scotforth, Lancaster, LA1 4RW. How to get there

A small car park and street parking is available.

Rehearsals start at 7.30pm on Mondays and Thursdays and will finish at 10pm-ish.

Saturday 1st December 2018

Jesus Christ Superstar - Tickets On Sale

Tickets are now on sale for our 2019 production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Book Now

Saturday 24th November 2018

More casting news for Jesus Christ Superstar

Josh Utting Jesus of Nazareth
James Shields Judas Iscariot
Jess Turton Mary Magdalene

Robbie Love ... Pontius Pilate
Andrew Thompson ... King Herod
Steven Bryant ... Peter
David Eddowes ... Simon
Simon Rothwell ... Caiaphas
Peter Thompson ... Annas
Bob Bailey ... Priest

Ensemble:
Damian Ashton, Billy Barrett, Jack Baxter, Bob Christie, Owen Holland, Phil Huddart, Steve Johnson, John Savage, Charlie Seddon, Catherine Andrews, Alison Birtle, Holly Brown, Sophie Butler, Julie Creer, Elle Dorrington, Jane Harrison, Ashleigh Hartin, Kerry Hartin, Victoria Jeffreys, Cathy Moorhouse, Victoria Muir, Sarah McDougal, Annette Nisbet, Susie Romaniuk, Anna Webster

Keep an eye on our Jesus Christ Superstar 2019 production page for further details.

Also, full cast details now online along with programmes and production photos from our previous productions of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Check out our 1996 Production at the Grand Theatre or the 2002 Production at Lancaster Priory.

Thursday 8th November 2018

Principal casting announced for Jesus Christ Superstar

Josh Utting Jesus of Nazareth
James Shields Judas Iscariot
Jess Turton Mary Magdalene

Robbie Love ... Pontius Pilate
Andrew Thompson ... King Herod
Steven Bryant ... Peter
David Eddowes ... Simon
Simon Rothwell ... Caiaphas

Keep an eye on our Jesus Christ Superstar 2019 production page for further details.

Also, full cast details now online along with programmes and production photos from our previous productions of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Check out our 1996 Production at the Grand Theatre or the 2002 Production at Lancaster Priory.

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Our previous Jesus Christ Superstar productions

As auditions get under way for our 2019 production of Jesus Christ Superstar, we celebrate our 1996 and 2002 productions with Roger Bradley in the role of Jesus of Nazareth.

Now online full cast details, programmes and production photos from the Grand Theatre in 1996 and Lancaster Priory in 2002.

Check out our 1996 Production or the 2002 Production.

Don't forget, auditions get underway at our new rehearsal rooms at Trinity United Reform Church, Bowerham, Lancaster, from Monday 22nd October 2018.

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Our new rehearsal home...

Rehearsals will commence Monday 22nd October 2018 at 7.30pm, at our new rehearsal rooms at Trinity United Reform Church, Bowerham, Lancaster. How to get there

Car park and street parking is available. Enter by door between church and hall.

There is another group in the hall till 7.30pm so please enter quietly and go into the church which is where the singing rehearsals will be held.

On Thursdays we will start promptly at 8.15pm. This is due to Yoga class being held till 8.15.

Rehearsals will finish at 10 ish. No drinks are being provided so please bring own.

Look forward to seeing everyone in a couple of weeks

Sunday 30th September 2018

LADOS Rehearsal venue change

Unfortunately we are having to move from our rehearsal venue at Christ Church, Morecambe. We are currently considering a couple of new venues and will post further details shortly.

Wednesday 11th July 2018

Jesus Christ Superstar Rehearsals

Rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar start on Monday 22nd October 2018 at 7.30pm. Trinity United Reform Church, Bowerham, Lancaster. More info posted in due course.

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

"Kiss Me, Kate" Production Photos

With thanks to Cliff Beckett, we have over 170 photos from our 2018 production of "Kiss Me, Kate"

Kiss Me, Kate Gallery
Tuesday 10th April 2018

"Kiss Me, Kate" Publicity Photos

Check out our amazing publicity photos for our 2018 production of "Kiss Me, Kate"

Kiss Me, Kate Gallery
Saturday 3rd February 2018

"West Side Story" Wins at NW District 11 Awards

West Side Story wins Best Direction and Best Supporting Female at the NODA North West District 11 Awards, held on 2nd Feburary 2018.

Best Direction was awarded to Suzanne Brierley Ward and Kevin Ward. Best Supporting Female went to Ashleigh Hartin.

Suzanne, Kevin and Ashleigh now move on to the North West Regional Awards in May. Good luck!

Saturday 30th December 2017

"West Side Story" Nominated

Delighted to announce "West Side Story" received nominations in the forthcoming NODA Region 11 Awards Night.

  • Lead Actress (Catherine Andrews)
  • Supporting Actress (Ashleigh Hartin)
  • Choreography (Holly Brown)
  • Direction (Suzanne Brierley Ward & Kevin Ward)
  • Staging (Suzanne Brierley Ward & Kevin Ward)
  • Ensemble (full company)
  • Best Musical (full company)

Well done everyone and good luck on the 2nd February, winners will go on to the NW NODA Awards Evening in May.

Congratulations also to other local groups who have received recognition.

Monday 30th October 2017

Kiss Me, Kate Cast Announced

Excellent auditions tonight - thanks to everyone who put themselves forward.

The "Kiss Me, Kate" Production Page

From what we all saw it will be a fantastic show and even if you did not get the part you went for, every member of the cast is important and you will each play a part in making the show a success.

Cast list is as follows:

Lilli/Kate - Jess Turton
Fred/Petruchio - James Shields
Lois/Bianca - Ashleigh Hartin
Bill/Lucentio - Sam Wicks
Hattie - Victoria Muir
Gangsters - Bob Bailey, Simon Yaxley
Paul - Paul Atkinson
Harry Trevor/Baptista - John Savage
Ralph - Alexander Taylor
Wardrobe Lady - Anna Webster
Suitors - Owen Holland, Duncan Ryan
Harrison Howell - Robbie Love

Thursday 26th October 2017

Pre-Auditions Tonight!

We have another pre-audition meeting tonight, Thursday 26th October, Christ Church, Broadway, Morecambe, 7:30pm, All welcome!

Also, auditions for Pricipal roles will be held on Monday 30th October.

Friday 29th September 2017

Past productions updated

Mark (our lovely web guy) has been busy updating the website with a wealth of information on past productions.

Going back to Chess in 2004, we've added full cast and crew information for each production. Soon you will be able to click on a LADOS member on see which shows they were in and their role.

This in addition to the full compliment of production photos already available for 2004 shows onwards.

View Productions
Monday 21st August 2017

Diary Dates

AGM
Monday 18th September 2017 at 7.30pm

Pre Audition Rehearsals
Monday 23rd and Thursday 26th October 2017

Auditions
Monday 30th October 2017 at 7.30pm (More info the follow). Thereafter, every Monday for all cast and Thursday for principals/as called (every Thursday closer to show)

Thursday 17th August 2017

Rehearsals are on the move

After 11 years at Priory Hall we are moving on and our new rehearsal rooms will be at Christ Church, Broadway, Morecambe. Plenty of car parking space, which of late had proved to be a real problem at Priory Hall.

How to get there

First chance to view our new 'home' will be at our AGM on 18th September.

Rehearsals for "Kiss Me, Kate" start 23rd October and the auditions will now be held in our new location (not the theatre as previously advised). Suzanne is sourcing out the best pub!

Thursday 18th May 2017

Our 2018 production has been announced

KISS ME, KATE

8th - 12th May 2018 at the Lancaster Grand

Music & Lyrics Cole Porter. Book by Bella & Samuel Spewack
By arrangement with MusicScope & Stage Musicals Limited of New York

Rehearsals will start in October - more info to follow

Thursday 4th May 2017

Production Photos for West Side Story

Cliff Beckett was busy snapping away during our Dress Rehearsal last Monday evening.

View the Galleries
Monday 6th March 2017

West Side Story Cast

This is the full cast list for our production of West Side Story, at the Lancaster Grand, 2nd - 6th May 2017.

    JETS
  • Tony - Alec Taylor
  • Riff- Matthew Swan
  • Action - William Patrick
  • Diesel - Duncan Ryan
  • Baby John - Samuel Wicks
  • A-Rab - Jordan Kennedy
  • Big Deal - Owen Holland
  • Snowboy - Adam Bardsley
    JET GIRLS
  • Pauline - Georgia Brayshaw
  • Graziella - Sophie Jade Butler
  • Velma - Claire Savage
  • Louise - Annette Nisbet
  • Brenda - Beth Kirk
  • Clarice - Jeanette Ward
  • Minnie - Anna Webster
  • Anybody's - Kirsty Johnson
    SHARKS
  • Bernardo - Santiago Acevedo
  • Chino - David Lowe
  • Pepe - James Shields
  • Indio - Damian Ashton
  • Luis - Jack Baxter
  • Juano - Andrew Thompson
  • Toro - Joe Osborne
  • Santiago - Bilal Bham
    SHARK GIRLS
  • Maria - Catherine Andrews
  • Anita - Ashleigh Hartin
  • Rosalia - Mandie Doherty
  • Margarita - Laura-Jayne Moysey
  • Angelina - Alice Dent
  • Estella - Beth Holland
  • Francisca - Victoria Jeffreys
  • Consuelo - Victoria Muir
  • Teresita - Becky Procter
    ADULTS
  • Schrank - Simon 'Yakkers' Yaxley
  • Krupke - John Savage
  • Doc - Bob Bailey
  • Gladhand - Chris Isherwood

Tuesday 30th August 2016

Casting call for West Side Story

We are looking forward to seeing everyone for the start of the new season. Below is some brief info on start date/auditions. We rehearse at Priory Hall, Lancaster and will start on 3rd October, 7.30pm.

We are looking for 18 ladies and 15 men (minimum age 16/17).

In addition to the main 5 roles (Maria, Anita, Tony, Riff, Barnardo) there are some solo singing parts.

The first three Mondays will be to teach the audition dance pieces so all ladies need to bring heeled shoes and a full skirt.

Our MD will be down on Thursday 13th & 20th October to go through the audition pieces.

Auditions will take place Monday 24th October (main roles), Thursday 27th & Monday 31st October.

Subscription is £30 and this is to be paid prior to auditioning to be in the show.

Saturday 20th August 2016

LADOS now have a new web site...

... and you're looking at it! Please take a look. We will be making further updates in the near future. Thanks to Mark Brierley (AGMTEK) for bringing us into the 21st Century.
Sunday 24th July 2016

West Side Story Pre-Audition Rehearsals

We are planning to start pre-audition rehearsals for West Side Story on Monday 3rd October.

These will be dance rehearsals with singing commencing 7th November. Auditions will be Sunday 13th November (tbc). Full info will be given at first meeting re payment of subs, auditions and rehearsals etc.

Please note that our AGM is 17th October so rehearsal will start slightly later on that night.

Tuesday 24th May 2016

West Side Story in 2017

For 2017 the show chosen is West Side Story. Show dates 2nd - 6th May 2017 (inc matinee) at the Grand Theatre, Lancaster.

Suzanne Ward will produce this show, following in the footsteps of her mum Peggy Brierley, who produced this show for LADOS in 1987. So from Eastwick we fly south to New York.

More details soon.

Thursday 12th May 2016

Our new website

Those lovely people at AGMTEK have given us a brand new website, which will help you keep up to date with everything LADOS when at home and when out and about on your mobile!

Full details of our new 'responsive' website coming soon!

Thursday 24th September 2015

2016 Show Announced

LADOS is proud to announce that their 2016 production is the Local Amateur Premiere of The Witches of Eastwick

Book & Lyrics by John Dempsey
Based on the novel by John Updike and the Warner Bros. Motion Picture
Music by Dana P. Rowe
New orchestrations by Chris Egan and Christopher Jahnke
Original orchestrations by William David Brohn
Originally produced on the London stage by Cameron Mackintosh

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL and CAMERON MACKINTOSH LTD.

In the tiny New England town of Eastwick, Rhode Island, three modern day witches innocently plot and conjure over a heady brew of weak martinis and peanut butter brownies. But when their longings are made flesh in the arrival of one Darryl Van Horne, all Hell breaks loose. Quite literally.

Dana Rowe and John Dempsey's stage musical of the smash hit movie was originally produced at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Prince of Wales Theatre by Cameron Mackintosh during 2000 and 2001. The show was re-written for a successful UK tour which starred Marti Pellow.

Showing at the Grand Theatre, Lancaster, from Tuesday 3rd May to Saturday 7th May 2016 at 7.30pm, Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm

Ticket Prices : Tuesday £10.00
All Other Performances £12.00
Party Booking Rates Available

Box Office: Tel. 01524 64695
Online from: www.lancastergrand.co.uk

Thursday 24th September 2015

Rehearsals

Our rehearsals for the 2016 production of The Witches of Eastwick started on 16th November 2015 at The Priory Hall (off Castle Hill), Lancaster and we welcome members both old and new, but please be advised the minimum age is 16+ on 29th February 2016.

Auditions took place on 29th and 30th November 2015 and the show is now cast.

Anyone wishing to join us can contact Audrey Tarney (Secretary) for any further information.

Rehearsals are held on Monday (usually full cast) and Thursday (usually principals and others as called) evenings at 7.30pm and also possibly on Sunday afternoons as called.

Please note that membership fees must be paid to our Membership Secretary.