Were you part of Centre Stage?

The final call is going out to former members of Exmouth amateur dramatic group Centre Stage ahead of its 40th anniversary.

Centre Stage chairman Mark Worsley will be at the Manor Hotel, on The Beacon, Exmouth, at 2pm on Sunday, June 12 where he hopes as many former members of the youth group, and also the past members of the 14-20 Music and Drama Society, will attend.

In September the company will mark its 40th birthday and is appealing for former members to take part in four concerts as part of the celebrations.

The concerts will cover the 40 years of productions performed by the theatre group and will take to the stage on September 10-11.

It is hoped those interested in taking part will go along on Sunday to find out more.

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The current members will form the chorus in all numbers, as well as recreating their roles from recent years.

Chairman Mark Worsley said auditions would not be held.

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“As part of the celebrations we would like to ask as many past members to take part in four concerts consisting of 40 years of the productions we have performed.

“We would really like those people who took part in the original production to come back and do them again but also making sure we share out the principal slots fairly.

“The plan currently is to perform a matinee and evening performance on the Saturday and a party in the park-style family event on the Sunday afternoon.

“There will be a gala concert on the Sunday evening using all the songs which reflect what the company has meant to all of us at some point in our lives.”

It is hoped there will be a rehearsal period over the summer, which could start at the end of this month.

Those taking part can choose to take part in all the performances, or just recreate a role played previously when they were younger.

“As a hobby, amateur operatic societies offer many benefits to older people to allow them to let off steam, to get away from the toils of working life, to enhance social lives etc.

“For young people this is also evident, but there is an added bonus in so much as it also builds confidence , self respect, respect for other and adds to an individual developing their own character.

“Over the years this hobby has led to many young people moving on to drama schools, some of which can now be seen appearing in the West End and on television, and others developing their own businesses in the world of entertainment.”

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