Performers from an amateur arts and theater society in Latchingdon, Essex are returning to the stage for their annual variety show for the first time in two years.
Latchingdon Arts & Drama Society (LADS), like many other theater groups across the country, has been shut down and shut down during the pandemic.
The company had been producing performance after performance for over 60 years in the region, with many productions in the rustic and interesting venue of The Tractor Shed in Latchingdon.
Holly Hallam, Showhits Director and Producer and longtime LADS member said: “Going from three to four times a year to absolutely nothing was really difficult for the whole company, the patrons and the membership.”
The LADS, however, were not to be put off by the situation and, within government guidelines, looked to the wonders of the Internet.
Throughout the lockdown, members continued to meet via Zoom calls, produced newsletters, and even managed to organize several virtual murder mysteries.
LADS timidly began to meet as government restrictions eased. Committee meetings were held at a distance, and then eventually, when the lockdown was lifted in July and theater groups were allowed to perform again, the company began rehearsing for their return performance of “The Games Afoot â.
The cast couldn’t wait to take the stage in this comedic farce with fantastic one-liners that tested the waters for the audience and the members.
Holly said: “It was a huge success. The buzz after the play ended was immediately sated as we immediately started rehearsals for our well known production of Showhits.”
Usually held in August, but pushed back to stay within Covid-19 guidelines, Showhits has always been unique on its own. The running order is carefully chosen by the director and producer, giving people ample opportunity to sing their own solos, choreograph their own dance numbers and get involved in their choice of comedy skits.
Holly added, âFor LADS, this is the perfect example of the talent and dedication our company puts into every performance. LADS has always been like one big family, with many generations of families involved since the very first production of LADS.
âThe company has a warm and community atmosphere, welcoming all who wish to get involved and join us.
âLADS has always encouraged talent and skill, not only for performance, but also for the technical aspect of a performance, the lighting, the sound, the backstage and the venue, not to mention happily involving everyone. who is a passionate seamstress or scenographer. “
LADS dance captain Hannah Bartlett said: “It’s so good to be back on stage playing shows. There is so much variety that it always keeps you on your toes and the feeling of family. really makes you feel at home.
“We’re making a comeback like never before and I can’t wait to hear those curtains drawn on opening night.”
The next Showhits production begins Wednesday, December 1 and will run through Saturday, December 4. Doors open at 7 p.m. for a start at 7:30 p.m.
For more information on LADS or to purchase tickets for the show, visit here.
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