STANLEY’S CIVIC HALL RAPID RISE TO SUCCESS

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Bella Bluebell will be appearing the cancer evening on March 6th

Formerly known as the Lamplight Arts Centre, the newly named Stanley Civic Hall is rapidly gaining a reputation for attracting a number of local and national events to the town that, otherwise, would never be seen on a local basis.

The recently renamed Alun Armstrong Theatre, named after the screen and stage actor of the same name, is rapidly becoming a desired location for live events that vary from pantomimes and plays to wrestling events and, on March 6th, the venue for a major fundraising event for breast cancer.

The evening will consist of high street fashion shows, a prom dress fashion show, and an appearance from Bella Bluebell as well as a local singer.

Bella Bluebell will be appearing  the cancer evening on March 6th
Bella Bluebell will be appearing the cancer evening on March 6th

With tickets at £10 per head, there will be a cocktail for all ladies upon arrival and access to the stalls filled with “girly things” to purchase. As well as beauty taster sessions.

Just prior to the cancer fundraising evening, there will be a five day run of the Oxhill Youth Club production of Aladdin.

Running from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th of February, the production marks the continuing relationship between the Civic Hall and the Oxhill Youth Club. And, for this production, the main body of the cast is made up of youngsters aged between 8 and 18. With the older generations taking part alongside.

The Oxhill Youth Club on stage during a recent performance
The Oxhill Youth Club on stage during a recent performance

Youth Leader Gail Wilson commented on the history of the club and the upcoming production, ” Oxhill youth club started in September 1962 and the first pantomime was in January 1967.

 
One of our leaders Kathryn White has been in all the pantos from that date , as a member than as a leader in chorus, principal boy and comedy parts and is still going strong today. Over the years we have given thousands of youngsters the experience of being part of a great working team and chance to tread the boards and shine though the spotlights. Some of our main characters now in their 40’s and 50+ come back every year to help out in panto to help make it the success it is. All of our productions this being the 48th have all been at the Civic Hall”.

Alun Armstrong unveils the plaque acknowledging the renaming of the Alun Armstrong Theatre in the Civic Hall.
Alun Armstrong unveils the plaque acknowledging the renaming of the Alun Armstrong Theatre in the Civic Hall.

So, come along and experience the atmosphere of the revitalised Civic Hall in Stanley and be assured of an experience to remember.

Aladdin ticket information- £6.00 concessionary and £7.00 adult.

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