Markfield and Thornton Theatre Group

Known as MTTG, it is an amateur dramatics society based at the Thornton Community Centre, where they meet regularly for rehearsals and performances.

There is an annual pantomime during January and usually two further productions during the year; in the spring and early autumn.

Staging a pantomime really is a team effort. We need to call upon the talents of all our members, not only those who will be on stage in the cast, but also our technical teams and those very valuable backstage and front-of-house people who keep things running smoothly.
IF THERE IS ANY ASPECT OF A LOCAL AMATEUR DRAMATICS GROUP THAT APPEALS TO YOU, THIS IS AN EXCELLENT TIME TO COME ALONG AND SEE THE GROUP AT WORK. WE MEET ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, AT THORNTON COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 7.30 p.m.
MTTG is a friendly Group and our members would make you most welcome, whatever your interest. If you just want to meet a group of new friends, then that’s fine by us!

Interested in amateur dramatics?
Contact: Muriel Walker on 01455 822148 or email murielwalker@f2s.com

The next show is: 

OFF INTO THOSE ENCHANTED WOODS AGAIN!

In January 2020, we will be staging our annual pantomime, and do hope that you will be able to come along to support us.
“Snow White” is a 19th-century German fairy tale, (today known widely across the Western world), which gained great popularity when it became, in 1938, Walt Disney’s first animated feature film .
When starting to write the script for our Group, I wished often for the wide-reaching capabilities and facilities of the Disney empire.. and for the ability to conjure magic from the written page!
What I can call upon, (and I count myself very lucky in doing so), is the enthusiasm, the loyalty and the talents of our Group members.
“Snow- White “demands a large cast and it does get somewhat crowded in that little cottage at times! However, directing a large cast is fun and rehearsals are busy and happy and full of laughter.
You will see many of your old favourites on stage as they bring the story to life – though some in the kind of roles they’ve never tackled before! Laura Vesty, returning to the area after her University days, plays the title role, and newcomer Lucy Marlow plays the Prince who- as the story demands- arrives in the nick of time.
Keith Barnes and Wayne Roberts aid and abet each other as the dame and the woodsman, whilst Tim Fantom, as the King, often find himself puzzled and perplexed. Maybe he shouldn’t have married Belladonna, the wicked Queen? Emily Vaughan, in her first “baddie” role, brings malice and mischief to the role of Belladonna. Rumour has it that the two pets she’s installed in the castle.. ……revolting rodents of the repulsive kind, have been seen in this area before!
We are always trying to persuade people to step foot on stage, and Kevan and Marie Shephard, who joined us a couple of years ago to help behind the scenes have both been persuaded to take small speaking parts in the Pantomime!
The dwarfs, (too many to mention by name!), weave in and out of the story, bringing music, merriment, and I suspect, perhaps a little mayhem! Where would Snow-White be without her dwarfs?
Joining us again this year… and I really can write, “back by popular demand” will be a dance Chorus from the Linda Williams Academy of Performing Arts.
The dancers are always a pleasure to work with and have a professionalism that is admirable. As I write, Academy graduate, Lydia Boulton, who our regular patrons may remember dancing in many of our pantomimes, is making her West End Debut in “Mary Poppins”! Because of our audiences’ warm responses, the young dancers love being part of MTTG pantomimes.
Staging a pantomime really is a team effort. We need to call upon the talents of all our members, not only those who will be on stage in the cast, but also our technical teams and those very valuable backstage and front-of-house people who keep things running smoothly.

“Snow-White” runs from 21st to 25th January 2020 at 7.30 p.m. nightly, with a matinee performance at 3.00 p.m. on the Saturday afternoon. Tickets (£5) are on sale at Thornton’s Corner Store, or from Anne, our Bookings Organiser on 01530469714