Take Over For A Make Over raised £5670.00

Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

Saturday 16th November

Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre and Sutton Coldfield Musical Youth Theatre

Just over a week ago two very special and incredibly talented groups of performers from Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company (SCMTC)and Sutton Coldfield Musical Youth Theatre came together for our first official fundraiser at the Town Hall to kickstart raising vital funds as we look to secure this iconic building for generations to come…

…It is with great pleasure then that we can announce the grand total raised from “Take-Over For A Make-Over” is – £5670.00!!

💖 Thank you to all involved from cast and crew to Town Hall staff and all of you who came to watch and support this event! 💖

The Mint Theatre Society – The Christmas Elves

The Mint Theatre Society

Wylde Green United Reform Church

Saturday 23rd November

I am new to “The Mint Theatre Company” a pop-up theatre group who perform their shows in unlikely venues such as village halls, church halls. I will say now Im a new recruit to their following and will definitely be going to future productions.

Their latest production “popped up” in what I believe is a new venue Wylde Green United Reform Church Hall. Although it has a stage that is about it, and that it’s self is pretty small with very little space for props to be stored until required, no stage lighting to add that ambiance. As always what scenery, props etc need to fit in the back of a car to be taken to the next venues.

The show is a take on the “The Christmas Elves and the Shoemaker” tale given a seasonal twist by director Liz Daly to deliver a festive family tale full of morels and a charm of its own, the basic message is it is better to be kind and help others than to be selfish and nasty.. and I’ll drink to that !

Our story starts in Santas workshop, where Santa is demanding the Elves work harder and longer hours to get everything ready for Christmas. This sparks our stars Sage (played by David Stonehouse) and Onion into action, Onion (wonderfully played by Alex Howell) being the shop steward for the National Union of Elves citing elf and safety and organises a mass walkout well two man walk. We then follow Sage and Onions adventures in the real world helping Peter the shoemaker (played by Ian Toulouse) who is struggling to pay his rent by creating shoes whilst he is asleep and the all the repercussions that produces.

We are treated to a number of classic pantomime routines, amusing the adults and bringing laughter from the children. With this being a story about Elves and Shoemakers we are treated to a number of appearances from the like of Lady Mariah of Carey  played by Charlotte Ball who gives us a wonderful rendition of “All I want for Christmas is Shoes” we also meet Nancy Shoenatra (played by Liz Daly) who manages to entertain us with…yes “These Boots Were Made For Walking” and finally Elfis (played by David Daly) treating us to plenty of Elfish puns and songs including…”Blue Suede Shoes” you can see a theme appearing can’t you?  we are also treated to some lovely tap by Ellie Ball who happens to have happy feet and is also “Rocking around The Christmas Tree”

Although it was a small audience the cast did a fantastic job filling the hall with enthusiasm  and plenty of feel good factor.

This was a fantastic production and wonderfully and enthusiastically delivered, I would recommend any families looking for a pre Christmas laugh and treat to go along to one of the next performances at either Shenstone Village Hall on Friday, 29 November and Stonnall Village Hall on Saturday, 30 November.




Dare To Trick or Treat

Thursday night saw On The Breadlines annual dare to trick or treat event raising money for local charities this years chosen charity is the YMCA in Sutton Coldfield

All the children who attended came away with a goodie bag and all money from bread and cake sales went to the charity along with donations

Sebastian said  “we raised an amazing £463 for YMCA Sutton Coldfield…Just want to say a massive thank you to everyone for there kind donation and hope everyone enjoy the evening. It’s just going to get better next year… 💀 💀 💀”

Anita Ellis from YMCA Sutton Coldfield quoted

“That’s absolutely fantastic Sebastian, thank you so very much. The work you put in to this event is incredible; from preparing all the bakes, the gorgeous goody bags for the kids and all the effort you went to with with the decorations, the attention to detail with every single part of the event is remarkable. What a wonderful thing to do for charity and for the local community. We are so very grateful for all your efforts, you really are amazing! 😊🙏 👍 👏

Sutton Coldfield Musical Youth Theatre – Peter Pan

Peter Pan – Sutton Coldfield Musical Youth Theatre

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall 

Tuesday 29th October

By Linda Gambles

To be honest, I had not heard of Peter Pan the musical and only have distant memories of the Disney film and reading the book as a child, so I attended this with a very open mind.

The first thing that hit me was the stage setting, a large screen at the back of the stage was intriguing and then there were the musicians surrounded by a runway from stage left to stage right.

So with my anticipation peaked I sat and awaited the start.

This is a fun filled-family show which flies along at a steady pace with lines interspersed by plenty of catchy songs

I’m pretty sure most people would be able to recollect the story, Peter Pan the boy who won’t grow up, has lost his shadow and whilst trying to retrieve it with the help of Tinkerbelle (I won’t spoil how Tinkerbelle flies about the stage!!) meeting Wendy, John and Michael after quickly persuading them to join him in Neverland and teaching them to fly they all leave by the bedroom window. I did wonder how they would create the illusion of flying and it partly explained the large screen at the back of the stage. On reaching Neverland we meet the Lost Boys performing an energetic and strong song and dance.

We are treated to many adventures with Peter and Wendy battling pirates rescuing Tiger Lilly and her Indian braves hiding from Tic Toc the crocodile and ultimately defeating the evil Captain Hook. Wendy and her brothers finally go home with their adventures leaving them changed for ever but Peter doesn’t go, promising to visit year to

The songs are a great mix of ballads and uptempo numbers performed solo or  ensemble. For such a young and inexperienced cast this is an excellent feel good production with the cast enthusiasm and enjoyment in abundance.

The Production is directed by Kerrie Davies in her directorial debut with the group. The growth and confidence in the cast can be seen in their performances and is a credit to all who have assisted in creating this wonderful show.

Tony Orbell returns as the shows musical director ensuring the music combined perfectly with the dance routines.

The choreography by Jane Slassor who worked on Joseph, is lively slick and energetic interpreting  the fun and youthfulness of the show. The costumes and sets were lovely, look out for Nanna the dog and of course Tic Toc the crocodile. The set changes were smooth allowing the show to move along at pace, well done to stage manager Georgia Young and her crew who were working hard behind the scenes.

I feel it would be very remiss of me not to mention the extremely talented youngsters if I had to single out any in particular, it would have be Peter Pan (Nate Wallace ), Wendy ( Sophie Pegg ) and Captain Hook ( Finley Waldron ) who all sang with strong and confident voices.

This is a fantastic production from a young and very enthusiastic cast and I urge you all to go and see them perform, you won’t be disappointed and I’ll guarantee you will leave uplifted thanks to the wonderful feel good factor this show delivers.

CLOC Musical Theatre Present Oklahoma

Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th October 2019
7.30pm Evenings, Saturday Matinee 2.30pm

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall
Upper Clifton Rd, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B73 6AB

CLOC are back at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall this Autumn with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Oklahoma

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today.

Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the twentieth century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colourful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.

Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road.

That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

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Charity Abseil

19th October 2019

On Saturday St Giles hospice held their charity abseil at the Custard Factory in Birmingham.

St Giles Hospice recenly introduced an abseil to our calender, trying to ensure that they have a wider offering of activities for all people within their catchment area. For the participants that took part, they enjoyed  local business discounts such as 10% off at clean kilo, free entry to Digbeth Dining Cub and a half price stac at Stickie Fingers.

It costs over £9million a year for st Giles to support local people and their families living with a potentially terminal illness and events such as these are crucial for them to be able to do this.


Charity Moth Ball

11th October

Anita Ellis, marketing and business development manager at the YMCA Sutton Coldfield who organised the event along with the events team at Moor Hall said “We’re delighted that the event was such a success with so many people willing to donate a portion of their ticket price to the YMCA Sutton Coldfield.

This fun filled event saw over 100 ladies dust off their wedding dreossesand enjoy an evening of dining, dancing and bidding in the silent auction.

Moor Hall Hotel & Spa hosted this spectacular wedding themed event with the hall decorated with lights and music provided by Jays Disco

The evening raised over £2700 for the YMCA Triple A project, supporting disadvantaged children and young people


Fun Fundraiser For Kids Club Kampala

7th July 2019

Last Wednesday saw another of the very popular and successful fundraisers held at Pure Hair & Spa in Four Oaks organised by Linda Gambles, helping to provide much need funds to overcome the lack of hope and self-esteem of children living in situations of extreme poverty and, works to bring about sustainable changes through various development projects.

The event was very well attended and everybody enjoyed three mini treatments along with prosecco and snacks as well as being able to enter a raffle for various prizes including treatments donated by Pure Hair & Spa and a  voucher for lunch donated By The Butlers Arms.

A total of £263.00 was raised on the night and plans are already under way for the next event.

Kids Club Kampala

Pure Hair & Spa

Rock The Beacon

3rd/4th August

Last week end saw the launch of the much anticipated “Rock The Beacon Music & Food Festival” In the words of organisers Robert Hoffman and Chris Howell “Its been a long road getting here with many challenges along the way, and we hope we’ve got it right for the first year at this site. Tickets for Saturday have exceeded our expectations and Sunday sales are looking good, so we look like we are in for an amazing weekend”

The festival featured some of the UK’s top tribute bands along with up and coming local bands and solo performers spread across three stages.

Saturday saw Kings of Leighton open proceedings in glorious sunshine with a terrific set followed by QuoMotion and Oasiis. The evening saw The Foo Fighters, Dizzy Lizzy and Whole Lotta DC raised the roof playing crowd pleasing favourites.

Sunday opened at a much slower pace with the nostalgic singing of the Vintage Class Singers then Decades Live managed to get the vocal chords of the crowd warmed up read for The Mark Green Elvis Experience who went down a storm with your and old alike AC 30’s followed with a Ska and Reggae set followed by The Top 10 Beatles an amazing set from Take A Chance on Us ABBA with QE2 (Queen) bring things to a close.

Plans are already in motion to bring the festival back in 2020.