Just 4 of the 9 trophies won by ACTS this season.
On the left, Head Tutor, Valerie Harris presents Jamie Bennett with his award for ‘Best Junior Actor’ which he won at Wilmslow and on the right she presents Luke Holland with the ‘Best Youth Actor award which he won at Glossop.
Altrincham Creative Theatre School have broken another record during this year’s One Act Play Festival season. They entered 3 festivals at Chelford, Wilmslow and Glossop winning 9 trophies, 4 Certificates of Merit and receiving 26 nominations! Our junior section, ACT I entered the play ‘Macbeth’ a comical version written by Geoff Bamber while our youth section, ACT II performed ‘Sour Grapes and Ashes’ by N. J Warburton. Hard work, dedication and commitment has again paid off with high praise being received from all the adjudicators and the audiences who saw the plays.
WELL DONE to everyone.
Disappointing audience numbers for this years main productions which was a great shame after all the hard work put in by the students of A.C.T.S. However, those who did come were treated to two very good comedies. A new venue this time challenged our actors but they all coped very well with it. WELL DONE to one and all and thank you to all who helped backstage and front of house.
This year we had not one but two Theatre Make Up Workshops, one for each section and we invited back Charlote Hemming and her assistant, Hannah Dawson to run these for us. Once again, the students were all issued with tissues, sponges, make up sticks and make up. With guidance from the two make up artists they begin to apply cuts, grazes, gashes and black eyes to themselves and each other! ACT II was shown how to work with latex to produce prosthetics. After moulding their wounds they painted them and then glued them into place. They also worked on ageing themselves up which produces some very interesting results.
After 7 happy years at North Cestrian School ACT II have had to leave as the school has started a major rebuilding programme which is expected to take up to two years to complete. We are delighted to say that they have found a new home at the Jubilee Community Centre in Altrincham. The photograph above shows Centre Manager, Katrina Parkinson welcoming Head Tutor, Valerie Harris and some of the students of ACT II to their first meeting.
Ex-ACTS student Georgina Dalgliesh won the award for Best Author and Director of an original play. She wrote ‘Art is in the Eye of the Beholder’ which was performed at all the festivals by ACT II.
Seen here with Head Tutor Valerie Harris are Jamie Bennett who gained a Certificate of Merit as Best Actor for his role as ‘William Shakespeare.’ Plus Lydia Ridgway who was awarded a Certificate for her role as ‘Queen Elizabeth I’ in the same play. At the Wilmslow Festival Lydia went one better and won the Best Junior Actress award.
ACT I in ‘Oh Mr Shakespeare!’
ACT II Cast with their Director in ‘Art is in the Eye of the Beholder’
Having already entered two One Act Play Festivals both sections of ACTS will be performing their plays for the last time at the Partington Players One Act Play Festival. This is being held at their theatre in Glossop on the 6th July.
Mayor Judith Lloyd with ACT II.
Head Tutor, Valerie Harris with ACT I.
‘ACT II – ‘Wine on the Rug’ Cast.
More success for ACTS students when they chose two brand new plays to perform as their main productions this year. ACT I performed ‘The Play Will Go On!’ written by J. F. Banks while ACT II performed ‘Wine on the Rug’ by Christopher Bennett. Not only were the plays well received but our guest of honour the Mayor of Trafford, Judith Lloyd was very impressed and praised highly both the play and cast. Well done to the casts and everyone front and back stage for all their hard work.