"Sixty Glorious Years"


        



There’s an old song that begins: “If they asked me I could write a book”.
Well, I could. A book about the first sixty years of St Mary’s Dramatic society,
the memories, anecdotes, and the crises.
What do we do when the leading actor falls ill six hours before curtain up?
And what’s the next move when the play is rapidly approaching 
its denouement and the “vital letter which will explain everything” is lying 
on the props table backstage?
Answers on a postcard please.

It all began with a paragraph in the church magazine inviting “anyone 
interested in forming a church dramatic society” to attend a meeting in the 
Vicar’s room at St Mary’s Hall, Priory Lane. The response was immediate.
There had been concerts at the hall before, but this new venture was going to 
be the real thing (we were told).
Three act plays with scenery, Lighting, sound Effects, the works.

We put on an evening of one act plays (Toe in the water stuff) but better things
beckoned, and we launched into our first three act play under the eagle eye of 
Bill Downer Classics Master at Balshaw Grammar School). 
The cast? Pat Higgins, Peggy Parkinson, Muriel Brown, Cyril Birkett, Amy Downer,
Renee Gardner and the Vicar of Penwortham (Rev P.A. Schofield).

There was a strong element of “lets go and see if the Vicar’s any good”. 
Well, he was.Very good indeed. “Blithe Spirit” played to a packed hall and a 
great time was had by all.

It seems incredible that sixty has passed since then, and more than a hundred 
and thirty plays have come and gone.
St Mary’s A.D.S. is now famous for its sets, and scripts that used to cost three
and sixpence now come in at nine pounds each.

Once or twice the society has been on the edge of closure, but we have managed 
to keep going, thanks to Patrons and loyal customers.

During 2015/2016, our Diamond anniversary season, we raise our glasses to the society,
and to absent friends, who left us such a legacy of fun and friendship.
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FORTHCOMING PRODUCTIONS

Daisy Pulls it Off

daisy 17th, 18th, 19th September 2015 7-30pm

Trap for Lonely Man

trap for a lonely man--> 19th, 20th, 21st November 2015 7-30pm

Fool's Paradise

fools paradise 4th, 5th, 6th February 2016 7-30pm

Meeting Dates

	
June 4th 2015 Patrons
March 18th 2015
April 15th 2015
May 13th 2015 AGM
August 19th 2015
September 9th 2015
October 21st 2015
November 11th 2015
December 16th 2015(Party)
January 20th 2016
February 17th 2016
March 16th 2016
April 20th 2016
May 18th 2016 AGM
June 2nd 2016 Patrons
	
All Meetings and Rehearsals are held at:
St Mary's Church Hall,
Cop Lane,
Penwortham,
PRESTON,
PR1 0SR
Lancs.

And begin at 7-30pm



Links
NODA
Preston Playhouse
Preston Arts Association
Samuel French
Josef Weinberger
LazyBee Scripts
St Mary's Church