School’s Out – tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for Rising Stars’ production of ‘School’s Out’. The cast of talented 8 to 18 year olds are currently putting their finishing touches to this musical extravaganza which will be staged nightly at 7.30pm on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th July in the Beccles Public Hall.

Written specially for Rising Stars, this new cabaret-style show features a fabulous compilation of songs and dances from shows about families and young people. As well as traditional favourite such as ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Matilda’ and ‘Oliver’, more modern musicals such as ‘School of Rock’, ‘The Prom’ and ‘Mean Girls’ also make an appearance. Energetic, uplifting and upbeat, this production showcases the best of local, young talent in musical theatre.

‘School’s Out’ is the latest fully-staged show in a long line of successful musical productions by Rising Stars, whose previous credits have included ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Spamalot’ and ‘Les Misérables’. Although the cast are all under 18, they pride themselves on bringing the high quality and professionalism that you would expect of any theatre company to all of their performances..

Tickets for ‘School’s Out’ are priced at just £10 for adults and £8 for under 18s and can be purchased by visiting the Beccles Public Hall Box Office or by telephoning 01502 770060. The Box Office is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm and accept debit and credit cards.

Tickets can be also purchased online at any time from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/becclespublichall

School’s out – information evening

A crowd of potential cast members attended the School’s Out information afternoon Friday 22nd April to find out more about the show, meet the production team and get more details about how to audition.

Don’t worry if you couldn’t come along as you haven’t missed out on the chance of being in this exciting production.

All the Cast Information that was discussed at the meeting, plus the Application to Audition form can be obtained from our Downloads page.

There will be a pre-audition rehearsal on Sunday afternoon (24th April) from 2-4pm in Blyburgate Hall, Beccles for anyone who would like to be in the cast of School’s Out. A dance workshop will be held on Friday 29th April.

Completed Application to Audition forms must be returned by Friday 29th April.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require any more information. Don’t miss this opportunity to perform with our friendly and talented group.

Information evening for next production

Schools Out preview poster

Are you 8 to 19 years old and can sing, dance or act? (or know someone who is)
Now is your opportunity to show the world what you can do!

It’s your time to shine as WLOG Rising Stars begin their search for the cast of their next production School’s Out which will be performed in Beccles Public Hall on the 14th to 16th July 2022

Following the success of their recent production of ‘Legally Blonde’, Rising Stars is looking for enthusiastic singers, actors, dancers and musicians in school year 3 or above to perform in this new cabaret-style show. Written specially for Rising Stars, this new cabaret-style show features a fabulous compilation of songs and dances designed to showcase the best of local, young talent in musical theatre. Energetic, uplifting and upbeat, this production will start the summer holidays with a bang!.

All existing members and anyone considering joining Rising Stars are invited to an Information Evening at 7pm on Friday 22nd April in Blyburgate Hall in Beccles, where there will be the opportunity to find out more about the show, meet the production team and get more details about how to audition to be in the show as a singer, dancer or instrumentalist.

For more information on how to get involved with this exciting and talented group, come along to the Information evening or Contact Us

We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd.

IMPORTANT – If you can’t make it to the Information Evening but are still interested in being involved with the show, just contact us and we’ll make sure all the information given out on the night is emailed to you.

Rising Stars Awards – 2022 winners announced

Rising Stars held their annual awards ceremony after the last performance of Legally Blonde on Saturday 19th March 2022.

The Rising Stars Awards were set up to recognise those cast members that get so much more from Rising Stars than just learning how to sing, act and perform on stage. It gives us great pleasure to see them increase in self-confidence and creativity as well as developing essential life skills such as teamwork, discipline, communication, interpersonal skills and management.

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Rising Stars Awards winners 2022

The two shields for Most Improved Members were presented to Aidan and Niamh in the Under 13 years and 13 years and over categories respectively.

The Outstanding Personal Contribution Award was won jointly by Amelia & Emily for going above and beyond to assist the production team and committee both on stage and behind the scenes.

The Miller Redpath Memorial Award for Most Memorable Moment was presented to Zach for his infamous entry as Carlos in Legally Blonde.

LONG SERVICE AWARDS

Long Service Award winners

Long Service Award presentations were also made to Seb, Amelia and Rose for appearing in 10 or more productions with Rising Stars and to Emily for reaching the milestone of 20 productions with the group.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS

All 2022 Awards winners

Tickets on sale NOW for Legally Blonde

OMG you guys!! Legally Blonde is coming to Beccles Public Hall on 17th to 19th March and tickets are now on sale.

Legally Blonde poster

Elle Woods appears to have it all, but her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle puts down the credit cards and picks up the law books in pursuit of her dreams. With the support of some new friends, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

‘Legally Blonde’ is the next fully staged show in an ever-growing line of successful musical productions by the Beccles-based youth musical theatre group, whose previous credits have included ‘Les Misérables’ and Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’. Although the majority of the cast are under 18, they pride themselves on bringing the high quality and professionalism that you would expect of any theatre company to all of their performances.

Tickets for ‘Legally Blonde’ are priced at £12.50 for adults and £10 for Under 18s and can be purchased either by visiting Beccles Public Hall Box Office or by telephoning 01502 770060. The Box Office is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm and accepts both debit and credit cards. Tickets can also be purchased online at any time from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/becclespublichall

AGM 2022 date announced

Please be advised that the 2022 Annual General Meeting of WLOG & Rising Stars will take place at 7:00pm on Monday 21st February 2022 in the Quaker Hall, Smallgate, Beccles.

All members of Rising Stars who have paid their 50p membership fee since April 2021 (cast members of Curtain Up & Legally Blonde) are invited to attend, but only members who have reached their 14th birthday will be eligible to vote.

The agenda, minutes of the last AGM, some reports and other documents will be circulated in due course.

Best regards
The Committees of WLOG & Rising Stars

Rising Stars founders win Community Hero Award

Helen & Chris Steed from WLOG Rising Stars
Rising Stars’ Helen and Chris Steed have won this year’s Community Hero Award at the Beccles and Bungay Journal Awards 2021.

A couple who have been at the heart of Rising Stars for the past 13 years have won the Community Hero Award at the Beccles and Bungay Journal Awards 2021.

The Awards were set up praise all that is good in the local towns and villages, from thriving businesses to charity fundraisers and events that captured people’s imagination.

Chris and Helen Steed describe feeling completely overwhelmed at the news and said “We were chuffed to bits to be nominated, but to actually win is something else.”

“Running Rising Stars has been a huge part of our lives for nearly 13 years. It is a huge commitment – just running rehearsals twice a week takes a lot of our time. On top of that there is the planning, organising, publicity, costume making, set building, child safeguarding and everything else that is needed to put on a successful musical production. Sometimes, we work longer hours on Rising Stars than we do on our paid jobs.

“But the rewards are massive. Seeing the high standard of performance that the young cast achieve and hearing how much the audiences enjoy watching the end result is a real buzz. We also have a lot of fun at rehearsals.

“But far and away the best bit is that we get to work with some of the nicest and most talented young people in the Beccles area. Nothing gives us more pleasure than watching a shy new member become part of the Rising Stars family and develop into a confident performer.

“Please can we thank the rest of the Rising Stars committee for all their support and all the many children who have been a part of Rising Stars for making it all worthwhile.”

Read the full story here
https://www.becclesandbungayjournal.co.uk/news/beccles-bungay-journal-awards-community-hero-8589882

AGM 2021 date announced

Please be advised that the 2021 Annual General Meeting of WLOG & Rising Stars (delayed by Covid-19 from February) will take place at 7:15pm Wednesday 15th December 2021 at the Quaker Hall, Smallgate, Beccles.

All members of Rising Stars who have paid their 50p membership fee since April 2021 (cast members of Curtain Up & Legally Blonde) are invited to attend, but only members who have reached their 14th birthday will be eligible to vote.

The agenda, minutes of the last AGM, some reports and other documents will be circulated in due course.

Best regards
The Committees of WLOG & Rising Stars

Legally Blonde – information afternoon

Legally Blonde information afternoon

A crowd of potential cast members attended the Legally Blonde information afternoon Sunday 7th November.

Held in Blyburgate Hall, Beccles, there was the opportunity to find out more about the show, meet the production team and get more details about the audition pieces.

Don’t worry if you couldn’t attend as you haven’t missed out on the chance of being in this exciting production.

All the Cast Information that was discussed at the meeting, plus the Application to Audition form can be obtained from our Downloads page.

There will be a pre-audition rehearsal on Friday evening (12th November) from 7-9.30pm in Blyburgate Hall, Beccles for anyone who would like to be in the cast of Legally Blonde as a principal and/or a company member.

Don’t panic if you can’t attend the pre-audition rehearsal as all the audition pieces and rehearsal backing tracks can be downloaded from the Rising Stars’ Google drive for you to practice at home. The link to the drive can be found in the Cast Information.

Completed Application to Audition forms must be returned by Friday 12th November.

Don’t miss this opportunity to perform with our friendly and talented group.

Open Auditions for Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde Open Auditions

Are you 12 to 19 years old and can sing, dance or act?
Now is your opportunity to join award-winning Rising Stars for –

Legally Blonde – the Musical

To be performed in Beccles Public Hall on the 17th – 19th March 2022

Rising Stars is looking for enthusiastic and talented singers, dancers and actors (especially boys!) to perform in this fabulously fun production. Based on the popular film, ‘Legally Blonde – The Musical’ follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

All existing members and anyone wishing to join Rising Stars are invited to an Information Afternoon at 2pm on Sunday 7th November in Blyburgate Hall, Beccles, where there will be the opportunity to find out more about the show, meet the production team and get more details about the audition pieces.

To become a Legally Blonde cast member, you will need to –

• Be a student at high school* or sixth form / college (max age 19)
• Book an audition slot by completing an Application to Audition form available here
• Attend the auditions on Sunday 14th November

These are open auditions. ALL roles and ensemble are available for casting.

If you can’t make it to the Information Afternoon but are still interested in being involved with the show, just let us know and we’ll make sure all the information given out at the event is emailed to you.

*Because Legally Blonde is strongly geared towards older teenagers and is a complex and difficult show with a PG13 rating, the cast is restricted to those of high school age or older (school years 7 to 13).

We appreciate that this may disappoint some new members who were looking forward to joining Rising Stars. To compensate, the show after Legally Blonde (to be performed in July 2021) will be much more suited to the younger cast members with many of the principal roles being in the 8 to 13 year age group.

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