Information Evening for our next production


It’s your time to delve into history as Rising Stars start the search for the cast of their next fully-staged production. ‘The Evacuees’ tells the story of the mass evacuation of children from towns and cities at the start of the Second World War and has been scheduled to coincide with the 80th Anniversary of real-life events.

Rising Stars is looking for enthusiastic singers and actors between 8 and 19 years of age to perform in this fully-costumed musical. To launch the search, Rising Stars are holding an Information Evening at 7pm on Friday 26th April 2019 in the Blyburgate Hall in Beccles. The evening will give all prospective cast members 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 cast or for a principal role.

‘The Evacuees’ is the next fully-staged show in a long line of successful musical productions by Rising Stars, whose previous credits have included ‘Romeo & Juliet – A Rock Musical’, ‘Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and ‘Les Misérables’. The show will form part of wider commemorations in the local area to remember the events of 1939 and is not to be missed.

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

Winners announced for the Rising Stars Awards 2019

The annual Rising Stars Awards ceremony was held during the last night party for ‘RJ – A Rock Musical’


The Rising Stars Awards recognise that the cast get so much more from Rising Stars than just learning how to sing, act and perform on stage. It is always special to see a young cast member improve their self confidence and creativity as well as developing essential life skills such as teamwork, discipline, communication, interpersonal skills and management.

Shields were presented for Most Improved Member Under 13 years, Most Improved Member 13 years and over and for Outstanding Personal Contribution. Huge congratulations to the three winners – we are very proud of what you have achieved over the last 12 months.


The Miller Redpath Memorial Award for the Most Memorable Moment went to the performers in the ‘I am Not Dead Yet’ song in last year’s production of ‘Thoroughly Modern Musicals’. In addition, a Long Service Award was also presented to one member who has performed in 15 or more Rising Stars productions.


Tickets go on sale for RJ – A Rock Musical

Tickets are now on sale for Rising Stars’ forthcoming production of ‘RJ – A Rock Musical’.

The cast of talented 9 to 19 year olds are currently putting their finishing flourishes to this tragic tale which will be staged nightly in Beccles Public Hall & Theatre from Thursday 21st to Saturday the 23rd March at 7.30pm.
‘RJ – The Rock Musical’ is based on Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of doomed teenage love between two rival families. Staying faithful to the original work by Shakespeare, this rock musical version by Joy Ardy and Andrew Milburn combines the Bard’s original prose interwoven with new lines and musical numbers with a modern twist, while still allowing you to follow the tale of Romeo and his dearest Juliet throughout the fine city of Verona. Fully costumed and accompanied by a live band, this is one Rising Stars’ show not to be missed.

‘RJ – A Rock Musical’ is the next fully staged show in an ever growing line of successful musical productions by the Beccles-based musical theatre group, whose previous credits have included ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Seussical’ and ‘Treasure Island’. 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 ‘RJ – A Rock Musical’ are priced at £10 for adults and £7.50 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 the Beccles Public Hall Online Box Office

WLOG & Rising Stars 2019 AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of WLOG & Rising Stars will be held at 7:30pm on Monday 4th February 2019 in the Quaker Hall, Smallgate, Beccles.


The agenda for the meeting is available on the Downloads page.


All members of Rising Stars are invited to attend AGM but only members aged 14 or over are eligible to vote.


Attendance is not compulsory but is encouraged, especially amongst the older members of Rising Stars, as their votes will be needed to elect the Rising Stars Committee (no committee = no Rising Stars!)

If you have any more questions or cannot attend but would like to vote, please do not hesitate to contact us.



Rising Stars and Sir John Leman’s RAG week

Members of Rising Stars show off their skills during Sir John Leman’s RAG week


RAG Week (Raising and Giving) is an annual event organised by the Sir John Leman Sixth Form Council and assisted by students at the High School.
This year, past and present members of Rising Stars have taken the opportunity to show off skills and talents developed at Rising Stars.
Some of the things the council have done on the run up to RAG week are very similar to those required for a Rising Stars show, such as planning the whole event from scratch, keeping finances and balancing a budget, fundraising and recruiting volunteers, creating the stage and decorating the set, programming and controlling a DMX lighting system, setting up and balancing microphones and sound equipment, taking to the stage as a presenter or in musical performances, all while working together as a team to get the job done.
They are hoping to raise raising £600 to split between their three chosen charities – Beccles Men’s Shed, Alzheimer’s UK & Aluwani South Africa.
There is still time to help them achieve their goal. For more information and to donate, please visit



Armistice Day 2018 – Rising Stars will Never Forget….

Members of Rising Stars laid a wreath at the Beccles War Memorial to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One.

In 2014, Rising Stars marked the centenary of the start of WW1 during their production of ‘Til the Boys Come Home’. The group also wanted to remember the anniversary of Armistice Day by taking part in the annual wreath laying ceremony at the Beccles memorial.

“It was an honour to lay a wreath to remember the fallen from Beccles” said one member. “I have been lucky enough to visit some of the WW1 cemeteries in northern France where Beccles men are buried, so seeing their names on the memorial always reminds me to be grateful.”

In addition to the wreath-layers, other members of Rising Stars were at the service representing the Sea Cadets, Marine Cadets and Girl Guiding Beccles.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

We have a cast for RJ

After 2 days of auditions hearing lots of talented young performers, WE HAVE A CAST FOR RJ – A ROCK MUSICAL!!

Huge congratulations to everyone who auditioned. Each and every one of you did yourself proud.

Many thanks to the audition panel for making the most difficult decisions.

First Rehearsal for ‘RJ – A Rock Musical’

We’re all looking forward to our first rehearsal tonight for RJ – A Rock Musical.

We will be starting to learn the Company audition piece plus running through all the principal audition songs to give cast members a better idea of what they might like to audition for.

It will really help potential cast members if they can download the audition lyrics from our secure downloads area and bring them to rehearsal.

Even if you missed our Information Evening last week it’s not too late to get involved. Just turn up to the Blyburgate Hall for a 7pm start.

We’re in the local paper

Details of our Information Evening were in the Beccles and Bungay Journal this week.

We’re looking forward to seeing lots of old faces and hopefully some new ones at the Information Evening this Friday.

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