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.

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

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.

Another successful show!

The curtain has closed on another successful Rising Stars show which was enjoyed by appreciative audiences across four nights.

Please visit the Curtain Up page to view the photo gallery

The Production Team - Jean, Stuart, Christine, Chris & Helen
Huge thanks to the Production Team – Jean, Stuart, Christine, Chris & Helen

Thanks also to the WLOG / Rising Stars members and volunteers who helped with costumes, publicity, tech and front of house. Your help in making this show a success was very much appreciated.

Rising Stars are back!!

Fantastic news … Rising Stars are back!

After months of not being able to do what we love best, we are super-excited about returning to the stage.

Rising Stars have teamed up with our sister group WLOG to create ‘Curtain Up’ – a fabulous compilation of songs and dances to celebrate the reopening of theatres and live performances. Featuring uplifting and upbeat numbers from across musical theatre, ‘Curtain Up’ will be staged nightly at 7:30pm from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd October.

Tickets are on sale now and we are so looking forward to welcoming you back!

Buy your tickets here

All performances of Spamalot cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Following the most recent advice issued by the government to avoid social gatherings, Rising Stars have made the difficult decision to cancel our performances of Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ scheduled for Wednesday to Saturday this week.

This is devastating news for all of us at Rising Stars – both emotionally and financially. We have worked so hard over the last six months to produce an absolutely fantastic show, reaching a high standard of performance that deserved an appreciative audience. No-one is more upset than us about having to cancel, but the health and safety of the public and our cast & crew has to be our main priority.

Ticket refunds will be handled by Beccles Public Hall, but please allow them time to get their procedures in place as this most recent government advice is still very new.
However, as a registered charity, we invite our patrons to consider donating the cost of their ticket to show support for youth theatre in Beccles.

Please visit our website and social media channels for the latest information on future productions.

In these rapidly changing and uncertain times, just remember the words of a song from ‘Spamalot’…

If life seems jolly rotten,
There’s something you’ve forgotten!
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing,
When you’re feeling in the dumps,
Don’t be silly chumps,
Just purse your lips and whistle — that’s the thing!
And…. always look on the bright side of life.

Stay safe everyone.

WLOG Rising Stars

Tickets on sale NOW for Spamalot

Tickets are now on sale for Rising Stars’ next fully-staged production – ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ which will hit the Beccles Public Hall stage on 18th to 21st March.

‘Spamalot’ is lovingly ripped off from the classic film, ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, but the musical diverts a bit from more traditional versions of the legend. Instead, Spamalot features shenanigans including the Lady of the Lake and her dancing girls, farting Frenchmen, killer rabbits and the Knights who say Ni. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences. Funnier than the Black Death!

‘Spamalot’ 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’, ‘Romeo & Juliet – A Rock Musical’ and ‘The Evacuees’. 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 ‘Spamalot’ 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

Singing success for Rising Stars’ Rosie

We have another winner!

Congratulations to Rising Stars member, Rosie, who has won the 2020 Beccles Young Vocalist of the Year competition for the second time.

The competition is organised by the Rotary Club is part of a wider UK-wide singing competition. Last time, Rosie progressed through several further stages to reach the UK quarter-finals so we wish her all the luck for this year.

Rosie is just one of the talented and award-winning cast that will be performing with Rising Stars in Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ next month. More details of how to get tickets to see this talent-packed production can be found here.

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