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.”

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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.

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

Rising Stars Awards Winner – Most Memorable Moment

Miller Redpath Memorial Award for Most Memorable Moment

This award in presented in memory of one of our founder members, Miller Redpath, who sadly died in 2013. Miller’s personality, unique singing voice and head-banging style of dancing are always the first things we remember when thinking of that initial show.

The Memorable Moment Award is given to a person or group of people involved in an event or incident which springs instantly to mind when recalling a production in the last 12 months. This could be on or off stage, during rehearsals or as part of a show.

AND THE WINNER IS….. Francesca for ‘The French Raspberry’

This award will not come as a surprise to anyone who was lucky enough to see a rehearsal for ‘Spamalot’. Francesca’s portrayal of the French Guard had us in stitches every week. From the voice, to the funny walk, to the mannerisms, to the infamous raspberry, Fran tweaked and developed the role each time to keep it fresh and funny. Our only regret is that due to Covid-19, an audience never got to enjoy her memorable performance and laugh as much as we did.

Thank you Fran for a marvellous memory.

Rising Stars Awards Winner – Outstanding Personal Contribution

The Outstanding Personal Contribution award is given to a Rising Stars member who has made the biggest personal contribution to the success of Rising Stars in the previous 12 months. In a nutshell, someone who has gone above and beyond what is ordinarily expected of a member.


This is the first time the award has been given to an adult Rising Stars member, but we felt that the extra work that Helen has done over the last 12 months is the very definition of going above and beyond what is ordinarily expected of a member.
As well as being the stage director for both of the staged productions over the last 12 months, Helen wrote extra content for ‘The Evacuees’ and designed and made most of the costumes for ‘Spamalot’. She also did much of the publicity, design, membership admin and was Chair of the committee.

Thank you for all your hard work Helen.

Rising Stars Awards Winners – Most Improved Members

The first two awards are for the Most Improved Members.

It was very obvious to us right from the start that being in Rising Stars was more than just singing, dancing and putting on a show. We noticed that members grew in confidence, made new friends and developed all sorts of essential life skills, such as teamwork, interpersonal skills and management.

The Most Improved Member award is not given to the most talented cast member – although many of our previous winners have developed into great performers and taken principal roles. The award is given to the member who has shown the most improvement in some aspect of their performance skills or personality in the previous 12 months as a direct result of their involvement with Rising Stars.

There are two awards in this category – Under 13 Years & 13 years and over.

Most Improved Member – Under 13 years


When Emily joined Rising Stars last year, she was very shy and nervous and was most comfortable when melting into the background. Over the last 12 months, we have had great pleasure in watching her grow in both confidence and ability. She has become a confident performer with an assured stage presence and always happy to assist the younger members. Her enjoyment and commitment to rehearsals was self-evident – even attending choreography rehearsals on crutches.

Congratulations Emily. We look forward to seeing you perform in many more shows with us.

Most Improved Member – 13 years and over


Rose joined Rising Stars in 2015 and has always been a talented performer with a sunny personality. However, Rose would be the first to admit that she wasn’t always 100% focussed and sometimes had a little daydream during rehearsals. Over the last 12 months, we have noticed a massive change in Rose’s concentration and maturity. The effort that she put into learning particularly difficult dialogue and dance routines was phenomenal. Determined to get things right, she would frequently practice (and encourage others to rehearse with her) during the breaks. On top of all that, she is still a very talented performer and a delight to have in the Rising Stars family.

Congratulations Rose. A very worthy winner.

10th Rising Stars Awards – Sunday 6th September

We are very excited to announce that the 10th Annual Rising Stars Awards will take place on Sunday 6th September.

Originally planned for the last night of our production of ‘Spamalot’ in March, the Awards were cancelled along with everything else. Due to the current guidelines preventing us all gathering in one place, Sunday’s rescheduled version has a theatrical twist.
We have asked all Rising Stars members to be at their home address between 2pm & 3pm and we will turn up on the doorsteps of the winners to present them with their award.
Everyone will be able to follow the presentations and join in the congratulations via posts to this page.
The shields have been engraved since March and we are very much looking forward to finally presenting them to the worthy winners.
Good luck everyone!
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