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Talented young performers from Lichfield and Burntwood rehearsing for the Garrick’s 2017 community musical

Talented young performers from Lichfield and Burtnwood are getting ready to take centre stage in a new community musical.

The Lichfield Garrick will host The Dreaming, a musical version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummers Night’s Dream, from July 31 to August 5.

It follows the success of the theatre’s first community musical project The Hired Man in 2016.

More than 70 local performers are currently in rehearsals, including 16-year-old Lucy Mills who plays a woodlander and a waltzer in the show.

Lucy Mills

Lucy Mills

“I worked behind the scenes as the makeup/mud girl for The Hired Man and saw how amazing and successful the show was,” she said. “This gave me the confidence to take part in the Lichfield Garrick’s acting youth theatre’s production of Cymbeline and once The Dreaming was announced, I really wanted to be involved in this as well.

“Acting has always been a hobby which I thoroughly enjoy and hope to continue with.”

Directed by the theatre’s artistic director Tim Ford, The Dreaming incorporates cast and crew members from all aspects of the local community who are offering their expertise in making this production, including West End and Broadway musical director, Angharad Sanders, and co-director Craig Sanders, who directed Crimes Against Christmas at the theatre last December.

Matthew Bishop

Matthew Bishop

Matthew Bishop, 16, from Burntwood will play a boy woodlander in the show. He said: “I love the opportunity to work alongside professionals who can help amateur actors discover their skills and to create an amazing piece of theatre for the audience to enjoy.

“I’m a massive fan of musicals, I know more than 30 off by heart and The Dreaming is one of my personal favourites.

“It’s going to be so much fun performing at the Garrick.”

Tickets start from £12.50 and can be booked by calling 01543 412121 or visiting

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  1. John Billings

    28th June, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Shame they’re trying to price local amateur theatre groups out of the Garrick with extortionate price rises.. all about the community right?

  2. Adam Elsdon

    29th June, 2017 at 9:44 am

    John, in fairness to the Garrick and the director Tim Ford this is a community project, no professionals here, just local amateurs that want to give theatre a go. “The Hired Man” last years community show was stunning, and very professional in its production, good on them for giving local people the opportunity to take part. I will be going again to see this years show, not previously much of a theatre goer, I am now hooked, having seen Hamelin ran by another local theatre group in Whittington, which if more people got the bug can only be good for all theatre groups surely?

  3. John Billings

    29th June, 2017 at 11:09 am

    No professionals in the amateur companies (such as Lichfield Operatic) either who have been hit by extortionate price rises (over doubling the price of theatre hire for a week for certain periods of the year). Given ticket prices are already pretty high for amateur shows (£20ish), you’d be looking at ticket prices of upwards of £35 just for these companies to make any profit, given associated production costs, scenery etc.

    Just smacks of double standards when they go on about being a “community theatre” and then their antics give the impression of being anything but!

  4. John Billings

    29th June, 2017 at 11:10 am

    NB, and they’d still be relying on selling 80% of the tickets to make a profit at those prices..

  5. Sue Woodward

    29th June, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    John, I’m Leader of the Opposition at LDC and am concerned to read your comments. Can you email me about this please and I’ll follow it up?