A new future for the Lichfield Mysteries has been mapped out.
The event, which has been a part of the community life of the city since 1994, has taken on a new lease of life following the appeal for assistance earlier this year.
Students from local schools and a college are now scheduled to perform five plays from the full cycle of 27 medieval mystery plays at the first Lichfield Mysteries Festival.
The event is being planned by Lichfield Mysteries Community Arts (LMCA), the registered charity responsible for organising and assisting the groups producing the plays.
Taking part are:
- Lichfield Cathedral School
- The Friary School
- King Edward VI School
- Nether Stowe School
- South Staffordshire College.
Each of the participating schools will receive £500 to assist in their productions.
LMCA Chairman Rick Hill said: “This has been a wonderful response to our recent call to action.
“Support was badly needed following the lack of funding for the arts by national and local government in recent years.
“We are delighted to have these schools on board and we hope that this festival will become an annual community tradition.”
As well as presenting the plays selected for performance at the festival, each establishment will be staging a number of the other pieces as individual events at their own school or college.
Helen Thom of South Staffordshire College said: “We are delighted to be involved in this initiative, which will ensure the continuing legacy of the Lichfield Mystery Plays.
“The students will produce a showcase of five plays at the Lichfield Garrick in January, and we are looking forward to performing in the Mysteries’ Festival alongside the schools in February.”
The event will take place on February 9, 2019.