Put yourself in the Spotlight at open day

You can take a tour of the Spotlight Theatre at its open day, seeing the dressing rooms where the actors get ready
You can take a tour of the Spotlight Theatre at its open day, seeing the dressing rooms where the actors get ready

Ever fancied starring on the stage? Or if you don’t have the confidence to tread the boards, how about working behind the scenes at a production.

Bridlington’s thriving Spotlight Theatre is opening its doors next month to showcase the different roles its volunteers carry out.

You don’t have to love the limelight to join the team, and members will be at the theatre in West Street betwen 10am and 3pm on Saturday, May 12, to chat about all the work that goes into staging shows.

Chairman Mike Sheldon said: “We are throwing open the doors to let you explore every bit of this busy working theatre.

“You can go backstage, see the dressing rooms and have a go at lighting, sound, stage management and more.

“Discuss with our directors your ambition to appear on stage, or would you like to assist in our props department or wardrobe?”

Other roles which might interest visitors include joining the front-of-house team or becoming a technician, operating East Yorkshire’s only wall-to-wall LED theatre screen.

The theatre’s youth section is also recruiting as it plans for its next big production.

Northern Lights Theatre Company is open to 14-to-21-year-olds and recently put on a very successful version of Cabaret.

Mike said: “The ambitious and creative directors are planning to produce the iconic musical Made in Dagenham in November this year.

“So, if you are aged between 14 and 21 years old and are into singing and acting, then this is a great opportunity to be to be part of this wonderful and lyrically funny musical about equal pay for women in the 70s at the Ford car company in Dagenham.”

NLT meets every Wednesday at the Spotlight Theatre from 7pm until 9pm, although it is closed next week.

Fees are normally £3 per rehearsal, but the directors are offering a free taster sessions on Wednesday, May 9.

Simply turn up at 7pm and ask for Emily or Jess, or visit the Northern Lights Theatre Company page on Facebook.

The new theatre group for younger actors has just finished its first run, but Catherine Terry, who led the workshops will be putting on An Evening With A West End Star this summer.

Catherine’s career has seen her appear in a number of big shows in London and she will accompanied by pianist Jay Taylor at the show on Friday, June 22. Tickets are £10 and are available via the Spa booking office.