Contributing directly with staging the Theatre’s major summer productions, the students thoroughly enjoy being part of a dynamic theatre company. Once a member of the wider Westacre family, always a member. As in all families, the offspring never quite go away. So, the response to Sadie’s call-out was heart-warming. With a ready willingness, many familiar faces will present their party-pieces.
Among them is Rachel Cummings who opens the run on December 1st with “Music on a Christmas Morning” by Anne Bronte. Last seen at Westacre in the hilarious The 39 Steps, her encore on December 13th is in very different vein – “Christmas in the Crescent” by Victoria Wood.
Chris Dobson was one of the original students on the Bursary Scheme in 2006-7 and has been acting for 13 years. His excerpt from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” by Dr Suess will be on December 6th. “My residency at Westacre gave me practical training I would never have received anywhere else” admits a very grateful Chris who favourite work now is on puppetry tours for children in association with the BBC.
A 2018 student, Jazz Long performed in “Oh! What a Lovely War”. On December 17th she will tell you all about “Christmas Dinner (and the Worm)”.
On December 20th, 2007-8 student Laura Kate Nice will bring you an excerpt from the much loved “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. She has worked on a wide variety of productions and media including appearances in the TV series “Call The Midwife”.
This year was to have seen great celebrations at the Theatre to mark its 30th anniversary. “Inevitably all the special events were put on hold along with the Bursary Scheme too”, lamented Sadie Grist. “So plans are now afoot for an even bigger year in 2021; we hope you will join us”. Follow them on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/westacretheatre/ and keep an eye on the website as well www.westacretheatre.com