Too many seats? Not enough bums?

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The Community Centre has a number of excellent productions coming up in the next few weeks but is finding that ticket sales are a little bit slow. Are Tarvin residents being offered too much choice?

It seems ironic that the next Ashton Hayes Theatre Club production — May 9/11-13 — is about a fictional theatre group, Tarvin Thespians, and their attempts to get bums on seats. The way forward as envisaged in this comedy, is the offer more risqué shows. Ashton Hayes are an excellent group with a very loyal following and will play to well-deserved full houses, but will the other shows on offer be as popular?

On Friday April 21st the Cheshire Constabulary Brass Band and Corps of Drums will be in concert, raising money for Tarporley Hospital as well as for the Community Centre. This is a group of talented, award-winning and much travelled musicians who have a wide repertoire and there is nothing like the thrill of hearing live music, well performed. Tickets are only £10.00.

The children's show Sammy and the Snow Leopard on Saturday 22nd has a growing audience as parents in Tarvin do recognise the importance of live theatrical performances in this age of digital animation. The age range for this show is 5 — 10 and there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask Sammy questions afterwards. Ticket are £4/£6.

Our film shows have proved wildly popular with people of all ages and the decision to offer two Andre Rieu filmed concerts went down well. The ballet Romeo and Juliet is one if the most approachable in the classic repertoire and the performance by the Las Scala company has been widely praised. On Sunday May 21st you can have an opportunity to enjoy the filmed version of this most heart-rending of romances for just £10 a ticket.

On Friday May 26th it is the turn of adult audiences to enjoy professional theatre with the production of Lightning Under their Skirts. Written by Cheshire poet Joy Winkler, this is a story set at the time when the conformist 1950's was changing into the colourful 1960s. This is a time that many in the village will have lived through! Tickets are £10.

All tickets are available at the Post Office, on-line at www.ticketsource.co.uk and will be available on the door.

It's a very varied programme worthy of a much bigger venue and the Committee are hoping that, as sometimes happens, the audience will grow as the performance time gets closer. But if audiences remain small then there may have to be a re-think. The Committee enjoy the work of arranging all the shows but you, the community, must enjoy them in sufficient numbers as well for the work to be worthwhile.

Please do let the Community Centre Committee know your thoughts, either directly 01829 741962/740868/741468 or at the AGM on May 2nd.

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