Stage set for Christmas

Members of the cast of in St Annes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society's production of " Gipsey Love" at the Pier Pavilion.'Dated 18/05/1956'Published LSE 25/05/1956
Members of the cast of in St Annes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society's production of " Gipsey Love" at the Pier Pavilion.'Dated 18/05/1956'Published LSE 25/05/1956
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CHRISTMAS is around the corner.

And it’s a time when amateur dramatic groups gear up to entertain.

So what better time for a fond look back at some of the Fylde coast groups and societies, who enjoyed treading the boards in the 1950s?

There was plenty of greasepaint and garish costumes, starting with The Vagabond King, presented by the Lytham Amateur Operatic Society at the Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, in 1951.

It is the only one of our pictures to have a caption intact and the principals are (from left) Renee Heyes, Nancy Stevens, John Haigh, Albert Auty, Pamela Forrest and Walter Snalam.

Some eye-catching head dresses are a giveaway that St Annes Operatic and Dramatic Society was prepared to stage Desert Song, while a group which has long since disappeared, the Lytham St Annes Garrick Society, is pictured in readiness for the production When We Are Married

Meanwhile, frilly frocks were to the fore in a line-up of 12 young ladies in the cast of St Annes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s production of Gipsy Love, at St Annes Pier Pavilion.

Finally, there’s some Chinese characters in a Lytham Operatic production of Viktoria and Her Hussar, from April, 1956.