The stage is set for a further vital cash boost for the Trinity Hospice Heroes appeal when a group of am-dram stalwarts stage a new production in Lytham next week.
The Centre Stage theatre company raised £1,750 for the cause backed by the Express when it staged Of Mice and Men – its first-ever performance for the general public – at Lowther Pavilion in February.
Now the company is back with a staging of Robert Harling’s play Steel Magnolias – and officials are eager to generate more charity cash.
Centre Stage was formed by Lynda Clarkson – long-time director of the Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts – and actor Chris Campbell, initially to stage productions for schools.
But its version of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men went down so well that it was decided to stage a version for the general public at Lowther – and donate profits to charity.
Hospice Heroes was chosen because it benefits youngsters at Brian House Hospice as well its sister establishment Trinity and the one-off show at Lowther generated £1,750.
“That was a wonderful total and we hope people will be generous again,” said Lynda. “There will be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and collection buckets at each performance and as long as we cover the costs, we are happy to donate profits from each performance.
“Trinity provides such a valuable service to people at a time when they need love and support and if we can help in any way we are more than proud to do so.”
Lisa Martin, Trinity’s community fund raiser, said: “Centre Stage have proved themselves to be true Hospice Heroes. This is a very talented theatre group and their generosity is much appreciated.”
The Hospice Heroes campaign aims to raise £200,000 towards £700,000 renovation works at the hospice.
Steel Magnolias is at Lowther from Thursday, May 1 to the following Saturday at 7.30pm each evening. Ticket details from (01253) 794221.