By Connie Osborne Friday 16 August 2013 Updated: 16/08 12:06
LIVE performances, story telling and puppeteers will mark a hundred years of the Palace Theatre.
The full day of festivities will celebrate the milestone on Saturday, September 7, in the town centre as well as the theatre on Alcester Street.
From 10am to 4pm musicians, magicians and more will be showcasing their talents in the theatre’s foyer and bar alongside an exhibition by Redditch History Society tracing the venue’s past upstairs.
The theatre will be decorated with centenary artworks by students from nearby NEW College.
Half hourly performances by Bread and Butter Street Theatre, Palace Youth Theatre and NEW College will take place outside St Stephen’s Church along with a pantomime fancy dress competition and live singing and arts and crafts.
The curtain will then fall on the celebrations in a one-off Centenary Celebration Show at the theatre presented by Don Maclean from television’s Crackerjack at 7.30pm.
Five local theatre companies will take starring roles in the musical revue spanning the theatre’s history from 1913 to 2013.
Councillor Phil Mould, who is responsible for leisure and tourism on Redditch Borough Council, said: “Make a day of it or dip in and out to suit you, just feel free to join us as we celebrate a hundred years of the Redditch Palace Theatre.
“Think of all the performances that this stage has seen and all the people that have taken part. These days about 10,000 people a year take part in putting on shows at the Palace, whether they’re set-building, making costumes, playing instruments or acting, and at least five times that many people come here to see the shows.
“ It has a huge footprint in the community.”
For more information visit www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk or call 01527 65203.
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