Theatre to host grand charity gala

Derby Theatre and BBC Radio Derby presenter Andy Potter will play host to Limelight, a grand charity gala, a prestigious evening of variety, performance and entertainment to raise funds for Plus One and the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre on November 6.

Performing at this prestigious event will be: Derwent Brass Band, a widely popular, entertaining and award-winning ‘Championship Section’ musical ensemble; Dale Diva, an exciting, award-winning four-part harmony womens’ chorus, renowned for sharing their love of singing anytime, anywhere; Emily-May Stephenson, star of West End Musical Matilda and Esme Sears, a Derby-based actor and singer who appeared in A Christmas Carol and starred in Cinderella at Derby Theatre.

You will also be able to see performances by Creatio, producers of a broad variety of high-end musical theatre performances across the Midlands; Lynne and Mojo, a performing poodle and his owner who have performed all over the country, including Crufts and on TV’s This Morning; Arabella Heap, a 17-year-old singer and guitarist from Repton; Kazz, a 13-year-old dancer from the region who specialises in contortion and acrobatic dance; Josh Kemp, a songwriter, actor and composer from the East Midlands; BA Dance Performance Group from the University of Derby based at Déda in Derby; Rose Huyton, a jazz and musical theatre singer; Tianya Stobbs, a contemporary dancer; Molly Enright & Caitlin Higgins, a multi-gold medal winning acrobatic duo, Courtney May Truswell, a young singer from the region; Isaac Cheale, a slight-of-hand magician; Juan Carlos, a comedy fire performer from Chango Fuego and Imogen and Florence Hunt with Emma Cook, a musical theatre trio.

Caroline Barth, the theatre’s head of learning,  said: “Limelight is going to be a night of true sparkling variety, showing off the region’s immense performance talents on the main stage at Derby Theatre. More importantly, it’s a chance for the people of Derby to really get behind these two charities and help to change the lives of the children and young people most in need in our community. Let’s do them proud, Derby!”

Keith Loring, of Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, said: “This is certain to be a highly entertaining evening, showcasing the very best talent in Derbyshire, we are delighted to have teamed up with Derby Theatre and Plus One to put on the show.

“As we approach the end of our 125thanniversary year, it is only right that we celebrate the achievements of the past by highlighting the talent of the future.”

Plus One is a scheme, a partnership between some of the main arts organisations in the city, Derby Theatre, QUAD, Déda and Baby People, which provides young people in care and care leavers with free arts experiences in the city and the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre in Skegness provides residential holidays for children from across the county who need respite from the stress and difficulties they encounter within their daily lives.

Limelight will be a special red carpet gala event that will include canapés and a drink on arrival in the ticket price of £25, concessions £20. For groups of ten or more tickets are £18 per person (£15 for concessions).

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