brick this Easter!
FOLLOW the yellow brick road to St Helens
Theatre Royal this Easter and find yourself transported to a magical
land somewhere over the rainbow... The Wizard of Oz, a
timeless story of young Dorothy, her loyal dog, Toto, and three
unusual friends in the Land of Oz, is set to grace stage at St
Helens Theatre Royal from Wednesday, 4 April to Monday, 9 April
2012, and is the go-to show for families this Easter. The
Regal Entertainment production is an enchanting recreation of the
much loved, heart-warming tale that the whole family will enjoy.
Click your heels together and join Dorothy; played by local actress
Leah Murphy (The Salon, Peter Pan, Aladdin) and Toto as they are
whisked away to the land of Oz and embark on an adventure with the
Scarecrow (Radio City 96.7’s Simon Greening), Tin Man and Lion to
journey through the magical land to meet the Wizard of Oz and obtain
their heart’s desires.
One day, a terrifying tornado hits Dorothy’s uncle’s
farm in Kansas that takes hold of Dorothy’s home depositing it in a
far away land, the Land of Oz in Munchkin Country. When the house
falls in OZ, it crushes the Wicked Witch of The East, killing her
and causing celebration across the land.
So begins Dorothy’s magical adventure through Oz. The Good Witch,
played by Radio City 96.7’s, Claire Simonson, comes to greet her and
gives her a pair of sparkly red shoes, once belonging to the Wicked
Witch of the East. The Good Witch also
tells her that she has to visit the Wizard of Oz who lives in
Emerald City if they want to return home. Emerald City lies at the
other end of 'the yellow brick road'.
The path of the yellow brick road is not always smooth, however, and
the friends must watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West who has
her eye on Dorothy and her special red shoes...
Radio City 98.7 DJ, Simon Greening said:- "The
Wizard of Oz is a classic story, and one that generations of
families have enjoyed over the years. To be involved in this
fantastic production at St Helens Theatre Royal is a real pleasure;
I’ve always loved the story and can’t wait to take to the stage in
Chantelle Nolan, Theatre Manager at St Helens Theatre Royal and the
show’s director, comments:- "We’re delighted to present The
Wizard of Oz at St Helens Theatre Royal this Easter; it’s the
perfect show for the whole family to rediscover the magic of the
yellow brick road. A talented group of local youngsters will take on
the roles of the friendly Munchkins, and a fantastic supporting cast
performing songs that have stood the test of time."
For more information and to book tickets go to the Theatre Royal's
O'Brien joins the Vikings On Loan
WARRINGTON Wolves’ Gareth O'Brien will join
Widnes Vikings on a month's loan with immediate effect.
Gareth, 20, is a product of the Warrington youth system and was
promoted to the first team training squad back in 2010. Having
excelled in the academy teams Gareth made his first-team debut last
season against Keighley Cougars in the Cup touching down for a try.
This was followed by a further 2 appearances against Castleford
Tigers and Swinton Lions before his season was cut short through
injury. He was also Player of the Series in England Academy's
2 match win over the Australian Schoolboys in 2010. Vikings Head
Coach Denis Betts is delighted to welcome Gareth on board, adding:-
"Gareth is an exciting young talent who will add both depth
and quality to our squad. Given the consistent form of Lee Briers,
Richie Myler, Stefan Ratchford and Chris Bridge, he has found his
opportunities limited and I've no doubt he will relish the prospect
of playing regular first team rugby at the Vikings. On behalf of the
club, I'd personally like to thank the Chief Executive of Warrington
Wolves Andy Gatcliffe, plus their Head of Coaching and Rugby Tony
Smith and Director Simon Moran, for making this loan-deal possible."
Romeo and Juliet At Vue Southport
Photographer Dee Conway
VUE Southport will screen the Royal Ballet’s
romantic production of Romeo and Juliet, at 7.15pm on 22 March 2012,
recorded live from London’s Royal Opera House.
Romeo and Juliet tells the tragic story of 2 star crossed lovers
from Verona. Despite the wishes of their rival families, the couple
embark on a love affair as their relatives go to war. With the
realisation that their families will never accept them, the lovers
marry in secret, but are torn apart by a series of events, that
ultimately result in their deaths.
With choreography based around Shakespeare’s famous
play, the full Company of The Royal Ballet perform in rich period
costumes, drawing audiences into the intense drama of this ballet
classic. The powerful sound of Prokofiev’s haunting music is
captured on Vue Southport’s Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound to
ensure the best audio experience. Moreover, the dancers and the
beautiful Elizabethan stage design are recorded from various points
across the auditorium and broadcasted on a High Definition screen,
giving cinema-goers the best seats in the house.
Mark De Quervain, Sales and Marketing Director of Vue
Entertainment, comments:- "Romeo and Juliet gives cinema-goers
a unique opportunity to experience one of the most enduring and
romantically tragic tales of all time. This revival offers romance
as well as action-packed encounters in crystal-clear, high
definition, making it a must-see for all newcomers and ballet fans
alike. The creative sets and powerful soundtrack are also showcased
at their best, giving cinema goers a fantastic experience of this
epic love story. Having previously screened performances such as The
Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Il Trittico, we are very excited to
bring this classic, romantic production to Vue Southport, having
already wowed audiences for more than 40 years on the stage, we are
sure it will be a crowd-pleaser."
Tickets to the performance of Romeo and Juliet cost £15 and can be
Local law firm opens new office
with super bike champion
LEGAL firm Fletchers has revved into its new
offices in Southport, thanks to the help of British SuperBikes
champion Tommy Hill. Fletchers has seen its 100 staff members
come under one roof at Dukes House after previously been based at
various offices around the area. The firm invited Hill, who the
company sponsored when he was first setting out in the world of
SuperBikes in 2003, to officially open its new home.
Reigning BSB champ Hill, who has just turned 27, will be only too
aware of the importance of firms like Fletchers who specialise in
insurance claims for personal injuries. Hill’s early racing life
included a near-fatal moto-cross accident in which he lost a kidney
and his spleen.
Fletchers’ director, Ed Fletcher, who himself is confined to a
wheelchair because of a motorbike accident ten years ago which
ruptured his spine, said:- "Biking has long been this firm’s
passion and mean area of work and we have been specialising in
motorcycle claims for the last 25 years and have worked with a
number of the largest motorcycle insurers in the UK. We were
delighted that Tommy agreed to come and open our new offices."
Hill said:- "I have known Fletchers since the beginning of my
career and they have supported me through what can be a difficult
sport to get into. The new offices look fantastic and I’m so proud
of what Fletchers have achieved. There are more people on bikes now
than ever before and I am so pleased to see Fletchers succeed and
provide a much-needed service. They have helped me and I am so
pleased that we have grown together."
Fletchers initially got involved with supporting Hill because of the
company’s own Julia Eyton, a bike fan herself, who was impressed
with the then young wannabe bike champ when she first met him ten