The West End Players of Southport are the resort’s last remaining church hall drama group and have presented plays, musicals and revues continuously for the last 38 years.
Many thespians who started out with the WEP’S have gone on to become professional actors and singers. Others, who joined as children, still perform in different amateur societies all over the country.
The WEP’S formed in 1976, a merger between The Guild Players and the dramatic society belonging to the old Duke Street Methodist Church.
Diana Draper has been a member since 1976 and it is she, along with another long-standing member, Wendy Aspin, who will produce and directing the company’s pantomime this year, ‘Beauty and The Beast.
“We are excited to have lots of new members who have joined the society in the past year,’ said Diana, right.
“Many are making their debut in our panto. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a true, old-fashioned family show with all the usual comedy sketches, dance routines by the children and lots of popular songs.”
Adele O’Neill plays Beauty and Neil Spruce is Beast. The Prince is Kay Billingsley, and Jenny Robson makes her debut as Capucine. Musical Director, Margaret Prew, provides piano accompaniment and choreography is by Chloe Ackers.
Beauty and the Beast is at Lord Street West Church Hall, Duke Street on Fri and Sat Jan 30 and 31 and Fri & Sat Feb 6 and 7. Evening performances at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees 2.15pm. Tickets: Adults £5, Children £2.50, Family Ticket for four £12.