The Chaddeans - Poulton-le-Fylde church musical theatre group celebrate 40 years

The Hooray for Hollywood cast in a Fiddler on the Roof medley

The Hooray for Hollywood cast in a Fiddler on the Roof medley - Credit: Archant

A musical theatre group opens up its scrapbook for readers after 40 years of fun. David Upton reports

A show that has been 40 years in the making marked a special anniversary for a church musical theatre group in Poulton-le-Fylde.

The Chaddeans celebrated their founding – in 1973 – with a production called Hooray for Hollywood, that included excerpts from shows down the years, and featured several of their long-standing members either on stage or as special guests.

It was a sell-out success every night and also raised funds for the church hall in which they perform.

The Chaddeans are part of the ancient parish church of Poulton-le-Fylde, and were brought together from several concert parties that performed in various church organisations.

Fun, fellowship and friendship have been their guiding principles, and with a cast for this latest performance ranging in age from three to 80-plus they stick to that script.

Director Sara Mills, a former professional dancer, again brought her skills to bear with a fast-moving show featuring scores of song and dance performances from the movies.

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Chairman Wendy Barnes calculates that with more than 60 shows down the years the Chaddeans have raised thousands for charities ranging from a local scanner fund to national appeals for the Japanese tsunami victims and Help For Heroes.

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