MEET OUR GROUP
Name - Gary Baker
Member Since - Founding Member 1996
Shows Involved in - Cinderella (Buttons), Wanted, One Body (Chauffeur), Love Begins at 50 (Clive), Terror on Mountain Mansion (Soccetti), One More Hit! (Henchman), Jack & the Beanstalk (Dame), Love Begins at 50 (Jack), X-Fact-Or Show (Comedian), Sleeping Beauty (Flora) Array of plays, 'Encounter at Beetham Tower' (Clarkie) 'Turn up for the book' (Terry)
Info - Gary is a founder member of CATS and has been performing since 1996. He has taken many roles over the years. Where Gary really excels is in his role of Stage Manager. He builds the sets for our shows usually on a tight budget together with his technical team they do an outstanding job.
Member since: June 2015
Name - Irene Hammond
Member Since - 2000
Shows Involved In - First show was "Wanted, One Body" and played the Cook. Has since played many roles in the various plays and Pantos, at several different venues.
Interested In - Acting
Other Info - Enjoyed acting at school. Joined CATS when she retired. Enjoys doing Panto and enjoys the social side of the group as well.
Name - Norman Hursthouse Jnr
Member Since - 2010
Shows Involved in - The witch who stole Xmas (Norman), Love Begins @ 50 (Henry), Cinders and Withington (Dandini), Sleeping Beauty (King) & Aladdin (Sultan) "Encounter at Beetham Tower' (Norman)
'Turn up for the book' (George) 'Spirit of Blythe Ave' (Dr. Bradley
Interesting In - Backstage, Acting, Playing Keyboards.
Name - Ann Ellis
Member Since - 1996
Has been involved in amateur acting since 1980 including many farcical plays, pantomime, monologues and community singing, as well as prompting and backstage support. She was presented with a Best Actress Award by the Manchester Federation of Amateur Dramatics in 1985 for playing Beth in "Dry Rot" and followed this up by taking a refresher college courses in drama.
Part of my acting experience has been involved with “Coronation Street” and “Linda Green” Starring Liza Tarbuck. In each of these programmes she was acting as an extra. In “Linda Green, especially, she played many different parts with different costumes.
Joined CATS when it was known as FAB in 1996 and played the part of Dandini, Principal Boy in Cinderella, then after a year or two with the Garrick, involved in backstage support roles, returned to CATS and was elected Secretary in 2000. Later in October played the part of Cook in "The Witching Hour."
Has since organised and made costumes for the Pantos, including "Snow White," at the end of 2000. In 2001 co-directed "Wanted One Body" and In 2002 appeared as Mum in "Happy Families" by John Godber.
In June 2003 she played the role of Mavis, an eccentric 65 year old woman in "Love Begins at 50." During the next CATS production, in our variety showcase she acted out a monologue, "Giving Notes" by Victoria Wood, followed by other shows acting out short farcical sketches. Ann has also appeared in “The Adventures of Mr Toad” in Birmingham, February 2014, taking part in the acting, singing and dancing.
Now, many years later, living in Birmingham she is still involved with CATS and has appeared in pantos, a murder mystery, and a play within a talent show which was called “The X Fact or Show.” She was Susan Davis in 'Fates's Thread.
She recently played Madame Ariana in 'The Spirit of Blythe Avenue'
Name: Katy Golds
Member since: 2015
Shows involved in: Me and mama (Chorus) Dick Whittington (Alice) The wizard of oz (Dorothy) An evening with CATS Juniors, Hard knock life (Mrs Pugh), Peter Panto (Smee), All Sorts, Cinderella (Buttons), Smalls Talk, Spirit of Blythe Avenue, Murder on the cards (Gloria), A Night at the movies.
Co-Directed Honk Jr.
Katy joined at the age of 15 with a passion for acting and has since discovered hidden talents for singing, dancing and directing! Katy has now joined the Tech crew and the volunteering team at CATS Juniors and has just directed her first show, HONK Jr alongside Charlotte. Katy is also a member of the CATS Board.
Name: Lee Owen
Member since: July 2017
Shows involved in: Anything goes, Murder on the cards (Inspector Gareth Trench)
Lee joined us in 2017 with an interest in joining the Tech crew and has taken on the role very well having recently staged managed his first show, "Honk Jr". He has also had a go at acting, too and is currently directing his first show, "Terror on mountain mansion."
Member since: 2016
Shows involved in - Peter Panto (Pirate), Cinderella (Town Crier)
Ann originally came to the group with her daughter Sarah, however has since taken part in acting too! Ann is also a volunteer at CATS Juniors and enjoys working backtage.
Name - Lucy Short
Shows Involved With - Sleeping Beauty - Array of plays - Aladdin (Jasmin) Fate's Thread (WPC Bayes)