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.
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 - Lucy Short
Shows Involved With - Sleeping Beauty - Array of plays - Aladdin (Jasmin) Fate's Thread (WPC Bayes)
Name - Lauren Studders
Member Since - 2016
Shows Involved with 'A Turn Up for the Book', 'Peter Panto'
Joined CATS in Feb 2017
'Spirit of Blythe Avenue' (Ruth Clifton)
Also played 'Verionica' in 'The Spirit of Blythe Avenue'.