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 Tittle), Book of Willoughby (Winston Willoughby)
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
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' (Drunk), Me and Mama (Bill) 'Turn up for the book' (George) 'Spirit of Blythe Ave' (Dr. Bradley), Murder on the Cards (Norton) Norman has also taken part in variety shows singing.
Interesting In - Backstage, Acting, Playing Keyboards and Singing
Name - Ann Ellis
Member Since - 1996
Has been involved in amateur dramatics 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. In 2001 co-directed "Wanted One Body" Played Mum in "Happy Families" by John Godber.
Mavis, an eccentric 65 year old woman in "Love Begins at 50." Ann now lives in Birmingham, she is still involved with CATS having taken parts in "X Fact or Show.” Also Susan Davis in 'Fates's Thread. Madame Ariana in 'The Spirit of Blythe Avenue' Next show will be Checkout Girls to be performed this year.
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), Spirit of Blythe Avenue, Murder on the cards (Gloria), A Night at the movies. Terror on Mountain Mansion (Linda), Hercules (Lethal), Best of British (Host & Baby Spice),
Co-Directed Honk Jr.
Katy joined with a passion for acting and has since discovered hidden talents for singing, dancing and directing! Katy is also part of the Tech crew and the management team for CATS Juniors, she made her directing debut alongside Charlotte in HONK Jr.
Katy was elected on the board of CATS in 2018
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)