Meriel started the Community Theatre earlier this year and their first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lewes New School was a sell-out. Not only did the cast and crew have a blast, but they also raised £1000 for a charity close to Meriel’s heart. ‘In 2003 I worked as a teacher at a school for Tibetan refugees in southern India. They’ve hardly got any books, or any toys and the roof leaks. When I returned to the UK I was determined to help.’ Money raised from December’s production will also help Compassion in World Farming and Mind. ‘So often when you’re asked to do something for charity you have run for miles or abseil off a tall building, but this is a much more fun way of helping.’ It’s also incredibly sociable. ‘There are still plenty of people who took part in A Midsummer Night’s Dream who meet up and go to the pub regularly. It’s a wonderful way to meet new people.’
If you fancy a bit of oh-no-you-don’t-oh-yes-I-do action, the auditions will be held at Lewes New School on Friday between 7 and 9pm, and on Sunday between 2 and 5pm. ‘There’s a special session for the under fifteens between 2 and 3 on the Sunday, so if the adults could hold off until 3.15pm on Sunday, that would be a big help.’ It would also help if you could phone in advance and let Meriel know you’ll be going so she has idea of numbers. You can reach her on 07946 488883 and 473647.
Dick Whittington will run for four performances at the Town Hall on the first weekend in December.

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Lewes New School
When? Friday 7-9pm, Sunday 2-5pm
How Much? Free
(t) 07946 488883 or 01273473647