Denton Variety Club & The Rising Stars
We are a village based group going back to the Second World War and earlier as a concert party, but launched in our present format some 30 years ago. Ever since then there has been at least one production a year.
The normal pattern is for a show for adults (though younger members normally join in as well) which spans three nights in mid-February, half-term week. Typically it is a pantomime but reviews have also been staged. Rehearsals begin after Christmas and a great deal of fun is had by all. In recent years performances have been recorded and a DVD produced for purchase by members of the cast etc.
In addition a production for younger people, the “Rising Stars”, is usually staged in the autumn.
The “D.V.C.”, as it is called, is held together by a small committee who meet two or three times during the year. The AGM is normally held in April at which everyone interested in being on-stage or assist the vital backstage crew, is welcome. Also watch out for posters around the village and in the parish magazine. “Don’t worry about stage fright — come along for a really good time.”
The junior section is for young people up to the age of 16. It was set up to encourage children of any age to take an interest in drama and music. All Denton children are welcome, and parents are encouraged to become involved.
Details of all productions and other activities appear in the Parish News and on this website.
- Chair – Mike Fitzgerald
- Vice-Chair – Helen Sida-Page
- Secretary – Denise Grant, 01508 482598
- Treasurer – Richard Carden
Last year's AGM was held on Sunday 10th June.
An original "panto" production, of "Cyder with Bertie", was performed on February 21st - 23rd.
A review etc. is now available in our History Section.
The Rising Stars have been re-launched with a slightly different format from the past; hopefully more convenient for families.
The Club meets on Sunday afternoons at Denton Village Hall from 3.00 - 4.15. These sessions are organised in "terms" of 5 or 6 weeks followed by a break of 2 or 3 weeks.
The current term runs from Sunday 3rd March to Sunday 24th March plus, missing out the 31st March for Mothering Sunday, the 7th April.
The Stars performed "A Round Tower in a Square Hole" (Or was it "A Square Tower in a Round Hole"?) at St Mary's Open Day on Wednesday 24th October.
More recently they performed a Nativity Play at the Chapel on Sunday 23rd December.
The age range for the group is broadly 3 - 11 years but older or younger children may attend by negotiation. Under 7s must be accompanied by an adult.
This is not an open drama club; there is no charge to those attending but parental support is expected. Any child with connections to Denton may attend.
The Club in action!
Further information on all previous productions, including cast lists etc., appear in our DVC History Section.