A different kind of drama queen

When you call someone a ‘drama queen’, it’s pretty safe to say you’re not usually paying her a compliment.

But use the same two words to describe next week’s Girls Around Town guest and they take on a completely different meaning.

After teaching thousands of youngsters and with several plays and musicals to her name, there’s no doubt that Carolyn Drury is a leading contender for the title of the Drama Queen of Newark, where she’s lived and worked for most of her life.

She’ll be joining June and Rachel in the studio on Sunday morning to talk about a career that has spanned several decades. A career that, even at the age of 74, is far from over…

Tune or listen online between 10am and 12 noon to find out how Carolyn went from training as an actress herself to mentoring aspiring young performers through the NITS programme and what’s in the pipeline now she’s retired from teaching to concentrate on writing for the stage.

“Although I’ve always enjoyed writing, between working and bringing up my family I struggled to find the time,” she says. “But now I feel that this is my time at last.

“And I’ve no concerns about coming up with new ideas for material – my imagination is the only muscle that still works!”

The Jellicle Ball comes to Newark

It’s probably one of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s best known musicals – even if you haven’t seen  it, you’re sure to know the name and recognise some of the songs and images associated with CATS.

And if you’re a singer or a dancer, perhaps you’ve always aspired to be in a production of this iconic show…

Well, here’s your chance! It’s coming to town next spring and Newark Amateur Operatic Society is looking for talented performers to join the cast.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday, when choreographer and creative director Dean Skiba and musical director Rupert Trippett will be joining the Girls Around Town to talk about the story behind the show.

First staged in 1981 and based on T S Eliot‘s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, it tells the tale of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as ‘the Jellicle choice’…

Dean and Rupert will be sharing their plans for the NAOS production and there’ll be details too of how to book tickets for the performances, which take place from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 March at Newark’s Palace Theatre.

In the meantime, if you want to get involved – on stage or backstage – why not go along to the Launch Night at John Hunt Primary School at 7.30pm on Thursday 14 September?

Meet the team there, join in a sing-through of some of the songs and find out more about society membership and other events planned over the next two weeks, including the all-important auditions on Sunday 24 September.

Bag yourself a bargain with an annual pass…

civil war centreDid you know that, for less than the price of two Day Tickets, you can buy an Annual Pass that allows you into Newark’s number one visitor attraction as often as you want for 12 months?

The Girls Around Town didn’t, until Michael Constantine from the National Civil War Centre joined them in the studio for yesterday’s show…

Standard admission to the centre is currently £7 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for 5-16 year-olds, with accompanied under 5s admitted free. But pay just £11 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for 5-16s and you can return whenever you like for a WHOLE YEAR!

Open from 10am to 4pm seven days a week until the end of March 2016 (10am till 1pm on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, summer opening hours from 10am till 5pm), you’ll find the National Civil War Centre on Appletongate next to the one of the other jewels in Newark’s crown, the Palace Theatre.

Check out the website for the story behind the centre and all the latest news of what’s on offer. There’s even an app to download which lets you explore key sites along the National Civil War Trail and experience the dramatic stories of characters including Charles I and John Twentyman, a local eye-witness.

With new temporary exhibitions every few months, not to mention regular special events and activities, there’s always something different to see and do for all the family at the centre.

So why not take advantage of these fantastic value passes?