Cinderella and other Christmas events taking place in Sutton Coldfield


Nate Wallace and Jessica Neill, both seated, and the other members of the juvenile ensemble, eagerly await their performances in Cinderella at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

The seven-piece cast, led by Colin Blumenau of The Production Exchange, will be joined by an ensemble of 14 young local performers, chosen through auditions in September.

The shows, starting December 7, will include morning performances ideal for senior groups, educational groups and home-schooled children, as well as public performances on weekends and during the holidays.

Staff Creative Coordinator Hannah Matthews worked with BMet students, the UP creative community, and local manufacturers to create Russian wardrobes for the bar. Local arts and crafts volunteers who wish to help create and install the decor for the front of the house should contact Hannah @ suttoncold fieldtownhall.com

Producers The Production Exchange selected 14 young local singers / dancers / actors to support the seven professional adult actors.

Although some of the young performers have appeared there in pantos in previous years, additional talent has appeared in recent auditions, with new faces, boys and girls, appearing on two teams in alternate performances.

Among the adult cast announcements are Elizabeth Robin as the title role, Annabelle Brown as the Fairy Godmother, Ben Pullman as Gretchen, the Ugly Sister, and Anna Tolputt as Grimallova the Evil Mother-in-Law.

Back by popular demand, Matthew Bugg as Ugly Sister Griselda and Ben Boskovic as Prince Charming. Birmingham-based CiCi Howells will perform at Buttons, having performed in the venue in early 2020 as the lead singer on the ‘Singalong Power Rock’ show.

Tickets are available through www.suttoncoldfieldtownhall.com or by calling the box office on 0121 296 9543.

CHRISTMAS TO HOLY TRINIDAD

At Holy Trinity Parish Church in Sutton Coldfield, Christmas preparations take place throughout the month of December.

While Covid is still around, they will try to have all of their usual seasonal services.

There are plenty to choose from, including Christingle at 4 p.m. on Sunday December 5th, doing Christingles and supporting the Children’s Society

A toy service will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday 12 December, collecting toys for the Birmingham Community Children’s Center

Blue Christmas is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 12 – a time to think about for people who find Christmas celebrations difficult.

Candlelight carols will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday December 19 with Christmas carols and lessons, tarts and mulled wine.

A cr̬che service will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve Рthe story of the nursery in half an hour for children of all ages.

And a midnight communion is at 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve – a celebration that Christmas is here.

ST JEAN CHURCH IN WALMLEY

St John’s Church in Walmley has a host of festive events planned for the coming weeks.

A Christmas coffee morning will take place on Saturday December 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with free stands and crafts for children.

The next day, the church at Walmley Road will hold its morning worship service at 10 a.m., which will include a toy service.

At 4 p.m. on Sunday December 12, the church will host a Messy Christingle at Minworth Junior and Infant School.

It will be followed by a “Quiet Christmas”, which will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday December 15th.

The church will also be holding a candlelight service on Sunday, December 19. The service will take place from 5 p.m.

A crèche service will take place on Christmas Eve from 4 p.m., while Holy Communion will take place on Christmas Day from 10 a.m.

UNITED REFORMED CHURCH OF WYLDE GREEN

Christmas fun comes to Wylde Green United Reformed Church with a plethora of activities.

The Enigma Brass Band Ensemble will perform at church on Sunday, starting at 7 p.m.

On December 5, there will be a silent film, accompanied by an organist, starting at 6 p.m.

And, on December 11, there will be a Christmas fair, starting at 11 a.m., with Christmas carols and fireworks that will take place at 6 p.m. on December 12.

On December 19 there will be a Christmas carol service at 6.30 p.m. while on Christmas Eve there will be a service for young children at 4.30 p.m.

The midnight communion will take place from 11:30 p.m. while there will also be a service on Christmas Day at 10 a.m.

The church is based at Britwell Road and also hosts a festive event during the summer.

Reverend Chris Dowd has said it is time to put a smile on people’s faces after the challenges of the lockdown.


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