The Ashbeian Musical Theatre Group is an amateur musical theatre group based in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, in the UK. The Society was formed in 1962 and has continued to perform musicals annually since that date. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in musical theatre, whether on or off stage, and our age range extends from 14 years to over 70.
We are an extremely happy and active group, with social events throughout the year, to keep us together as a team, and to supplement our costs. These events include trips to shows, bowling evenings, annual balls and trips to the pub of course!
The management of the Society is the responsibility of an Executive Committee elected annually by the Membership at our AGM in June. The Committee consists of Chair, Business Manager, Secretary, Treasurer and at least three other Ordinary Members who work together to ensure AMTG’s success both in terms of finances and our productions. The Committee also ensures regulatory and statutory requirements are adhered to, as set by the Charity Commission.
Our Honorary Patron is Sally-Ann Triplett who is always in demand for leading musical rôles in the West End and on Broadway. Sally-Ann has taken a very close interest in our Society since becoming our Patron in 2005, and has attended two of our productions, Oklahoma! and Hello, Dolly!. Sally-Ann always makes us very welcome when we go to see her in productions, and when she can’t be with us at ours, she sends video messages and has also been known to Skype us from the stage of Mamma Mia! on our opening night for our 50th Anniversary Concert!
AMTG has a fine reputation for presenting high quality productions that are “as near pro
fessional as can be done by an amateur group”. We have earned this reputation through the hard work and commitment of the acting members, stage crew, orchestra players, front of house team and specialist lighting, sound, staging and wardrobe companies.
We are fortunate that our President, Alan Hutchinson, is an experienced and accomplished Director and Musical Director who has supported us for many years. Alan is joined by our current Musical Director, Catherine Matthews, who is very highly regarded in her field, has worked in a teaching capacity for many years, and taken part in a multitude of musical productions.
Our minimum age for Members is 14, however we also invite younger Juniors to join us as guests for particular productions, for example The Sound of Music, Oliver! and Fiddler on the Roof. It is part of AMTG’s commitment to actively encourage, support and nurture young people who would like to pursue a career in performing arts.
We are proud that many of the younger Juniors are invited to stay for further productions, and this is due to their talent and commitment (and of course the commitment of their parents!).
We are also very proud of many of our Juniors who have moved on and gained places at prestigious stage and drama schools – an impressive number of them have begun careers in top theatres, including in the West End, both on and off stage.