AN AMATEUR theatre group is making some exciting changes with the introduction of a new website and a new youth section.
Cheadle Amateur Theatrical Society (C.A.T.S.) have launched a brand new website which has brought the company well and truly into the twenty first century.
The website had slowly been updated over the last two years with the help from Walt at Cheadle U3A.
New member to C.A.T.S, Stephen Leake has now totally updated the website. Working on his years of expertise in design and branding, Stephen has designed a new C.AT.S. Logo and given C.A.T.S. a brand new branding image.
A new sleeker version of the cat has been introduced as well as the comedy and tragedy masks.
C.A.T.S. member Carolyn Wood said: "It is hoped, for the pantomime in February, patrons will be able to purchase tickets online for the first time.
"This will bring in an audience from further afield as usually most of the tickets are bought from local shops.
"The new website is easier to navigate and over the next few months more photos of forthcoming and previous productions will be added."
C.A.T.S. is keen to hear from anyone who has any photos or memories of C.A.T.S. or the Carlos Players - as the Society used to be known.
Next year will be the 40th anniversary of C.A.T.S. although the Carlos Players has been putting on plays in Cheadle since the 1930's.
Carolyn added: "We are also excited about introducing 'C.A.T.S. Youth' a section for 11 to 25 year olds.
"The committee was mindful that there were limited opportunities for younger members from one pantomime to the next.
"C.A.T.S. Youth will be self supporting and self funded and will be bidding for various grants and raising funds to put on productions.
"The first production will be The Railway Children the Musical adapted from the novel of E. Nesbit by Robert Willis and Philip Lawson.
"The musical, although with backing tracks rather than a full orchestra, will be performed at The Cheadle Community Theatre on December 20 and 22."
Casting for The Railway Children - The Musical, is underway and rehearsals will be starting soon.
Director, Alan Price said: "Members of C.A.T.S.
Youth will be involved in all aspects of theatre, not just acting.
"The group will be self supporting and will learn fully and adapt to everything involved in putting on a production. This will include, prompting, designing and making scenery and props, costumes and publicity."
Meanwhile rehearsals are now underway for C.A.T.S. October production. This year C.A.T.S. is performing two contrasting plays. The first is C.A.T.S award winning production of 'Ripe for Conversion' by Jean McConnell directed by Marge Stanley. The play is an atmospheric drama set in peacetime France, this is one of Marge's favourite plays and she is looking forward to bringing it to Cheadle.
The second play is a comedy 'Between Mouthfuls' by Alan Ackbourn. Directed by new member, and experienced director Keith Steventon the comedy is set in a hotel restaurant and follows two couples on adjoining tables. All is not what it seems and the audience only hears what the waiter hears when he is within earshot of one of the two tables. This result is a lot of misunderstanding and lots of fun for the audience.
Ripe for Conversion and Between Mouthfuls will run at The Cheadle Academy from Wednesday, October 30 until Saturday, November 2 at 7.45pm. Tickets will be available soon from outlets in Cheadle prices at £7 adults and £5 concessions. For further information visit the new C.A.T.S. website at www.cheadlecats.org.uk or call the secretary Jenny Price on 01538 751173.