Journey to the magic forest with Carleton Theatre Group on their 70th birthday.

Midsummer celebration of theatre group's anniversary

Ponte play people are still going strong as they hit three score years and ten

Generations of amateur thespians have trod the boards with Carleton Theatre Group, which this years is delighted to be celebrating its 70th anniversary.

The Pontefract company will be marking the milestone by staging three production during 2016, the highlight of which will be A Midsummer Night's Dream on 22 to 25 June. The season opens with John Godber's Muddy Cows (9–13 March) and the third play will take place from 29 September to 2 October. The venue for all productions is Carleton Grange Community Centre, Carleton Road.

For the first three years of its existence, the group staged simple one-act plays, with 1949 seeing the first full-scale production, Terence Rattigan's A Quiet Wedding. Since then, two or three plays have typically featured each year, with lots of classic 'am-dram' comedies by the likes of Alan Ayckbourn and J B Priestley plus more serious subject matter and many plays by newer writers. But no Shakespeare until this year…

An invitation is being extended to all past members to join their current counterparts at some point during the anniversary season – and, as ever, new members (aged 18 and above) are always welcome, whether they've a yearning to be on stage or would like to be involved in any other way. If you're interested, give Brenda Smith a ring on 01977 700052; alternatively, contact the group via its website – – or Facebook page – Carleton Theatre Group. Rehearsals usually take place on Mondays and Wednesday evenings at the community centre.

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