Trinity Players Amateur Dramatics Group were formed at Trinity church hall, Hinckley in 1989. Our first production staged was a comedy called " Here we come gathering".
30 years on and our family friendly group has gone from strength to strength, still incorporating original members, their children and grandchildren as well as many new faces along the way.
We perform two productions a year, with our adult members staring in our April play and cast members of all ages appearing in our pantomime in December, much to the joy of all involved.
Rehearsals are held on saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, and everyone is welcome to come along to join us.
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A purr-fect pre-Christmas treat was served up by the Trinity Players, with their fun-filled presentation of Puss In Boots last week. The award-winning group were once again on top form as they brought this perennial favourite to the Holy Trinity church hall stage.
They say there's 'nothing like-a-dame' and Sefton Winslade, as the widowed Wendy Miller certainly ensured his performance was unforgetable. His saucy innuendos and inter-play with fellow actors and audience alike, was spot on and he was perfectly aided and abetted by young comic duo Matthew Smith (Baz) and Travis Merry (Gaz). These two youngsters have come on in leaps and bounds and this year hit even greater heights. They really had the crowd with them as they were whooped and roared onto the stage with every entrance, in true panto style.
Jasmine Merry as Peter Miller, the son who is left Puss in his father's will, gave a very assured performance, way beyond her years, displaying a fine singing voice and acting ability, while Grace Conant as Puss, conveyed the ideal feline touches, as she helped her master on his quest to win the princesses' heart. Kayleigh Brown as the princess was ideal for this role, with a fine voice and acting skills to match.
Ruling over proceedings was Bruce Grant, as a very comical King Ferdinand, who was kept in constant check by the cash conscious Queen Avarice (Fiona Gurney). And I loved their 'Money' routine to illustrate that point!
Of course, panto kingdom has to have a baddie! In this case it was the evil ogre Grumbleguts; and Christian Badcoe certainly relished his role and literally squeezed it for all it was worth. A great performance once again for one so young.
While Janine Conant as a foghorn like Major Jump made not just the king and queen stand up and take notice, but everyone else in the hall too!
Two very funny sequences were when Wendy Miller and a hilarious cameo by Sally Whiston as an itallian chef were involved in a slapstick routine in the kitchen. And towards the end, when an actor revealed what she would be if not in the panto. Then followed a routine with other cast members singing 'If I Was Not Upon The Stage' with some hilarious results.
Last year's panto won the Players numerous Pantomime Alliance of Leicestershire awards including the prestigious best panto prize. And once again, under the direction of Andy Johnson and backed by a very youthful chorus, this proved another top notch winner with the capacity audiences.
A night of murder, mayhem and laughs were the perfect ingrediants for a packed night of entertainment, as Hinckley's Trinity Players celebrated their 30th anniversary in style, writes Tony Parratt. The award-winning group, whose ages range from six to 76, hosted a fun packed revue, with various sketches and playlets illustrating their talents. Deftly compared by Andy Johnson, it was introduced by its founder Linda Smith, who welcomed the packed Trinity Hall. She then went on to feature in "The Art Gallery". Where she led her friend around and commentated on the paintings.But when people wandered into her space, they assumed she was the official guide and took her every comment as expertly based. And as they left, they even left her a healthy tip! But not before several comic moments and exchanges had taken place. Next up was a mini panto, Oh yes it was in flaming June! This was performed by the younger players in Red Hot Cinders, which was a mini version with wicked step sisters and Prince Charming in tow, The audience responded with all the oohs and aaahs and urged along the narrator, who speeded up the action, it proved a real winner. the main event was a three-part murder mystery "Who Killed the Pop Star"? This was set in the mid-80's during the glamour pop period, with twin brothers staring in the hit group Wha-hey! One was talented and moody, who wrote all the songs, while his sibling was good looking, dynamic, charming, but lacking in intelligence and creative abilities. Over a period of time , we meet managers, ex teachers, disgruntled singers who claim they have been ripped off and ex-girlfriends all with an axe to grind. And when Derek Thompson, the creative part of the group is found mauled to death by a tiger in his recording studio, the audience and Detective Leather (Liz Haigh), are left to find the murderer who set the beast free. Needless to say, several clues were missed by most of us, but it was a fascinating riddle well written and acted. Another original and highly entertaining item was "D is for Murder" where every word started with the letter D and was very reminiscent of one of the old Two Ronnies sketches. Along with some well-chosen songs, this celebratory revue demonstrated the whole spectrum of the Players abilities which gave it a lovely community feel, where all ages revelled in a night of good old-fashioned fun.