TO EMBRACE the reopening of Merlin’s fabulously refurbished Regal Theatre, Redruth, the Don’t Stop Believing Entertainment Group will take to the stage on Saturday to host a charitable musical extravaganza entitled Musicality 2013: The Regal Years.
Founded by musician and performer Claire-Louise Auguste from Porthleven in the summer of 2011, the Don’t Stop Believing Entertainment Group (DSB) was formed with two very heartfelt objectives – to keep live music and theatre alive in the county while helping others.
“I wanted to create a performance environment that would encourage and provide a platform for all ages, talents and interests in the arts. While I personally continue to develop and improve my own skills I love to be able to collaboratively share these with my friends that have supported me along the way.
“Having recently undertaken my first West End ‘gig’ in London’s Soho I am so proud to have DSB making their Cornish ‘West End’ debut at the Regal Theatre. Who knows what could happen to this group of talented performers, they are all fantastic. It’s so exciting working with them,” said the 21-year-old performer.
About to embark on the final year of her music performance degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, Claire-Louise is dedicating her university break to raising money for charity.
To date, DSB has raised well over £5,000 for a selection of charities. The chosen charities for this year’s summer production are Children’s Hospice South West, CLIC Sargent and the Phoenix Stroke Appeal.
She added: “I am so thrilled to announce an additional attraction this year of some of my London friends who have joined together especially for the occasion in the form of the Regal Years Orchestra, featuring some of the city’s most up-and-coming big band and West End musicians. They are led by trumpet player and Count Basie Big Band specialist, Stuart Fowler. Combined with over 50 voices and 16 musicians on stage, you’re certainly in for a treat.”
Among the shows featured in the production are The Sound Of Music, Les Miserables, Copacabana, We Will Rock You, Matilda, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, not to forget some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest hits.
Ticket prices: adults £10, under-18s £7.50, box seat £15, family ticket (two adults, two children) £25 (not including boxes). Call the box office on 01209 216278.