‘Christmas at the Wellesley 2018’ filled the theatre and delighted audiences for the second successive year on Sunday 2nd December.
The show featured no fewer than sixteen performing arts’ groups from the Wellington area, including Genesis Youth Theatre, Stage Right, Wellington Pantomime Group, Wellington Operatic Society, Wellington Choral Society and the Saxttets saxophone group and individual singers and performers from Wellington Arts Society. Wellington Silver Band led the community carol singing and the grand finale of the evening involved everyone, on and off stage, singing ‘I Saw Three Ships’ to an arrangement of the carol written by the late composer John Gardner as a Christmas card for the organiser, Nancy Powell Brace’s father in the 1960s.
Nancy Powell-Brace, co-owner of Odette’s tea room in High Street, presented the event as a successor to last year’s sell-out show. Proceeds from the evening went to providing Christmas trees for Wellington town centre and the remainder to Wellington Carnival.
Nancy secured sponsorship from Merlin Cinemas, estate agent Wilkie, May & Tuckwood and Carly Press to stage the event.
Photographs courtesy of Andy Jones, Shooting Pixels
Nancy added this postscript to the show: “We have lost Wilkie, May and Tuckwood as asponsor as they are committed to sponsoring the pantomime. This means that I am looking for a sponsor – just to the tune of about £200 to help pay for the programs which are given out for free. If any local business would be interested in taking up this slot please get in touch with me at Odette’s Tearoom. It is a wonderful opportunity for a local business to sponsor a local event from which all proceeds go into something local.
“And… just to announce that we will be back next year on December 1st 2019 and it will be a matinee performnce at 2.30 pm!