Spotlight Musical Theatre Group was formed in late 1993 by an initial group of five, their aim being to produce two high quality musicals each year for the enjoyment of the people of Beccles and the surrounding areas.
In 1994, the first show was born, 'Gigi' and there began our commitment and promise for the future. Since those humble beginnings we have grown in strength and number and now have a strong membership of all ages. Spotlight is now firmly established in the Waveney Valley, attracting people from far and wide to come and support our two musical productions each year.
In 2001 we presented ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and were nominated and awarded the National Operatic & Dramatic Association’s Best Production in the Eastern Region, District 6. This was followed with a second nomination and award for Best Production in December 2006 for ‘The Hired Man’, written by Melvin Bragg. Both productions were directed by Tina Vanston with musical direction by Cheryll Titchmarsh.
Our success continued in June 2008 with a further NODA Best Musical and Best Overall Production award for’Buddy’ – The Buddy Holly Story. Directed by Natalie Miller with musical direction by Cheryll Titchmarsh.
In 2015 our production of The Who's 'Tommy' was nominated for NODA Best Musical and Best Technical award. Directed by Andy Osborne with co-musical direction by Cheryll Titchmarsh and Simon Howe.
Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7.30pm and 10pm at the Quaker Hall in Beccles, and run for approximately 4-5 months for each show. The performances are presented at The Public Hall in Beccles and we hope to continue to do so for many years to come. To help strengthen our team and support the group financially, we often arrange social and fundraising events throughout the year.