On Friday 11th and Saturday 12th May we include Speech and Drama. We have performers in set and own choice pieces, in Shakespeare classes, solo and group drama and in duologues. In addition we have Junior Thespian and Young Thespian of the Year 2018 and, in contrast, there is the Party Piece for those young children of Reception age. All these classes are well supported and enjoyed by those taking part and their audiences. This section of the Festival attracts many entries and 9 classes have been split into smaller groups. The standard is always high and visibly builds self-confidence in our young performers.
Special for this year is the Leonard Bernstein and Spike Milligan class – a joint music and speech venture. We are marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of these well known, talented men. This class takes place on Thursday evening at 8.30pm until 9.30pm in the Festival Hall, admission is free to all for the entire evening at the Festival Hall from 6.15pm. Bring your family and friends!
The above highlights are a mere sample of the variety and content of our Festival in 2018. There is Artistry, Achievement and lots of Action to behold. Our venues will be filled with Enjoyment, Enthusiasm and Encouragement for all. Do come along, enjoy yourself and encourage others to come and listen.
Thanks are due to our Committee and Stewards, who are all volunteers. We are so fortunate to have these hardworking, dedicated and enthusiastic people. To those of you who support the Festival, whether performing, teaching, adjudicating, accompanying or just attending – our special thanks and good wishes.
The Committee and I are looking forward to meeting you during this remarkable week of music, speech and drama in Alderley Edge.
President, Alderley Edge Festival 2018