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Felixstowe: Theatre group boss fears for town’s young performers if Spa closes

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 November 2012

Publicity shots for the upcoming Alice in Wonderland panto at the Spa Pavilion.

Publicity shots for the upcoming Alice in Wonderland panto at the Spa Pavilion.

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BOSSES at a Felixstowe theatre group today spoke of their fear for aspiring young performers in the resort if the Spa Pavilion closes.

Members of the Felixstowe Musical Theatre group, which has been entertaining audiences at the Spa for more than half a century, is preparing for what could potentially be their last ever show at the venue next week.

The group are expecting big crowds for their performance of Alice in Wonderland - A Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantomime – but they fear they will need to search for a new theatre at the end of the show.

The group’s business manager, Kelly Crane, said: “Felixstowe Musical Theatre has been doing shows at the Spa for 60 odd years so it could possibly be our last show there.

“We don’t really know what is going to happen and whether the Spa is going to be saved.

“We have got to look at other venues unfortunately – it’s sad but what can we do?”

This year’s show is expected to see about 40 cast members perform but in recent years, the group has boasted cast numbers as high as 100.

A high number of youngsters have also been a part of the club over the years. Ms Crane believes it is the young people of Felixstowe who will be hit hardest by the closure.

She added: “So many children go through that theatre and it’s a lovely pastime for them. It keeps them off the street and, for some of them, leads to a career.

“They do things in school but it’s just tragic for them that the Spa is going to close.”

Alice in Wonderland – a Rock ‘n’ Roll pantomime - can be seen at the Spa Pavilion from November 23-25.

For tickets, call the Spa Pavilion box office by calling 01394 282126.

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