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Festive success for talented New Centre stage performers

Talented members of a unique Sefton drama company scored a seasonal success with their ambitious festive production this week.

The Spirit of Christmas, presented by New Centre Stage, was the first show to be staged in the group’s new studio theatre at its HQ in the David Brown Centre, Magdalen Square in Netherton.

The production featured a large cast of more than 25 performers with support needs from across the borough who belong to the group, which is run by Sefton’s leading adult social care provider, New Directions.

The show took as its theme the age-old question – what really is the true meaning of Christmas?

In a bid to get to the bottom of this question in the play, each member of a fictional family explained what the festive season means to them, with the help of song-and-dance support from members of the cast.

New Centre Stage Christmas production

The answer was revealed at the end of the production, but only after the audience had been treated to a hugely entertaining series of scenes based on classic Christmas stories from the nativity to Dickens and Cinderella.

The Spirit of Christmas was directed by New Centre Stage Co-ordinator Vicky Bennett with colleagues Denise Airey, Veronica Morrison and Pam Pickford.

It was the latest in a series of successful productions from the group, the most recent being The Wizard of Oz in the summer.

Members are now looking forward to performing with the In Another Place Gospel Choir and at the Feelgood Factory Christmas fayre in the coming weeks.

Vicky Bennett commented: “The Spirit of Christmas was another outstanding success for the members of our group, who came up with many ideas for the production themselves during our initial discussions.

“Once again, the show in its final form was the result of many weeks of hard work by the cast, and I would like to thank them all for their input and their commitment.

“As well as being a thoroughly entertaining evening, I hope the show provided audiences with some food for thought as we prepare to celebrate this very special time of year,” added Vicky.