Frequently asked questions
About the Company
What’s the background of Limelight Performers?
We were formed in 2019 to fill the gap that we'd observed in the local area for a new group to produce high quality shows throughout the year, and give more opportunities to everyone in the community to take part and perform in a range of our amazing nearby venues. We've been producing shows since then, and always have big projects planned!
Who runs Limelight Performers?
The charity is run by a team of 7 trustees, chaired by James Aleksic - you can find out about the team here. Each production has it's own unique team who run the rehearsals and are the first point of contact if you're involved in a show.
Why's it called "Limelight Performers"?
The name came about in an early discussion, remembering a competition that James (our owner) had won as a child to name a local theatre's front of house bar (with "Limelights" as the winning name) - and we felt it was the perfect way for us to quickly show our number one passion, giving everyone their chance to be "in the limelight" and get to experience the wonderful world of theatre (whether on stage, backstage or in the audience)!
How can I support you?
Running a theatre group is an expensive task, but there's lots of things that you can do to help us out (it's really easy!)
- Support us on Easy Fundrasing - a free service that donates to us every time you shop with lots of online retailers. There's some more info here
- Sign up as a Friend (£5 a year) - more info here
- Follow us on social media and share our posts
- Book tickets to come and see our shows
- Come and perform with us
Do you have a newsletter / mailing list?
We have a monthly newsletter that gets sent out to all of our members - Friends, Cast, Crew, Creative Teams, Chaperones, FOH Helpers etc.
Do you have any merch?
We have Limelight Performers T-Shirts and Hoodies which are only available to our cast, crew & team members - but also have a public RedBubble shop where you can get hold of a number of different products!
I’ve got another question – how can I get in touch?
Can I get tickets for a show?
Yes - please do! For most shows, we don't manage the box office and you'll have to get in touch with the venue directly. You can get their details from the show's page on the list here
How often do you do shows?
The plan is that each year each section does 1 big and 1 smaller production, giving us 6 in total:
Who performs in & produces the shows?
Our casts are made up of a range of local performers, who are guided through rehearsals by our creative and producing teams. Our teams are also made up of local members who are very experienced in the amateur (and often professional) theatre world, and can pull on their collective knowledge to create a top quality production.
Where do you perform your productions?
We like to use a range of local venues, and currently have shows scheduled in at The New Wolsey Theatre, and St. Peter's By The Waterfront.
What shows are coming up and what have you done in the past?
You can see our future and past productions at https://www.limelightperformers.co.uk/productions
How do you pick your shows?
Our team discuss options that are available to us, but also have an ongoing poll where our members can suggest and vote on shows that they'd like us to do.
Are your shows accessible and suitable for all?
We do our best to make sure our shows are all in accessible venues wherever possible. Please check with the venue for any specific requirements though.
Would you like me to display a poster/leaflets for you?
Cast & Performing
How can I join & perform in one of your shows?
Where do you rehearse?
How often do you rehearse?
- Adults Productions – Around 12 weeks leading up to the show - Twice a week, sometimes adding a third closer to the production.
- Youth Productions – Around 16 Weeks leading up to the show - Once a week (usually a weeknight), adding a second rehearsal closer to the production
- Concerts – (Up to 15 leading up to the concert for Ensemble, slightly less for other concerts) - Once a week (usually a few hours on a weeknight)
How much are acting fees / subs?
Do I get a T-shirt or anything like that?
How do you cast shows?
Behind the Scenes
Do you need crew / musicians / directors / choreographers etc?
Do you need Chaperones?
Do you need Front of House helpers?
Can I hire props / scenery / costumes / equipment etc?
Can I see your child protection / health and safety / data protection / equal opportunities policies?
Do you have insurance?
I'm interested in the 'Friends' scheme, can you give me more info?
Head to our 'Friends' page here and you'll find the sign up form and some information. It's only £5 a year, and really helps us out while getting you loads of benefits in return!
Do you do social events?
We do organise various events and get-togethers for our Friends, Cast, Crew, Team and all other members throughout the year. These include a Christmas Party, and things such as theatre trips, karaoke nights and much more! All members should get a monthly email which will list any that are coming up.
Can I stop being a 'Friend'?
The £5 fee is taken automatically yearly - if you'd like to stop, you can do at any time , please get in touch with us and we'll cancel your subscription for you. It's best to do this at least a few days before your subscription is due so we can make sure we can cancel it before any money is taken.
I've signed up as a Friend but not heard anything?
If it's been at least a month and you've not received our newsletter email or had any contact from us - get in touch and we'll sort it out!
What benefits do I get as a Friend?
I'd like to support you but don't have an email address / payment card / pay money online etc
No worries! If you can get in touch with us, we'll sort out another way for you to become a friend and make sure you don't miss out on any of our updates!