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Singers make a hit out of drama crisis
Picture: Centre, from left,are Julian Cound. of the operatic society, Julie Cormack, director of Darlington Stage, and Northern Echo editor Peter Barron, who presented the cheque in his capacity as president of the operatic society
A NORTH-EAST operatic society has given £3,000 to a theatre group that works with people with learning disabilities.
Darlington Operatic Society has presented the money to Stage Darlington.
It will be used to upgrade the fire alarm facilities at Stage Darlington’s premises, in the town’s Banks Road.
The upgrade will enable Stage Darlington, which has 26 members, to comply with fire safety regulations in order to host live performances.
Stage Darlington director Julie Cormack and some of Stage Darlington’s members met Julian Cound, from the operatic society, yesterday.
Mr Cound said: “I read that Stage Darlington needed £3,000 to upgrade their fire alarm system and instantly contacted our committee members to see if we could help.
“The benefit people get from performing is immeasurable and for Stage Darlington not to be in a position where members could show an audience what they had been working on just seemed wrong to me.
“Hopefully, our donation will ensure Stage Darlington members experience the thrill of thunderous applause at the end of their next production.”
Mrs Cormack has thanked the operatic society for its donation.
She said: “We have made many improvements to our studio including new ceilings and car park funded by The Big Lottery Fund.
“Installing a new fire alarm system will mean we can stage performances in house that is a familiar environment where all our members can take part.”
Stage Darlington is a community interest company formed in 2007 and meets Monday to Thursday.
Mrs Cormack added: “Our activities are centered around the performing arts that result in performances in a variety of venues, where members can entertain audiences and work with other community groups.”
The operatic society is rehearsing for Strictly Musicals, a twohour show at Darlington Civic Theatre featuring best-loved numbers in the history of the genre.
It will feature songs from musicals including Blood Brothers, Matilda, Miss Saigion, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables.
Strictly Musicals runs from October 23 to November 2. See top of the page for ticket details.
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