In the late 1970s Harold Yates had the idea of a Garstang based group. He had gained a lot of experience from his involvement in a local Lancaster society. By the end of 1977, Harold was convinced that there was enough interest and talent to form a theatrical group and held a meeting at the Kings Arms where a decision was made to form Garstang Theatre Group.
Rehearsals began for the first production, a play called ‘Come Laughing Home’ which was presented in 1978 at the local High School. This was followed by a festive production, ‘Merrie Christmas Melodies’.
The first musical the Group performed was ‘Oliver’ in 1979 in conjunction with the High School. The first pantomime wasn’t until 1988 when the Group presented ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. This was a huge success and in 1993 the decision was made that the formula of an Autumn Pantomime and a Spring Musical would continue for several years.
Over the many years Garstang Theatre Group has been going (over 40 years) there have been hundreds of children and adults who have been members (sometimes whole families). The Group has always encouraged young people to participate in productions whenever possible. This core policy, we believe, ensures the continuation of the Group, coaching and building up the skills and confidence of our junior members. We also recognise the role of the adult members, bringing experience, expertise and willingness; forming the backbone of the Group and a friendly supportive atmosphere.
Garstang Theatre Group is maintained by a small committee of members who give their time and experience freely to ensure the success of the Group. The Group are also members of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) and have received numerous NODA awards over the years for both acting and scenery/staging. Members can also gain long service badges and medals through the NODA membership.
The members of Garstang Theatre Group come from all walks of life and whatever their background, experience and skill level, there is a place for anyone.