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What's On: Miss Brum following a family tradition; Amateur Stage.


THE newly-crowned Miss Birmingham will be seen in Sutton Arts Theatre's production of The Importance of Being Earnest next month.

Vivienne Hodges, who is 22, is studying French and German at Aston University. In treading the boards at Sutton Arts Theatre, she is following a family tradition. Her grandmother, Marjorie Loweth, and her mother, Deborah Hodges, are familiar figures there.

Vivienne is playing the part of Gwendoline Fairfax in the penultimate SAT production of the season - and she is looking forward to the Miss England competition in Leicester at the end of June.

The production opens on June 14, directed by Davina Barnes and dedicated to the memory of former SAT stalwart Hilary Dorman.

FLEAS, ears, dogs? Can there be a connection? Well, yes - but possibly not the most likely one.

Dudley Little Theatre launches A Flea in Her Ear, the Georges Feydeau farce, next Wednesday, as the final play in its diamond jubilee season.

The anniversary coincides happily with the 25th anniversary year of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People - a circumstance which will be underlined by signed performances at Netherton Arts Centre.

And after each performance, audiences will be able to see and hear about the work of the Hearing Dogs charity. The production will run until the end of next week.

UNTIL fairly recently, Crossed Keys Musical Theatre Company had always presented the more traditional type of musical - but things are changing.

Last year, Jean Davis, who founded the group and has produced every show since 1950, put on Little Shop of Horrors. And she is now producing Godspell, a bubbling show that is rarely seen on the amateur circuit.

It will open at the Old Rep on Wednesday next week, directed by Peter Harris who has directed the company's last two shows - Summer Holiday and Little Shop of Horrors, as well as its summer concerts.

I hear that Godspell will transform the stage into a building site.

WALSALL'S Fellowship Players are celebrating their 60th anniversary season by staging shows in additional venues to the Grange Playhouse, where it has four productions every year. Their next show, written by Philip Holyman, who is one of their members, will be Oysters and Snails, at Rushall Community College from May 16-18.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 4, 2007
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