Opening of season at Kings gala show

The gala Song And Dance 2011 at the Kings Theatre on September 4
The gala Song And Dance 2011 at the Kings Theatre on September 4
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The annual gala of Portsmouth’s professional and amateur talent is coming to the Kings Theatre, Southsea on September 4.

To kick start the autumn season, the Song And Dance 2011 is an evening of drama, music and dancing as acts across the city come together to perform.

Participants of this years annual performance include members of the South Downs Musical Society, Portsmouth Players, the 3Js Theatre Arts, comedian Shep Woolie, the Kings Youth Theatre, and The News Instant Star Winner, Amy Tiller.

Compered by Alan Jenkins, chairman of South Downs Musical Society, and featuring West End stars Jack Edwards and Natalie Caswell, it showcases some of the talent that the city has to offer. Proceeds even raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, The Rosemary Foundation and the Kings Theatre Restoration Fund.

Alan Jenkins says: ‘It’s generally very well received. It’s a chance to show what’s going on at the Kings over the coming months. Some of the acts in the show may not be performing later on in the season but it’s just to round it all up.

‘My role will be to let people know what’s going on between September and the Christmas pantomime. It’s a great opportunity for everybody to come together.’

He thinks it’s a great place for acts that would never normally meet to perform on the same stage.

He explains: ‘Portsmouth Players and South Downs Musical Society who are the two big societies share a stage, which is really unusual.

‘So not only is it a way to launch the season but it gives us the chance to show off all this talent.’

Helen Stoddart who is producing Song And Dance 2011 with Jackie Willis, says: ‘Jackie and I are delighted with the way the show is shaping up and can’t wait until we can get everything pulled together in the theatre.

‘This year’s show covers so many different disciplines that there really is something for everyone. There are far too many performers to list them all.’

Surprisingly, rehearsals are going ahead without a hitch.

She explains: ‘It’s going smoothly and everyone is now ramping up towards the main event itself.

‘We are both so proud of how it is coming together.’

Tickets cost £7.50 to £13.50 from Kings Theatre, Southsea on (023) 9282 8282 or visit