Curtain goes up on 50th season

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Audiences have been promised a sparkling show to entertain the whole family to celebrate a society’s 50th anniversary.

The Rushden Amateur Theatrical Society (RATS) has been hard at work since September on their production of Aladdin to mark the group’s landmark anniversary this year.

The curtain will go up for the first time tomorrow and tickets are selling well.

Tina Curson, who has been with RATS for nearly 50 years and is currently its wardrobe mistress, said: “There’s a real buzz around this show because it’s our 50th year. Although we’ve performed at different venues over the years we’ve always remained in the town which makes us special.

“We’ve put a lot of hard work into this show and we hope it’s going to be one of our best productions. People should make sure they don’t miss it.”

The show will be particularly special for Mrs Curson because her husband John will perform the role of Widow Twanky and their daughter Vicki Edgeworth will be Aladdin.

Mrs Curson said: “RATS is a family orientated society. We often find young people will join us and then their parents will start to come along as well. Our youngest members are about 11 and we also have members who are in their 70s.”

Aladdin will run at the Pemberton Centre in H E Bates Way, Rushden, from tomorrow until Saturday, January 21. There will be matinee performances tomorrow and Sunday at 3.30pm and on Saturday, January 21, at 2.15pm. Evening performances will start at 7.15pm.

Tickets cost £9 for adults, £7 for concessions or £28 for a family ticket for two adults and two children. They are available from Jan’s Floral Boutique in Rushden High Street or 01933 413955, 07748620805 and