Meet the Volunteer – Dawn Jones

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we thought you might like to get to know a little more about the staff and volunteers that make us who we are!


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  • What do you enjoy about volunteering here?
    • Working with my team of volunteers and watching all of the shows

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  • How long have you volunteered with us?
    • Since September 2015
  • Who or what has been your favourite star/show/experience with us?
    • The Searchers, Showaddywaddy, Let’s Hang On & The Pantomimes
  • Can you let us know of your funniest experience/incident at the Theatre?
    • I have worked on a number of shows and attended so many that I’d struggle to single just one out
  • What was the first show you remember here?
    • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with The Grove Primary School

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  • What are your hopes for the future?
    • To keep enjoying the great acts
  • How has the theatre changed over the years?
    • The excellent variety of shows that are now being booked
  • What does the theatre mean to you?
    • I enjoy helping other people to have a great night out with us at Melton Theatre

Think you’d like to join us as a volunteer, visit here for more information or call us on 01664 851111

Meet the Volunteer – Lesley Richardson

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we thought you might like to get to know a little more about the staff and volunteers that make us who we are!


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  • Why did you volunteer with Melton Theatre?
    • To see how the theatre is run; to see shows I might not normally choose to see; to feel I was being useful; and to contribute to the community
  • What do you enjoy about volunteering here?
    • The atmosphere; the different people you meet; and the variety of shows
  • How long have you volunteered with us?
    • 2 years
  • Who or what has been your favourite star/show/experience with us?
    • Marcus Brigstocke – I can’t wait for him to come back again this season!
  • Can you let us know of your funniest experience/incident at the Theatre?
    • Henning Wehn entered through the rear doors of the theatre to begin his show, I didn’t know and managed to walk in to him as he did it!
  • What was the first show you remember here?
    • TMMTC’s production of Oh What A Lovely War

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  • How has the theatre changed over the years?
    • The refurbishment of the college was still ongoing when I first volunteered, it is now a much more modern facility!
  • What does the theatre mean to you?
    • It’s a vibrant place for people to come together and enjoy themselves. I come to the theatre a lot as a patron with my partner – mainly for the comedy shows. The theatre is a great facility for the local community.

Think you’d like to join us as a volunteer, visit here for more information or call us on 01664 851111

Meet the Volunteer – Joan Ward

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we thought you might like to get to know a little more about the staff and volunteers that make us who we are!


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  • Why did you volunteer with Melton Theatre?
    • It was a natural progression from my on stage roles with Melton Mowbray Amateur Operatic Society (Now The Melton Musical Theatre Company) to a role with Front of House.
  • What do you enjoy about volunteering here?
    • Seeing a variety of shows, helping the public and meeting people
  • How long have you volunteered with us?
    • 40 years
  • Who or what has been your favourite star/show/experience with us?
    • Meeting Ken Dodd. He was still on stage at 11:30pm! Monty Don was also very good, hopefully we’ll see some more gardening based shows soon.
  • Can you let us know of your funniest experience/incident at the Theatre?
    • In “Kiss Me Kate”, Kate hurls flower pots at Petruchio. They always landed in the orchestra pit. On the final night the orchestra decided they’d throw them back!
  • What was the first show you remember here?
    • My first show at the theatre was actually as a performer in MMAOS’ “Lock Up Your Daughter”

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  • What are your hopes for the future?
    • That the theatre will go from strength to strength and that I and my team will continue to welcome the paying customers, and make their experience happy and safe.
  • How has the theatre changed over the years?
    • We have a good variety of shows now and more professional acts.
  • What does the theatre mean to you?
    • An interesting evening out, doing something that I enjoy.

Think you’d like to join us as a volunteer, visit here for more information or call us on 01664 851111

Meet The Staff – Wendy Crawford

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we thought you might like to get to know a little more about the staff and volunteers that make us who we are!


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  • Why did you start working at Melton Theatre?
    • It was an opportunity to do something completely different. I was on secondment from another department and I enjoyed it so much I’ve never left!
  • What do you enjoy about working here?
    • The great team spirit with all the staff and volunteers that are a part of the Theatre. We really couldn’t do what we do without the support of our Front of House and technical teams.
  • How long have you worked for Melton Theatre?
    • Since June 2011.
  • Who or what has been your favourite star/show/experience with us?
    • My favourite star has to be the very humble Mr Lee Evans who thanked us for having him at our Theatre.  My favourite experience had to be the Wrestling, when the families attending had such a great time.  The smiles on the faces of the children were infectious..
  • Can you let us know of your funniest experience/incident at the Theatre?
    • I received a call to go back stage during Rob Beckett’s show, it was October 31st and he’d been invited to a fellow celebrities party that evening after the show in London. He’d bought his outfit and needed his face paint doing during the interval to make a quick escape afterwards. I’ve now added make up artist to the stars to my CV!
  • What was the first show you remember here?
    • I came as a patron to see Nazareth in 2006. I’d enjoyed their music for quite some time and was very excited to see them at my local theatre!

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  • What are your hopes for the future?
    • I want to see the planned refurbishment works completed and more people enjoying the Melton Theatre experience.
  • How has the theatre changed over the years?
    • I believe the breadth of shows offered and customer satisfaction has improved tremendously.
  • What does the theatre mean to you?
    • It means the staff and volunteers (the team) the audience and the visiting companies/artistes who make the whole experience wonderful.

Interested in getting involved with Melton Theatre? Visit our contact form to give us your feedback or read more about volunteering here

Meet The Staff – Andrew Edwards

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we thought you might like to get to know a little more about the staff and volunteers that make us who we are!


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  • Why did you start working at Melton Theatre?
    • I had volunteered backstage for a number of years on local productions and had recently completed a course in sound engineering. When the opportunity to join the team arose, I applied. It’s not every day you get the chance to be paid to do your hobby.
  • What do you enjoy about working here?
    • They say that if you enjoy your job then you will never work a day in your life. It is such a varied role and there is always something exciting and interesting just around the corner. The best part of the night is hearing all the comments from the audience as they walk past the control room and knowing they had a great experience.
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“Here we have the technician in his natural habitat…”

  • How long have you worked for Melton Theatre?
    • I have been here for 11 years now but had volunteered since the late nineties.
  • Who or what has been your favourite star/show/experience with us?
    • I have had the privilege of meeting a great variety of performers but I did particularly enjoy meeting a childhood hero, the late Paul Daniels. Helping him prepare many of his iconic tricks was an absolute delight.
  • Can you let us know of your funniest experience/incident at the Theatre?
    • Many, many years ago the equipment had seen better days and we had a major failure of the lights. The wonderful audience decided that they wished to see the rest of the show without the lighting effects. The ever professional cast and crew were fantastic and the scene changes that would normally be done under the cover of darkness were performed in full view of the audience. They made it part of the performance and it was great fun. In one scene, the cast carried a large cauldron on chanting ‘blackout, blackout, blackout…’. The scene opened with them all being ‘boiled’ inside it and quick as a flash one of them, with only a hint of sarcasm, said “well, how on earth did we end up in here!”. The audience loved it.
  • What was the first show you remember here?
    • My first show as an employee was a comedy night in the theatre bar but that wasn’t before I had spent most of the day setting up for the weekend. My first big show in the theatre was the musical Chess and this was the first of many opportunities to work with our talented local performers and crew.

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  • What are your hopes for the future?
    • To help continue bringing more exciting shows to our town and enable the budding local talent to see and be part of our vital performing arts community. I am also extremely excited about the pending refurbishments and look forward to the big reveal when they have been completed.
  • How has the theatre changed over the years?
    • The number of shows has increased dramatically in recent years and one of the changes that enabled this was the advances in lighting and sound technology. All the latest gear significantly reduces the time required between shows and as we are only a small team, this is vital. This has allowed us to fill your week with top class comedy, dance and music without the top class price tag!
  • What does the theatre mean to you?
    • I have been involved with Melton’s theatre for nearly half my life and I am extremely proud to have helped shape it into a thriving venue.

Interested in getting involved with Melton Theatre? Visit our contact form to give us your feedback or read more about volunteering here

Meet The Staff – Michael Harris-Wakelam

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we thought you might like to get to know a little more about the staff and volunteers that make us who we are!


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  • Why did you start working at Melton Theatre?
    • I initially joined as a part time administration assistant before progressing to a reception assistant for our parent company Brooksby Melton College. I then earned myself a promotion to my current role as Theatre Coordinator.
  • What do you enjoy about working here?
    • My favourite part of the job is seeing an excited audience before the curtain goes up on a show and knowing I was a large part of why they are having that experience.
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The audience waits – The Melton Musical Theatre Company’s production of Fawlty Towers

  • How long have you worked for Melton Theatre?
    • I will have been with the company for 5 years this October (Make sure you all bring me a cake!)
  • Who or what has been your favourite star/show/experience with us?
    • I am privileged to have been here for such a successful period of shows for the theatre. I particularly enjoy the comedy that we present but also hold a soft spot for our college shows, they keep me on my toes all year but for that moment the students are worth it!
  • Can you let us know of your funniest experience/incident at the Theatre?
    • I’ve got plenty that aren’t suitable for this feature! However, I did enjoy presenting devout vegan Carl Donnelly with a pork pie this year. (Sorry Carl – I didn’t know you were going to be the support act)
  • What was the first show you remember here?
    • The first show I remember of significance was Melton’s Got Talent in 2012 as this was the first sold out show for me at the theatre.

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  • What are your hopes for the future?
    • I hope to continue bringing shows to the theatre which you want to see as an audience! I’m always open to suggestions and will try my best to bring back names from the theatre’s past too. (We’ve managed to fulfil several requests including Showaddywaddy, Roy Chubby Brown, Alan Carr & Monty Don)
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Showaddywaddy at Melton Theatre PHOTO CREDIT: Mannytography

  • How has the theatre changed over the years?
    • We’ve seen a big increase in the number of shows we’re presenting in a year, in the 2015/2016 academic year we hosted a show 131 times. This has more than double since 2011/2012 when I started working here.
  • What does the theatre mean to you?
    • I’m proud to say that I have bought over 45 sold out shows to Melton Mowbray in the last 4 years. Perhaps the most important part of my role here though is the regular customers and friendly faces that I now consider to be friends.

Interested in hosting a show at Melton Theatre? Have you got a suggestion for what you’d like to see on our stage? Visit our contact form to give us your feedback

Meet The Volunteer – Becky Woodcock

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we thought you might like to get to know a little more about the staff and volunteers that make us who we are!


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  • Why did you volunteer with Melton Theatre?
    • I love the theatre.
  • What do you enjoy about volunteering here?
    • Friends, laughs and seeing the shows.
  • How long have you volunteered with us?
    • 1 year.
  • Who or what has been your favourite star/show/experience with us?
    • Too many to list… I have been lucky enough to meet Paul Daniels as an audience member; work front of house for a packed out show with Monty Don; and have been involved with The Melton Musical Theatre Company for many of their productions as a crew member.
  • Can you let us know of your funniest experience/incident at the Theatre?
    • I have always enjoyed the comedy nights at the theatre, most recently hosted by Bottle Rocket Comedy. These are a great way to see lots of comedians in one night!
  • What was the first show you remember here?
    • TMMTC’s production of Annie 12 years ago.

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  • What are your hopes for the future?
    • To continue as a valued member of the Front of House team and see plenty more shows.
  • How has the theatre changed over the years?
    • I’ve had the pleasure of watching the quality of shows and acts get better and better, hopefully it will continue to improve!
  • What does the theatre mean to you?
    • The theatre is a big part of my social life. It’s also offered me the opportunity to work as crew, front of house and to perform from time to time too.

Think you’d like to join us as a volunteer, visit here for more information or call us on 01664 851111