The Mayor of Rugby Cllr Sally Bragg truly entered into the spirit of the evening at her charity concert on Friday 20 January, by starting and then joining a big finale to the show on the main stage at The Benn Hall.
Her surprise rendition of Pharrell Williams’ 2014 mega-hit ‘Happy’, accompanied by the whole show cast and band, delighted the full audience and rounded off a stunning evening of music and theatrical entertainment.
Music from the films and shows was the theme for the night which raised over £2,500 for the Mayor’s charities which include Rugby Area Talent Trust.
A Dramatic Evening
The audience were greeted by live music in the foyer of The Benn Hall and characters from Five Star Theatre’s upcoming production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ before following the famous yellow brick road to a glitzy hall. The main stage featured upbeat local band Last Lesson, stunning performances from several young singers supported by Rugby Area Talent Trust (RATT) and dramatic potted versions of Les Miserables and The Wizard of Oz produced by Rugby’s Five Star Theatre.
A full house at The Benn Hall for the Mayor’s Charity Concert. Click for full size image.
Stunning vocal from Oliwia Dragon (13) performing Adele’s A Million Years Ago. Click for full size image
A raffle and auction added to the giving on the night, with lots including a rugby ball signed by the English World Cup winning squad of 2003, a mascot day at WASPS and a signed photograph of tennis star Andy Murray.
“What a fantastically impressive, fun and successful show” said Cllr Sally Bragg after leaving the stage to cheers, “I’m so pleased and proud of everyone involved. It’s amazing to think that nearly 100 performers, technical crew and other volunteers came together to make all this happen. We have a great volunteer spirit and lots of talent in Rugby.”
David Head, one of the event organisers and a founder trustee of RATT, added “I agree entirely; once again we have been wowed by some brilliantly talented young singers and musicians from the town. A truly entertaining show and a healthy fundraising total too. Amazing.”
The Mayor’s Charity Concert was hosted and compered by award-winning radio presenter Dan Sambell who said “I’m so impressed, and delighted to be a part of such a successful event. Well done to everyone involved and I’m looking forward to the 2018 show.”
This event was only made possible by our amazing sponsors Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, Marks & Spencer and Brethertons Solicitors. Without their support, this event would simply not have happened.
Hinckley & Rugby Building Society very kindly sponsored the involvement of Five Star Theatre.
Marks & Spencer generously provided food for the supper.
Brethertons Solicitors very kindly sponsored the appearance of Last Lesson.
Huge thanks also goes to DMX Stagetech for all of the sound and lighting for the event (and in fact support all of our live events throughout the year) and Duncan Arrow for not only being a super-fine Musical Director for RATT 🙂 but also for doing all of the web and print design for the event and for Rugby Area Talent Trust.