Exactly 90 years ago in April 1925 the Kings Langley Players stepped on stage to present their first ever production. On Saturday 18th April they celebrated with a great big birthday bash.
“It was probably the biggest event in this year’s KLP calendar” confides current Chairman Andrew Knight. “It was a wonderful opportunity for members past and present to get together and chat about times past, present and future. We had entertainment laid on, including a sneak preview of one of the numbers from Little Shop of Horrors, supper and a disco to take us into Sunday. A night to remember!”
How does Andrew find being the chairman of such a venerable drama company? “Awesome. Never saw this coming when I first stepped out in a KLP panto as Silly Billy in Jack and the Beanstalk when I was just seventeen. KLP is a second home to me, it’s my extended family. So it’s thrilling to be chairman in our 90th year. And I feel we are going from strength to strength, with our productions getting ever more ambitious.”
In KLP’s 90 years many other performing groups have come and gone and Andrew is very clear about what it takes to survive so long. “Loyalty and teamwork. Also hard work and dedication. I am particularly lucky to have the back-up of a committed core membership who rally round to put on high calibre shows. These dedicated souls treat it like a second job.”
As well as leading the KLP Andrew is also delighted to be the man who has the task of directing its ultimate production of this celebratory season in June: Little Shop of Horrors. “What a privilege! Little Shop of Horrors (June 24-27th) will be a must see show. It’s great to be presenting this cult classic as our first ever musical! I have a hugely talented and dynamic cast of familiar KLP players plus some exciting new faces. Already there is a great feel at rehearsals. I am supported by a top notch technical team, and, as usual, teamed up with the excellent Clive Swan, as musical director, and Julie Edgar, as choreographer. "
A very special birthday cake
Cutting the cake with local Mp Mike Penning
Sophie Palumbo (Audrey) sings "Somewhere That's Green" from Little Shop Of Horrors at 90th Birthday Celebrations