The Angus Minstrels

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One of Arbroath’s longest serving, most successful and certainly most colourful institutions takes to the stage in this week’s ‘Under The Spotlight’.

The Angus Minstrels return to the Webster Memorial Theatre this year for their 54th annual show which in addition to providing quality family entertainment has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for causes in and around Arbroath.

In fact, the total sits in excess of half a million pounds. Last year’s concert raised around £12,000 and beneficiaries of this money included Arbroath Lifeboat and The CAFE Project among others.

The show follows a much-loved format of dancing, solo and group singing, comedy and the grand finale, a return to Dixieland, which reflects the Minstrels’ musical roots.

A lot of hard work goes into putting on the show, which this year starts on Saturday, November 8, and runs until Saturday, November 15.

The performers pour blood, sweat and tears into their acts, resulting in a polished spectacle attracting audiences from all over Angus, and involvement with the Angus Minstrels looks great on a CV, speaking volumes about a person’s commitment and community spirit.

The same applies for those involved backstage. The Minstrels rely on a legion of volunteers in the background to make it the showstopper it truly is.

From seamstresses to set builders, lighting techs to curtain-pullers, there are plenty of roles which always need to be filled that don’t require any musical talent.

All this makes the Angus Minstrels a perfect choice for ‘Under The Spotlight’, the group welcomes anybody who has something to share, whether it’s a skill or simply their time.

See next week’s edition for a special picture preview of the 2014 show.