Singers celebrate 20th anniversary

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Ariel Theatre Company celebrated 20 years of teaching and performing in West Sussex on Saturday, July 6.

Performers from the past and present sang songs from shows previously staged by Ariel, which included tunes from their upcoming version of Les Misérables in October at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead.

In the past 20 years Ariel has grown from a small theatre company to one of the most recognised in the area. The company has four drama academies and a fifth opening in January.

Ariel has a thriving costume and production business too, as well as an adult choir and special needs drama groups for children and adults.

Nicci Hopson, said: “It was a fantastic night, seeing so many attend to help us celebrate this landmark.

“The amount we raised is a testimony to the caring and family atmosphere we have all worked so hard to achieve.”

An exciting auction followed the music, which raised a total of £2,650. The night was in aid of the Angus Rowland Forget me not fund. Angus Rowland was a young man who passed away in May 2011 after being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid leukaemia in October 2010. Pictured: Nicci and Neil Hopson.