FINAL rehearsals are under way as talented thespians from across the borough get ready for a concert on Sunday (April 29) in aid of Molly Olly’s Wishes.
School of Theatre Excellence pupils – including some from Solihull – will be taking centre stage at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham for the Hatton-based charity in memory of Fergus Scholefield, the brother of one of the school’s pupils.
Fergus was diagnosed in November 2015 with a rare and aggressive brain tumour and was being treated and supported by the wonderful staff at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Sadly Fergus passed away in August 2016, but during his last few months Molly Olly’s Wishes, supported Fergus and his family with Olly the Brave and granted his wish to visit Centre Parcs in Sherwood Forest with his family.
From 7.15pm on Sunday the Suffolk Street theatre will be alive with performances from the School of Theatre Excellence a live band and comedian Gary Wilmot, who rose to fame on TV as a contestant on New Faces.
Chris Sheils, the director of SOTE, said: “As a theatre school it is great that our students have the opportunity to perform in one of the top theatre’s in Birmingham whilst also raising money for an unbelievably deserving charity.
“We are bringing together a fantastic evening of variety to entertain the audience.
Over the years the school’s variety performances have raised over £7,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity and over £10,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
Molly Olly’s Wishes was founded in 2011 by Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw. Their daughter Molly Ollerenshaw was diagnosed aged 3 with a Wilms Tumour and despite a long, brave five year fight, died in 2011 at the age of 8.
Molly Olly’s Wishes supports children from birth to 18 years old with any terminal or life threatening illness.
Tickets are available from the New Alexandra Theatre Box Office by calling 0844 871 3011 or online at www.atgtickets.com/birmingham