The Gatepost Theatre Company is an amateur theatre company specialising in drama, singing and dance. Its members are aged from 15 upwards and new members are always most welcome. The Group meet most Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7.30p.m. at the Mundy School, Heanor, Derbyshire.
Gatepost Theatre Company was formed in 2004 by Kate and Jim Baker who had been involved in musical direction and production for many years. Kate Baker was once Head of Performing Arts at Heanor Gate School where she also taught music, and was later awarded an M.B.E. in November 2004 for her services to musical education. Jim Baker also taught at Heanor Gate School where he was Deputy Head Master. While at school he organised and played in school concerts and productions. Following their retirement Kate & Jim, formed The Gatepost Theatre Company which is now going from strength to strength.
Gatepost’s first performance was in 2004 at The Guildhall Theatre, a place it now likes to call home where they performed ‘The Swinging Sixties’!! Up until the autumn of 2015 Gatepost produced numerous shows under the leadership of Kate and Jim Baker. These included ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘Summer Holiday’, ‘Godspell’, ‘Disco Inferno’, ‘Back to the 80’s’, ‘We Will Rock You’, 'Fame', ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Gatepost Goldies’ (at Aldercar School), ‘Boogie Nights’, ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, ‘Fame Forever’, ‘The Sensational Seventies’, ‘Summer Holiday’ (at The Derby Theatre), ‘Keep Smiling Through’, ‘Footloose’, ‘2012 A Space Oddity’, ‘The Wedding Singer’,‘Gatepost At The Movies’, ‘Whatever You Want’, ‘Godspell’ and finally ‘Out There’.
2015 brought a new era for The Gatepost Theatre Company with Kate and Jim Baker sadly moving on to enjoy other projects. However, the group continued to go from strength to strength with it’s new production team (many who were original members of Gatepost) rising to the challenge of producing high quality musical theatre to the people of Derbyshire.
The first show under the new production team with Chris Collington at the helm as Artistic Director was Jonathan Larsson’s hard hitting and thought provoking RENT. Running from 16th - 19th September 2015 it proved a huge success with fantastic reviews and each performance receiving a standing ovation.
Gatepost continued to grow it’s reputation as one of the best amateur theatre companies in the region with it’s February 2016 sell-out production of ‘Rock Of Ages’ - wowing it’s audiences with the 80’s cutting edge comedy musical.
October 2016 saw Gatepost show it’s versatility and commitment to producing shows which are a break from the norm, as they once again wowed audiences with their production of ‘Return To The Forbidden Planet’ - Shakespeare’s forgotten ‘Rock’n’Roll’.
February 2017 and the company once again took on a huge production with ‘Made In Dagenham’ a musical based on the story of the fight for women’s equal rights - another roaring success.
Gatepost once again showed it’s versatility in October 2017 when it’s members turned their hands (literally) to puppetry as they performed ‘Avenue Q’ the hilarious comedy based around the lives of twenty-somethings and their struggle to survive post university!
In February 2018 Gatepost once again showed it;s willingness to tackle the most difficult of musicals that many companies very rarely touch when they performed The Who’s TOMMY, once again at The Guildhall Theatre - it once again being a huge success! Gatepost continues to strive to be one of, if not the leading musical theatre company in the region and will hopefully continue for many years to produce the highest quality entertainment to Derbyshire.