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In The Spotlight – An evening of entertainment in memory of Lee Wilson

‘In The Spotlight’ is being produced in memory of Lee Wilson at the Devonport Playhouse. Ten years ago Lee Wilson featured on the front page of The Herald after he passed away from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. Lee was a happy and healthy 19 year old but one night he went to bed and didn’t wake up. The syndrome causes 12 known deaths in the UK alone.

The concert will feature Lee’s favourite songs from Les Miserables, Grease, West Side Story, Chicago and many more. The show’s finale will be Lee’s favourite Steps classic, ‘5,6,7,8’. Lee was the lighting technician for many of these shows. He worked at the Theatre Royal, Coombe Dean School and for The Carmenians. To add to his impressive achievements Lee also worked on the LIVE 8 concerts and met Sir Bob Geldof.

This concert promises to be a night to remember. The event has persuaded many of the favourite am-dram actors out of retirement including Clive Dinner, Johnny Weymouth, Debbie Lawson and Mike Noble with Helen Haviland as MD and Carole Wilson as Choreographer. The 50 strong cast are all connected to Lee, together with the front of house, printers and programme producers. Helping backstage will be his Dad and brother, Steve and Wayne Wilson. This show really is a family affair with Carole and Sam Wilson, Mum and brother, performing on stage. Carole will have her favourite picture of Lee, receiving his student of the year award, with her in the dressing room.

The idea for the concert was thought up by Isla Ellis who said ‘It was supposed to be a small affair of a group of friends who have worked together over the years and some of Lee’s friends and teachers but more and more people kept asking to be part of it so it ended up as a cast of more than 50 people putting on a show at the Devonport Playhouse.’

All proceeds from the event will go to CRY, Cardiac Risk in the Young, for whom Carole has already raised £6000 with the help of other members of Lee’s family and friends. Carole said ‘The aim is to raise enough money for every secondary school student to be tested for signs of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. Lee had no symptoms. If you’re not having symptoms you aren’t going to know. That is why CRY want to test children. Depending on what they find there is medication or sometimes an operation. I didn’t realise how often it happened until it happened to us.’ The tests are carried out using an ECG to check for irregularities in the heart.

In The Spotlight promises to be a night to remember. The performances will take place on Sunday 11th October 2015 at 2.30 and 7.30. Book your tickets now by calling 01752 405909 to see the very best of Plymouth Am-dram.

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