The final curtain has fallen for Limelight Drama Group, one of the most popular and respected theatre groups in Leeds.
Former chairman Harry Venet said the failure of a younger element to step forward and take the helm was the main cause of the am-dram society’s decision to take its final bow after three decades.
Formed in March 1977 within the confines of a Moortown synagogue by 12 enthusiastic congregants, Limelight progressed to become one of the most highly regarded theatre groups in Leeds, achieving a repertoire totalling nearly 170 events.
In 1978 the group ventured into a fully-equipped theatre in Holt Park which became its stomping ground during the 1980’s.
It wasn’t until 1992, however, that Limelight was accepted into the Leeds Civic Arts Guild and subsequently staged future productions at the former Leeds Civic Theatre. When the theatre closed down in 2005 to become the city museum Limelight moved into the Carriageworks theatre.
Mr Venet said: “Ideally we wanted a band of young people to come forward and give the same commitment and dedication that we gave to the group.
“Unfortunately, no one came forward to do so and we have to recognise that all good things come to an end.”
For some time now Limelight has had difficulty casting its dramas which led to the cancellation of its productions at the Carriageworks theatre.
“The task now is to appoint a small group of Trustees to wind up the group in an orderly and proper fashion,” said Mr Venet.
Founder member Mollie Williams said the time was right for Limelight to terminate its long run “with dignity, rather than let it drag on”.