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Hall of Fame

At the Spotlight Awards Evening held on 17th November, 2012, The Association of Community Theatres was delighted to welcome into the Hall of Fame, Dorothy Spencer, Don Johnson and Graham Kershaw.


Dorothy Spencer

Don Johnson

Graham Kershaw


This year Burnley Garrick has nominated Dorothy Spencer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame

Dorothy, together with her late husband, Clifford has served the Garrick Theatre Club for over 60 years as director, actress, committee member, social secretary, as well as a host of other duties over the years.
She was to have directed this years production of Calendar Girls but due to the failing health of Clifford had to relinquish the role. Sadly Clifford died at the beginning of August so was unable to take part in Dorothy and Cliffords Diamond Jubilee celebrations with the Garrick. Celebrations will still go ahead in memory of Clifford.

Together Dorothy and Clifford were immensely proud of the Garrick and the achievements of the society over the years. Clifford was president of Burnley Garrick and it is with great pleasure that the Garrick have asked Dorothy to take over the reins and accept the nomination of President for Burnley Garrick.

Not only is Dorothy a talented director and actress she is also a lovely person and it is with great pleasure that ACT is inducting Dorothy Spencer into the ACT Hall of Fame



The second nomination this year comes from Ulverston Operatic Society.

Don Johnson joined Ulverston Operatic at the age of 26,  after serving 5 years in the RAF. He auditioned to become a member of the chorus, remember those days? And was on stage for 56 years making a marked difference to the tenor line. His first show was A Country Girl and his last Guys and Dolls.

Don had no aspirations to take leading roles but took small parts when asked for example the Rabbi in Fiddler and Harbison in South Pacific. He has stood in on more than one occasion on opening night when someone fell ill.

For the past 17 years Don has been Front of House Manager not only organising front of house for Ulverston but also organising a team of helpers at the local theatre, which generally results in some extra funds for Ulverston Opeartic Society.

Don has served on the committee for 50 years without a break and three years ago was made President of the society, a role he is very proud to hold. But as the nomination states ‘not as proud as they are to have him’

ACT is delighted to induct Don Johnson into the Hall of Fame


The final recipient to this years hall of Fame is a nomination from the ACT Board themselves in recognition of the support he has given to not only the setting up of the Association two years ago but also his ongoing support both vocal and financial!

Proscenium have been a long standing designer and supplier of theatre sets countrywide but we are delighted they are based right here in the North West.

Prosceniums customer range from theatre groups through to big city venues and but their commitment to charity remains very local, they currently sponsor and support over 13 local charities and are now firm supporters of ACT

He will be known to most of you as the voice and front man of Proscenium Scenery Suppliers but to us he is known as Graham. It is with great delight that we induct Graham Kershaw into the ACT Hall of Fame and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his support so far and hopefully for many years to come.