The Ashbeian Musical Theatre Group is an amateur musical theatre group based in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, in the UK. The Society was formed in 1962 and has continued to perform musicals annually since that date. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in musical theatre, whether on or off stage, and our age range extends from 14 years to over 70.

We are an extremely happy and active group, with social events throughout the year, to keep us together as a team, and to supplement our costs. These events include trips to shows, bowling evenings, annual balls and trips to the pub of course!

The management of the Society is the responsibility of an Executive Committee elected annually at our AGM, and our Production Team looks after the artistic quality of our productions – and we’re very proud of them.

Our Honorary Patron is Sally-Ann Triplett who is always in demand for leading musical rôles in the West End and on Broadway. Sally-Ann has taken a very close interest in our Society since becoming our Patron in 2005, and has attended two of our productions, Oklahoma! and Hello, Dolly!. Sally-Ann always makes us very welcome when we go to see her in productions, and when she can’t be with us at ours, she sends video messages and has also been known to Skype us from the stage of Mamma Mia! on our opening night for our 50th Anniversary Concert!

New Members

We are always looking for New Members from the age of 14 to join us either on-stage, backstage, front of house – wherever your interest lies – and if you would like more details about how to do this, please use the ‘Enquire’ button.

The Production Team

Production: David McKnight

Musical Director: Alan Hutchinson

Choreographer: Leanne O’Brien

Our minimum age for Members is 14, however we also invite younger juniors to join us as guests for our productions, for example in The Sound of Music, Oliver! and Fiddler on the Roof. It is part of AMTG’s commitment to actively encourage, support and nurture young people who would like to pursue a career in performing arts. We are so proud of many of those who have already moved on and gained places at prestigious stage and drama schools, and a number of them have begun careers in top theatres, including in the West End, both on and off stage.

Executive Committee

Carl Benfield – Chair
Karen Jamieson – Treasurer
John Jones – Business Manager
Emma Carroll-Walsh – Secretary

Ordinary Members – Kathryn Clowes | Karen Walker | Debra Freeman | Neil Clarke

Meet the Team

Alan Hutchinson

Alan Hutchinson

President & Musical Director

I first got hooked on musicals when I was a lad of 12 – my first rôle in amateur theatre – and I have never missed a year since without being involved in at least one production (and yes - a long time!).

For over 20 years I have been President of AMTG and I also wave the baton as Musical Director.

The thrill of the theatre, the joy of seeing a show come to life; the pleasure in seeing young talented members grow in confidence and stature; and the happiness seen in the faces of the audience – all make for magical moments and I am proud to be a member of the Production Team.

It’s a great Society.

David McKnight

David McKnight

Producer / Director

David McKnight trained at Mountview Theatre School, London. TV credits include Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Brookside and Sherlock Holmes. David specialised in children’s theatre and pantomime, and his favourite panto colleague was Arthur English. David’s first rôle as Director was Oliver! in 2009 for AMTG, and since then has actively broadened the age range of the Society Members to include a wider junior membership.

Karen Jamieson

Karen Jamieson


I came to musical theatre quite late after a number of years as a musician and big band vocalist. After treading the boards with a couple of other societies, I joined AMTG in 2000 for the production of Hello Dolly!, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I have been lucky enough to be cast in some fantastic rôles over the years, but if I had to pick a favourite, I think it would be a hard choice between Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, both times playing opposite the hugely talented Chris Head.

AMTG is in my heart, it is truly a wonderful Society and my various rôles on the Committee over the years have meant I can contribute as much as possible to our Group’s success.

Carl Benfield

Carl Benfield


I joined AMTG as an Absolute Beginner to get away from the stresses of Working which was making my life Les Miserables.

After joining, I initially wondered what the Billy Elliot was going on - it was all just La La Land. Mama Mia! However, I got my first part as Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof which was Out of This World, and then with the help of some dye and Hairspray, a Second Chance as the lead male role in Me and My Girl opposite the very talented Georgia Brabbin as Sal. (We could have called it Beauty and the Beast or even Lady and the Tramp.
Although I was not Born to Dance, I Can’t Help Singing, and without Pride and Prejudice I can say that the Guys and Dolls in the society are so warm and welcoming. This makes it very much a Family Affair, with Sophisticated Ladies and Soul Men - there are many Aspects of Love in working with these great people.

I’ve now had the honour of being elected Chair to keep me On My Toes.

Never Forget, there is a place for you here. Happy Days!

Emma Carroll-Walsh

Emma Carroll-Walsh


I became part of the AMTG family when my daughter won the role of Gretl in the Sound of Music 2013. I was then an avid member of the audience, but subsequently went on to take over the Child Welfare for the society and Chaperoning.

This year I have also taken on the role as Secretary. This is a great society run by a team of hard working volunteers, many of whom take to the stage to produce shows which just keep getting better and better year on year. It has a real family feel to the society and we are always on the look out for new members to join - it is great to see the friendships that have flourished through this very supportive group.

If you think you would like to have a go, then please don’t hesitate to contact one of us here!