There's good news of Callum McArthur, the West Bromwich Operatic Society member who became an extra in the film Atonement and then found he was conducting some singing and being listed in the credits.
As a result of that, he has now been cast as a tavern singer in a new film about Dick Turpin - and been given the chance of a screen test, which could mean he may eventually have a script in his hands.
Because he has already been cast and lives locally, he has been asked to attend an audition day for extras and background people in Kidderminster on Saturday.
Callum told me: "It's being filmed in Worcestershire and Staffordshire and they are looking for men and women of all ages above 18. Nothing needs to be prepared beforehand by the auditionee. The idea is that they want to see if the extra can improvise and perform without extensive direction, as would be required in the field. The whole thing sounds very exciting, and I hope that the local talent can be enticed to come forward.
"I'm proud to be a Midlands performer and strongly believe that you don't need to move to London in order to 'make it'.
"The director knows of my connections with local amateur groups and was happy for me to invite local companies to attend as well - so you never know, the whole of the West Bromwich and Kidderminster Operatic Societies may end up on the big screen!"
Or perhaps not - but it's an intriguing thought.
* Congratulations to Hall Green Little Theatre, whose production of The Comedy of Errors last week overcame the big stumbling block that customarily besets any group, amateur or professional, that presents one of Shakespeare's mix-up-the-twins plays - namely, that it is hard for the patrons to believe that the other characters really can't tell the difference between the siblings at the centre of the action.
Quite apart from their identical garb and near-enough-for-the-night identical faces, Louise Price and Christine Bland - who just happen to be sisters, which was a pretty good foundation on which to build - were a comic joy as Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus, respectively.
Moreover, Ros Davies and Jean Wilde, as the two Antipholuses - Antipholi? - were also rewardingly convincing. It was an excellent night.
The Class Act company begins its search on Monday next week for young actors, singers and dancers to be in a youth production of Grease directed by professional actors and directors. The production will be staged later this year in Birmingham and professional training will be offered to anyone making the grade.
Birmingham trials will take place at The Custard Factory Theatre, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA on Monday March 10 from 6.30pm-8pm. They consist of informal fun group drama workshops and are simply an opportunity for directors to meet enthusiastic and committed young people. Beginners and advanced performers are welcome. There is more information by email at email@example.com.
* Members of Wolverhampton Musical Comedy Company presented a cheque for £2,000 to the cancer unit at Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital - bringing its total for a good cause to £6,000 in two and a half years.
The money has been used to furnish a quiet room, where patients and their carers can have some privacy after receiving bad or distressing news.
Company secretary Jean Beard says: "It was a wonderful moment for us to see the room finished. It is beautiful and we hope it will meet the needs of the patients attending the Deanesly Centre. It has been called The Muscom Room and we have promised that we shall continue to maintain it as long as we can."
And the name of the show to which group members are this week devoting their energies at Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre? Sweet Charity.
* Linden Walcott-Burton, who is in this week's Dudley Little Theatre production of the John Steinbeck classic, Of Mice and Men, is an 18-year-old drama and English student studying at King Edward Sixth Form College, Stourbridge.
He is a member of the National Youth Theatre and received wide acclaim in 2006 when he played Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet with Birmingham Royal Ballet - the culmination of the two-year Ballet Hoo project which Channel 4 traced in a four-part series featuring West Midlands youngsters performing alongside the company.
Linden is an adviser for Wrosne, an initiative that takes its name from the Anglo-Saxon word for "the link" and involves young people from both sides of Dudley's Wren's Nest Hill who are deemed to be at risk. Its object is to create an artistic experience involving the canals, caverns and geology of the area, culminating in a subterranean performance in July.
For this week, however, Linden is concentrating on his role as Crooks, the black stable-hand - so-called because he has a crooked back. Of Mice and Men opens at the Netherton Arts Centre tonight and continues until Saturday.
There was a surprise for the cast and the studio audience at Birmingham's Crescent Theatre's first night of Birmingham School of Acting's Shoreditch Madonna last week.
Three minutes into the action, one of several paintings hanging on the rail of the technicians' gallery suddenly slipped about 18 inches to dangle ominously above the heads of the audience on that side of the studio.
Fortunately, that was where director John Adams was sitting.
In masterful fashion, he stood up to support the miscreant picture, announced that safety was something you don't take a chance with and ordered all the pictures to be removed. Then the show began again - to reveal, a little later, one of the characters doing some spirited hammering and declaring that the walls were solid.
More reliable, that is to say, than that picture's string support.
* Popcorn, Highbury Little Theatre, Sutton Coldfield (to Saturday).
* Sweet Charity, Wolverhampton Musical Comedy Company, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton (to Saturday).
* Of Mice and Men, Dudley Little Theatre, Netherton Arts Centre (to Saturday).
* The Late Mrs Early, Charlemont Dramatic Society, Pennyhill Primary School, West Bromwich (to Saturday).
* L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Birmingham Conservatoire, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham (Mar 6-8).
* Ladies' Day, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse, Walsall (Mar 6-15).
* Strictly Murder, Oldbury Repertory Players, Barlow Theatre, Langley (Mar 8-15).
* The Yeomen of the Guard, Astwood Bank Operatic Society, Palace Theatre, Redditch (Mar 11-15).
* Closer, Swan Theatre Amateur Company, Swan Theatre, Worcester (Mar 12-15).
* As You Like It, Crescent Youth Theatre Seniors, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham (Mar 13-15).
* Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle & Dick, Cresecent Theatre, Birmingham (Mar 15-29).