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|KATS (Kennet Amateur Theatrical Society)|
Bucklebury Memorial Hall
7th, 8th and 9th August at 7.30 pm
Box Office: All tickets are available from www.kats.org.uk or from firstname.lastname@example.org
|Summer is here and its almost time for KATS summer production. |
Death, pension fraud, long lost relations, shoplifting pensioners and a suspicious policeman all combine to form a hilarious black comedy by William Norfolk
If you want to know more about the story read on........
Four elderly ladies have been sharing their lives in Violet’s rented house, pooling their pension books and sharing chores. After a mugging Violet dies, but, needing to hold on to her pension book, Marge, Lottie and Doris omit to tell the authorities and leave Violet’s body peacefully in the cemetery.
Life goes on. However Violet’s granddaughter, Ronnie, arrives from Australia in search of her relative. When she guesses the story she joins the commune hoping to improve the standard of living by bumping off old ladies for their pension books. Fending off the suspicious Inspector Grubb, she almost succeeds in attracting shoplifter Rose to the co-operative. But Rose isn’t quite what she seems……..
Portscatho Memorial Hall
7,8,14,15 August 2014
Box Office: 01872 501670 or email@example.com
Tickets £7 adults, £3.50 under-16s are available from 28 July from Veryan and Portloe Stores or telephone 01872 501670 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Author: Ron Hutson/Jasper Publishing
|Dying to Meet You|
|Veryan Players return to Portscatho this August with their Summer Production “Dying to Meet You” by Ron Hutson. Directed by Robert Pepper, the play is a hilarious, fast moving comedy/farce. Richard and his wife Barbara, in a mix up, offer the same room as lodgings to a young man (who turns out to be an undertaker) and a young Italian woman (who has the Mafia after her?) Confusion, panic, cross-dressing and many misunderstandings abound. Not helped when an Italian 'gentleman' arrives with a violin case...|
If you’ve ever been in the position where your children have left home and left you with an empty house you will relate to this.
Performances will take place on 7th & 8th August and 14th & 15th August 2014 at Portscatho Memorial Hall starting at 8:00 PM.
|Youth of Banbury Operatic Society|
Wykham Theatre, Banbury Academy
15th to the 16th August 2014 The performances start at 7.30pm each night, with a matinee at 2.30 pm on the 16th.
Tickets: Adults (£8), Under 16 (£6) are now on sale at Anker & Partner Estate Agents, 31 High Street, Banbury OX16 5ER or online at: Ticketsource
|13 the Musical|
|A heart-warming coming of age musical|
The challenges of growing up and the labels that can last a life time are themes we can all relate to. They underpin this year’s YOBOS (Youth of Banbury Operatic Society) production, ’13 the Musical’, which is set to delight Banbury audiences at Wykham Theatre, Banbury Academy from the 15th to the 16th August 2014 with this heart-warming, coming of age show.
Renowned for their ability to put on a fully staged musical in just one week during the summer, YOBOS is a non-profit making group created in 2003, as an exciting musical theatre project giving 10 to 19 year olds in the Banbury and North Oxfordshire area a taste of what it takes to be in a musical production. YOBOS high quality productions have resulted in them gaining national recognition, with the group winning awards as well as being asked to perform in the West End as part of a showcase of the country’s talented young performers on numerous occasions.
Full of high-voltage energy, 13 the Musical follows Evan Goldman (played by Maxwell Griffin) Evan has it all! With loyal friends and a loving family, he’s just about to turn 13 in the greatest city in the world – New York. That is until Evan learns he has to move to Indiana with his mother, throwing his plans for a Bar Mitzvah in jeopardy!
In Indiana, Evan discovers he must navigate the daunting world of teenage life. Text messages and rumours, first dates and first kisses, cliques, clashes and crushes are rife in his new school. His neighbour, Patrice (Jamie Fell), welcomes him with open arms; however, she is unpopular at school, forcing Evan to make a difficult decision: Does he stick with Patrice and become unpopular, or does he ditch her to ensure he has the best Bar Mitzvah?
Elsewhere in the school, Brett (Jack Watling), the most popular boy in town, and his friends, Eddie (Conor Dowers), Malcolm (Isiah Rudkin), Richie (Hal Wallis) and Simon (Charlie Finnie) are trying to think of a way for him to ask Kendra (Amelia Haverson), the head cheerleader, out on a date. Evan sees an opportunity to become popular and offers his help in wooing Kendra. However, Evan does not realise the problems he has created for himself. Archie, (Luke Wetherill) a boy with muscular dystrophy, also wants a date with Kendra putting Evan in a moral dilemma. Also, Kendra’s ‘best friend’, Lucy (Megs Glossop), wants to date Brett and uses her two best weapons to destroy Kendra’s chances with him – her abilities to flirt and gossip! Using her three friends, Molly (Lauren Hayden), Charlotte (Katie Johnson) and Cassie (Brittany Bain), Lucy plots to be the top girl at the school and is willing to say anything to get her own way.
Fresh from directing and choreographing Banbury Academy’s hit sell out production of We Will Rock You, the dynamic duo of Ben Coleman and Robbie Fell return to co-direct and co-choreograph 13 the Musical, and are joined once more by Theo Perry as musical director. They are the dream team who produced last year’s extremely successful Seussical the Musical. “The young cast and crew are truly a testament to the talent that Banbury has to offer”, said Ben who returns for his seventh year with the group. “YOBOS is a fantastic experience that both Robbie and I were part of only a couple of years ago, and we are thrilled to once again be part of the YOBOS experience after directing Seussical for YOBOS last year. 13 the Musical is one of YOBOS most challenging productions but, with the backing of a committed team, and a cast filled with Banbury’s most gifted young performers, it is sure to be YOBOS best, and most inspiring musical to date!”
|Youth Music Theatre UK|
This is unique production offers a platform to talented female composers in order to address the gender imbalance in the industry. Three emergent composers will draw inspiration from Belfast Poet Laureate Sinéad Morrissey in order to create three beautiful shows in one.
Box Office: MAC Belfast
|Starlight Musical Theatre|
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Box Office: Online
Seat prices: £26.00 / Reduced Rates £24.00 / Groups 10+ Buy 10 Get 11th Free
|West Side Story|
20th-23rd August 2014
|West Side Story is an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.|
The story is set in the East 40s and West 50s of the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood. (In the early 1960s much of the neighborhood would be cleared in an urban renewal project for the Lincoln Center, changing the neighborhood's character.) The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks from Puerto Rico are taunted by the Jets, a Polish-American working-class group. The young protagonist, Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Bernstein's score for the musical includes "Something's Coming", "Maria", "America", "Somewhere", "Tonight", "Jet Song", "I Feel Pretty", "A Boy Like That", "One Hand, One Heart", "Gee, Officer Krupke", and "Cool".
The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, marked Sondheim's Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances before going on tour. The production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1957. The show had an even longer-running London production, a number of revivals and international productions. The play spawned an innovative 1961 musical film of the same name, directed by Robert Wise and Robbins, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn. The film won ten Academy Awards out of eleven nominations, including Best Picture.
|Kent Musical Theatre Society|
The Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
Tuesday 26th August to Saturday 30th August, 7:30pm
Sat Mat 2:30pm
Box Office: Most tickets cost £12 each – some restricted view seats are available for £10.
A group offer is available:
• If you purchase 10 or more tickets at the same time, each ticket will only cost £10 as opposed to the full price of £12.This is available on all performances.
To book, please contact The Hazlitt Theatre box office.
Tel: 01622 758611
|Children of Eden|
|Kent Musical Theatre Society are pleased to invite you to ‘Children of Eden’ at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone next week, showing from 26th-30th August 2014. |
The show is freely based on the first few chapters of Genesis in the Bible. Along with an action-packed script, it is full of fantastic music written by both Stephen Schwartz (Godspell and Wicked) and John Caird (Les Miserables).
We are a relatively new musical society, currently made up of members aged between 10 and 25. We would really appreciate the support of our local community and social groups, and we believe that all would really enjoy the show. This musical is rarely performed locally, so this is a good opportunity to see this fantastic show.
26 - 30 August
|Box Office: Online|
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