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IODS Productions

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Ilford

 

We are a friendly amateur dramatic group based on the north east London/Essex border in a town called (not surprisingly) Ilford.
The Ilford Operatic and Dramatic Society was created in 1919 at the end of the First World War, having started life as the 'Ilford Social Club' as early as 1890, performing operette at the Town Hall and the Ilford Hippodrome Theatre. Ilford Operatic and Dramatic Society performed both musicals and plays at the Town Hall from 1919 until 1974, interrupted only by the Second World War. In 1975, with a production of Orpheus In0020The Underworld, the newly built Kenneth More Theatre became our new home and this is where we still enjoy performing today. Since 1919 we have performed two musicals a year and at least three musicals a year since 1992, following the formation of a Youth Group in 1991. IODS Youth\’s first musical was The Boyfriend, in March 1992.
Rehearsals are held twice a week, from 7.45pm - 10.00pm on Mondays and Thursdays at The Broadway Theatre, Barking. We also rehearse on some Sundays in the lead-up to a show.
Auditions for New Members are held on a normal rehearsal night (Monday or Thursday) and are usually scheduled immediately following a production to enable New Members to join right at the start of rehearsals for the next show. Potential new members will be asked to perform a singing audition in front of a small committee. The song should be of your choice and something to suit your voice. We have an accompanist available if you have sheet music. Anyone wishing to join as a dancer will also be required to do a small singing audition but should also prepare a short dance routine and will be assessed on their dancing strength.
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Ingatestone & Fryerning Dramatic Club


Ingatestone

 

Ingatestone & Fryerning Dramatic Club (IFDC) is an amateur dramatics organisation located in Ingatestone, Essex. We have been producing plays and comedies for over Sixty years. Performances are held at the Ingatestone & Fryerning Community Club Theatre located in the picturesque village of Ingatestone.
We invite you to look through our web site, where you can find out more about the Club, its people and productions (both past and present).
We hope you will find the site of interest and we would be delighted if you were involved in our future programme of shows.
Our Club is primarily based on having fun and we think this is reflected in the enthusiasm shown by all who participate.
If you are interested in joining our friendly club, please email us, using the link below, or call Jennifer Godwin on 01277 355423, leaving your name and address. Jennifer will give you details of our rehearsal schedule and related particulars.
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Ingatestone Musical and Operetta Group


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Ingatestone

 

The Ingatestone Musical and Operetta Group (IMOG) is based in the picturesque village of Ingatestone in Essex, which is between Chelmsford, Brentwood and Billericay. Though not large, it has one of the best and friendliest musical and operetta groups in the County.
IMOG has been in existence for more than 40 years and is affiliated to NODA. Over this period, we have staged over 80 musicals and operettas. There are about 30 members of all ages in our Group and we perform two musicals each year and also put on several other concerts and social events.
We are always on the lookout for new members , including singers, dancers, actors, back-stage and "front-of-house" helpers. You are welcome to join us any Tuesday evening at the Ingatestone Community Centre Theatre. It\’s a great opportunity to meet new friends and perhaps start a really rewarding pastime. For more details about our membership & Friends of the Society (FOTS), please call Lilian Hunter on 01277 352360 or click here to email her for further information.
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ja performing arts


www.jackieannisperformingarts.com

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2 St Helens Avenue, Clacton on sea

 

We offer specialist training for Boys and Girls from the age of 2 years upwards in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Drama, Hip Hop/Street and Musical Theatre. We also provide adult classes! All classes are held in our purpose built Studios.
In addition to examinations the pupils have the opportunity perform in our biennial show, professional summer seasons, charity shows and corporate events! We have most recently performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London .
Contact: 01255 420138 admin@jackieannisperformingarts.com

 

Kelvedon Players

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Kelvedon

 

Kelvedon Players have been providing amateur drama in Kelvedon for over fifty years. A wide range of play styles have been produced over the years with everything from pantomime to comedy, farce, drama and musicals.
With three or four productions each year, we are continually on the lookout for new members whether to act or to provide technical support.
Productions and rehearsals are held in The Institute, High Street, Kelvedon.
Details of forthcoming auditions etc can be found in the Newsletter.
If you would like to find out more about membership or what's happening at Kelvedon Players, contact us by contact@kelvedonplayers.co.uk

 

KYDS Youth Drama Society

KYDS Youth Drama Society
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Tiptree

 

KYDS Youth Drama Society (formerly Knights Youth Drama Society) was founded on 4th March 2009. KYDS Youth Drama Society is based in Tiptree, Essex. Our registered address is 23 Maldon Road, Tiptree, CO5 0TN.
The aims of the society are:
- to educate the public in the dramatic and operatic arts, and to further the development of public appreciation and taste in the said arts;
- to build member's skills in areas of communication, confidence, teamwork and creativity;
- to educate members in various drama and theatre based skills;
- to offer easy access to the arts for the local community.
Affiliations:
KYDS Youth Drama Society is a member of the National Operatic and Dramatic Society and the North Essex Theatre Guild.
KYDS are always on the look out for new members, interested in getting involved in the society. We are currently looking for new members from 11-21 that are interested in performing in our April production.
In addition to this, we are looking for volunteers that would be interested in being involved with other aspects of our productions, such as technical, backstage, costumes or publicity. You can phone us on 07954 229869 or admin@kyds.org.uk or via website.

 

Kytes


Brentwood

 

Kytes was formed in 1980 by a small group of like minded individuals. The primary objectives of the Group were, and still are, to perform contemporary drama, which both challenges the cast, but also entertains the audience.This can be evidenced in some of Kytes' more recent productions; Closer, Amadeus, A Passionate Woman and Don Juan In Soho.
A desire to put on shows of the highest quality has always been at the heart of everything we do, and, as a result, the Group has been successful in attracting some of the best acting talent to its ranks. Over the years, we have won many awards for our work, and we are currently on the crest of a wave, having won the Brentwood Theatre award for best production of a play for the second year running. The Brent awards review all productions taking place at The Brentwood Theatre over the course of a year, so to be voted best play two years running is a fantastic achievement, of which we are all very proud.
Our group is continually growing both in membership and ideas for new shows, new writing and new and exciting ways of presenting challenging theatre.
Come join us. Chances are you're needed and don't even know it. Whatever your job there is an array of jobs and talent needed behind the scenes from set building to make up to costume design to photography to sound and lighting design.
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La-De-Da Theatre Company


Romford

 

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LADS - Latchingdon Arts & Drama Society


Latchingdon

 

Why not join in or get involved?
We are always looking for new talent
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Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society (LODS)

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Leigh-on-Sea

 

The Society was formed in 1915 as a result of a concert party organised during the First World War, and was originally known as the West Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society.
The Society expanded and in 1917 became known as the Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society. Within two years the Society’s success and increased membership made it necessary to move from the original Clarke’s College in London Road to more commodious premises at Elm Hall.
In 1922, after many sleepless nights and committee meetings, LODS decided to take the ambitious move to the Ambassador’s Theatre in Tylers Avenue, opening with Gilbert & Sullivan’s 'The Gondoliers'.
In 1932 a move to the first-class facilities at the Southend Hippodrome led to the production of 'The New Moon' in 1934. That magnificent show was generally acknowledged as the finest amateur production ever given in the town and created a sensation upon its initial performance. The advent of the 'talkies' necessitated a move to the New Palace Theatre, then back to the Ambassador\’s in 1936, but returning again to the Palace in 1938. Over the Second World War the Society had to scale down its productions but continued on by regularly giving first-rate revue type entertainment to the troops around the county.
The first post-war production was 'Wild Violets' at the Palace in 1946. Ours is a record of which we feel justly proud. We have presented shows ranging from grand opera to the avant-garde (including three world amateur premieres) as well as countless entertainments for charitable organisations.
Today LODS continues this tradition, always ready to take a risk in order to offer something new, something exciting, but above all something entertaining.
Contact committee2@lods.co.uk

 

Leigh Orpheus MVC

Leigh Orpheus MVC
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Leigh on Sea

 

Based near Southend on Sea in Essex, Leigh Orpheus is a friendly choir aiming to bring the joy of singing as a performer to men in the area. We also aim to bring the joy of listening to as many people as possible. We perform concerts locally and further afield and each year go on tour, sometimes in the UK and sometimes abroad. The choir has enjoyed successful concerts at the Cliffs Pavilion with Alfie Boe, Lee Mead, The Kings' Singers and most recently in January 2016 when we performed with three other male voice choirs. Many of our performances are fund-raisers for mainly local charities.
If you are interested in singing with us by all means come along and see if you like what you hear and would consider joining us – there is no obligation. We rehearse on Friday evenings from 7:30 at the Salvation Army Temple, London Rd, Hadleigh. Or come and see us in concert. Dates are on our website.
Contact: info@lomvc.org

 

Lightnin' Drama Group


Rainham

 

We offer all members the following levels of innovation:
To participate in Lightnin’ productions and presentations of drama, music and dance at venues from theatres to school halls.
Develop their skills as actors through training and continuously growing confidence.
Help to direct and choreograph.
Discover new abilities through role plays and improvisation.
Learn about costume, set design, stage management, lighting and sound systems.
Pursue academic routes in performing arts.
Box Office 01708 522245
General Enquiries 07870 911029
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Lindisfarne Players

Lindisfarne Players

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Southend-on-Sea

 

Lindisfarne is always looking for new faces, so if you’re interested in any aspect of the company - acting, directing, stage-managing or set design - come and get involved! Email the chairman Steve McCartney at enigmaenterprises@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Little Theatre Company

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Westcliff

 

The Company was formed in 1948 by a dozen or so enthusiasts, most of whom had some experience on the amateur stage, and was originally called The Little Theatre Club.
The original intention was to present shows in a modest way for charities, but within a few months it was learned that, owing to a cancelled booking, it was possible to hire the Palace Theatre, Westcliff, for a week. And so, in December 1949 the first LTC production was staged 'No No Nanette'. Since then, the company has presented 107 musicals and 33 plays. We have records of over 1000 members, many of whom have gone on to pursue a professional career in theatre and entertainment: these include our Patron, Gemma Craven, Mark Cotgrove (aka Snowboy) and Lee Mead. Always keen to try new things over the years, we have presented 3 UK amateur premieres plus numerous regional ones, and in the process we have won 12 NODA awards.
We’re always looking for new members. So whether your forte lies on stage, backstage or even making costumes, there surely isn’t a better way to make so many friends and most of all have fun!
If you would like to be part of the Little Theatre Company, please contact our membership secretary Doreen Goodfellow on 01702 349277 or membership@littletheatrecompany.co.uk

 

Little Waltham Drama Group

Little Waltham Drama Group
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Little Waltham

 

Come and join us!
We are always on the lookout for new members. There are any number of activities in which you can get involved even if you don't fancy actually treading the boards.
- Acting
- Musicians, especially piano, keyboards, guitar
- Stage management and backstage help
- Make up
- Costumes
- Front of House
- Publicity
- Prompt
- Producer
- Director
- Props
- General Assistant and dogsbody
- Do nothing but like to come along and watch (beware that's how we all started off!)
Email: contact@lwdg.org

 

London Youth Theatre School

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Lopping Hall in Loughton

 

Full details are on our website.
Contact: info@lyts.org.uk

 

Loughton Amateur Dramatic Society

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Lopping Hall, Loughton

 

For membership or any other enquiries please call; 07896910214 or 02085056988
LADS was formed was formed on 6th January 1924. It's founders wished to establish a "village society" with the aim of presenting plays with 'genuine dramatic worth'. Eighty-five years later, the LADS are still going strong. Loughton can no longer truly be described as a 'village' but one thing has remained constant - that original aspiration of 'genuine dramatic worth'. LADS has about 60 members of all ages. We perform and rehearse at Lopping Hall, conveniently situated in Loughton High Road, just a few minutes walk from Loughton tube station. We produce four plays a year, ranging from classics by Shakespeare, Shaw and Arthur Miller through favourites such as When We are Married, Rebecca and Hobson\’s Choice to the latest contemporary drama. The LADS are proud of our reputation for presenting plays fresh onto the amateur circuit and so we always keep an eye on potential new releases. We were one of the first amateur companies to produce The Madness of George III, Steel Magnolias, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Amy\’s View and Proof .Why not join LADS? We're always pleased to welcome new people. Or perhaps you'd just like to come along to one of our events. For more details concerning membership, please contact our Chairman, Jean Cooper, Tel: 07896910214 lads.chairman@gmail.com

 

Loughton Operatic Society

Loughton Operatic Society
www.loughtonoperatic.org.uk

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Loughton

 

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO APPEAR ON STAGE ?...
COME AND JOIN IN THE FUN!!!
Loughton Operatic Society continues to seek and welcome new members, whether it be to perform on stage, assist with backstage, front-of-house or administrative duties, or as supporters joining as Associate Members.
INTERESTED ???
IF SO.... ring our Membership secretary, Lionel Abrahams on 020 8550 6392
or email us at LOS@jollygoodshow.co.uk for more information regarding membership

 


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