Let’s go INTO THE WOODS! 1 and 2 March 2019

We are thrilled to announce that our next show will be Into the woods, to be staged at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness, on 1 and 2 March 2019.

 

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

One of Sondheim’s most popular works, Into The Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.

 

We would love to see some new members join our society for this fabulous show, so please come along to the Grosvenor House Hotel in Skegness on Wednesday 12 September, at 7.00 pm, for our first rehearsal.  We can give you all the information about rehearsal schedules, audition dates, and membership costs.

 

If you want to get in touch, email us at skegnessmusicaltheatrecompany@gmail.com, or follow us on facebook – our page is Skegness Musical Theatre Company.

 

 

 

BOOGIE NIGHTS 2017

I am afraid I have bad news for our members. Through no fault of her own Jo is not available for our planned show week, and unfortunately the Embassy Theatre has been unable to find us another date. As you can appreciate, we cannot perform a show without the producer present, and this has left us with no alternative but to cancel our production of Boogie Nights. This has been a very difficult decision for the committee; we have never found ourselves in this position before and we are working hard to make sure there are alternative opportunities for everyone to perform.
After the success of our concerts at the Richmond School, and at the local WI groups, we are very keen to pursue the idea of performing more concerts, and we are also working on a new production for later in the year. More details will follow as soon as they are finalised.
In the meantime, please come along to the Royal Arthur Hall, Ingoldmells at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 17th January, when we will be working on new concert material. We would love to see old and new faces there – it’s a great opportunity to perform solos, duets, and ensemble pieces from all genres of show – in other words there is something for everyone!

A little bit of history about our Society

How many people knew that we can trace our history back to 1922, when we were formed as the ‘Skegness Amateur Operatic Society’?  

 

The first general meeting was held at the Edinburgh Cafe, Skegness, on Thursday 15 June 1922, at 8.00 pm.  There were 24 people present, from which the first committee was formed, and the following principles were adopted:-

 

“The Society to be named ‘The Skegness Amateur Operatic Society’.

The Object of the Society to be the rehearsal and production of light opera.

Management is vested in a committee consisting of President, Musical Director, Producer, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Membership:  by invitation.  All members shall, if so required, submit to a test to prove ability, fitness, or suitability for any particular part.

Subscription:  None (at present).  Members must defray the cost of their own music.

Authority:  The Musical Director shall have sole control in questions relating to music, and the Producer in questions relating to stage action, scenery, costumes, and effects.

The management shall be empowered to require the withdrawal of any member whose conduct, lack of ability, or failure to attend practices or rehearsals renders such course desirable.

Members are expected to attend at least 90% of practices, and to attend punctually.

No person other than members of the cast shall be present at rehearsals without the consent of the Musical Director (or the Producer).

A concert committee to be formed in due course.”

 

The early shows were indeed light opera, including HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, Gondoliers, Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Patience, Yeoman of the Guard, Merrie England, The Geisha, Rose of Persia, The Chocolate Soldier, Ruddigore, and Gypsy Love.

 

The Society took a break during the war years, and then re-formed on 11 November 1964 as ‘The Skegness and District Amateur Operatic Society’.  The first show performed by the new society was The King and I.

 

The Society is now called ‘Skegness Musical Theatre Company’, and has continued to flourish.  We are an inclusive society and love to encourage new talent, and also to tackle shows of all genres.  Our last ten shows have been Whistle down the Wind, Sister Act, Scrooge, Sweeney Todd, The King and I, My Fair Lady, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Pirates of Penzance, Fiddler on the roof, and The Scarlet Pimpernel.  In other words, we have ranged from light opera, through Rogers and Hammerstein, to Alan Menken, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman.  Next year we are performing ‘Boogie Nights’ at the Embassy Theatre.  This will be a new venture for us, with lots of great 70s hits to sing and dance to, but we hope that we can keep finding a new audience so that we are here to celebrate our centenary.

BOOGIE NIGHTS – rehearsals start on 3 January!

It’s time to Boogie!

 

Rehearsals for Boogie Nights start on Wednesday 3 January, 7.00 pm,  at the Royal Arthur Hall, Ingoldmells.  It’s really important for everyone to be there as we will be singing with our Musical Director, setting harmonies, and running through audition pieces ready for the following week.

 

Auditions will be held on 10 January, starting at 7.00 pm at the Royal Arthur Hall, Ingoldmells.  If you wish to audition, please get in touch via our facebook page so we can add you to the list.  We will also be publishing the audition pieces soon, so keep checking back for more information.

 

Jo Fitzwilliams, who produced our last show ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ is once again our producer for the year.  Jo has a lot of experience appearing in shows as a singer and dancer, and has lots of ideas to make ‘Boogie Nights’ fun to appear in as well as to watch.

 

We are delighted that David Hallgate is to be our Musical Director this year, and we are all looking forward to working with him again.

 

Our Choreographer is Jade Wattam, assisted by her sister Amber.  Jade is new to our group, but is a very experienced and talented choreographer, and we are excited to have her on our team.

 

Please come along and meet us on Wednesday 3 January; we are always looking for new members to appear in our shows, as well as back stage crew.

2018 show – come and join our 70s party! BOOGIE NIGHTS THE MUSICAL

Our next show will be the 70s musical ‘Boogie Nights’.  We will be performing at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness, from 14 to 16 June.

If you would like to join us, please come along on a Wednesday night at 7.00 pm, to the Royal Arthur Hall, Ingoldmells.

Rehearsals will start on Wednesday 4 January 2018.

 

Do you remember where you were the night Elvis died? Well, tonight’s the night. Boogie Nights-The Musical tells the hilarious and heart-warming story of Roddy, a Jack-the-lad, whose life of birds, booze and boogie is about to be turned upside down.

It’s the night that the King, Elvis Presley, died and Roddy O’Neill is busy dreaming of life as a rock star! Debs, his girlfriend, has her own thoughts… basically that Roddy’s a selfish, arrogant, horrible, unfeeling, rude, heartless pig! But the truth is that Roddy is in love with Debs, and Debs is in love with Roddy, but Debs knows that her Roddy has more than a roving eye! Through all their tears and laughter – can they both find what they are truly searching for?

Packed with all the greatest Disco classics Boogie Nights-The Musical will have the audience up on its feet doing The Bump and The Hustle, and funking along to the grooviest chart topping hits like ‘You Sexy Thing’,’ Y.M.C.A.’, ‘I Will Survive’, ‘In The Navy’, ‘Can You Feel The Force’, ‘I Love To Love’, ‘Boogie Wonderland’ and many many more!

WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND

Our latest show, Whistle Down the Wind, will be staged at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness, from 9 to 11 March 1t 7.30 pm.

 

Based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and subsequent Richard Attenborough produced film, Whistle Down the Wind follows the fortunes of a fugitive caught between the prejudice of adults and the innocence of the young.

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman, together with Patricia Knop and Gale Edwards (co-book writers with Andrew Lloyd Webber) reset the original story in Louisiana in 1959.

 

Whistle Down the Wind revolves around the time and place where the word teenager was invented.  Swallow, a 15 year old girl growing up in America’s deep South in the fifties, discovers a mysterious man hiding out in a barn.  When she asks who he is and the first words he utters are “Jesus Christ”, it’s as if all her prayers have been answered.  Swallow and the town’s other children vow to protect the stranger from the world that waits outside – the townspeople who are determined to catch a fugitive hiding in their midst.  As fantasy and reality collide, Swallow is torn between the two and begins to discover who she is and where she is going.

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s emotive score combines hauntingly beautiful love songs and explosive rock music with lyrics by acclaimed rock’n’roll songwriter Jim Steinman.  The score contrasts the relentless influence of the modern world with the traditional values of the old days – something which the community at the heart of Whistle Down the Wind yearns to return to.

 

SISTER ACT 2016

Our next show will be SISTER ACT, to be performed at the Embassy Theatre on 17, 18 and 19 March 2016.  We are always looking for new talent to join our society, and make everyone welcome.

 

Our first rehearsal will be on Wednesday 2 September at the Royal Arthur Hall, Ingoldmells, at 7.00 pm.  Please come along and see if you like us!

Listen to Scrooge on Elaine Paige’s ‘Break a Leg’ feature

Elaine Paige Break-a-leg plug for Skegness Musical Theatre CompanyJust in case you missed our own Ebenezer Scrooge on Sunday 1 March, here is a chance to hear Trevor Fenton’s message on Radio 2.  (Click on the link to the left.)  Elaine seemed to enjoy it, but she won’t be lucky enough to see the whole show – you can!   Contact the Embassy on 0845 674 0505 to book your tickets before it’s too late.

Tickets are now on sale for our next production – Scrooge the Musical!

Follow the links to the Embassy Theatre website and get your early bird tickets by booking before 1 February!  Scrooge the Musical will be performed on 5, 6 and 7 March, starting at 7.00 pm.  

This much-loved and endearing musical tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas. However, after being visited by three spirits – Christmas past, present and future – all on Christmas Eve, Scrooge’s outlook on life is transformed!

In a show packed with toe-tapping songs such asThank You Very MuchDecember the 25th and I Like Life, Scrooge is taken on a journey through his life, revisiting past joys, meeting his childhood sweetheart and joining friends and family at their Christmas celebrations. He also has a stark warning of how he will end up if he continues his ways and the consequences of his miserly actions! This makes Scrooge realise that he must change until finally he discovers the true meaning of Christmas!

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2014

The 50th Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Wednesday 4 June 2014 at 7.00, at Rotherwood, Drake Road, Skegness.

 

All members are welcome, so please come along.  The meeting is being hosted by Andrea and Richard, and we would be grateful if you could let us know whether or not you will attend, by emailing the secretary.

There is currently a vacancy for a two year committee position – could you be the one to fill it?  There is always work to be done to ensure the shows are successful and well attended, so please give serious consideration to offering your services.

We look forward to seeing you on 4 June, where you can be amongst the first to hear about our show for 2015.

Annual General Meeting 2013

The Annual General Meeting of Skegness Musical Theatre Company will be held on Monday 17 June 2013 at 7.30 pm, at Rotherwood, Drake Road, SKEGNESS.  Everyone is welcome.

As this is the AGM, we will be electing officers and committee members, and would welcome any nominations before the event (please contact the secretary).  Alternatively, we can accept nominations from the floor.   The current officers are all available for re-election:-

Chairman:  Jo Fitzwilliams

Vice Chairman:  Marina Jackson

Treasurer:  Richard Hall

Secretary:  Sandra Colman

Sandy Loosley has another year to serve on the committee.  Sabrina Horton is available for election.  We need another TWO committee members.

If you want to know more about how you can help to run the society, please don’t be shy – contact anyone on the committee and we will be pleased to have a chat with you.  Look forward to seeing you all at the AGM.

Please come along and get involved in the future of your society, and be one of the first to hear what show we have planned for 2014!

Trevor goes the extra mile to take on Yul Brynner’s iconic role of The King of Siam

Trevor Fenton always gives 100% to his performance – but this year he has gone the extra mile, by having his head shaved to take on the role of King Mongkut of Siam in the King and I.   Trevor decided against wearing a bald cap, and allowed Mrs Anna (Katy Meadows) to shave his head for the role.   Katy soon overcame her initial nerves at using clippers for the first time, and was cheered on by the cast as she slowly but surely removed all of Trevor’s hair. 

As this year’s show coincides with Comic Relief, we will be passing collection buckets around the auditorium, so if you want to sponsor Trevor’s head shave, please give generously.

Officers and Committee 2012/13

Following last night’s AGM, I am pleased to announce that the following people were elected:

President:  Mr John Turner, Chairman: Miss Jo Fitzwilliams, Vice Chairman: Mr Marino Jackson, Treasurer: Mr Richard Hall, Secretary: Mrs Sandra Colman.

Mrs Sandy Loosley was elected to the committee, but there are still vacancies, and we will be co-opting more members during the year.  We need a full complement on the committee, to ensure that the workload is evenly distributed!

Our production team will comprise Andrea Hall as Producer, Peter Coughtrey-Wellsted as Musical Director, and Mary Ali as Wardrobe Mistress.  The Choreographer is still to be announced.

Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM, and in particular our thanks to all those people who volunteered for office – without you, we would not have a society.

£1000 donation made to MacMillan Cancer Support

We are delighted to announce that the profit made from One Night Only at the Embassy Theatre was a massive £1000!  The cheque has been handed over to Shirley Atherton, who is the Chairman of Skegness MacMillan Cancer Support.

Four in ten people in the UK will suffer from cancer in some form during their lives, and therefore it is vital for Macmillan to raise funhds to help as many people as possible, not only with the famous Macmillan nurses, but with doctors, help groups, help lines, information lines, and palliative care in conjunction with other local hospice organisations.

Thank you to everyone who supported our show; we look forward to seeing you all next time!

Our photograph shows Lisa Jay (Choreographer), Peter Wellsted (Musical Director), Shirley Atherton, and Andrea Hall (Producer and Chairman, SMTC).

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Thank you to everyone who supported us on 24 February.  We hope you enjoyed our singing and dancing, and appreciated the variety of songs and styles which we performed.

Watch this space; we will soon be able to announce how much we raised for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Next year’s show will be at the Embassy Theatre, from 14 to 16 March 2013; details to be announced soon!

The Lisa Jay Stage Institute joins SMTC for ‘One Night Only’

Skegness Musical Theatre Company will be joined by the talented students of the Lisa Jay Stage Insitute for their next production on Friday 24 February.  The children will be performing numbers from The Sound of Music, Annie and Oliver – on their own as well as with the adult cast.  Please come along and support them!

Happy Christmas everyone!

Thank you to all of the dancers who came to Lisa Jay’s last night – we achieved a lot in a very short time!

The next rehearsals will be:

SINGING – Monday 2 January, 7.15 pm at Lisa Jay’s studio on Grosvenor Road

DANCING – Wednesday 4 January, 6.30 till 7.30 pm at Lisa Jay’s studio on Grosvenor Road.

Hope you all enjoy your Christmas break – look forward to seeing you all next year!

It’s not too late to join us for our February show!

Regular visitors will know that our next show is to be ONE NIGHT ONLY, with all profits going to MacMillan cancer support.  We would welcome any new singers or dancers who want to come along and join us.  We rehearse on Monday nights, starting at 7.15pm, at Seathorne School (off Church lane, Winthorpe).  Subscriptions for the year are just £20 for adult members.  Junior members (aged 14 to 17) only have to pay £10 for the year.

Fancy giving us a try?  Come along and see if you like us – there’s no obligation to join immediately, but we know you’ll want to!

Latest news from SMTC

Firstly, I am pleased to announce that Paul Johnson has taken up the position of Vice Chairman.   Paul is an enthusiastic committee member, and we are certain that he will work hard on behalf of the society.  We are also delighted to welcome Sandy Chapman to the committee; Sandy has attended her first meeting, and is already contributing and working hard.  We still have one vacancy, so please speak to any committee member if you are interested.

The committee has decided that all profits from our 2012 show will go to MacMillan Cancer Support.    To help promote our show we will also perform at the MacMillan Strictly Come Dancing night at the Southview Hotel on Saturday 12 November.  We will sing excerpts from our show, between 7.00 and 7.30 pm, while guests are arriving for their welcome drink.  Please make sure you attend rehearsals between now and then, and make yourself available for Saturday 12 November, so we can put on a good preview performance.

If anyone would like tickets for the Strictly Come Dancing Night, there are still some available.  The tickets cost £30 and include a three course carvery, entertainment by Sid Dennis, plus two local singers, the Macmillan Top Toe Tappers, and disco.  The highlight of the night will be five local amateur couples competing for the Strictly trophy!  Speak to Sandra for more information.

Look forward to seeing you all on Monday evenings, 7.15 at Seathorne School.  Watch this space for rehearsal schedules – Lisa will be joining us soon so there will be some dance rehearsals in October.

Rehearsals have started!

Rehearsals have now started for our next production, to be held on Friday 24 February 2012FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!

We’re rehearsing some great music from across the whole spectrum of musical theatre - some is funny, some is really emotional – but it’s all starting to sound fantastic.

Last night we welcomed another four new faces to our group, but we would still love to see some more of the old faces back.  So come along next Monday to Seathorne School at 7.15 pm and see what next year’s show is all about.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Members please note:  the Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15 June, at the Vine Hotel, Skegness.  A notice of meeting has been sent out to everyone, asking for nominations for committee and officers.

Please make the effort to attend, so you can have your say in the running of your society.  Any apologies should be sent to the secretary please.

Hope to see you there.

2012 show will be Camelot!

Following the success of this year’s production ‘My Fair Lady’, Skegness Musical Theatre Company have chosen Camelot* as their show for 2012.  

The Story

(5th century Britain)

Guenevere journeys to Camelot to become Arthur’s Queen. The entire court, apart from Arthur whom she has never met, comes to greet her. Nervous and shy, he is hiding in nearby woods. Presently, he is joined by Guenevere who has slipped away from the ceremony of welcome. They are soon charmed by each other and go forth happily to the wedding. Arthur’s tutor, the magician Merlin, is lured away but not before he has inspired Arthur to favour the establishment of peace and brotherhood. The fame of Arthur’s Order of the Round Table brings the cream of Europe’s knighthood to Camelot. No knight is more renowned than Lancelot du Lac, although the Queen and courtiers think the young Frenchman’s reputation must be inflated. She encourages three knights to challenge him in the lists. Lancelot quickly defeats all three knights in the jousting match and the Queen becomes attracted to him and he finds himself in love with her. Torn between this love and his devotion to Arthur, he asks permission to leave Camelot for foreign conquests. Two years later he returns to be made a Knight of the Round Table and realises that he still loves Guenevere. Mordred, Arthur’s illegitimate son, arrives at Camelot to dishonour the King in order to gain the throne. With the help of his sorceress aunt, Morgan le Fey, he traps Arthur in the forest. Then Mordred finds Lancelot in the Queen’s Chambers, accuses him of treachery and imprisons him. Lancelot escapes but Guenevere is sentenced to burn. She is rescued by Lancelot at the last moment and he takes her off to France. Arthur must now wage war on France, even though he forgives Lancelot and Guenevere before the battle. As a final gesture of hope for the future, Arthur sends a young boy, Thomas Mallory, back to England with orders to tell another generation of Camelot’s ideals.

Musical Numbers

  1. I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight – Arthur
  2. The Simple Joys of Maidenhood – Guenevere
  3. Camelot – Arthur, Guenevere
  4. Follow Me – Nimue
  5. C’est Moi – Lancelot
  6. The Lusty Month of May – Guenevere & Ensemble
  7. Take Me To the Fair – Guenevere, Knights and Ensemble
  8. How To Handle A Woman – Arthur
  9. The Jousts – Arthur, Guenevere & Ensemble
  10. Before I Gaze At You Again – Guenevere
  11. Fie On Goodness – Knights, Male Ensemble
  12. If Ever I Would Leave You – Lancelot
  13. The Seven Deadly Virtues – Mordred
  14. What Do The Simple Folk Do – Arthur, Guenevere
  15. The Persuasion – Mordred and Morgan le Fey
  16. I Loved You Once In Silence – Guenevere
  17. Guenevere – Ensemble

* Music by Frederick Loewe; Libretto and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner; (based on “The Once And Future King” by T. H. White)

Skegness Musical Theatre’s Past Productions

60′s

1965 The King & I | 1966 Quaker Girl | 1967 The Merry Widow | 1968 Oliver |1969 My Fair Lady

70′s

1970 Pink Champagne | 1971 Yeoman Of The Guard | 1972 The Mikado | 1973 Fiddler On The Roof | 1974 The Dancing Years |1975 Viva Mexico | 1976 The Gypsy Baron | 1977 Oliver | 1978 Oklahoma | 1979 Kiss Me Kate

80′s

1980 White Horse Inn | 1981 Me & My Girl | 1982 The Merry Widow | 1983 Showboat | 1984 The Pajama Game 1985 Pirates Of Penzance | 1986 Fiddler On The Roof | 1988 Irene | 1989 H M S Pinafore

90′s

1990 The Gondoliers | 1991 The Mikado | 1992 Viva Mexico | 1993 Yeomen Of The Guard | 1994 Oklahoma  1995 Brigadoon | 1996 Pirates of Penzance | 1997 The Merry Widow | 1998 Orpheus | 1999 Half A Sixpence

00′s

2000 A Century of musicals & Trial By Jury | 2001 Mack & Mabel | 2002 South Pacific | 2003 The Mikado | 2004 Carousel | 2005 Guys & Dolls | 2006 Oliver | 2007 Scarlet Pimpernel | 2008 Fiddler On The Roof | 2009 Pirates of Penzance

10′s

2010 Thoroughly Modern Millie | 2011 My Fair Lady