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!

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.

Rehearsals – January 2015

scroogeWe hope everyone has a happy Christmas, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year.  As the Embassy has given us such an early date for our show, it is vitally important that everyone attends every rehearsal (when required).  Andrea circulated the rehearsal schedule last night, but if you missed out, here is the first couple of weeks.

 

Monday 5 January:  7 to 10.  Full company required to rehearse the Opening and Father Christmas (act one, scene one and scene 3 pp10 to 15)

Wednesday 7 January:  7 to 10.  Full company required to rehearse ‘Christmas Children’ and ‘Father Christmas’ (act one, scene 3, pp 8 to 15)

Monday 12 January:  7 to 10.  Full company required to rehearse the Opening, ‘Christmas Children’ and ‘Father Christmas’ (Act one, scene one, scene 3 pp 8 to 15)

Wednesday 14 January: 7 to 10.  Full company required to rehearse ‘I hate People’ and ‘December 25th’ (Act one, scene 3, p15, scene 8 pp 27 to 32.

 

Don’t forget that the movie is on Channel 5 over Christmas (20th December and 25th December I think).

 

 

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!

FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL – 9 May 2014, 7.00 pm

We will be getting together on Friday evening 9 May at the Royal Arthur Hall, Ingoldmells (our rehearsal venue), to enjoy a DVD and a fish and chip supper.    All members are welcome, whether or not you were in Sweeney Todd.  It would be great to see you all!

 

Venue:  Royal Arthur Hall

Date: Friday 9 May

Time: arrive at 7.00 to order and pay for your fish and chips

Admission:  £1 contribution, but you will get a gift in return.

 

Tea and coffee will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own alcoholic or soft drinks.

Rehearsal schedule

Rehearsals are now moving to three per week, starting on Monday 17 February, so please try to be there as we are running the show.  If you can’t make it, let Andrea know.

17 Feb: Act one scenese 6 to 8

19 Feb: Act two scenes one to 4

21 Feb: Act two scenes 5 to 11

24 Feb: run Act One

26 Feb: run Act Two

28 Feb: run Act One

SUNDAY 2 MARCH:  All day rehearsal at the Embassy – further details will be published

3 March: run Act Two

5 March: Run show

7 March: Run show

PLEASE note the above information and make sure you are prepared – no books allowed now!

Sweeney Todd Rehearsals

We can't tempt Peter with a pie!

We can’t tempt Peter with a pie!

Sweeney Todd rehearsals have now started, so please come along and join us!

 

Venue:  The Royal Arthur Hall, Ingoldmells

Time:  7.15 until 10.00 pm every Wednesday (except school holidays)

Subscriptions:  £40 per year

Principal auditions:  Wednesday 2 October, 6.00 pm.  For more information contact Andrea Hall (our producer) on 01754 764161

 

If you want to know how to get involved, either on stage or behind the scenes, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email, or by contacting Andrea.

2014 show will be Sweeney Todd

Here is the news that everyone has been waiting for – our show for 2014 will be the wonderful musical ‘Sweeney Todd’.  Based on the book by Hugh Wheeler, and with the fabulous music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, this show will be a real treat for our audiences, and for our cast.  There is some interesting and challenging singing, along with a funny and entertaining script.  Our Producer/Director Andrea Hall, and our Musical Director Peter Wellsted are both excited about the months ahead, so why not come along and join our society?

We start rehearsals in September, ready to perform the show from 13 to 15 March 2014.  Watch this space for more information ……

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.

Rehearsal schedule – January

Happy Christmas everyone!   It’s time for a well deserved rest from rehearsals, but we’re back in January, ready for some hard work.  The rehearsal schedule has been circulated, but if you haven’t seen it, here is a summary of the first couple of weeks.  Principals are required from 7 January, with the chorus required from Sunday 13th. 

Monday 7 Jan:  singing rehearsal for principals at Jane’s house.

Friday 11 Jan: 7.30 to 10.00 at Lisa Jay’s – Anna, Captain Orton, Louis, Phra Alak, Kralahome, King, Tuptim, Lun Tha, Chululongkorn, Louis (Act 1, sc 1 pp 4-8, sc 2, pp 10-13, sc3, sc4 pp 28-30)

Sunday 13 Jan:  2.30 to 4.30 at Lisa Jay’s – All cast involved (Act 1, sc2, pp15-17, sc3, sc4 pp 21 – 28)

Monday 14 Jan: 7.30 – 10.00 at Savoy Hotel – Tuptim, Kralahome, King, Anna, Thiang, Lun Tha (Act 1 sc2 pp 10-13, sc4 pp 28-29, sc5 pp 31 – 35)

Friday 18 Jan: 7.30 to 10.00 at Lisa Jay’s – Wives and any other cast involved in these scenes (Act 1, sc2, sc4, sc6, Act2 Sc1, sc3, sc6).

As you will see, Sunday and Friday rehearsals will now take place at the Lisa Jay Stage Institute on Grosvenor Road.  Monday rehearsals (usually for principals) will be at the Savoy.

As always, if you have any questions please get in touch with Andrea.

Rehearsal schedule for December

Thank you to everyone for your hard work so far; the show is coming along really well.  Here is the schedule for December rehearsals, all to be held at the Savoy Hotel as usual.  Sunday’s rehearsals are from 2.30 until 4.30 pm, and the evening rehearsals on Mondays and Wednesdays start at 7.30 pm.    For principal rehearsals, please check your lib and score to see if you are required.

Wednesday 5 December:  PRINCIPALS – Act 2, scene 1, pp 46-48, and scene 4, pp 58-66

Sunday 9 December:  ALL CAST INCLUDING CHILDREN – Recap all scenes including March of the Siamese Children, Getting to Know You, Prayer to Buddha and Finale Act 2

Monday 10 December:  PRINCIPALS – Act 1, scene 1, pp4-9, Act 1, scene 2, pp 10/11, Act 2 scene 4 (musical numbers only)

Wednesday 12 December:  NO REHEARSAL

Sunday 16 December:  ALL CAST INCLUDING CHILDREN – Recap all scenes set so far including musical numbers as previous Sunday

Monday 17 December:  ALL CAST INVOLVED IN ACT 1 – Run Act 1 (excluding Tuptim and Lun Tha scenes), including musical numbers.

Hope all of that makes sense, but if in doubt please give Andrea a call.  Thank you.

New rehearsal venue

We are really pleased to announce that our rehearsal venue for ‘The King and I’ will be the Savoy Hotel on North Parade.  We will be in their function room, which is a lovely space with a dance floor, and ideal for our rehearsals.  There is a bar downstairs, where you will be able to buy cold or hot drinks.   Ample car parking is available on the Seafront as well, so you won’t have too far to walk. 

We know we will be well looked after at the Savoy, so we look forward to seeing you all there.

Principal auditions will be held there on Monday 1 October, and our first chorus workshop will be on Monday 8 October.  Members old and new are very welcome, so please come along and bring some friends!

Would you like to be one of the King of Siam’s children?

Skegness Musical Theatre is performing  The King and I, on 14, 15, 16 March 2013 at The Embassy Theatre, Skegness.

We need lots of young people to act as the King of Siam’s children, as well as two teenage boys to take the roles of Louis and Prince Chulalongkorn.

Auditions will be held at Seathorne School on Sunday 30 September, starting at 2.30 pm, so why not come along and sing us a song of your choice?

Parents:  if you would like to know more, please come along to the auditions and meet the production team, or send us a message via the website or our facebook page.

Don’t forget – first rehearsal on Monday 10 September, 7.30 pm, at Grand Central

We’re looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces, and lots of new faces too, at the first rehearsal for The King and I.  This will be a chance to get together with friends old and new, sing through the songs, and pick up audition pieces.  We’ll also give you all the information you need about show dates, rehearsal dates, etc, so make sure you come along.

Not been in a show before?  That doesn’t matter – we’re a very friendly bunch and you’ll get the chance to shine, whether you’re a singer, a dancer, or an actor (or good at all three!).

So don’t be shy – we’ll see you on Monday night!

 

Rehearsal and audition dates for The King and I

Members will be receiving a letter in the next couple of weeks, outlining all the important dates for The King and I.  In the meantime, here is a brief summary of the dates for your diary.

First get together:  Monday 10 September, 7.30 pm at Grand Central.  All of the audition pieces will be available to take away, and we will have a sing through of some of the show songs.

Principal auditions:  Monday 1 October (if you can’t make that date, you will have to audition earlier).

Show week is from Sunday 10 March, so you need to be free all of that week.  Performances are on 14, 15 and 16 March at the Embassy Theatre.

There will be an all day rehearsal on Sunday 3 March, at the Embassy.

Our production team this year is Andrea Hall as producer, Peter Wellsted as Musical Director, with Choreography by Lisa Jay.  Jo Fitzwilliams will be acting as Dance Captain at rehearsals.

Please get in touch if you have any questions – we look forward to seeing all of you on 10 September.  New members are always welcome, so come along and see whether you like us!

 

£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!

Only one week to go!

Songs have been learned, routines practised, costumes prepared – we just need an audience now!

Please tell everyone you know what a fabulous show this is going to be.  All of the profits are going to a great cause, MacMillan Cancer Care, so we need to fill the theatre. 

We’ve got seven days, so re-post this message and let’s sell all of those tickets.

Rehearsal schedule

It’s really important to attend rehearsals now, as our show date approaches rapidly!

Mondays:  7.00 till 10.00 pm at Seathorne.

Wednesday:  6.30 at Lisa Jay’s for dancers, 7.30 at Seathorne for singers.

EXTRA DATES for your diary -

Sunday 5 February, 10am till 4 pm at Lisa Jay’s.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Monday 20 February – early start - 6 pm at Seathorne, finishing at 10 pm.

Wednesday 22 February and Thursday 23 February – dress rehearsals 6 pm at the Embassy Theatre.

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!