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.

 

 

 

AGM 2018

The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Monday 11 June, 2018, at 7pm.  The venue is Rotherwood, Drake Road, SKEGNESS.

The meeting is open to all members.  Please send apologies to the Secretary.

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.

53rd Annual General Meeting 2017

The 53rd Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Wednesday 7 June 2017 at Rotherwood, Drake Road, SKEGNESS, commencing at 7.00 pm.

 

All members past and present are welcome to attend.

 

As usual we will be electing officers and committee members, deciding on subscriptions for the next year, and announcing our show for 2018.

 

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Annual General Meeting 2016

The 52nd Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Wednesday 8 June 2016 at Rotherwood, Drake Road, Skegness at 7.00pm. 

 

This is your opportunity to be involved in running the society, so please make every effort to attend.

 

We need new officers for the club, and a new committee member, so please give serious consideration to offering your services; without you the club may not be able to continue!

 

I have attached a summary of the positions which need to be filled; read them and ask questions if you need to, then find yourself a proposer and seconder.  The previous officers will still be around to help you – you won’t be left to flounder!

 

Responsibilities of the committee

 

 

CHAIRMAN: 

 

Responsible for the smooth running of the society.  Calls regular meetings of committee and sets AGM.  Liaison with Embassy to book theatre, civic night, after show party etc.  Keeps president, vice president, life members and patrons updated on society matters.  Chairs the audition committee and informs auditionees of the outcome.  Arranges front of house.

 

In reality, a lot of these duties are delegated to other society members, but the Chairman is there to ensure that they actually happen.

 

 

VICE CHAIRMAN:

 

Assists the Chairman, and acts on the Chairman’s behalf in his/her absence.  Should be prepared to step up to the role of Chairman in exceptional circumstances.

 

 

HONORARY TREASURER:

 

Responsible for all financial aspects and book keeping.  Reports monthly to the committee on its financial state and prepares and balances the annual financial statement.

 

 

HONORARY SECRETARY:

 

Records minutes of meetings, responds to correspondence, and obtains libs and scores.  Keeps members informed of committee actions and decisions.  Notifies committee members of meetings, and the society of the AGM.  Sends out patrons’ letters and civic invitations.

 

 

COMMITTEE MEMBER:

 

Represent the society, attend committee meetings, and assist in the running of the society.

 

We look forward to seeing you on 8 June.

 

SOCIAL EVENING – It’s time to look in the dressing up box!

As you all know, Mary has a tardis at home in which she keeps our ever growing supply of costumes.  We decided it was time to clear out the store, and raise some funds at the same time.

In order to sell the costumes over the internet, we will need some photographs of them being worn, and who better to act as models than our own budding actors!

 

On Wednesday 17 June, 7.00 pm, at Royal Arthur Hall, Ingoldmells, we will have a get-together to help sort the costumes, photograph them, and get them on the internet for sale.  We thought this would turn into a fun evening, especially if we were to order take aways and bring a bottle of wine or two.

 

Mary works tirelessly on our behalf, so this is your chance to give a little help in return.  Please make a note in your diary, and come along.

Annual General Meeting 2015

The 51st Annual General Meeting of Skegness Musical Theatre Company will be held on Wednesday 3 June, at 7.00 pm, at Rotherwood, Drake Road, Skegness.  All members are welcome to attend.

To ensure the continued success of our society, it is important to have new involvement on the committee.  This is your opportunity to get involved in the running of your society; if you wish to stand for election please find yourself a proposer and seconder, and let the secretary know.  You can also be nominated on the night.

 

The following positions are elected annually.  Even if the current incumbents are available for re-election, there is no reason why you shouldn’t put your name forward.

President:  John Turner is available for re-election

Chairman:  Jo Fitzwilliams is available for re-election

Vice Chairman:  Marino Jackson is available for re-election

Treasurer:  Richard Hall is standing down from this position, but Sabrina Horton is available for election

Secretary:  Sandra Colman is available for re-election (for one last year)

 

Committee members are elected for two years:

Trevor Fenton was elected in 2014 and has one year left to run.

Mandy Baron and Liz Burbridge were elected in 2013, so their two year term expires this year.  They are both available for re-election.

Sabrina Horton has served two years on the committee, but if elected will move to the post of treasurer.

This leaves a vacancy for a two year term on the committee:  please think carefully about offering your services – you would be made very welcome!

 

We hope to see you all at the AGM:  please let the secretary know if you are able to attend, or offer your apologies as necessary.

 

 

 

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).

 

 

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.

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!

Christmas social

Following the rehearsal on Wednesday 18 December we will be going to Toto’s for a ‘bit of a do’.   If you haven’t already placed your order, it’s not too late.  Just go to Toto’s before Tuesday night and let them know your menu choice.

Hope to see you all next week, but if not HAVE A HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

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 ……

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!

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!

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!

 

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.

Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting of Skegness Musical Theatre Company will take place on Wednesday 20 June, 7.30 pm at Grand Central, Skegness.  Everyone is welcome.  Individual notices will be sent out to members.

Hope to see you there.

£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).

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.

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!