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).


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!

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!

Extraordinary General Meeting

An EGM of the society is to be held at Seathorne School on Monday 21 November 2011, starting at 9l30 pm (following rehearsal).  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss members’ subscriptions for this year.  It is proposed to reduce the subscription to £20 for this year only.

It is important that you attend this meeting; we need at least 50% of the membership present in order to vote on the resolution.

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.


Hello all you members – past, present, and future!

We hope you’re coming along to our first rehearsal, on Monday 12 September, 7.30 pm at Seathorne School, Winthorpe.  Don’t forget that as it’s National Cupcake Week we are bringing along cupcakes to have with our tea.  We’ll also be hearing all about next year’s exciting show, and loosening up those vocal chords again with some chorus numbers.

If you haven’t sung as part of a chorus before, this is your chance to learn how to sing in different voice parts in harmony, whilst making some new friends and having fun!

The date of next year’s show has been moved to Friday 24 February at the Embassy Theatre.  That means we have slightly less time than usual to rehearse, but we won’t be compromising on standards – we’ll just be working harder!

See you all next week.


We have exciting news about next year’s show, so put Monday 12 September in your diary – that’s our first meeting after the summer holiday.

As usual, our first ‘rehearsal’ will be a social occasion so we can all catch up, and as it’s also National Cupcake Week, we’d like you to make some cupcakes if you can and bring them along!  We can then discuss plans for our 2012 show and you can all give us your thoughts and ideas.

And now the big news ………..

If you were at the AGM you will know that Doug had to resign as producer of Camelot.  This left us in a difficult position, with no-one to take up the challenge.  So, by way of a change, we have decided that next year we will perform a song and dance extravaganza – for one night only – at the Embassy Theatre.  It will be a fully staged event, with a set and costumes and special effects, and we hope to include extracts from a whole range of shows including some current ones which we cannot perform in full.   For example we are looking at Joseph, Grease, South Pacific, Cats, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music, Oliver, Chicago, Billy Elliott .. the list is endless, and we would welcome any input if you have any suggestions.  The show will not just be a series of musical numbers, so if you’re a closet uni-cyclist or juggler this could be your chance!

We hope that as many of you as possible will audition for parts in this show, as there will be many different styles of singing and many different formats – you won’t have to stand and sing a solo.  There will be duets, ensemble numbers and full chorus numbers in four part harmony – in other words there is something for everyone, be it singing or dancing or comedy drama.  Let us see what you can do!

We intend to donate all profits from the show to a Charity which will be decided by the committee; we feel that it would be a good idea to give something back to the community this year, having had a profitable show last year. 

Here are the important dates for your diary:

  • First rehearsal Monday 12 September, 7.30pm, at Seathorne School
  • All day rehearsal Sunday 4 March, at the Embassy Theatre
  • Show date:  Friday 23 March at the Embassy Theatre (to be confirmed)
  • Technical and dress rehearsals:  Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22 March at the Embassy.

Cirque de Classes

If you enjoyed the choreography in My Fair Lady, then go along to the Embassy Theatre in Skegness this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Our choreographer, Lisa Jay, has produced and choreographed her own spectacular show featuring 360 pairs of dancing feet!   All of the performers are pupils of the Lisa Jay Stage Institute, and range in age from just 18 months to over 75 years.  To book tickets, click on the link, or visit the Embassy Theatre, Skegness.


We are currently looking for an enthusiastic producer for our 2012 production of CAMELOT.  This is a fabulous show, with music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, and we’re really looking forward to performing it at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness next March.  Rehearsals will start in September, with auditions for main roles taking place early in October.  Once again, our Musical Director is Peter Coughtrey-Wellsted, and Richard Hall will be stage manager, so you’d be part of an experienced team who could help you all the way.

If you would be interested in producing/directing our show please get in touch with us – we’d love to hear from you.

2011 Committee

Congratulations to the following people on being elected to our committee at the Annual General Meeting:

President:  John Turner, Vice President: Dr D Pendrigh

Chairman: Andrea Hall, Vice Chairman: Wendy Cassidy, Treasurer: Carol Goulden, Secretary: Sandra Colman

Committee members:  Jo Fitzwilliams, Rebecca Hill, Paul Johnson, Jon Russell

Musical Director:  Peter Coughtrey-Wellsted, Wardrobe Mistress:  Mary Ali


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.

Autumn concert – September 2011 – CANCELLED!

We regret that we have had to cancel the concerts to be held in September.  You can still see us in Camelot next March! 


The Society will be going on tour this autumn, in a short series of concerts.  We will be performing songs from a variety of shows that we will probably never have the opportunity to produce in full, so it should be really enjoyable for everyone.   It also means we get the chance to sing all summer, as rehearsals will be on Monday evenings at the Embassy Arts Room, starting at 7.15pm.  The first one will be on Monday 9 May; please put the date in your diary – more information will be sent out in the post.

If you’re interested in joining our society, then this could be your opportunity to see if you like us!   Please get in touch via the website if you would like to know about membership.

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 15 June 2011, starting at 7.30pm, at the Vine Hotel, Skegness.  The official notice will be sent in the mail to you.  In the meantime, please think about giving something back to your Society, by standing for the committee.  We need enthusiastic people who can give up a little of their time to help shape the future of the society, and promote us to our public!  If you would like to know more, please contact a committee member (past or present!).

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)

Red Nose Day comes to Edwardian Britain

Friday night’s performance coincided with Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, and the entire cast and crew sported a red nose for the final curtain call.  Everyone then sung a rousing chorus of ‘I’m getting married in the morning’, whilst our collectors went amongst the audience with their collection buckets.  We collected over £200, so thank you to everyone who donated.

A word from the Chairman

Welcome to our Production of My Fair Lady. This well known musical was first performed by our Society in “believe it or not”, 1969.

It is a gloriously witty adaptation of the Broadway musical by Lerner and Loewe, which tells the story of our cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, as we see her grow into a confident young lady. Eliza never loses her charm and wit, despite the influence of Higgins who is crabby, opinionated and self-centered! This splendidly entertaining show includes the ever popular tunes ‘ wouldn’t it be luverly’ and ‘I could have danced all night’.

Our wonderful array of costumes is the result of creative effort and hard work from a dedicated team of people. My thanks also go to the production and backstage teams for their hard work and technical knowledge, the committee for its support and guidance, and the cast members for their immeasurable talent, devotion and commitment. Without publicity and marketing we would have no audience, and this year they have used new and innovative ways to promote our show – resulting in your being here tonight. So my final thanks go to you, the audience.

I am sure you will have a splendid evening’s entertainment with musical numbers like ‘The Ascot Gavotte’, and in contrast the cockney spectacle ‘Get me to the Church on time!’ So sit back and enjoy the ‘professional’ production that our amateur theatre group has once again produced for your entertainment. It’s just too luverly not to enjoy!

My Fair Lady Synopsis

THE place is London, the time 1912. It is a blustery March evening outside Covent Garden, where Henry Higgins is taking notes on British dialects, notably that of Eliza Doolittle. He tells her that he and his friend, Col. Pickering, can teach her to speak like a lady, so that she no longer need be a flower-seller, but can open her own shop.

Next day, Eliza appears at Higgins’ home to ask him to teach her proper diction, and he agrees. Over the course of several months Eliza, who moves into the Higgins household, is put through a gruelling course of phonetics and elocution lessons.

However, her Cockney mannerisms and moralities become so exasperating to him that he nearly gives up. She, in turn, is driven to distraction by his thoughtless treatment and
incessant instruction.

At last she improves and Higgins puts Eliza to a preliminary test. He will introduce her to his mother’s snobbish guests at the Ascot Race Meeting the following week. Beautifully
gowned, and very much the lady, she instantly captures the heart of young Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Smitten, Freddy later haunts Higgins’ house for a sight of Eliza.

Eliza’s moment of triumph comes at the Embassy Ball. She is beautiful, elegant and well-spoken and proves to be an enormous success, particularly with the young gentlemen.
After the ball, Higgins and Pickering are congratulating each other on their technical work, completely forgetting Eliza. Hurt and angry, she rushes out of the house, running into Freddy. He professes his love, but she is sceptical and brushes him off.

In an attempt to find her true identity she returns to the Covent Garden fl ower market, where she is not recognized, even by her own father, who has become rich and famous through his philosophies. He has decided that it is time he married the woman with whom he has been living for years, and spends one last night on the town.

Higgins discovers that he is hurt because Eliza left him. He meets her at his mother’s flat where she has gone for advice. They argue violently and she storms out. It is only a moment after her departure that Higgins finally wakes up to the fact that Eliza has become an entirely independent and admirable human being. He realizes that he will have a difficult time getting on without her.


Scene One
Outside The Opera House, Covent Garden
Why Can’t The English?
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?
Scene Two
The Pub on Tottenham Court Road
With A Little Bit Of Luck
Scene Three
Higgins’ Study
I’m An Ordinary Man
Scene Four
A Tenement Section, Tottenham Court Road
With A Little Bit Of Luck – Reprise
Scene Five
Higgins’ Study
Just You Wait
The Servant’s Chorus
The Rain In Spain
I Could have Danced All Night
Scene Six
The Ascot Races
Scene Seven
Inside A Club Tent At Ascot
Ascot Gavotte
Scene Eight
Outside Higgins’, Wimpole Street
On The Street Where You Live
Scene Nine
Higgins’ Study
Scene Ten
Transylvanian Embassy
Scene Eleven
The Ballroom of the Embassy
Embassy Waltz


Scene One
Higgins’ Study
You Did It
Scene Two
Outside Higgins’, Wimpole Street
On The Street Where You Live – Reprise
Show Me
Scene Three
Flower Market of Covent Garden
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly? – Reprise
Get Me To The Church On Time
Scene Four
Upstairs Hall of Higgins’ House
A Hymn To Him
Scene Five
Mrs Higgins’ House
Without You
Scene Six
Outside Higgins’, Wimpole Street
I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Scene Seven
Higgins’ Study