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JEKYLL & HYDE: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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Our lovely cast are rehearsing hard for our upcoming production of Jekyll and Hyde and tickets can now be purchased from the Mercury Theatre box office 01206 573948 or online if you click on the link to the Mercury Theatre.

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Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, Jekyll and Hyde is the gripping tale of a brilliant mind gone horrifically awry, set to a powerful poprock score by Frank Wildhorn with book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. In an attempt to cure his ailing father’s mental illness by separating “good” from “evil” in the human personality, talented physician Dr. Jekyll inadvertently creates an alternate personality of pure evil, dubbed Mr. Hyde, who wreaks murderous havoc on the city of London.

Struggling to control Hyde before he takes over for good, Jekyll must race to find a cure for the demon he has created in his own mind.

The music is haunting and has the feel of Les Misérables or Phantom of the Opera. This is a production not to be missed.

 

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CAROUSEL-GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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CO2 presents… Carousel poster 2016-01-05 21.58.28

CO2’s Carousel: 8th-17th September

At the Mercury Theatre – tickets on sale now!

 

There are only a few weeks left to get your tickets to what is going to be another fantastic CO2 production.

This is the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and is set around the romances of the carousel barker Billy Bigelow and millworker Julie Jordan, and of Julie’s friend Carrie Pipperidge and the ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow.

The show includes the well-known songs: If I Loved You, June Is Bustin’ Out All Over and You’ll Never Walk Alone.

This is one show you won’t want to miss so make sure you book yours now via the Mercury Theatre website.

Music by RICHARD RODGERS, Book and Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II, As adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer, Based on Ferenc Molnar’s Play “Liliom”, Original Dances by Agnes de Mille

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with R & H Theatricals Europe

 

 

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Jekyll & Hyde Cast Announced

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Audition Results – Jekyll & Hyde

Colchester Operatic Society are proud to announce the cast list for our upcoming production of Jekyll and Hyde.  Well done to everyone who auditioned and congratulations to all those cast.  The Audition panel were presented with a high standard of performances and it was great to see so many new faces too.  After much deliberation the show has been cast as follows….

Jekyll                                       –                              Thomas Pleasant

Hyde                                       –                              Olly Medlicott

Emma Carew                          –                              Leanne Field

Utterson                                 –                              Sam Pilkington

Simon Stride                           –                              Adam Duarte-Dias

Sir Danvers Carew                  –                              Graham Bowden

Spider                                     –                              Chi Chi Armstrong

Sir Archibald Proops              –                              Jonathan Davis

Lady Beaconsfield                  –                              Barbara Ryan

Lord Glossop                         –                              Andrew Hodgson

Lord Savage                           –                              Wayne Setford

Lucy Harris                             –                              Giulia Cipriani

Bishop Of Basingstoke          –                              John Enfield

Nellie                                     –                              Joanne Davis

Poole (and Ensemble)            –                              Leanne Howard

Minister                                  –                              Rikki Hammond

Albert                                     –                              Joe Fusi

Mike                                       –                              Grant Borroff

Prostitutes                              –                              Fiona Bocking, Maeve Borges, Josephine Carter, Valentine Cavanagh-White, Flavia Ferretti, Gabriella Fusi,

                                                                               Suki Fusi, Shelley Gwyn-Jones, Shannon Hannah, Sarah Miles, Lisa Pordham, Chloé Rutter, Sarah Young,

                                                                               Jade Hey, Stefanie Clayton, Hope Wakelin-Gardner, Helen McCraw (soloist).

Ensemble                                –                              Bobbi Blaza , Debbie Drew, Caroline Fritz, Celia Greaves, Sally Leung, David Moye, Shauna Murray,

                                                                             John Peter Ellis Roberts, Claire Rowe, Barbara Scully, Tricia Smith, Teresa White, Stephen Woodward,

 

Message from our chairman:

 

On behalf of the audition panel I would like to congratulate everyone for their auditions. May I remind you that ALL parts are subject to satisfactory attendance at rehearsals, continuous and sustained development and performance of the roles during the rehearsal period. If the Society, as the shows producers and the Production Team feel that you are not maintaining an acceptable level of commitment or performance during the rehearsal process, we reserve the right to revise the casting as appropriate.

We understand that some of you may be disappointed that you did not get cast in your preferred role but assure you that when casting the production our aim is to provide a balanced and complementary cast for the entire piece. If however you feel that you are unable to give the role you have been given 100% and wish to withdraw from the production for that or any other reason, please let us know as soon as possible. Any queries regarding any aspect of your involvement should be directed towards the society Executive Committee via the Secretary NOT the Production Team. Liz can be emailed at colint139@btinternet.com or phoned on 01206 262664.

I am very happy that we were presented with such an array of talent and confident that our production of Jekyll & Hyde will be an outstanding artistic success. Please note that David and Geoff will be speaking to some of you individually regarding your successful audition. I am also happy to confirm that Amanda Powell will be joining the production team as Directors Assistant for this production.

Katie will be setting up a closed facebook group for those cast and involved with this show as an online forum for information and communication purposes.  If you have any queries concerning this please contact Katie by email -ktmate1981@gmail.com.

Best Wishes

Mark Fincham

Chairman & Business Manager

Colchester Operatic Society

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Jekyll and Hyde 2017

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We are pleased to announce that our director will be David Rutter, who will work with our musical director, Geoff Osbourne.

Auditions will take place on Sunday 10th July 2016 at Prettygate Junior school.

For Audition information click here

Script extracts for audition purposes

Pre-audition rehearsals will also be held at Prettygate Junior school on Mon. 27th June, Thurs 30th June, Mon 4th July and Thurs 7th July.  All at 7.30pm-10pm

Following auditions there will be rehearsals for music on Mon 11th July and Thursday 14th July.  We will then break for summer and resume rehearsals on Mon 22nd August.

This is a male led show and we are hoping to encourage many new and returning male members back to audition.  However, there are female parts too so whatever your gender, come along and see what it’s all about! For information about joining our society please see our become a member page.

To see what the show is like you can view this youtube link: https://youtu.be/FQ4uADMtmj8

If you have any further questions please use the contact us form and a member of the Executive committee will get back to you.

The Mercury Theatre Colchester

18th to 28th Jan 2017

An evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil, Jekyll & Hyde is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. Convinced the cure for his father’s mental illness lies in the separation of Man’s evil nature from his good, Dr. Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19th century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde.

Conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn

Book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Orchestrations by Kim Scharnberg
Arrangements by Jason Howland

Rights granted by permission from Josef Weinberger Ltd.

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COS CONCERT 2016

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Get your tickets now for this years concert “Dolls and Guys!”

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A unique look at the role of women in musicals.

From the love-lorn to the murderess, musicals have depicted a wide range of women. Whatever the role, musical theatre has given them the glory, the comedy and the pathos to enthrall audiences. Come and enjoy this journey of the female character! 

Tickets ONLY £12 – available from the Headgate theatre.  Box office (01206)366000 or email tickets@headgatetheatre.co.uk  Performances run from Tuesday 7th June to Saturday 11th June (including a Saturday matinee).

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Jekyll and Hyde: production team announced

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COS are proud to present Jekyll & Hyde……

The Mercury Theatre Colchester

Jan 2017

We are please to announce that the production team will be:

Musical Director: Geoff Osbourne

Artistic Director: Robyn Gowers

Directors assistant: Leanne Fincham

 

Conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn
Book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Orchestrations by Kim Scharnberg
Arrangements by Jason Howland

Rights granted by permission from Josef Weinberger Ltd.

An evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil, Jekyll & Hyde is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. Convinced the cure for his father’s mental illness lies in the separation of Man’s evil nature from his good, Dr. Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19th century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde.

This is a male led show and we are hoping to encourage many new and returning male members back to audition!

To see what the show is like you can view this youtube link: https://youtu.be/FQ4uADMtmj8

Auditions will be taking place in early July – date to be confirmed so watch this space!

For more information please see our become a member page and for any other enquiries please use the contact us form.

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Carousel Cast list

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Well done to everyone who auditioned, as usual the standard was incredibly high and you gave the panel a difficult task.  Here is the cast list they decided upon…

CAST LIST

BILLY BIGELOW – WILL MUGFORD
JULIE JORDAN – JENNY COLLINS
CARRIE PIPPERIDGE – ELLA DARCY-JONES
ENOCH SNOW – WADE ABLITT
NETTIE FOWLER – EMILY BATE
JIGGER CRAIGIN – CONNOR PRATCHETT
MRS MULLINS – ELLIE TATE
MR BASCOMBE + CHORUS – ALEX TERRY
HEAVENLY FRIEND + CHORUS – ARIANNA BLAND
LOUISE + CHORUS – ALICE MOLNAR
UNDERSTUDY LOUISE + CHORUS – LORNA PERRIN
ENOCH SNOW JNR + CHORUS – JAKE DANIELS
POLICEMAN + CHORUS – PAUL HODGSON
CAPTAIN + CHORUS – TOM KIERNAN
SCHOOL PRINCIPLE + CHORUS – LEWIS EAGLAND
CARNIVAL BOY + CHORUS – NATHAN RIGG
ARMINY + CHORUS – EMILY LANE
FEATURE CHORUS – SOFIA CASELLI, GIULIA CIPRIANI, JASMINE TRIADI, WILL ARGENT
GIRL CHORUS – RUBY TEWSON, GRACE FINCHAM, FRANCESCA LARKIN, BETHANY ADAMSON, SOPHIE RAMSEY, HOLLY FELGATE MILLIE WATSON MABEL HALL NANCY BORGES-WILBY, SHAUNA THOMPSON, KASSIA WALL, MILLIE GOULD, MARTHA MUGFORD, MEGAN PATMORE, TABETHA PARRICK, LORNA WHEATON, LEONIE WALL, ALANAH PENWILL, SHANNON HANNAH
BOYS CHORUS – FRASER MCLAUCHLAN, JOSHUA TARRIER, ROB MERCER SCOTT DINGWALL
SNOW CHILDREN NOT IN CHORUS – LAURA FERNEYHOUGH, VICTORIA WALTON
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COS concert 2016

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COS wants you!

Come and be a part of our next production- our spring/summer concert 2016.

The concert will take place at the Headgate Theatre in June, with performances from Wednesday 8th-Saturday 11th (technical and dress rehearsals on Mon 6th and Tues 7th).  It is being directed by Joanna Daniels with musical direction from Graham Keeble.  The working title is currently “Music, mirror and the chance to dance” but this may change.  Come and meet them and see what they have in store this year at our first introduction rehearsal on Monday 22nd Feb 2016 at Prettygate Junior school 7.30pm.  Auditions will be on 29th February (more details will be given at the first rehearsal).  Non-members are welcome to come along to this first rehearsal where you can also meet members of our committee and sign up for membership on the night.  You have to be a member to audition.  This year sees a dramatic reduction in membership fees, costing only £10 for the year, which includes access to the members area of the website, a chance to audition and take part in our productions, opportunities to join in our social events throughout the year and quarterly social newsletters.  Click on this link for more information on becoming a member.  Our show fees have increased to compensate for the lower membership fee, but for longstanding members this will mean the overall cost to you if taking part in a show/concert will be the same as previous years.  The concert show fee will be £30 payable if successful on audition.  Rehearsals generally take place on Mondays and Thursdays, and occasionally Sundays.

For any other queries please contact our secretary Liz by email at colint139@btinternet.com

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Carousel Workshop and Auditions

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Colchester Operatic Society Second Edition (CO2)

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WORKSHOP

Sunday 28th February 2016

9.45am – 4.00pm

Prettygate Junior School CO3 4PH

Meet the production team and learn about the show

To attend you must be between the ages of 11 – 23
Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink
Please wear suitable clothes and shoes for movement and dance
Please Bring Your Friends
Cost £10.00 Includes Workshop, Rehearsal Evenings and Auditions

Pre-Audition Rehearsal Evenings Prettygate Junior School CO3 4PH (A payment of £10.00 will still be required if not attending the Workshop)

Tuesday 1st March 7.30pm – 10.00pm (Girls)

Tuesday 8th March 7.30pm – 10.00pm (Boys)

Tuesday 15th March 7.30pm – 10.00pm (All)

Auditions Prettygate Junior School Colchester

Sunday 20th March – 9.45am

If selected to the cast a Show/Rehearsal fee of £60.00 will be charged plus a £10.00 Membership fee all payable to Colchester Operatic Society Rehearsals are Tuesday Evenings (plus Thursdays in Aug/Sept)

7.30pm – 10.00pm and Sundays 10.00am – 4.00pm (when called)

If for any reason you are unable to attend a rehearsal you must provide a stand in.

SHOW DATES 8th – 17th September 2016 MERCURY THEATRE

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE EXPECT A HIGH LEVEL OF COMMITMENT THROUGHOUT THE REHEARSAL PERIOD AND ESPECIALLY AFTER THE SUMMER BREAK WHEN WE RETURN ON AUGUST 21ST PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CAN COMMIT TO THIS SHOW
Click here to download a registration form
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Trevor Walton – Membership Secretary (07707250573) or email co2theatre@hotmail.co.uk

Click here to download the rehearsal schedule for your information

Click here to view a teaser trailer

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Sister Act -It’s going to be fabulous baby!

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Colchester Operatic Society’s production of Sister Act opens in a few weeks with tickets selling fast and some performances already sold out – don’t miss your chance to see this fabulous show and book your tickets now!

Showing at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester from 20th -30th January 2016.

For an interview with our leading lady, Chi-Chi, visit the gazette news website.

PHOTO: Our chorus of nuns getting ready to raise their voices for you!……

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All we need now is an audience and yes we are looking at you……

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