Our Next Show: Little Shop of Horrors!

Now we are back in the swing of musical theatre following our Injection of Happiness concerts, we are delighted to announce that Wimborne Musical Theatre Society’s next musical is …’LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS’… a charming, and funny musical comedy with a twist of horror, set in the 1960s.

It tells the story of Seymour, who works at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in Skid Row, and who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey Two in order to impress glamorous Audrey, the shop assistant he’s secretly in love with.

However Audrey Two has a mind of its own, and soon grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore with an appetite that can’t be satisfied. Seymour must keep the meals coming to stop his prized plant from wilting, but how far is he willing to go to get the girl of his dreams?

We cant wait to be performing this award winning musical at the TIVOLI THEATRE , WIMBORNE from THURSDAY 7th to SATURDAY 9th APRIL 2022; performnaces at 7.30 pm each evening and a 2.30 Saturday 9th matinee.

Tickets are on sale now at £16 and £14 for concessions.

Book now at the Box Office on 01202 88 55 66 or online at https://www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk/

REMEMBER… DON’T FEED THE PLANTS…!

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Reviews of “An Injection of Happiness”

In a difficult time for all because of the pandemic, we managed to run 3 performances of An Injection of Happiness, one at the Verwood Hub and two at the Allendale Centre; both new venues ( new for WMTS). The concerts were very well received by our audiences and we had reviewers at the Allendale from Dorset View and Scene One Plus both of whom gave us excellent reviews, as you can see below.

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Our next show now confirmed is:

We are delighted to announce that Wimborne Musical Theatre Society is going to be back on stage!

We are performing a special show named “An Injection of Happiness”.

After what everyone has been through our show will be simply, 40, yes 40! upbeat, happy songs, selected to help wash away any blues you may still have. There will be songs from musicals, from film, and from TV, and we are throwing in some inspired comedy as well.

We are going to perform at different venues too. For the first time, we are at the Merryfield Theatre in the Verwood Hub on Saturday 23rd October for 2 performances, a matinee at 2.30pm and evening at 7,30pm.

Then we are at the Minster Theatre at the Allendale Centre in Wimborne on Saturday 20th November again for 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm evening performances.

Tickets are £12 with Concessions at £10 [senior citizens (over 60) and children (under 16)]

We are having a relaxed approach to the shows with cabaret style seating, so you will not be all sitting in rows side by side; also bar facilities will be available. Combine that with great songs… what’s not to like!

Booking is available at both venues . The details are below:

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Westenders Rescheduled again…

So we have had to reschedule again due to that COVID-19 bug folks! Keep the faith.

Latest tentative dates subject to Government legislation…

The Hub – Saturday 23rd October 2021

The Allendale – Saturday 20th November 2021

Performance times as previously advertised.

More details as things firm up!

Watch this space.

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Westenders Rescheduled!

Welcome back – We’ve missed you!

Our next fund raising Concert show has now been rescheduled and we’d like to welcome you all back into the theatre.

We have two dates (four performances) for ‘Westenders‘ – Song and dance loosely linked to London in West End Shows with venues and new dates as follows:

More information to follow!

We thank you for your continuing support.

#StaySafe

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COVID-19 Lockdown Update

Our rehearsals are currently suspended and many of our members are shielding. 

As restrictions ease we will keep you updated – Please keep an eye on the web site and our Social Media Channels.

Thank you for your continued Support

#StaySafe

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Coming next …

Duncan and Bill discuss ‘Regeneration – Just Cant Stop the Music’

(with apologies to 'Alas Smith & Jones)

Saturday 30th November 2019

Wimborne Tivoli Theatre – 2:30 & 7:30pm

For Tickets Call: 01202 885566

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Regeneration – Just can’t stop the music

Need a boost to get you through the dreary winter gloom?

WMTS’s November show ‘Regeneration’ could be just the tonic. Upbeat anthems re-worked into contemporary musicals have been skilfully pulled together to tell a new life-affirming story that will have your feet tapping from the start and leave you dancing in the street.

Music from Queen, ABBA, Elton John and many more favourites. So grab your glad rags and join us at the Tivoli on Saturday 30th November to get your mojo running!

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Review: Scene One Plus Review of The Wizard of Oz

Wimborne Musical Theatre : Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne : 26 June 2019

“… a production [sic] full of both talent and charm…”

Dorothy’s ruby slippers are tip-tapping across theTivoli stage this week as Wimborne Musical Theatre head in a very differentdirection from the comparative sophistication of their last two shows, SisterAct and 9 to 5. In many ways The Wizard of Oz isthe American parallel to Alice in Wonderland, with its innocent butresourceful young heroine and its surreal, dream-like quality. Like Alice here,it is deeply ingrained in American culture, aided by the classic 1939 filmstarring Judy Garland. There is a touch of pantomime in there, too, and Ialways want to boo and hiss the Wicked Witch of the West as vigorously as Iwould Abanazar or the Ugly Sisters.

Those iconic ruby slippers are on the feet ofHermione Mason, who as Dorothy holds the whole thing together. She makes aconvincing teenager, her American accent is sustained well without compromisingaudibility, and her attachment to the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion is touching.

Her three chums – the Scarecrow (Duncan Sayers),the Tin Man (John Bounds) and the Lion (Lee Neal) – are a strong team. They actexceptionally well off each other and Dorothy, and they are all blessed withfine singing voices. The Wicked Witch is a splendid part, broomstick, greenmake-up and all, and Jemma Cable goes to town with it, striding and cackling togreat effect. There is a very natural performance from Phil Evans as theWizard. Ron Kite and Selina Rumbold play the ‘American Gothic’ couple of UncleHenry and Aunt Em before transforming into the Wizard’s guard and the goodwitch, Glinda, respectively.

Director Duncan Trew makes good use of a constantlychanging set and what seems like an infinite number of backcloths. SuziDeVilliers provides some fairly straightforward but effective choreography –the Jitterbug scene is a highlight – and musical director Jonathan Spratt keepsup the high standard of singing for which this Society is known. The costumes,like the sets, are bought in – who would fancy making a Tin Man costume intheir spare time? – but the lighting effects, so important in this show, appearto be home-grown and head of lighting Luke Baines deserves a shout-out forthem.

The show itself has a couple of challenges foramateur companies to overcome with inevitable limited resources, and I don’tknow the answer to either of them. Toto the dog is played here by Bramble, whoalthough immaculately trained, at times wandered around the stage or pawed atDorothy’s dress while she is singing. This can be distracting and audiencelaughter at the dog’s antics sometimes masked important dialogue. Then there isthe tornado which blows Dorothy from Kansas to Oz; here it is conveyed withsome surging music and vigorous lighting effects, but the crew were visiblewhile busily changing the set.

Those criticisms of the material take nothing awayfrom this production, which is full of both talent and charm.

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Announcing Our Summer 2019 Show! The Wizard of Oz

WMTS is delighted to announce its major 2019 production in June will be THE WIZARD OF OZ!

This RSC stage version that was specially adapted from the original MGM 1939 film, features all the music and lyrics from it, such as ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘Ding Dong The Witch is Dead’ and ‘We’re off to see the Wizard’, If I Only Had A Brain, …a Heart, …the Nerve… among many others. 

The show will be performed at the Wimborne Tivoli Theatre from the June 25th to 29th. Tickets are will be available from the Box Office at www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk from Tuesday 12th February.

“Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a tornado hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world”. 

Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.

This wonderful show is performed by WMTS’ experienced performers who have wowed audiences at the Tivoli for many years.

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most successful musicals ever, and this version guarantees audiences of any age, a joyful and entertaining time. 

So don’t delay, join us ‘Over the Rainbow’ in ‘the Land of Oz’!

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