Our Next Show: Kiss Me Kate

We’re pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for our next show – the fabulous Kiss Me, Kate!

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The Golden Days of Music Hall

We’ve had a great time rehearsing The Golden Days of Music Hall, so here are a few pics of our costume call – we’ll be back soon with our new show for 2016 – Kiss Me Kate!!

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Our November Show!

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Society Fundraising: Dorset Cream Teas

The last of our Fundraising Cream Teas will take place this weekend – please see the poster for details.
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The King & I: Review from The Blackmore Vale Magazine

Another great review from the Blackmore Vale Magazine. The show is running until Saturday, so why not Get your tickets today?

“Exotic and colourful, with an ethos that is a world away from 21th century England, this Rogers and Hammerstein classic set in 1862 is a challenge for even the most accomplished group.

Key to its success is the casting of The King of Siam – now Thailand – and Anna, the governess brought over to teach his innumerable children.

The role of the sovereign who demanded absolute authority was always going to be in safehands with Philip Redgrave, who is a consummate professional who simply inhabits the characters he takes on.

Sharron Pearcy not only has a wide vocal range, she is adept at portraying the humour in a part, and this she did perfectly, as she endeavoured to make sure ‘her head was never higher than the King’s’.

Two other top local female singers, Heather Pretlove as the King’s first wife Lady Thiang, and Sally Ager as Tuptim, the slave from Burma, are able to not only entrance the audience with their vocal skills, but they also get under the skin of their characters.

Lee Neal (Tuptim’s lover) and Phil Evans, (the King’s trusted but grumpy adviser) are usually the stars of a production, but in their smaller roles, they were both able to add to the talent pool.

Verwood panto regular Sam Shipp as the Prince and Oliver Plummer as Anna’s son Louis, are young actors clearly destined for further roles.

Supporting parts were played by Andy Trant as the ship’s captain, John Bounds as the diplomat, Ron Kite as the interpreter and KD Johnson, as a member of the King’s entourage.

Add to this the chorus formed by the royal wives, the dancers and eleven Royal children and you have a substantial cast – all of whom had clearly been so well rehearsed that you knew nothing was likely to go wrong. And it doesn’t.

The costumes are superb and it goes without saying that with so many catchy numbers such as Hello Young Lovers, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance, your feet are tapping much of the time.

The ballet sequence performed by the dancers and the children is simply entrancing, and one of the high spots of this production.

So top marks go to choreographer Suzi DeVilliers, and musical director Lee Redwood.

Most of the cast have to assume Siamese accents, which they do pretty well, however on occasions it was a little difficult to understand the spoken word. Perhaps the sound system needs to be adjusted for this excellent show which runs until this Saturday.”

Marilyn Barber

Review kindly reproduced from Blackmore Vale Magazine.

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The King & I: Review from SceneOne

The reviews are coming in for The King & I, which is playing this week at the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne. Tickets are still available, so why not come along?

“I was a little disconcerted when the curtain went up on this show on the first night to find that the top I was wearing appeared to have been cut out from some hidden piece of the backcloth. Seriously though, it did feel a bit strange to look at the backcloth, then at my top, and realise how similar they were with their flowers and palms – and I didn’t even buy it in Bangkok!

Anyway, I digress. What an absolutely superb show this proved to be, in every way. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s glorious score definitely comes into the ‘every one’s a winner’ category, and musical director Lee Redwood ensures that it is heard to its best advantage thanks to a first-rate band and really good singing from principals and chorus alike. There are great lighting effects too, the sound is well balanced and costumes are gorgeous.

Director Roy Joseph and choreographer Suzi De Villiers have kept their staging traditional, simple and effective, and it is perhaps a measure of the show’s success that I, who have seen The King and I countless times over the years, was close to tears during the final scene, so drawn into the story had I become, and you could have heard a pin drop in the auditorium.

That, of course, was very much due to the outstanding principal line-up, in particular the excellent Philip Redgrave as the King. As always with Phil, he really gets to the core of his character and makes him utterly believable, and there is a tremendous chemistry between him and Sharron Pearcy, who is a wonderfully feisty Anna. Heather Pretlove is simply stunning as the King’s senior wife, Lady Thiang, and all three score incredibly highly in the acting and singing stakes.

Smaller roles are well filled too: Phil Evans is a menacing Kralahome, Sally Ager a very appealing Tuptim and Lee Neal just right as her lover, Lun Tha. Oliver Plummer is beautifully smiley as Anna’s son, Louis, and Samuel Shipp extremely regal as Prince Chulalongkorn, while there’s a lovely cameo from John Bounds as Sir Edward Ramsey.

There’s good chorus work as well. The ‘Siamese Children’ are a delight, and I especially liked the Small House of Uncle Thomas ballet. Congratulations too to those in the chorus who are singing during that number – I’ve been in the show and I know how difficult that piece is, but it sounded super.

It may be a long way to Siam, or Thailand as it is better known these days, but there’s a little piece of it just down the road in Wimborne this week, and it’s well worth a visit.”

Review kindly reproduced from SceneOne.

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Calling All Girl Dancers!!

WE NEED GIRL DANCERS for our production of “THE KING and I” at the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, from the 16th to 20th June.

You will be in one major routine called the “Little House of Uncle Tom “. If you are aged between 14 and 19 and have dance school experience, come and join us to perform in this wonderful show

Contact Julia on 01202 530 069 or Sylvia on 07973 285 334.

Our rehearsals are at Merley community Centre, Harrier Drive Wimborne, Thursday and Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.

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Strong Cast Announced for “The King and I”

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Wimborne Musical Theatre Society (WMTS) have cast the leading roles for their forthcoming musical “The King and I” and are delighted to have put together a exceptionally strong team of well know local performers.

Pictured are, Phil Redgrave, seated at the piano, and, from left to right, behind the piano, Heather Pretlove, Lee Neal, Sally Ager, and Sharron Pearcy. Phil plays the King of Siam, Heather, Lady Thiang, his first wife; Lee plays Lun Tha, the Burmese envoy in love with Tuptim, played by Sally; Sharron plays Anna, who has come from England to tutor the King’s wives and children.

Local musical theatre and concert goers will be no strangers to this talented group who have entertained many over the years, both with WMTS, with other groups and in their own right.

Phil is very well known throughout the area both as a superb character actor and singer, playing leading roles in musicals and in concerts. Heather who performs shows to raise funds for charities, and Sharron, who sings with a jazz combo, perform in concerts both solo and as a duo, are renown for their excellent harmonising. When it comes to harmonising, Sally who sings professionally with her group “The Sodapops”, has been a mainstay with the Society playing many leading roles; and Lee has performed major roles with various local amateur companies over a number of years.

Sylvia Walpole, WMTS Chairman said “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to bring together one of the strongest groups to lead our cast for “The King and I”. We are in no doubt that they will excel in acting in, and performing the beautiful songs in this well loved musical, to delight our audiences.”

The King and I will be performed at the Wimborne Tivoli Theatre from Tuesday 16th June to Saturday 20th June; showtimes are 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are on sale now and available from the Tivoli Box office or 01202885566.

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2 Boys Required for Roles in ‘The King and I’.

We’re looking for 2 boys to play the role of Anna’s son and the Prince (eldest son of the King) for our June production ‘The King and I’.

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Singing abilities are a must. If you know anyone suitable, or are indeed a boy aged between 12-18 years old please get in touch! You can contact us either via this page or by emailing Sylvia at sdwalpole@icloud.com. More details on the roles can be found here.

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The King and I – a synopsis

The Story of ‘The King and I’

Anna Leonowens, an attractive English widow, arrives with her son Louis, in Bangkok, the capital of Siam, in the early 1860’s. She has been engaged by the King of Siam to teach English and Western ideas to his family of many wives and many more children. However she doubts whether her decision to come was right.

When Anna meets the King, her doubts turn to anger when she discovers he has chosen to forget his various promises concerning salary and particularly that he had promised her a house next to the palace. She is only prevented from leaving by meeting the King’s enchanting children.

Anna instructs the Royal children, including Prince Chululongkorn, the King’s eldest son, the King’s wives, even sometimes the King himself. They learn of the outside world, and individual freedom. The King is fascinated, yet troubled, by these ideas. At Court, her Western ideas quickly conflict with oriental traditions, and especially with The Kralahome, the Kings principal adviser.

Whilst the King proclaims of his belief in Western ideals, it does not stop him accepting a slave girl Tuptim as a gift from the King of Burma, but Tuptim loves Lun Tha who has escorted her to Bangkok. Anna befriends Tuptim and lends her a new American novel, ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ but she is worried that Tuptim and Lun Tha are meeting secretly.

Anna admires the King’s strengths, but his stubbornness infuriates her. Lady Thiang, the King’s first wife understands this and counsels patience, for she sees how much the King and Anna need each other

The King learns that a British diplomat is on the way to Bangkok, obviously to assess the King’s hold on his country. Anna cleverly suggests that a European style dinner, with all the Court in European dress, and with a suitable entertainment would give the diplomat, Sir Edward Ramsay an excellent impression of an enlightened and sophisticated society – and of the King, too.

The dinner and entertainment “The Small House of Uncle Thomas” devised by Tuptim is a great success; whilst the ‘subversive’ message of the ballet’s story worries the King momentarily, Sir Edward’s compliments and generous endorsement of his regime give the King great satisfaction.

The plan has worked. The King and Anna, alone, congratulate each other and in the mood of celebration he asks her to teach him the polka. As they dance, we see how the growing friendship is rapidly developing into love.

However, a series of events suddenly turn everything upside down, threatening to undo all that has occurred before, leading to a compelling and emotional finale.

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