“Ohhhh no it’s not” I hear you cry. Well we’d like to remind you it’ll be Christmas soon so “ohhhh yes it is”.
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW on 01785 817 307 before they’re all gone! Panto is a big seller every year and we expect this year to be one of our best yet
We’ve been busy getting ready for our latest production “Blue Stockings” which plays at St Michael’s Hall in Stone, Staffordshire next month on the 13th-16th September.
This intriguing, witty and funny play tells the story of the first women to go to Cambridge University, but in 1898 only the men are permitted to graduate.
Faced with social and political backlash, the ladies are forced to choose between their education or social acceptance. Life and especially love, is impossibly difficult for a ‘Blue Stocking’.
To book your tickets, visit The Home & Colour Centre on Stone High Street or call them on 01785 817 307
Our latest production opens on Wednesday 22nd March, which means we are down to just a few rehearsals remaining…excuse me, when did that happen?!
This musical is something different, and the anticipation of performing is starting to bubble over and it will be fascinating to see what our audiences make of it. There’s real feeling within the company that we’re on the verge of something special, but we are at that point where we need an audience to find out!
Here’s a little video that features a description of the show, some of the music and shots of the cast working hard in the rehearsal room (which doubles up as out theatre from time to time).
The show runs 22nd-25th March (19:30) and tickets are £12/£10. Call 01785 817307 to reserve or visit our Box Office – The Home and Colour Centre on Stone High Street.
In September we performed ‘The Real Thing’ by Tom Stoppard, and the production has received a couple of excellent reviews which seem to echo the positive feedback we had from audiences each night.
Tom Stoppard plays are often regarded as ‘wordy’ and demand a lot of concentration from the audience, and this play was no exception. Overall there were two types of response, people either loved the production inside out OR they didn’t love the play itself but did admire our production – and that’s fine by us, variety is the spice of life! Next up is fun for all the family with Jack and the Beanstalk! Tickets available online or from Home and Colour on the High St.
Below is the full Sentinel Review from Gina Brian…
The Real Thing– a play written by Tom Stoppard
Venue St Michael’s Hall Stone 7.30 9th-13th Sept.
The venue is tiny but The Revellers Theatre Company always manage to organise themselves and the audience to use the space to its full advantage. For this play, we, the audience sit very close to the players on 3 sides of their playing space- a real treat. The set is minimal but sufficient, it is changed efficiently and quickly by the cast and back stage crew on many occasions for there are 11 scenes.
The play is set in the early 1980s, it is about marriage, writing, emotional fidelity and intellectual integrity. Stoppard uses the play within a play structure to mess around with ideas of reality, honesty, fidelity and love. Characters include a playwright (Henry), two actresses (Charlotte and Annie), two actors (Max and Billy) a daughter (Debbie) and an aspiring writer(Brodie). He combines his characteristically brilliant wordplay and wit with flashes of insight that illuminate the nature and the mystery of love, creating a play which challenges the mind while searching out the secrets of the heart.
This cast each display well developed and different characters. Stoppard uses a lot of words which have to be delivered clearly and with understanding and they all do this very successfully- they are to be congratulated. I particularly enjoyed Alec Voss’s performance as Henry, he handles a whole range of emotions with real insight and understanding and also that of Harri Bailey, who played Henry’s second wife Annie. The closeness of the audience left them no room for relaxation and they worked hard throughout the evening, each complementing the other.
Many congratulations to all members of the cast and to the Director Mark Doran.
Tickets now available for our next production! This funny, touching and intelligent play looks at our old friend ‘love’ and asks…how do we know when it’s ‘The Real Thing’…like really really the real thing.
The brilliant writing of Tom Stoppard at his best, a great cast and once again we will be doing something a little bit different inside St Michael’s Hall.
“Taking inspiration from some incredible plays seen at the New Vic recently, we have decided to stage this show as close to ‘in the round’ as we can achieve, it’s not quite 360, but we hope to give our audience an immersive experience perhaps like they are peering through an open window in to the lives and living rooms of our characters” (Mark Doran – Director).
To purchase tickets click here or visit The Home and Colour Centre on Stone High St (01785 817307)
(seating for this production will be unreserved)
Last year Stone Revellers received its first ever NODA (National Operatics and Drama Association) Award for our memorable production of the modern classic ‘Jerusalem’. Well hot on the heels of this new recognition, we are incredibly proud to announce that our recent production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ has followed suit, once again picking up best drama in the regional awards held on Sunday 17th April.
Winning awards for two plays written 400 years apart is further evidence that our little theatre company isn’t scared to take on different challenges, succeed in doing them justice and continue bringing quality theatre to our audiences in Stone.
Next up is Father Ted in June, tickets are selling fast so don’t hesitate…it’s bound to be another winner!
With our first production of a Gilbert & Sullivan musical only weeks away, director Leo Capernaros gives us a progress report on The Mikado…
“This is the first musical I have directed, and frankly I’m right out of my comfort zone. Give me some good old-fashioned dialogue and I find my natural place in the rehearsal room, however as soon as the keyboard kicks in for yet another ‘big number’ my head starts to spin. It’s technical, time consuming and there has to be dancing…HELP!
Thankfully I do have plenty of help in the form of a wonderful Musical Director (Susie Dickson), a creative Choreographer (Harri Bailey) and a G&S obsessed Assistant Director (Ian Bowen, also playing Pooh-Bah!). Between us and the hard-working (and talented) cast – we are putting all the pieces together, bit by bit. We often have differing ideas in our minds, but happily the whole group seems to have the same overriding objective, to tell the story. We want our audience to enjoy what they see and hear, but also understand the story being told, and the story of The Mikado is no simple tale, it twists and turns, it’s wacky and at times flat-out absurd. For this reason we know telling the story will be a challenge, but one we are enjoying.
I have never worked with a G&S script before, and being honest I never thought I would, but like much of the cast I have been surprised at how inventive and wonderfully funny it is – it’s going to be great fun. We have a huge few weeks left that will require hard-work and focus – thankfully we have a production team and cast that are up for the challenge.
We are also knee-deep in suitcases – come along to find out why.”
Tickets available from The Home and Colour Centre on Stone High St, Tel 01785 817307.
Wed 6th – Sat 9th April 19:30 (14:30 Sat Mat) £12/£10
In April next year Stone Revellers will perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic musical ‘The Mikado’ and as ever our audition process will be entirely open to anyone keen to get involved.
WORKSHOP DATE: Tues 8th Dec, 19:30
AUDITION DATES: 10th Dec 19:30 & 13th Dec 14:30
SHOW DATES: 6th – 9th April (Inc Sat Mat) 2016
LOCATION: St Michael’s Hall, Lichfield St, Stone, ST15 8AA
There will be an optional workshop before the auditions that will give you a chance to sing some of the songs in a group, meet the production team and hear about our exciting approach to staging this great piece of musical theatre.
The audition pack includes some suggested songs in both a vocal score and libretto version. There is also a section of dialogue for each character. You are welcome to choose a different audition song if you prefer but it must be from The Mikado.
Details about all the roles are below. Each character description has some notes for the actor and a description of the character’s involvement. The way in which this performance will be staged enables any actor regardless of age or sex to assume various roles throughout, therefore we are very open minded when it comes to the ages of the principle parts, in other words – if you fancy it, go for it!
For audition packs and/or you have any questions then just get in touch with the Director Leo Capernaros: 07917 192988 or email email@example.com
The clock is ticking (from inside the giant Crocodile) – yes that’s right folks it’s nearly time to visit Peter Pan’s Neverland for this year’s swashbuckling pantomime.
The cast and crew can’t wait to share all their hard work with you in just a few weeks time. Tickets are selling fast so get down to Home and Colour to buy yours double quick, or call 01785 817307.
Tuesday 1st – Sat 5th December 19:30 (Sat Matinee 14:30)