Birmingham Savoyards’ production of The Mikado opens at the Old Rep Theatre on 24 March.
Written in 1885 and set in an imaginary Japanese village, The Mikado is one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operettas. Many of the songs are well known classics and audiences still roll with laughter at Gilbert’s wonderful ability to poke fun at British morals, sensibilities and institutions of the day through his imaginary 'Japanese' characters.
The town of Titipu hasn’t had an execution for a while and the Lord High Executioner (KoKo) is informed that his own head may soon be for the chop if the situation isn’t remedied. This poses a double dilemma as KoKo (who can’t even bring himself to kill a fly) either needs to find a suitable volunteer to be beheaded, or face being beheaded himself. And how can an Executioner execute himself?
Birmingham Savoyards present The Mikado from 24 to 28 March at the Old Rep Theatre. Click here to book tickets, or call the Old Rep Theatre box office on 0121 359 9444.
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Aldridge Does Variety is a talent competition held at Aldridge Youth Theatre, Aldridge, Walsall, Birmingham and is open to talented individuals aged 12-21 years old. First place prize is £100 in Amazon vouchers, along with prizes for second and third.
This will be the third and final year that the competition takes place, and there is only 9 days remaining until the application deadline.
Luke Forbes, Director of Aldridge Does Variety says:
"I urge anyone with a talent of any kind to apply for this show, as you never know who will be watching in the audience or even watching our live streaming link online. We have confirmed our first judge for the final as Apprentice 2014 star Jemma Bird, and we’re also hoping for more well-known and well-loved people to join her on the panel for the final too."
Aldridge Does Variety 2014 winner, Amie Faulkner (aged 21), has gone on to professionally record her winning single after being spotted by a recording artist in the audience the night of the final and is now gigging around the West Midlands.
If you are interested in auditioning, applicants must email email@example.com as soon possible to receive an application form.
Auditions will be taking place on Saturday 11 April with the final being held on Saturday 25 April, both at Aldridge Youth Theatre.
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Stourbridge Amateur Operatic Society (SAOS) are on the lookout for the next Deloris Van Cartier. This October the group will be performing the vibrant and uplifting musical, Sister Act, at Town Hall Theatre, Stourbridge and you could be a part of it...
Following the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a lounge singer in Reno, her life is turned upside down when she stumbles across a murder. In order to protect her identity she is placed in a convent and manages to transform a choir of nuns into signing sensations. The musical fizzles with fantastic numbers and is a touching, hilarious and toe-tapping delight.
Audition workshops for what will be SAOS's 105th show, will be taking place on Sunday 12 April. For more information and to register your interest, head over to their Facebook page now!
Sister Act is being performed at Town Hall Theatre, Stourbridge from 19 to 24 October.
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NODA Award-winning theatre company, Backstreet, return this May with a brand new show – the Stephen Sondheim musical - Into the Woods.
The Staffordshire-based group, who won the National Operatic and Dramatic Association Regional Award for their production of Jekyll and Hyde in 2013, have yet again taken a risk with their upcoming show. Following the release of the Disney film, Backstreet are thrilled to bring Into the Woods to the Prince of Wales Centre in May. This show has never been performed at the theatre before and Prince of Wales staff and management are very excited to see it take to the stage.
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, that intertwines the plots of our favourite well known stories. It explores the consequences of the characters wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel - all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife, their wish to have a child and a Witch who has put a curse on them.
Caroline Wilson, founder member of Backstreet, says:
“This is a show we have always wanted to do, so with the film's release this year, we felt it was the ideal time. The show is so much fun, and it's great to put our own twist to it - we will tell you all the bits that Disney didn't! We are thrilled that tickets are selling so well with 2 months still to go."
The show is set to be a great night out for everyone, so let Backstreet take you on a journey - Into the Woods.
Into the Woods is playing at the Prince of Wales Centre, Cannock (see map below) from 28 to 30 May and tickets are £12. To book, click here or call the Prince of Wales on 01543 578762.
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Could you be the next Ann or Kipps?
Cloc Musical Theatre Company present Half A Sixpence this Autumn, at The Old Rep in Birmingham, and they are on the lookout for the next Ann or Kipps.
Following the story of Arthur Kipps, Half A Sixpence is a musical comedy brimming with recognisable songs, including the title number Half A Sixpence and Flash, Bang, Whallop. One day, Arthur is told he is destined to inherit a fortune and his life gradually unravels around him. Losing his one true love, Ann, in the attempt to join the upper class, will he eventually realise the love he has lost?
Auditions for Half A Sixpence will be taking place on Sunday 26 April, but in the meantime you are more than welcome to pop along to one of their rehearsals. Cloc Musical Theatre Company meet every Monday evening at Maryvale Community Centre in Great Barr (see map below) at 7.30pm.
For more information please contact CLOC's Membership Secretary, Stacey, on 07990 727355 or come along and join a rehearsal.
Have you heard? A gang of criminal misfits are taking to the stage this week...
The award-winning comedy, The Ladykillers, is being hilariously restaged by All and Sundry at Redditch Palace Theatre.
Following the story of a gang posing as a group of amateur musicians, they dupe an old landlady into carrying out a heist. Police are left stumped, but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to the ruse and gang leader, Marcus, deems there to be only one way to keep the old lady quiet...
With the help of her noisy parrot, General Gordon, Mrs Wilberforce takes on the five desperate men.
The Ladykillers is presented by All and Sundry and opens at the Redditch Palace Theatre this week. The play runs from Wednesday 18 March to Saturday 21 March, with tickets £13 (£12 concessions) For more information click here or call 01527 65203.
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Expect to be blown out of your seats as South Staffordshire College's BTEC Musical Theatre students present Jonathan Larson's epic rock musical tick, tick...BOOM! at the Lichfield Garrick.
Opening on Wednesday 18 March, for one night only, tick, tick...BOOM! is an autobiographical (and posthumously produced) tale of a young composer on the brink of turning 30 and falling into oblivion. Based on real life events, Jonathan Larson (who's most famous work, was arguably Rent) created a must-see musical about the courage it takes to follow your dreams.
Winner of the Outer Critics Circle award for Best off-Broadway musical in 2001 and revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2005, tick, tick...BOOM! is filled with instantly appealing melodies, and a unique blend of pop and musical theatre styles.
Everyone, regardless of age, will love this youthful, endearing, and thoughtful piece, which embraces the universal ideal of holding onto your dreams through life’s most difficult challenges.
For more information and to book tickets, visit the Lichfield Garrick's website or call the box office on 01543 412121.
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Coleshill Operatic Society is bursting onto the stage at Solihull Arts Complex this week, with the dark and murderous tale of Jekyll and Hyde. With a score that sends chills down the spine, audiences will be in for a bloody, but theatrical treat.
Following the story of Dr Henry Jekyll, who believes he can create a formula to split a man's personality, he ends up testing this ghastly potion on himself. As he transforms into the evil Hyde, he roams the streets of London and unthinkable things begin to happen.
The question is, will good conquer evil in this chilling tale? In a show that will keep the audience hooked right to the very end, this is one show you don't want to miss.
Jekyll and Hyde runs at Solihull Arts Complex from 17 to 21 March and is presented by Coleshill Operatic Society.
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Have a sneak peek at what to expect...
Night Project Theatre has just announced open auditions for their upcoming production of Sweeney Todd. Hot off the press, auditions will be taking place at the Blue Orange Theatre on Wednesday 20 and Wednesday 27 May from 6.30pm onwards.
Playing at the Blue Orange Theatre from 29 October to 7 November, the show will be an intimate and intense rendition of Sondheim's lyrical masterpiece. Night Project Theatre are seeking performers of exceptional ability with an enthusiasm for the piece.
Interested in auditioning?
Contact Night Project Theatre via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sweeney Todd is one of several projects Night Project Theatre are running this year. Other projects include Musicals Discovered, which is a showcase evening for new composers and musical theatre in Birmingham, and a collaboration with a Midlands composer to create an entirely new musical.
Stay tuned for more news soon...
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