Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society

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We will shortly be holding auditions for productions shown below.

Directed by Julie Markey

Venue: The Studio Theatre
Performance dates: Thursday 16th - Saturday 18th September 2021
4 performances
Get-together: Thursday 17th June, 7:30pm » more
Auditions Thursday 1st July 7:30pm and Sunday 4th July at 7:30pm

Julie Markey will be directing Deckchairs at our Studio Theatre in September 2021. This is subject to obtaining a Licence.

Jean McConnell has written four collections of short plays called Deckchairs. They are all for 2 female actors and are all set beside the sea. I have chosen nine of these two-handers and plan to make a final selection of five to perform following the auditions. I expect most Actors will appear in one play only but you might want to offer to take on the challenge of portraying more than one character during the evening. The set will be very simple with some minor changes for each play including subtle sound and lighting effects. The focus needs to be on the dialogue and the relationships between the women.

Playing dates are September 16th,17th and 18th with a plan for a Matinee on the Saturday.....four performances in all. I can be very flexible about rehearsals. Mindful of the Covid situation, these could take place in gardens during the summer, in homes with doors open or in the Theatre. I am able to rehearse during the day as well as evenings and intend to work on each play separately. We should be able to run through the play several times at each session. Hopefully this concentrated effort will mean fewer rehearsals than usual for the actors. The whole cast will only need to come together in the Theatre towards the end of the process.

If you are interested please come along to the Get Together at Bentley House at 7.30PM on Thursday June 17th to hear more. I am looking for offers of Technical help and a Production Manager as well as actors please!

Auditions will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 1st and Sunday 4th July when we will read through sections of some of the plays and discuss the characters.

If you have any questions before the Get Together please contact Julie Markey at jim.jul@ntlworld.com.

Please note you do not need to be a member to audition, but if given a part you must be or become a member to take it up.

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Director Julie Markey writes: "Unfortunately I am having to isolate at the moment so the Deckchairs get together next Thursday (17th) will now take place via Zoom. The sign in details are posted below. Please do join the meeting, which will start at 7.30pm, to hear all about the production and the auditions. At least we won't have to wear masks!".


Thursday 17th June at 7:30pm

The Director, Julie Markey, will describe each short play and the characters so you may want to have a pen and paper handy to take notes. However, for those who decide they want to audition (and we hope that is lots of you!) Julie will ask for your email address. She will then send you this information and an audition slip which will need to be returned by Sunday 20th June. Following this Julie will allocate you a time for your audition and some dialogue to familiarise yourself with. You will not need to learn it.

Topic: Deckchairs Get together
Time: Jun 17, 2021 07:30 PM London
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Directed by Lorraine Bottomly

Musical Director: Keith Willis
Choreographer: Heidi Koutselinis
Written by: Daniel Goode

Venue: The Studio Theatre
Performance dates: Tuesday 21st December 2021- Tuesday 4th January 2022
15 performances

Get-togethers & Auditions

Get-togethers Monday 5th July 2021 7:30pm and Wednesday 7th July at 7:30pm
at The Studio Theatre, Bentley House, Hertford.
Auditions Friday July 9th 2021 from 6.30pm.

Our Panto this year will follow the story of your favourite characters after the curtain has come down.

Set in the Land of Make Believe, we find Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine, Snow White and their Princes planning the annual Panto Christmas bash, while poor Jack hasn’t had much luck since returning down the beanstalk, and is forced to sell beans in the village square with his Mum.

Widow Twanky and an Ugly Sister are now living in their children’s palaces, and on the hunt for a man - enter the Duke of Hertfordshire!

Meanwhile in the Ice Kingdom the magical Ice Queen, with her daughter, seeks revenge for pantos past. Can the only non-retired Good Fairy help our heroes save the day?

This will be a Musical Theatre style show, with lots of panto silliness, magic and sparkle, plus some great musical numbers and exciting choreography. Music will include songs from Mean Girls, Footloose and The Prom, as well as pop hits from One Direction, Maria Carey and Abba.

Created and directed by Lorraine Bottomley, the script has been written by Daniel Goode. Keith Willis will be our Musical Director and Heidi Koutselinis our Choreographer.

We have also assembled a great team in all the Technical roles and the Panto Committee are already working on Publicity ideas and will run Front of House. Offers of help in all areas are welcome.

The show dates will be confirmed following the casting, but we are hoping to run 15 performances between 21st December and 4th January. We will be casting in July so we can confirm the performance and rehearsal schedule for the Production team and to start selling tickets, but there will be no rehearsals until September. Auditions will be held in the Studio Theatre on Sunday 11th July in the afternoon.

This will be an exciting production to be part of and we are looking for a small, enthusiastic cast prepared to work as a team to create this show. We will be work-shopping some elements and will have a slightly adapted script for a few 'over-16' performances.

Character outlines are below, but they can be flexible. We are unable to cast anyone under-16 in this production due to dressing room space.

We look forward to seeing you all at the get togethers which are being held at our Studio Theatre on Monday 5th July and Wednesday 7th July at 7.30pm.

If you have any questions about the show please contact Julie Markey on jim.jul@ntlworld.com.

Please note you do not need to be a member to audition, but if given a part you must be or become a member to take it up.

The Princesses (F) Aurora, Snow White, Jasmine20s/30s - strong singers/dancers. Happily married to their ‘heroes’ and now a sassy girl band. Double up as the Ice Queen’s evil snow creatures/dancers
The Heroes (F/M) Prince Philip, Prince Florian, Aladdin30s/40s - strong singers/dancers. Rather bored with the lack of adventure! Typical thigh-slapping Principal Boys looking for the next quest..
The Dames (M/F) Ugly Sister, Widow Twanky, Jack’s Mother35+ Need to be able to ad-lib and carry most of the show's humour. Must work as a team. Ladies who lunch - pretend to be friends, but are competitive, lots of one upmanship! US & WT have found good fortune, but JM is still poor and resentful! They just want a man and are fighting over the only one in town!
Jack (M)20s/30s Strong actor and singer Very poor after squandering his fortune. The Hero and 'Buttons' role all in one - the audience's friend
The Ice Queen (F)40s / 50s - Very strong singer - to deliver big power ballad. Beautiful but evil. Seeks revenge, and hates Panto & Princesses! Has a daughter she keeps locked away from the Panto world.
Grace - Ice Queen’s Daughter20s - strong singer and actor. Beautiful daughter of the evil Queen - Kind and Brave. Loves her mother, but wants to join Pantoland. Our heroine
The Snowman (animal)Adult dancer/actor Funny best friend of Grace
The Good Fairy30s upwards.. Strong singer, graceful and able to work with children/audience. Our saviour! Really busy as shortage of fairies at the moment and the world needs them!
Richard (Dick), The Duke of Hertfordshire40s + Singer/Actor. Handsome, wealthy middle-aged man loved by the dames. Needs to be strong foil for the 3 Dames