Well, 1st round of auditions are done and we have the pleasure of telling you the cast list as we have it so far. There are still a few parts to be cast so if you are interested in joining in with an award winning society then get in touch.
Character - Name
Scrooge - Paul Bullock
Spirit of Christmas Past - Debbie Gibson
Spirit of Christmas Present - Alma Griffiths
Tiny Tim - Charlie Stewart
Scrooge’s Stooge - Amy Whiter
Scrooge’s Stooge - Oliver Whiter
Scrooge’s Stooge - Sean Munroe
Mrs Cratchit - Debbie Carter
Mrs Filcher - Anne Edney
Young Scrooge - Zack Harding
First Lady - Fiona Rosen
Second Lady - Giuseppina Tobin
Undertaker`s Assistant - Ardem Muhammed
The parts still to be cast
Fezziwig – male adult
Marley – male adult
Bob Cratchit – male adult
Fred – young male adult
Mrs Dilber – mature adult
Joe (Pawnbroker) – male adult
Polly & Emily – young adults
Scrooge’s fiancé – young adult
Dick Wilkins – young adult
Young Scrooge – young adult
These parts are still to be cast and are being auditioned on 4th July at Aberdour School at 8pm or just come along to our rehearsals and speak to us. So if you are interested in joining us for these roles or even to join our chorus then come along on the 4th July.
For more information please contact Jeff Chinappen: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the audition form, backing tracks and audition pieces click on the Scrooge image on this page or click on the link here
Please note that some of the auditioned parts are small and you will be included in the chorus for the rest of the show. It may even be the case that you will also get to play an additional listed character part, since the timing of certain characters on the stage allows for this.
SYNOPSIS OF THE SHOW
Ebenezer Scrooge, who begins the Christmas holiday in his usual penny pinching, grumpy mood, is unexpectedly woken on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his long dead business partner Jacob Marley who warns him of his impending fate..... To walk the earth dragging chains in agony and shame. Later that night the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, take him on an eye opening journey where he learns about the true meaning and spirit of Christmas Faced with his own story of bitterness Scrooge must decide what his future will hold before it’s too late...
A new setting of the ever popular, ‘A Christmas Carol’, written by Charles Dickens with catchy melodies and a witty script make this ideal production for all the family to enjoy.
COME AND JOIN US FOR THIS FUN SHOW!
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In the Autumn of 1928 a party of singers from Nork decided to form an Operatic Society. The founders consisted of a Chairman combined Musical Director, Business Manager cum Scenic Artist, Stage Manager cum Producer and a Pianist. Also a small orchestra was formed consisting of eight players.
A local resident, Alderman A.J. Hurley J.P. kindly allowed the society to use his old barn in Warren Road for rehearsals and the making of scenery and so the first opera, 'The Rebel Maid', was performed in the Banstead Institute in November 1929 followed by 'Dorothy' in the April of 1930. Thereafter a show was performed each year and in 1932 became affiliated to N.O.D.A.
In September 1931 the Society rendered 'The Hymn of Praise' with orchestra at a Service of Music at St. Paul's, Nork, where a silver collection was taken for the new Nork Church Building Fund and in April 1933 the Society performed in 'Merrie England' at The Cambridge Theatre, London, given for charity.
1933 saw an increase in the orchestra to 15 players and Mr. Harold Pitstow took over as Musical Director ‑ a post he retained until his retirement in 1973. 'Tom Jones' by Edward German was being rehearsed in 1939 when the outbreak of war forced the society to disband except for a few concerts which held members together until they were able to restart in 1945 ‑ producing 'My Lady Molly' in 1946.
September 1953 saw them taking part in a concert version of 'Merrie England' with other Societies at The Royal Albert Hall, presented by Madame Payling's Musical Society conducted by Colin Ratcliffe accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra.
The Society moved their shows from Banstead Institute to Bourne Hall, Ewell, in 1972 and were the first amateur society to perform there with their production of 'Die Fledermaus'. However, when Epsom Playhouse was built they transferred there in 1984 with the show 'Oklahoma'. Their President, Dorothy Garside, who was 100 in 2003, was the original pianist back in 1929.
In recent times a particular highlight was the Saturday matinee of 'Half a Sixpence' in 1996. This was attended by the show's composer David Henneker He had travelled all the way from South Wales, in his 90th year, to see it. He commended it as one of the best productions he had seen - so there Tommy Steele!
The society performs major shows ranging from operetta to American musicals at the Epsom Playhouse. A range of successful shows at the Banstead Community Centre has included Music Hall, Gilbert and Sullivan and reviews like ‘Happy as a Sandbag'. The society has also been involved in other musical activities in the area with concert versions of shows at the Epsom Playhouse and the Fairfield Hall Croydon.
We celebrated our 75th Anniversary in May 2003 with an outstanding performance of 'Die Fledermaus' in honour of our Founder member and President, the late Dorothy Garside. We were delighted to be awarded an Accolade of Excellence from NODA - Southern Area for this performance.
The show was Directed by the late Norma Evans with Tom Higgins as our Musical Director and Coral Stodel as Choreographer.
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