Our Next Show - 'Guys and Dolls' for June 2020

Guys and Dolls

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES


Wednesday 3rd - Saturday 6th June 2020

Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AL

Evening Performances: 7.30pm Saturday Matinee Performance: 2.30pm 

Director:Lisa Scott Musical Director: Brian D Steel Choreographer: Emma Bullock


OPENING MEETING AND LAUNCH

Thursday Nov 28th 2019 at 8-10pm

At Aberdour School, Brighton Road, Tadworth, KT20 6AJ

 

AUDITION REHEARSAL

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at 8-10pm

(There will be some early auditions at 9pm)

At Aberdour School, Brighton Road, Tadworth, KT20 6AJ

 

FURTHER AUDITION REHEARSAL (Singing)

 Thursday 5th December 2019 at 8-10pm

At Aberdour School, Brighton Road, Tadworth, KT20 6AJ


OPEN AUDITIONS

Sunday 8th December 2019 at 10am - 2pm

Dance Auditions (Adelaides and Hot Box Girls) at 10am

Singing and Dialogue Auditions at 10.45am

At Aberdour School, Brighton Road, Tadworth, KT20 6AJ


Synopsis of the show

Considered by many to be the perfect musical, Guys and Dolls is a romantic comedy involving the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but!  It takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, demonstrating the great lengths to which a guy will go when he truly falls in love with a “doll.”   Guys and Dolls features some of musical theatre's most memorable tunes, including “Adelaide’s Lament,” the romantic “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” the exuberant “If I Were a Bell,” the classic “Luck Be a Lady” and the show-stopping 'Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat". 


Singing audition pieces

Guys and Dolls Audition Recordings - Brian D Steel - 20 Nov 19

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As a guide to how I would like the songs in "Guys And Dolls" to be

performed, I have been recommending this CD recording:

        New Broadway Cast - 1992 - RCA Victor - 09026-61317-2

It turns out that the entire CD has been put up on YouTube, and you will

be able to find any song, simply by googling:

 new broadway cast guys and dolls NAME OF SONG HERE

However, to save you time, and to be entirely unambiguous about which

recordings I mean, below I have listed direct links to each of the songs

listed for auditions.

Please note that I am neither expecting, nor wanting, your performances

to a perfect copy of these recordings: in fact, in several instances, I

have issues with the tempo and phrasing. Rather, use them as a guide to

the overall style (which is good), and start developing from there!

So here are the links; enjoy!

Brian

        Act 1 No 02 - "Fugue For Tinhorns"

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU0PdpqDB88

        Act 1 No 03 - "Follow The Fold"

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tunwA0BK2Ds

        Act 1 No 06 - "I'll Know"

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbvVTG9pxCc

        Act 1 No 08 - "Adelaide's Lament"

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLdCahQz5tY

        Act 1 No 10 - "Guys And Dolls"

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0MDQXfUcVQ

        Act 1 No 15 - "If I Were A Bell"

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC_cdx7QXq4

        Act 1 No 17a - "I've Never Been In Love Before"

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVaTPJR4ldM

        Act 2 No 23 - "More I Cannot Wish You"

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaHoOgT9vfk

        Act 2 No 25 - "Luck Be A Lady"

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W9QJe4BgPo

        Act 2 No 27 - "Sue Me"

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdFu5jKcckg

        Act 2 No 28 - "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat"

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFW7IfBEGNg

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About BANOS Musical Theatre

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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.