Astwood Bank Operatic Society are pleased to announce our forthcoming concert in July will be A Nice Dilemma with music by Gilbert and Sullivan, libretto and arragement by Mary Dhonau!
Astwood Bank Operatic Society will be joined by some of the best soloists in the County, in a semi-staged concert of Gilbert & Sullivan classics and a complete performance of “Trial by Jury”. The two concerts will take place in the Church of St George & St Matthias in Astwood Bank on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July at 7.30pm. The first half of the evening is a romp through the G&S operettas in a piece compiled by Mary Dhonau entitled “A Nice Dilemma”, a prequel to “Trial by Jury”.
The Usher of the Court is in a dilemma. However, with the assistance of several well-known characters, he completes the 12-man Jury in order to try a breach of promise of marriage, between Edwin the mischievous Defendant and the beautiful Angelina. We will be visited by the fairies from “Iolanthe”, Mad Margaret and Rose Maybud from “Ruddigore”, the Pirate King and Major General Stanley from “The Pirates of Penzance”; as well as Buttercup and Captain Corcoran from “HMS Pinafore”. Several school girls from “The Mikado” and “Princess Ida” add to the confusion with some hilarious results!
The creative team is led by sisters, Helen Deakin and Eleanor Peberdy. Helen makes her debut as Musical Director with Astwood Bank Operatic, but is no stranger to the topsy turvy world of Gilbert & Sullivan. Eleanor, who has appeared on stage with the society many times since she joined in 2009, is delighted to be producing and directing the company for the first time.
A principal line up of past, present and new soloists joins forces with a strong chorus to bring the delights of Victorian satire to the village of Astwood Bank.
Astwood Bank Operatic Society are pleased to announce our forthcoming show for 2018 will be Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel!
14th – 18th March 2018 at the Palace Theatre Redditch
Producer/Director – Carole Massey
Assistant Producer/Director – Beverley Hatton
Musical Director – Kevin Dowson
In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naïve millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent ‘up there.’ Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father’s reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instils in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It’s easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s personal favourite.
We are an Amateur Operatic Society, specialising in Gilbert and Sullivan and Victorian/Edwardian Light Opera/Operetta, as well as making an occasional foray into Musical Comedy.
The aim of our Society is to provide a social outlet for all ages, at the same time providing an opportunity for our members to participate or perform to the best of their abilities. This culminates in an annual production at the Redditch Palace Theatre, usually in March each year.
Although we are an amateur society, we endeavour to put on a professional quality production, and from our members we expect commitment, team work and enthusiasm.
We are very involved with the local community, and we hope all our members will participate in our fund-raising events.
Socially, we have walks on some Mondays during the summer, but those that are not that energetic can just meet us in the pub afterwards! We have an annual dinner, usually in January, and wonderful after-show events!
If you would like more information about joining ABOS, please contact our Secretary who will be pleased to help you with your questions.