Astwood Bank Operatic Society are pleased to announce our forthcoming show for 2019 Gilbert & Sullivans The Mikado
Wednesday 6 – Sat 9th Match 2019
At The Palace Theatre Redditch
- Producer/Director – Beverley Hatton
- Musical Director – Mike Dhonau
“What happens when the Emperor’s son goes AWOL; and the Emperor arrives to discover he has been decapitated by the Lord High Executioner, on the Emperor’s own orders? Come and find out who will be beheaded, who buried alive, and who boiled in oil in this exciting new production by Director Bev Hatton (suitable for children of all ages !!).”
‘The Mikado’ – How many other Gilbert & Sullivan shows can boast so many unforgettable tunes – ‘Three Little Maids from School’, ‘Behold the Lord High Executioner’, ‘I’ve got a little List’, ‘A Wandering Minstrel I’, ‘The Sun and I’, ‘The Punishment Fit the Crime’, ‘The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring’,’Tit Willow’, to name but eight, all wrapped up in a brand-new production by Bev Hatton. And, in spite of some near decapitation and boiling in oil, it’s fun for all the family too.
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 – Austin Poll
- Billy Bigelow – David Steele
- Julie Jordan – Sophie Grogan
- Enoch Snow – Michael Treagust
- Carrie Pipperidge – Jo Hargreaves
- Nettie Fowler – Melanie Hart
- Mrs Mullin – Jean Chalk
- Mr Bascombe– JJ Walsh
- Ship’s Captain – Paul Bisson
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.