Dereham Theatre Company
 

 

Box Office now open for Beauty and the Beast, A Passionate Woman and the 70th Anniversary Celebration now available

Telephone 01362 288 124

Bright & Beautiful Flowers
3A Wellington Road, Dereham
NR19 2BP
 
 

Dereham Memorial Hall, where most of our productions are performed

Dereham Theatre Company (formerly Dereham Operatic Society) is a charitable Trust and was formed in 1948 to offer the local community education and enlightenment in amateur dramatic arts. A very grand way of saying that we were formed to entertain the people of Dereham and Norfolk!

Our Shakespearian motto "Mere folk who give distraction are we" comes from Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me Kate", which we first performed in 1970, and is based upon one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays "The Taming of the Shrew".

We stage three productions a year (not including the productions of our youth group) including a major musical in the autumn, a pantomime over the Christmas period and a play in the spring.  There is something for everyone!

If you are looking to join one of the premier operatic and dramatic societies in Norfolk as either a performer (we actively encourage all whatever your ability or experience, whether you are a singer, an actor, dancer, or just enjoy being on stage), backstage helper, front of house staff or just looking to purchase some tickets for our next show ........ you need look no further; Welcome to our website.

Quick Contacts

 

Rehearsal Studio
The Studio
Rear of Dereham Memorial Hall
62 Norwich Street
East Dereham
Norfolk, NR19 1AD
 
 
 
chairman at dosoc dot co dot uk
 
treasurer at dosoc dot co dot uk
 
website at dosoc dot co dot uk

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Director - Greg Fitch

Musical Director - Charlie Caine

 
8th to 15th October 2005
at Dereham Memorial Hall
 
 


 
CAST

SIR PERCY BLAKENEY - David Rees
MARGUERITE ST. JUST - Julie Hewitt
CHAUVELIN - Chris Dilley
ARMAND ST JUST - Paul Fawcett
MARIE GROSHOLTZ - Sarah Browne
PRINCE OF WALES - Peter Mottram
ROBESPIERRE - John McInnes
COUPEAU (Aide to Chauvelin) - Gareth Evans
MERCIER (Aide to Chauvelin) - Tom Monument
TUSSAUD - David Chapman
JESSUP (Butler to Percy) - Lee Chapman
ST CYR - Peter Dear

SIR PERCY'S GANG

OZZY - Andy Lofthouse
DEWHURST - Martyn Rolfe
ELTON - Nick King
BEN - Nick Bird
FARLEIGH - Colin Harris
HAL - Paul Woodhouse

CHORUS

Kerrie Barnett, Linda Campbell, David Chapman, Lee Chapman, Kayleigh Copsey, Amy Cuenca, Peter Dear, Marjorie Dingle, Ian Doughty, Gareth Evans, Adam Field-Wright, Patricia Goodwins, Jennie Groom, Jacquie Hardy, Ruth Hannent, Val Lofthouse, Joanne Madden, Tom Monument, Peter Mottram, Joyce Neale, Heather Neave, Hannah Rolfe, Michael Smith, Joan Syrett, Lisa Parnham, Lavinia Pirret and Jeanie Woods


The following pictures are a selection from our pre-show publicity shots:


Review by Richard Parr (EDP 24, 10th October 2005)
 
"They seek him here, they seek him there.... the enigmatic Scarlet Pimpernel proved an elusive figure to capture in this musical entertainment on Saturday's opening night. Dereham Operatic Society was staging the Norfolk premiere of the story turned into musical theatre and they coped well with an ambitious production. The orchestra, under the director Charlie Caine, provided sensitive and dramatic accompaniment if being, at times, rather too loud. This is an unfamiliar musical for many people but potential audiences should not be put off becuase it is a wonderful lavishly-costumed show featuring some excellent voices in the leading roles. There were some fine solo performances in this tale of Sir Percy Blakeney (the Scarlet Pimpernel) leading a double life as a reckless hero rescuing innocent victims from the guillotine during the French Revolution. David Rees lent his find commanding voice and stage presence to the demanding leading role. He ably brought out the delightful humour of the character as he outfoxed the evil Chauvelin. Chris Dilley, whom fans will remember in the leading role in Jesus Christ Superstar with the Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society, was excellent in the role of the fiendish and arrogant Chauvelin. His fine voice did justice to a number of solo numbers and duets. In his scenes opposite Julie Hewitt, as lovely Marguerite St Just, the couple built up a sexual chemistry and their duets were a delight. Miss Hewitt gave a stunning portrayal as Sir Percy's wife as she fell under the spell of the menacing Chauvelin. Sir Percy's six "bounders" added a rich costume and comic thread to the action, particularly in the first act building up to a more powerful, emotially-charged second act. Director Greg Fitch deserves congratulations on an accomplished production which further adds to the society's imprssive stable of quality musicals."
 

 

December 2017


Diary Dates


 
Beauty and the Beast
27th December 2017 - 1st January 2018
Dereham Memorial Hall
 

 
A Passionate Woman
8th - 10th March 2018
Dereham Memorial Hall
 

 

2018 DOYSTCo Musical

Cats

11th - 14th April 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall

 


 

DTCo 70th Anniversary Celebration

9th June 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall

 


 

DTCo/DOSYTCo 70th Anniversary Concert

20th July - 21st July 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall

 


2018 Autumn Musical

The Producers

2nd - 6th October 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall