Dereham Theatre Company
 

 

Box Office now open for Fusion and Priscilla Queen of the Desert!

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

Jack and the Beanstalk

Director - Jill Jarman

Musical Director - Ian Futers

Choreographer - Heather Millan

 
December 2004 to January 2005
at Dereham Memorial Hall
 
 


 
CAST

JACK - Joan Syrett
DAME DOTTY DIBBLE - Tony Wilds
SIMPLE SIMON - Chris Carroll (Nick Bird stand-in)
PICCALILLI THE WICKED WITCH - Marea Smithson
FAIRY SUGARDUST - Julie Majot
RANCID THE RATMAN - Peter Dear
KING HUBERT - Nick King
QUEEN HYACINTH - Heather Neave
PRINCESS PRIMROSE - Joanne Madden
SNATCHET - Tom Monument
SCARPER - Gareth Evans
HUMPHREY - Colin Harris
BUSTER GUT-BUCKET, THE GIANT - Colin Harris

CHORUS

Chloe Bailey, Grace Bird, Rachael Bird, Kayleigh Copsey, Aleisje Coxon, Amy Cuenca, Laura Jude, Chloe Marjot, Stuart McKinnell, Joyce Neave, Lisa Parnham, Chloe Pearce, Lauren Schonewald, Leigh Schonewald, Laura Smithson



Review by Ian Clarke (EDP, 28th December 2004)
 
"SHOW GOES ON DESPITE ILLNESS - AND IT'S A GOOD ALL-ROUNDER
It was no laughing matter for Dereham Operatic Society when one of the leading characters in the end-of-year slapstick panto was taken ill on the eve of the curtain going up. Chris Carroll - who plays Jack's brother Simple Simon - went down with the dreaded bug. But the show had to go on - and it did in fine style to the delight of a very healthy first-day audience as experienced Fakenham actor Nick Bird stood in at the last minute to fill Simple Simon's boots. The well-known and well-loved show has been updated this year and in true panto style had all the bad jokes, madcap antics and audience participation that we expect. No local production would be the same without some good local gags - and even Breckland Council leader Cliff Jordan and his large allowances budget got a mention. Nick Bird quite rightly got a rousing ovation and the evergreen Dereham dame Tony Wilds produced his usual top-rate performance. Piccalli the wicked witch (Marea Smithson) was excellently portrayed as an Anne Robinson figure. With clever special effects, colourful costumes and scenery, and a range of well-known songs such as Money Makes the World Go Round, Bring Me Sunshine and Reach for the Stars, it was a good all-round production."
 

June 2017


Diary Dates


 
Fusion
14th - 15th July 2017
Dereham Memorial Hall
 

 
Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
3rd - 7th October 2017
Dereham Memorial Hall
 

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

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