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
Dereham Operatic Society - Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Director - Jill Jarman

Musical Director - Ian Futers

Choreographer - Kelly Woods

 
27th December 2008 - 3rd Jan 2009
at Dereham Memorial Hall
 
 


 
CAST

KING CACTUS - Kevin Reeve
QUEEN MARIGOLD - Joan Hocking
YOUNG PRINCESS ROSE - Rachael Bird
OLDER PRINCESS ROSE - Carmel Hannant
NURSE DOTTIE DETTOL - Tony Wilds
MUDDLES - Gareth Evans
PRINCE ALEXIS/ALEXANDER - Jane Mack
FETCH - Nick Bird
CARRIE - Julie Hewitt
GOOD FAIRY LILAC - Pat Tabor
BAD WITCH HAZEL - Emma Gall

CHORUS

Ashley Cashfield, Debbie Clarke, Adelle Crisp, Ruth Hannent, Joshua Money, Lavinia Pirret, Natasha Scollay

DANCERS/CHORUS

Martha Bailey, Laura Pirret, Bryony Rowe, Katy Smith, Rachael Bird, Lauren Willis, Kerry Willis, Aleisje Coxon, Amy Evans, Joanne Madden, Laura Pirret, Jeanie Woods 



 
EDP Review by Ian Clarke - 29th December 2008

"There was more than a little irony that Dereham's annual panto opened as the town's Woolworths store was shutting down.
In their own way both have become institutions - and both seem to have always been there.
But while Woolies has paid the price for perhaps being too predictable and not moving with the times, the well worn and yet well loved formula is exactly what keeps panto so popular.
A very healthy opening day audience lapped up the corny old jokes and witty one-liners, courtesy of Dereham Operatic Society.
The youngsters - and not so young-sters - loved shouting at the entertaining-as-ever dame Nurse Dottie Dettol (Tony Wilds) and at the enthusiastic and energetic Muddles (Gareth Evans).
The boos and hisses at the Bad Witch Hazel (Emma Gall) had the same gusto as there would have been in the early days of panto. And of course the kids delighted in yelling "oh no he isn't" at every opportunity and going on to the stage to join in the traditional end of show song. Sleeping Beauty followed the story we all know so well, with a few clever adaptations and the role of Princess Rose was shared by Rachael Bird and Carmel Hannant to reflect her at two different ages - both gave sparkling performances.
In such a changing world with so many rivals in the entertainment world, panto really shouldn't succeed.
But thankfully DOS has again proved that it is alive and kicking."
 

October 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