Dereham Theatre Company
 

 

Box Office now open for Priscilla Queen of the Desert!

Box Office for Beauty and the Beast and A Passionate Woman opens on Monday September 18th (Patrons Priority Booking from Monday September 11th)

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 - Anything Goes

Anything Goes

Director - Barbara Mews

Musical Director - Charlie Caine

 
6th to 13th October 2007
at Dereham Memorial Hall.
 
 


 
CAST

RENO SWEENEY - Linda Campbell
MRS WADSWORTH T HARCOURT - Pat Tabor
HOPE HARCOURT - Katie Wicks
BISHOP HENRY T DOBSON - Nick King
BILLY CROCKER - Nick Bird
MOONFACE MARTIN - David Chapman
CHING - Kevin Reeve
LING - Ron Eaglen
CAPTAIN OF THE LINER - John McInnes
BONNIE - Julie Hewitt
SIR EVELYN OAKLEIGH - David Rees
ELISHA J WHITNEY - Tony Wild
STEWARD ON THE LINER - Philip Haynes
PURSER ON THE LINER - Tom Monument
CAMERAMAN - Ashley Cashfield
REPORTER - Ian Doughty

THE FOUR ANGELS

CHARITY - Kerrie Fiddy
PURITY - Vicky Grafton
VIRTUE - Sarah Browne
CHASTITY - Jeanie Woods

PASSENGERS & CREW (CHORUS)

Chloe Bailey, Helen Bailey, Jackie Buckingham, Ashley Cashfield, Ian Doughty, Ron Eaglen, Sally Escrader, Jennie Groom, Ruth Hannent, Philip Haynes, Nick King, Jane Mack, Tom Monument, Laura Pirret, Lavinia Pirret, Kevin Reeve, Helen Stack, Kerry Willis and Nicola Van der Veldt

DANCERS

Charlotte Buckingham, Laura Jude, Joanne Madden, Sandra Moore



Review - Ian Clarke Dereham Times 11 Oct 2007:

"ANYTHING GOES CAST DESERVES HUGE CREDIT
Dereham has a lot of people and organisations to be proud of.
Whether it be world renowned sportsmen and women, record breaking drummers or hugely successful schools, there are plenty of flag wavers for the town.
And up there with those who deserve huge credit is the Dereham Operatic Society, which celebrates its 60th birthday in 2008.
For most people on the eve of such an anniversary they could be forgiven for taking things a bit easier, relax, be satisfied with achievements and enjoy a chilled out retirement.
For DOS, though, such thoughts of resting on any laurels of past glories could not be further from the truth as members prepare for the diamond anniversary.
Saturday's gala opening night of Anything Goes - a delightful mix of comedy, romance and foot-tapping music favourites - proved that the society can still take productions to new heights.
It was not the easiest build-up to the autumn musical - with the society being told just a week ago that the Memorial Hall kitchen had failed an environmental health check which ensured a major headache for the first night catering.
Throw in a throat problem for leading lady Linda Campbell (Reno Sweeney) right up until Friday and one or two other pre-show hiccups and the end result which the packed audience was treated to was even more impressive.
The energy, enthusiasm, pace and confidence were oozing on the SS American from the cast, which was a great blend of vastly experienced Dereham performers and young newcomers.
Linda was stunning as glamorous night club singer Reno and Nick Bird (stowaway Billy Crocker) displayed his immense versatility as leading man - and produced his wide variety of different accents all in the right places!
The depth of quality in the cast was perhaps the most impressive aspect of the show.
Katie Wicks was a delightful Hope Harcourt, David Chapman took to the role of gangster Moonface Martin superbly (and his rendition of Be Like The Bluebird was unforgettable), Julie Hewitt blossomed in her part of Moonie's friend Bonnie, while David Rees brought the hapless English aristocrat Sir Evelyn Oakleigh to life.
Tony Wilds - well loved by Dereham audiences over many years as the panto dame - was equally popular as drunken Wall Street boss Elisha Whitney and special mention must also go to Kevin Reeve and Ron Eaglen (Chinese converts Ching and Ling) who added a great spice of comedy.
The list of those deserving praise could go on and on.
Life may begin at 40 - but it is getting even better at almost 60 for Dereham Operatic Society."
 

August 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
 

 

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

21st July - 22nd July 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall