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

Cinderella

Director - Jill Jarman

Musical Director - Ian Futers

Choreographer - Rebecca Crossley

 
Saturday 29th Dec 2007 to Saturday 5th Jan 2008
at Dereham Memorial Hall.
 
 


 
CAST

CINDERELLA - Katie Wicks
BUTTONS - Paul Woodhouse
BARON HARDUP - Nick Bird
GRIZELDA HARDUP - Tony Wilds
MONA HARDUP - Gareth Evans
PRINCE CHARMING - Marea Smithson
DANDINI - Julie Hewitt
FAIRY GODMOTHER - Pat Tabor
CHAMBERLAIN - Dave Filer

CHORUS

Martha Bailey, Matthew Buckingham, Emelia Campbell, Ashley Cashfield, Emma Gall, Ruth Hannent, Joshua Money, Tom Monument, Heather Neave, Lavinia Pirret, Laura Smithson, Nicola Van Der Veldt, Lauren Willis

DANCERS/CHORUS

Paige Browne, Aleisje Coxon, Natalia Fletcher, Jodie Quirke, Rachael Bird, Charlotte Buckingham, Eleanor Buckingham, Amy Cuenca, Chloe Hunt, Laura Jude, Nicola McErleane, Laura Pirret]


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


Review - Ian Clarke 31 December 2007:

 

"There are many very predictable things about Christmas.
Decorations in the shops from August, enough chocolate to sink a fleet of battleships and cold turkey sarnies on Boxing Day are but three
And nothing is more predictable - and yet somehow as popular as ever - than the end-of-year panto.
The jokes remain corny, the endings are always happy, the goodies win over the baddies, the kids sing on stage and everyone yells “he's behind you” and “oh no he isn't” with as much exuberance as the first time they ever sampled the delights of panto.
And the enduring appeal of pantomime still manages to ensure packed houses in venues like Dereham's Memorial Hall.
The town's operatic society has plumped for perhaps the most popular of all yuletide shows.
Katie Wicks was a delightful lead role and her angelic voice complemented her warm personality as Cinderella. Her real-life fiance, Paul Woodhouse, made his debut in panto and was a real crowd favourite as the loveable Buttons.
The society has developed a great ability in mixing its cast with experienced performers and newcomers and this year is no different.
No Dereham panto would be the same without Tony Wilds and he formed a great partnership as the ugly sisters with Gareth Evans.
Marea Smithson was an excellent Prince Charming and could easily get a job as a Prince Charles impersonator!
Nick Bird (Baron Hardup), Julie Hewitt (Dandini) and Pat Tabor (Fairy Godmother) also deserve mention and the leading roles were well supported by the dancers, other performers and the behind the scenes team.
Predictable, yes. Enjoyable, definitely."
 

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