Dereham Theatre Company


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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
All queries should be directed
through our Facebook Page 

Sleeping Beauty Members' Page


Director - Declan Matwij

Musical Director - Micky Stoker

Choreographer - Emma Hammond

Assistant Choreographer - Danielle Standing

Production Co-ordinators - Angela Ludman and Lorraine Whitehead


Notable dates:-

Promotional set in Morrisons Sat 17th Nov.

Dinosaur Park on Sat 1st Dec (tbc)

Dereham Lights switch on Sun 2nd Dec


Sunday 16th Get in Day

Monday 17th Tech set up

Wednesday 19th Tech Run

Thursday 20th Dress Rehearsal

Performances 27th Dec to 1st Jan



Tues 4th Dec - 7:30pm to 9:30pm; Full Cast; Run Act Two. Then 9:30pm to 10pm Ben, Paul, Gary, Laura M-J, Laura J and Maisie.

Thurs 6th Dec - 7:30pm to 10pm; Full Cast; Run Show.


Tues 11th Dec - 7:30pm to 9pm; Full Cast; Polish show.  9pm to 10pm Principles t.b.c.

Thurs 13th Dec - 7:30pm to 10pm; Full Cast; Run show.


Mon 17th Dec - Tech Set-up and Messy Scene technical rehearsal.

Weds 19th Dec - Technical rehearsal.

Thurs 20th Dec - Dress rehearsal.



Billy  Paul Woodhouse 


Carabosse Laura Marvell-James


Fairy Peaceful Laura Jude


King Norbert Gary Davison

Queen Dotty Ben Francis


Spindleshanks Maisy Jessop


Aurora ClaraBelle Whitehead


Kitty Rebecca Ludman


Prince Orlando Jack Jarvis


Fairy Graceful Heather Neave


Fairy Thoughtful Sue Jude


Fairy Beautiful Sandra Miller


Dance Team:-

Maddison Mower
Jacqui Shah
Danielle Standing
Teejay Standing
Maddie Taylor
Thomas Wilson Gotobed



Blake Barley
Jesse Darkins
Anais Hall
Scott Hitchman
Sue Jude
Shannon Kingston-Miles
Harriett Lawler
Pippa Marvell-James
Sandra Miller
Milo Milton
Heather Neave
Lisa Pennells
Hayden Rogers
Abigail Shah
Miami Standing
Ryan Standing
Luke Van DeMerwe
Mary-Ann Van DeMerwe



All cast should note the following information:-


      Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings usually from 7.30 until 9pm (children)

      You may be required to attend on other evenings as requested by the production team

      All young people, 16 or under and in full time education will require an adult to chaperone at rehearsals and performances when requested by our lead chaperone.

      You will require Dereham Theatre Company membership Adults 25 Children 15 payable at the first rehearsal.

      Script fees 10

      You will be required to submit dates in advance of any rehearsals you are not available to attend.

      You will be required to participate in planned promotional events. This includes the Dereham Lights switch on 2/12/18 and a promotional set in Morrisons 17/11/18.


Performance dates are as follows:-


27th December 7.30

28th December 7.30

29Th December 2.30 & 7.30

30th December 2.30

31st December 2.30

1St January 2.30 & 7.30


Other dates:-

Sunday 16th Get in Day

Monday 17th Tech set up

Wednesday 19th Tech Run

Thursday 20th Dress Rehearsal


March 2019

Diary Dates



2019 DOSYTCo Musical

Return to the Forbidden Planet
10th - 13th April 2019
Dereham Memorial Hall

2019 AGM

71st Annual General Meeting
29th April 2019
The Studio


2019 Autumn Musical

1st - 5th October 2019
Dereham Memorial Hall