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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.

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Rehearsal Studio
The Studio
Rear of Dereham Memorial Hall
62 Norwich Street
East Dereham
Norfolk, NR19 1AD
 
 
 
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Beauty and the Beast Members' Page

Director - Paul Allum

Musical Director - Michael Stoker

Choreographer - Jean Cator

Assistant Director - Declan Matwij

Production Managers - Sammy Blanks & Sophie Blanks

Child Protection & Chaperones - Natasha Wilson-Gotobed

Dance Captain - TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 AUDITIONS NOW OPEN - APPLY ONLINE


 

AUDITION DETAILS

Updated Sunday August 13th 2017

 

Whilst pantomime rehearsals are a laugh-a-minute riot, before any of that comes the serious business of … duh-duh-duuuuuh! … auditions.  This year, we’re trying something a bit different, with workshop style sessions, as opposed to individual calls.  It is as important to me, as it is to the rest of the production team, to see how actors work with each other as it is to see your individual performances. This will also hopefully be less intimidating for you as you’ll be auditioning with at least one other person.  Principal singing will be the only individual section.  Sessions will be as follows:

 

Script Preview: Monday September 11th 2017, 7:30pm at The Studio

A simple relaxed script reading

 

Adult Music & Dance Workshop: Led by Jean and Micky, Wednesday September 13th 2017, 7:30pm to 10:00pm at The Studio

Especially important for Ensemble – a taster of the music and movement of the show.

-       7:30pm: Warm up and singing ‘Let me Entertain You’ with Micky

-       8:30pm: Warm up with Jean, followed by a number being set

-       9:30pm: Principal singing with Micky

 

Adult Acting Workshop: Led by Paul and Dec, Monday September 18th 2017, 7:30pm at The Studio

For anyone auditioning for a Principal role (although Ensemble/Dancers also welcome)

-       7:30pm: Warm-up

-       7:45pm: Split into groups and rehearse section of Act I, Scene 2 (see below)

-       8:30pm: Present pieces, then break

-       9:15pm: Individual feedback

 

Junior Workshop: Led by Paul, Micky and Jean.  Wednesday September 20th, 6:30pm at The Studio

For all those auditioning for Pierre or Junior Ensemble

A condensed version of the two workshops for our under 16s

 

Auditions:

Saturday September 23rd 2017, from 11:00am – please make sure you are available for the day.  Alternatives can be arranged if necessary.  If you are happy to be in the Ensemble/Dance Team, it is advantageous to see you at the Ensemble/Dance Team workshop.

A (very!) rough schedule of the day (as always … subject to change)

12:00pm: Junior Ensemble Workshop

1:00pm: Break

1:30pm: Dance Team workshop – Dance Captain will be chosen from those auditioning

2:15pm: Ensemble workshop

3:00pm: Principals workshops (including Pierre) – full schedule to be confirmed, but you may be asked to read for characters other than those you’ve selected, on the day.

After: Individual singing

 

Your audition panel will be myself, Micky Stoker (MD), Jean Cator (Choreographer), Dec Matwij (Assistant Director) and Dave Filer (on behalf of the Committee).  Su Elgood will chaperone any under 16s.

 

Paul Allum, Director

 

CHARACTER PROFILES:

 

Fairy Tinkle

Female, Playing age: Any age

Our panto ‘immortal’, a sweet, lovely ethereal being, espousing the strength of good against evil.  Her mission in the story is to release the Beast from Rosalind’s evil spell.  Must have great rapport with Rosalind and interaction/ability to ad-lib with the audience, which will be tested in the auditions.

Audition pieces:

Act I, Scene 2: Whole scene (following on from the opening scene, which has introduced all the major characters living in the village of Baguette)

Act II, Scene 1: Whole scene (We leave Act I with Belle’s father imprisoned and the Beast offering to exchange him for one of his daughters)

Audition song: TBC.  Has to have clear, strong vocals.

 

Rosalind

Female, Playing age: Any age

An elegant, sassy villainess in red.  She is too clever for her own good, leading to the classic pride before a fall.  She is responsible for enthralling the Beast in a terrible spell and relishes in the power of evil.   Must have great rapport with Fairy Tinkle and interaction/ability to ad-lib with the audience, which will be tested in the auditions.

Audition pieces:

Act I, Scene 2: Whole scene (following on from the opening scene, which has introduced all the major characters living in the village of Baguette)

Act II, Scene 1: Whole scene (We leave Act I with Belle’s father imprisoned and the Beast offering to exchange him for one of his daughters)

Audition song: ‘Bad Romance’.  Has to have clear, strong vocals.

 

Prince Joli

Male, Playing age: 16 to 30

Handsome and charming, yet vain and pompous at the same time.  Please note: this is a cameo role.

Audition pieces:

Act I, Scene 1: Pages 2 & 3, from his entrance to Rosalind: ‘STOP!’

Audition song: ‘I’m too Sexy’.  A comedy number, so vocals do not have to be perfect.  Can be speak-sung

 

Pierre

Male/Female, To be played by an under 16

The Beast’s loyal manservant, a happy, chipper little chap who has stayed loyal to his master through years of heartache.  Quite often says the wrong thing at the wrong time, but has a heart of gold.  Must have good rapport with the Beast and Belle.

Audition pieces:

Act II, Scene 3: Page 44 from Belle: ‘Hello?’ to Pierre ‘…into the dishwasher with you.’ (following Belle’s agreement to swap places with her father)

Act II, Scene 6: Pages 52 to 53 from Pierre’s entrance to end of scene (following Belle’s exit from the palace, to return to Baguette)

Audition song: TBC

 

Belle

Female, Playing age: 16 to 30

Our heroine, a beautiful but feisty young lady with a pure heart and a passion for book reading … to the point where she forgets everything else.  Must have chemistry with the Beast and Prince Joli, and appropriate rapport with other characters.  Dancing ability advantageous

Audition pieces:

Act I, Scene 1: Pages 10 to 12, from Belle’s entrance to Dobbin’s entrance (Opening scene, as with others, introducing the majority of the major characters)

Act II, Scene 3: Page 44 to 46 from Belle: ‘Hello?’ to end of scene

Act II, Scene 6: Pages 51 to 52 from Belle: ‘… and they all lived happily ever after to her exit

Audition song: ‘(Love is Like a) Heatwave’.  Must have good strong rock vocals, as well as a softer tone in other numbers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k0GDQrK2jo

 

Madam Mardi Gras

Male, Playing age: 40 to 60

Our colourful, larger-than-life panto dame, a clucky, flirty old duck, cook to ‘Monsewer’ Faux Pas (who she also has an eye for).  Long suffering mother to the hapless Louis.  Must have good comedy rapport with Louis and Faux Pas.  Ability to interact/ad-lib with audience essential and skill in wringing out every drop of innuendo from the script desirable!

Audition piece:

Act II, Scene 1: Page 6 to 12, from Mardi: ‘Bonjour!’ to Dobbin’s entrance

Audition song: ‘The Vegetable Song’.  .  A comedy number, so vocals do not have to be perfect.  Can be speak-sung.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZyg4sLhwgUplease note: this version contains naughty words!!

 

Louis

Male, Playing age: 16 to 30

Our silly character, a jolly buffoon with a smile on his face and sawdust for a brain!  Has a massive case of unrequited love for Belle, with whom he must have a brother/sister rapport.  Excellent comedy rapport with Mardi.  Ability to interact/ad-lib with audience essential and must not be afraid to get messy!

Audition piece:

Act II, Scene 1: Page 8 to 12, from Louis’s entrance to Dobbin’s entrance

Audition song: ‘Always look on the Bright Side of Life’.  A comedy number, so vocals do not have to be perfect.  Can be speak-sung. 

 

Monsieur Faux Pas

Male, Playing age: 40 to 60

Belle’s kindly father, a slightly dotty business man whose financial affairs have seen better days.  Plagued by his loathsome daughters for money and Mardi Gras for his affections.  Must have good comedy rapport with Mardi.

Audition piece:

Act II, Scene 1: Page 9 to 12, from Faux Pas’s Entrance to Dobbin’s entrance

Audition song: None

 

Char & Donnay

Females, Playing age: 40 to 60

Belle’s twin sisters – selfish, perma-tanned, blinged-up chav-ettes, whose main interests are designer clothes and boys.  Note: these are not dames!  Must have great comic ability and rapport with each other.  Essex accents also advantageous.

Audition piece:

Act II, Scene 1: Page 9 to 12, from Char & Donnay’s entrance to Dobbin’s entrance

Audition song: ‘Material Girl’.  A comedy number, so vocals do not have to be perfect.  Can be speak-sung. 

 

The Beast

Male, Playing age: any age

Not your average principal boy, by any stretch.  A prince, cursed forever to be a beast unless he finds his one true love.  Has spent years alone in his castle, the downfall for his vanity.  Must have chemistry with Belle and be able to play the feed to Pierre.  Must also be prepared for a heavy make-up job.

Audition pieces:

Act II, Scene 3: Page 45 to 46 from Belle: ‘How could you!’ to end of scene

Act II, Scene 6: Pages 51 to 53 from Belle: .. and everyone lived happily ever after’, to end of scene

Audition song: ‘Bring me to Life’.  Must have good, strong vocals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YxaaGgTQYM

 

Dobbin

Requires 2 x operators

This year’s panto skin character – a rather clever nag with an ability to dance, speak, nay and take the mick where necessary

  

Dance Team

We are looking for a team of great movers, ideally up to six (four women, two men).  Singing and acting in the Ensemble will also be required.

Audition Song: ‘Run the World’

Adult Ensemble – Villagers, Goblins, Palace servants, etc

A motley band of ladies and gents to beef up our show – you will be the heart of the production.  There are lines in the script and songs to go round, if you’d like, and you WILL be dancing as well.  Prepare to work hard, but have a whale of a time.  We’re ideally looking for eight or more.

Audition Song: ‘Let me Entertain You’

Junior Ensemble – Under 16s

As with the adult ensemble, there are lines in the script and songs to go round, if you’d like, with at least two songs specifically featuring our under 16s.  There will also be dance opportunities aplenty.  We’re ideally looking for six to eight 9 to 15 year olds.

Audition Song: ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’

 

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