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    The Launton Village Players are an amateur drama & entertainment group based near Bicester. We stage an annual, very successful, pantomime and also perform during the year with a musical show in the summer and a play. All profits are donated to charity.DescriptionThe Village Players performed their 26th original family pantomime BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on the 16th, 17th and 18th of February 2012 at Cooper School Performance Hall, Bicester, Oxfordshire Beauty and the Beast broke all our previous box office records. We sold 1185 tickets and raised a gigantic £4376 for charity bringing the total raised by the group over the years to over £70,000. A Short History of The Launton Pantomime The Village Players have put on a Pantomime since 1986. The casts have changed: so have the shows. But there have been some common themes as well. Since they started in 1986 Launton Pantos have had original scripts. Early shows were collaborative, but since The Grand Old Duke of Launton (1991) the main writer has been Martin Evans while two recent shows, Simple Simon (2009) and Bo Peep (2011), have been written by Rod Fine. Since Mother Goose (2002), original music has been composed by Steve Webber, the Musical Director. All three live in Launton. Early Pantos were in the Parish Hall just after Christmas. The Hall did not have a performance licence so they were family parties. A bucket was passed round for donations to cover costs. From 1991 the Panto has set out to raise money as well as provide fun for audiences and cast. There has been continuity in the shows and the people of the twenty five Pantos since Robin Hood: Writer and Director (Martin Evans) and Producer (Celia Evans) have been involved since the first show, and Celia has been on stage in all shows. Off-stage Pat Tucker, author of Entertaining Launton, has been involved in all shows, except the year she broke her wrist. Many members have notched up over 20 year’s service, and there are second generation members. At the same time, some of the 2010 cast are on stage for the first time since Primary School Nativity or Secondary School Shakespeare. From The Grand Old Duke of Launton, which raised £170.50 in 1991, until Bo Peep in 2010, the Panto has donated over £55,000 to a mix of local and national charities and good causes. This has been raised at 122 performances to over 16,600 people. The Panto has given many children their first experience of live theatre, and we now see original audiences returning with their own children. Local businesses have supported the Panto: they have advertised in the programme, donated raffle prizes, offered special deals on materials, and supported promotion. Schools and other organisations in Launton, in Bicester, and in surrounding villages, have loaned equipment and helped with promotion. There have been major changes over the years. The move from the Parish Hall to the Sports and Social Club, in 1988, which increased available seating and offered larger audiences. Moving the performances to February half term in 1991, which made rehearsals more convenient for the cast, and made recruiting an audience much easier over half term. The move back to the Parish Hall (with a temporary performance licence) in 1992 so the Panto could put on an extended run. The move to Cooper School Performance Hall in 1999 which doubled the possible audience numbers for each show and offered proper front of house facilities, disabled access and comfortable seating. Since 2001, all-original music and songs for each show. Since 1986 and through all these changes, in different venues and with different casts, supported by different musicians and an exotic collection of special effects, the spirit of Panto has remained at the heart of the show: music, songs, romance, dance, a love story, magic (real and imaginary), animals more human than the humans, animals who can talk, broker’s men, a children’s chorus, specialty acts, men dressed as women dressed as men, women dressed as men pretending to be women and, always, the audience who play their own part in bringing the show to life, not only through the audience song. The Launton Panto will take you to magic lands where anything is possible: where dragons breathe fire; where knights are bold; where princesses are beautiful and forever sixteen; where good triumphs over evil; where carpets fly and unbelievable science somehow works; and where there is always a happy ending. For 2012, and its twenty sixth Panto, the Players have gone to the world of children's stories for the basic plot. Beauty and The Beast first appeared in the early Eighteenth Century in France, as La Belle et La Bête, and has been the basis for opera, films, books and stage plays, as well as pantomimes. Our version stays fairly close to the basic story of the original but changes many details, and, of course, adds all the traditional Pantomime business. The setting, Nursery Rhyme Land, is ours, as is starting by explaining why The Beast is bewitched before moving into the main story. Beauty's father, who in the original story was a merchant who loses all his fortune through a tempest at sea, in our version has lost his money in the stock market crash. We also add local colour (Piddington Pixies, the Otmoor Swamp, the hidden Blackthorn Ravine) and contemporary references. The Three Golden Acorns, and the character of Silenis, are also special Launton touches! This is the strength of Launton Pantomimes - traditional stories on which to build inventive plot developments, local references, and the opportunity for imaginative special effects. And to make shows which have a happy ending at the end of all the action. Launton Pantomimes since 1986: some facts Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Launtingham (1986) put on in the Parish Hall: 2 performances How The Wild West End Was Won (1987) about the plan to build on open land in Launton, Parish Hall: 2 performances Cinderella (1988, but performed on 3 and 4 January 1989) in the Sports and Social Club (LSSC): 2 performances Aladdin (1989) the traditional story, with lots of washing LSSC: 3 performances The Grand Old Duke of Launton (1991) moved the show to mid-February. Raised £170.50. LSSC: 3 performances Robinson Crusoe (1992) returned to the Parish Hall. Raised £450. increased to 4 performances Dick Whittington (1993) raised £900, added a marquee to the Parish Hall: 4 performances Snow White (1994) raised over £1,100. Parish Hall: 5 performances Ali Baba (1995) raised £1,500: half was given to the Parish Hall in memory of Simon de la Bedoyère who had been active in early Pantos. Parish Hall: 5 performances Jack and the Beanstalk (1996) raised over £2,000 and featured a fearsome Giant who had to bend double to get on stage. Parish Hall: 6 performances George and the Dragon (1997) raised over £2,000, most of which was donated to the Launton branch of ICRF in memory of Penny Young, a long-time supporter. Parish Hall: 6 performances Puss in Boots (1998) raised £2,100 and was the final Parish Hall Panto. It sold out all performances (606 seats) a week before the first night: 6 performances Sleeping Beauty (1999) was the first Panto at Cooper School. It sold just under 900 seats for its five shows, and raised over £2,300: 5 performances Cinderella (2000) was the second try at the classic story with a new script. Sold 998 seats and raised £3,000: 5 performances Aladdin (2001) Another reprise and new script, which raised £2,500: 5 performances Mother Goose & Son Honk! Honk! (2002) The first Launton Pantomime with entirely original music by Steve Webber. Sold over 1,000 seats. Raised £3,500: 5 performances Red Riding Hood (2003) was the traditional story set in the ancient Bernwood Forest. Raised £3,850: 5 performances Ethel and the Pirate King (2004)was an entirely original story and script. Raised £3,500: 6 performances Babes in the Wood (2005) told a more traditional story, again set in Bernwood Forest. Raised £4,250: 6 performances Dick Whittington (2006) was a big change from the smaller-scale 1993 show put on in Launton Parish Hall. Raised £4,150: 6 performances Humpty Dumpty (2007) The 21st Birthday show. Raised £4,200, most donated in memory of Dave Wiggins who had been actor, dancer, stage hand, and lighting and sound supremo for the Panto for many years: 6 performances The Adventures of Sinbad (2008) The Rappin’ Rasta Oyster, with his angel chorus of singing bats, won the special effects award from the Oxfordshire Drama Network. Bicester Box Office moved to Occasions after Ashmore's closed. Raised £4,000: 6 performances Simple Simon (2009) A debut script from Rod Fine with Martin Evans directing and Steve Webber writing the music. Ticket prices were reduced to 2006 levels. Raised £3,050: 6 performances Rumpelstiltskin (2010) Bicester Box Office moved to the Oxfam shop. Over 1,000 tickets sold. Raised £3,150: 6 performances Bo Peep (2011) was the second script from Rod Fine, featuring talking sheep, multilingual European Ladies and a stunning scene on the Moon. Over 1,000 tickets sold. Raised £3,100: 6 performances Beauty and The Beast (2012) this year’s show. To listen to some of our original music click on the following link http://www.myspace.com/launtonpantomime You can also download some of our cast recordings from iTunes and remember, all proceeds are donated to charity. Click on the following link to go straight to our page on iTunes http://tiny.cc/ralmc The Parrot logo explained. A long long time ago in a land that we call Panto a parrot appeared. This welcome guest has been featured on every pantomime set since. Undoubtedly a good luck charm he was finally given a name "ELVIS" at our 2012 panto wind up party. Our feathered friend has long been the official logo of The Launton Village Players and now features on both the Facebook and Twitter pages and will continue to do so unless we have a specific production to promote.

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    Founded in 1945, Adel Players is a long-established amateur drama group with at present over 40 members.We put on three plays a year in our own theatre space at the Adel Memorial Hall in North Leeds as part of the Adel Sports &; Social Club (Adel War Memorial Association).We are a friendly group with adult members of all ages and from all walks of life. What we all have in common is a shared enjoyment of bringing plays to life for our audiences.We vary our choice of plays so that there is something for everyone - comedies, thrillers, dramas and farces - and many of our audience members have become so loyal that they book tickets before we've started rehearsing the next production!Find out more by visiting our website at http://www.adel-players.org.uk and contact us for further details.   You can also connect with us on Facebook and adelplayers.  

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    A well-established musical theatre company performing quality productions twice a year in the heart of Derby. - A Revue in the Spring at Derby Guildhall Theatre - and a full-scale musical at The Derby Theatre in the Autumn. Check out our website .... www.goodcomps.co.uk - for further details. Note website currently under construction, but details of our next production, "Oliver!" - 16-20 October 2012 at Derby Theatre, Westfield, are posted on there.

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    Crowborough's community theatre group established 1933 and still going strong! The Players are actors, singers, dancers, technicians, stage managers, set-builders, tea-makers and all sorts of people of all ages, abilities and experience. We perform up to 3 times a year; usually a panto at Christmas and with the odd murder mystery evening. Everyone welcome to join in the fun on stage, back stage or front of house, whatever your skills (or lack of them)! See you soon? CP xx website: www.crowboroughplayers.com facebook: http://www.facebook....wboroughPlayers twitter: Crow_Players email: crowborough.players@gmail.com location: Crowborough Communuty Centre, Crowborough, East Sussex, UK

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    KVODS is an award nominated amateur musical theatre group based in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. Members are aged 16 years & over and perform 2 major musicals a year at the Performing Arts Centre, Kingston Grammar School. There is also an award winning youth section, Young KVODS, aged for young people aged 7 to 16 years who perform one major musical per year.

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    http://www.springers-aods.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/springers8001-300x221.jpgSpringers was formed back in 1982, and the group has gone from performing shows in local halls to performing two shows a year on the Civic and Cramphorn Theatre stages in Chelmsford, Essex. Those of you who have supported us over the years will know that we consistently strive to stage professional quality productions. We differ from some other groups in that not only do we perform timeless favourites, but also challenge ourselves and entertain our audiences with excellent less well-known musicals. In recent years, this diversity has attracted many new members of all ages and backgrounds, and we hope our forthcoming programme of shows will continue to have the same effect. If you think you may be interested in becoming involved, either onstage or behind the scenes (where the jobs are numerous, interesting and varied), then please contact our Membership Secretary whose details can be found on the website. You will find that we are a very friendly society, and you can always be assured of a warm welcome. Please take your time to peruse our website, and we will be happy to answer any questions or inquiries you may have. Even if you don’t get the urge to join us, we look forward to your continued support as a member of our audience for future shows.

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    Aldermaston Players are an amateur dramatic group that perform musicals, revues and plays for the benefit of our local community and the theatre loving public in our area. Performing since 1996 but took the bold step to become official in Sep 2011. More information on our website http://www.aldermastonplayers.co.uk or on FB at http://www.facebook.com/AldermastonPlayers Do get in touch if you're interested in any part of theatrical performance: onstage, backstage, front of house or audience!

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    Whitley Bay Operatic Society (WBOS) was formed in October 1911 and was then named The Whitley Bay Monkseaton and District Operatic Society. Productions started in such places as the Livingston hall and finally progressed to the Whitley Bay Playhouse. We perform two musicals each year usually in November and April taking up to six months in rehearsals twice a week. We currently have about 60 members but are always looking for new talent so if you can sing and dance (just a little!) and wish to join us, then please contact administrator@wbos.org WBOS is affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA). In addition to our adult society we also have a youth society. Formed over 13 years ago 'The Next Generation' started its first season with 16 members. Since then we have had as many as 42 a season. We cater for children between 9 and 16 and our aim is to allow them to learn everything they need to know about singing, dancing and acting to enable them to "graduate" to the main society after an audition at the age of 16. It is run by members and associates of WBOS and to date has full membership. Rehearsing once a week on a Tuesday evening 6.30pm to 8.30pml, they learn dancing, stage craft and singing with a view to producing an end-of-term show or showcase. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our Next Generation please contact administrator@wbos.org

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    Group Details Type: Musical Theatre and Plays Age Range: New Expressions 6yrs to 18yrs. adult group 18+ Rehearsals: Wednesdays and Thursdays Location Town: Cheshunt County:Herts Region:South East Contact Email:ehos@btinternet.com Phone:07946525129 Website:www.ehos.co.uk

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    Formed in 1953, Rackheath Players is a small amateur dramatic society based in the village of Rackheath, just on the north eastern outskirts of Norwich. We stage three productions a year - traditionally a pantomime/family show in February involving many local children, and two other productions, one in Spring/ early Summer and one in the Autumn. Our output is varied - comedy, drama, pantomime, musical, full length plays or one act plays - giving wide scope for people to try a bit of everything. Rehearsals are held weekly at 8.00pm on a Thursday, at Rackheath Village Hall. As a production draws near, more frequent and slightly earlier rehearsals are held. We also have a thriving Youth Drama group that produces an annual show or showcase. Our website can be found at www.rackheathplayers.co.uk

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    Award-winning theatre company producing full-scale musicals & plays throughout the year at the Brookside Theatre in Romford, Essex. Rehearsals held on Monday & Wednesday evenings & Sunday daytime. Email: info@sotheatre.com WWW: www.sotheatre.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/sotheatre2010 Facebook: www.facebook.com/stageonetheatrecompany

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    Amateur th­eatre grou­p in North­ East Lond­on / Essex­ borders. ­We rehears­e in Lough­ton and pe­rform at t­he Kenneth­ More Thea­tre in Ilf­ord and ot­her local ­venues. We­ try produ­ctions not­ usually s­een on the­ amateur c­ircuit lik­e Ragtime,­ Hot Mikad­o and Honk­! We work ­hard and t­ry to put ­on the bes­t producti­ons we can­, but we a­lways have­ fun too. Contact alison@forestmusical.co.uk for more details or to join lauren@forestmusical.co.uk

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    Lilleshall Pantomime and Drama Group was founded way way back in 1988 by a group of local Amateur Dramatics enthusiasts. The group has performed one pantomime a year ever since. Everyone is invited to a casting meeting in early September to see the new script and find out about the new Pantomime. Our aim is to bring the community together via entertainment, raise money for local causes and have fun. Each year our panto is based on a classic tale, but with an original script, and it can be said we always have our own take on it and try not to remain within the context of the usual style panto. it is fun for all the family and for those taking part, if you are interested in joining us ( no fees or costs, just time and dedication) then email :admin@lilleshallpanto.co.uk, sign up on mailing list @ www.lilleshallpanto.co.uk or call Stuart (chairman) 07807500975

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    Small amateur dramatics group formed in 2011, based in Warrington

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    Big Matinee News! We have decided to alter our final Saturday evening performance into a matinee performance, beginning with our play in November 2012. 'Stage Stories' will run from Wednesday 21st November to Saturday 24th November 2012, and Saturday's performance will start at 2.30pm, instead of our usual 7.30pm start. Weekday performances will still begin at 7.30pm. Tickets for 'Stage Stories' will be on sale in the near future - watch this space.

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    Established in 1948, Farnworth Little Theatre is an amateur theatre group situated just outside Bolton. Our first full length play 'Night Must Fall'was presented in 1949, and since then we have offered a continuous programme of up to five full length productions a year. We are totally self-supporting, financing the running and upkeep of the theatre through box office takings, membership fees, charitable donations and regular fund-raising events. The theatre is run by volunteers and therefore offers many opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in a range of activities, from acting to wardrobe, lighting and sound to publicity and set-building. Find out more about us www.farnworthlittletheatre.co.uk and find out how you can get involved www.facebook.com/FarnworthLittleTheatre

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    Society based in Ruislip performing musicals and musical shows at least twice yearly. We are always looking to welcome new members either on stage or backstage. Please see www.ruislipos.org for more information.

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    Amateur Operatic and Dramatics Company Based in Splott, CardiffRehearsals every Monday at 7.30 pm at Belmont Baptist Church, Tremorfa. All Ages Welcome! Contact: info@splottoperatic.co.uk

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    Join Mayhem Musical Theatre Company for our 2012/13 season! Starting with Disney's Alice in Wonderland for our young performers (7-16) and Pirates of Penzance in November, followed by Zanna Don't, Salute to Stage and Screen and Wild Party and finishing next year with The Producers. You would be crazy not to get involved! For more info, go to www.mayhemmusicaltheatrecompany.co.uk Mayhem Musical Theatre Company (MMTC) was formed in 2006. We are based in South London and usually perform in the Kingston/Wandsworth/Sutton area, rehearsing in South Wimbledon and Morden on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. We are vibrant and diverse, offering opportunity to all, actively encouraging new members to come and join us. Last year saw us tackling 'Little Shop of Horrors', 'Company', 'A Chorus Line' and Shakespeare's 'A MIdsummer Night's Dream'. We even did a show for a junior members, 'Honk', and had a very succesful season. This season sees us taking on 'Alice in Wonderland JR', 'Pirates of Penzance', 'Zanna Don't', LaChiusa's 'Wild Party' and 'The Producers'. MMTC in its present form is a progression from a previous company called Mayhem Productions. Running successfully for ten years Mayhem Productions produced diverse and successful shows and continue to do so now under the name Mayhem Musical Theatre Company. Past shows have included Little Shop of Horrors, Into The Woods, Guys'n'Dolls, Rent, We Will Rock You and Closer than Ever. MMTC aims to build on the solid foundation and experience developed over this time to continue to deliver accessible and innovative musical theatre in south west London. We are an amateur company, and NODA affiliated, but strive to produce theatre of a professional standard. We aim to provide high quality final productions combined with a relaxed, enjoyable and creative rehearsal process which offers a genuine opportunity for anyone interested in musical theatre - whether it is performing, directing, musical direction, dance, choreography, stage management, design, set construction, lighting, or publicity.

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    We have been in existence since 1889 and are also known as Barclays Dramatic Society. The reference to the 'Spread Eagle' is drawn from Barclays Banks' old logo. Since our inception in 1889, we have done all that we can to maintain our ethos of high quality and accessible productions. Nowadays, the group produces about three shows a year at The Bridewell Theatre, Blackfriars, London. We are always looking for new members, whether your interest is in being onstage, backstage or front of house. We perform all sorts of genres from comedy and farce to murder mystery, thrillers and political plays. Please visit our website for more information at www.spreadeagleplayers.org.uk To be added to our mailing list to hear about auditions and upcoming shows please email info@spreadeagleplayers.org.uk

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    Friendly amateur theatre group based in Watford Herts/Northwest Middlesex area performing shows at the Watford Pump House theatre. We cover a full range of Dramas, Comedies, Farces, Whodunnits and musicals. members always needed for every aspect of amateur theatre,and this is not limited to acting, directing and backstage. Experienced or beginner - we have a place for you. We achieve sell-out performances and have been established since 1946. Call 07917 324179 for more information. As at November 2012 we are about to perform a large-cast musical production of 'Jack the Ripper' at The Pump House Theatre, Watford WD17 2JP from November 28th to December 1st 2012. This is a colourful, large-cast musical production, written in 1974 by Ron Pember (book and lyrics) and Denis de Marne (music), which re-creates, in a light-hearted and comic way, an atmospheric commentary on the savage Ripper murders of 1888. Again please call 07917 324179 for more information - but be quick as this show is also fast selling out. email: publicity@belmonttheatre.co.uk

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    Founded in 1961, VAMPS performs musicals, variety concerts in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. Each Spring and Autumn, we stage a popular musical or variety show based on a theme, attracting audiences of up to 300 people each night. We are an enthusiastic community theatre company, whose members are drawn from the towns and villages surrounding St Neots and range in age from 6-85! We rehearse every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Peppercorns Music Academy in Eaton Socon. For more information on becoming a member or our next show, check out our website, www.thevamps.org or find us on Facebook (Vamps St Neots) or follow us on Twitter (@oVAMPSo) or email secretary@thevamps.org

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