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ON SALE! – Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be

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Petts Wood Operatic Society is thrilled to announce that their latest production, Lionel Bart and Frank Norman’s Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be is now on sale! Tickets can be purchased HERE.

The society is simultaneously excited to be officially now performing from 12 – 13 January 2018 at the Rose Theatre, Rose Bruford Sidcup. This fantastic venue offers audience members and the cast a whole new perspective on performing and we hope to do justice to the legendary work of original director, Joan Littlewood.

Fing’s Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be is a tale of a group of cockney low-lifes in the 1950s. A mixture of gamblers, teddy boys and prostitutes they spend their time at the establishment of gangster Fred (Gari Glaysher), and his long suffering partner, Lil (Elizabeth O’Donnell), who is desperate for them to finally get married. As Fred and the gang seem constantly down on their luck, they struggle to survive as everything around them goes ‘contemporary’ but will they make some changes in their lives and thrive in the East End once again?

Featuring the music of Lionel Bart (Oliver!, Blitz!) and written by Frank Norman (Bang To Rights!), Fing’s Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be is the quintessential musical snapshot of the underground world of 1950s London. The original production was directed by the now iconic Joan Littlewood and starred Dame Barbara Windsor.

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The cast and creative team of Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be

 

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IT’S SHOWTIME! | Betty Blue Eyes

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Show week is finally here and we open at The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks TONIGHT, Thursday 11 May! Make sure you’ve got your tickets for Betty Blue Eyes, a hilarious musical from Stiles & Drewe (Half A Sixpence, Honk!) based on Alan Bennett’s ‘A Private Function’.

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It’s 1947 and belts are being tightened across Britain as the long-suffering citizens are promised fair shares for all. Amid rationing and a freezing cold winter there is a new arrival in town – Betty, an adorable blue eyed pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet. However, the rest of the community has other ideas for Betty’s fate and hilarity ensues!

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10 Days To Go! | BETTY BLUE EYES

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Neil Stevens as ‘Gilbert’ and Betty, the stars of Betty Blue Eyes!

It’s now May and we are officially on the final countdown before show week starts! It’s just 10 days until our first performance of Betty Blue Eyes at The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks!

Today we performed at the Petts Wood May Fayre, to give the local community a taste of what we’ve been up to, and to show them just how much we love the fantastic Stiles & Drewe music of Betty Blue Eyes.

11 – 13 May 2017

The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks

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BETTY BLUE EYES| Rehearsals Begin

We have just had a brilliant first rehearsal for the hilarious musical BETTY BLUE EYES with music from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (The Wind in the Willows, Mary Poppins, Half A Sixpence) and we already absolutely love this show. Based on Alan Bennett’s ‘A Private Function’ it is full of wit, love and some very apt commentary on austerity in post-war Britain!

If you would like to join us on stage or backstage for Betty Blue Eyes then we would love to have you! Come along on Tuesday 13 December at 7.45pm to the music block of Newstead Wood School, Avebury Road, Orpington to hear more about the show, sing some songs and learn about prinicpal role auditions!

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With our pig mascots at the first rehearsal of Betty Blue Eyes!

There is no audition to be a chorus member of PWOS, and we would love everyone who wants to join us for Betty Blue Eyes to do so!

FAQs

Auditions for principal roles will take place in January and you must be an annual member of PWOS (£25 or £12.50 for students) to audition.

Rehearsals will take place on Tuesdays and some Thursday evenings from 7.45 – 10pm

Betty Blue Eyes will be performed at The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks from 11 – 13 May 2017

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BETTY BLUE EYES

Performed by Petts Wood Operatic Society at The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks

Directed by Jamie Hemingway

Co-Directed by Christine Mabbott

Musical Direction by John Hargreaves

Choreography by Carrie Louise Knight

It’s Show Week! | ANNIE

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We are so excited for our band call, tech and dress rehearsals in the next couple of days, all of which signify that it is SHOW WEEK! After months of rehearsals and planning, we are thrilled to be finally bringing ANNIE to the stag at The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks from Thursday 24 November to Saturday 26 November and we would absolutely love for you to join us. The Saturday matinee is SOLD OUT and tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening shows are extremely limited to get yours as soon as you can!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

An enormous thank you to everyone who has supported PWOS throughout the rehearsal process for ANNIE. Whether you were driving someone to rehearsals, helping source costumes, painting sets, storing props, handing out flyers or telling friends about the show we appreciate and value your support, without which we wouldn’t exist as a society!

 

If you would like to join us for our next production, BETTY BLUE EYES then please do come along to the first rehearsal on Tuesday 6 December at 7.45pm in the music block of Newstead Wood School, Avebury Road, Orpington.

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ANNIE – ONE MONTH TO GO!

As rehearsals become more intense, and the nights become longer, it is clear that the Petts Wood Operatic Society production of Annie is getting ever closer! With just one month to go until we move from the rehearsal room into the Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, now is the perfect time to grab your tickets to this fantastic family Christmas show!

We are so thrilled to announce that joining us on stage will be the performers of the Lucy Griffiths Dance and Theatre Academy and a special guest performance playing the role of Sandy!

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It’s nearly Christmas in New York, the year is 1930, and feisty young orphan Annie is stuck in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. A chance encounter gives Annie the opportunity to escape and live with wealthy tycoon Oliver Warbucks. But will Annie’s luck hold or will the evil Miss Hannigan catch up with her? Featuring the all-time favourite songs ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Hard Knock Life’ and ‘NYC’, Annie is THE family Christmas Show.

24 – 26 November 2016 at The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Music by Charles Strouse, book by Thomas Meehan, lyrics by Martin Charnin. An amateur production by arrangement with Joseph Weinberger Ltd on behalf Music Theatre International of New York.

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EARLY BIRD TICKETS – ON SALE NOW!

We’re so excited to announce that the Early Bird tickets for our November 2016 production, ANNIE are on sale now for just £15 each! BUY YOURS NOW

Early Bird Pricing runs until 30th September 2016, from then on tickets will be priced at £17 each for all performances.

It’s coming up to Christmas in 1930s New York and feisty young orphan Annie is stuck in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. A chance encounter gives Annie the chance to escape and live with wealthy Oliver Warbucks. But will Annie’s luck run out and the evil Miss Hannigan catch up with her? Featuring all-time favourite songs ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Hard Knock Life’ and ‘NYC’, Annie is THE family Christmas Show.

Music by Charles Strouse, book by Thomas Meehan, lyrics by Martin Charnin. An amateur production by arrangement with Joseph Weinberger Ltd on behalf Music Theatre International of New York.

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Our 80th Anniversary Production

Petts Wood Operatic Society is thrilled to present GUYS AND DOLLS as its 80th Anniversary show in 2016. The Street Singer was the society’s first production in the spring of 1936. Now, 80 years on and with a bigger and more vibrant membership than ever, PWOS is delighted to bring GUYS AND DOLLS to The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks

GUYS AND DOLLS is the classic American musical, featuring the brilliant Luck Be A Lady, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat and Sue Me. 

Bad boy gambler Sky Masterson takes on a bet to woo the straight laced Miss Sarah Brown, all for the sake of a dice game. Can Sky get Sarah to fall for him, all without falling for her himself? Meanwhile, Adelaide, night club performer and long suffering fiancée of Nathan Detroit is losing her patience after a 14 year engagement which is proving bad for her health. Will Nathan ever give up the thrill of gambling and settle down with Adelaide?

A romantic comedy set against the staggering Manhattan skyline, GUYS AND DOLLS is a musical that will leave you tapping your toes and singing along as you leave the theatre!

Performances:

12th – 14th May 2016 at 19:45 with 14:30 Saturday Matinee

The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks

TICKETS HERE

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LESS THAN A WEEK UNTIL LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS!

After several months of hard work from the creative team, cast and backstage crew, Little Shop of Horrors now opens at The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks in LESS THAN A WEEK!

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The cast of Little Shop of Horrors in rehearsal

We hope you’ve seen us out and about in Sevenoaks recently as we sang songs from the show, handed out leaflets and ran a tombola at the Sevenoaks Firework Display!

The show is sure to be a hilarious night out, featuring some incredible music from Academy Award winner Alan Menken and the ever enthusiastic cast of Petts Wood Operatic Society. So if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, whyever not? CLICK HERE to purchase!

19th – 21st November at The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks

Shows at 19:45 and Saturday Matinee at 14:30

Tickets £16, £15 and £14 with a group discount available by calling The Stag Box Office on 01732 450175

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The PWOS cast of Little Shop of Horrors in rehearsal

Little Shop Of Horrors

After last week’s auditions we are so excited to begin work on Little Shop of Horrors with our new cast!

All are welcome to come along and join Petts Wood Operatic Society for this great show in the chorus or backstage. Simply come along to a rehearsal! We rehearse on Tuesdays from 7:45pm – 10pm. Our final rehearsal before a summer break is on Tuesday 7th July.

We rehearse in the music block of Newstead Wood School, Avebury Road, Orpington. Follow signs for Bromley Tennis Centre and you’ll see us rehearsing in the final school building on your right!

Email pwosdigital@gmail.com for more information in being involved with the society!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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Book & lyrics by HOWARD ASHMAN Music by ALAN MENKEN Based on the film by Roger Corman. Screenplay by Charles Griffith. Originally produced by the WPA Theatre (Kyle Renick, Producing Director). Originally produced at the Orpheum Theatre, New York City, by the WPA Theatre, David Geffen, Cameron Mackintosh and the Shubert Organisation. Originally directed by Howard Ashman : Musical Staging by Edie Cowan.This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD. on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK.