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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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Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be | First Rehearsals

We’re so excited to begin rehearsals for our next production, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be which we are performing from 12 – 13 January 2018 at The Rose Theatre, Rose Bruford, Sidcup!

We would love you to join us on stage for this brilliant Lionel Bart musical based in the 1950s East End. The original cast, featuring Dame Barbara Windsor was directed by the iconic Joan Littlewood and won the 1960 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical!

Come along on Tuesday 6 June at 7.45pm to hear more about the show and the creative team, or come to the first music rehearsal on Tuesday 13 June at 7.45pm.

All rehearsals take place in the music block of Newstead Wood School, Avebury Road, Orpington.

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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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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!

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Gari Glaysher as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls

We had an absolute blast performing Guys & Dolls at The Stag Theatre this month! A huge thank you to the audiences, cast, backstage and creative teams who all came together to make this a great 80th Anniversary production for PWOS.

We are now starting work on our Autumn 2016 production, ANNIE!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the orphans of Miss Hannigan’s orphanage will be played by the elite teams of the Lucy Griffiths Dance and Theatre Academy. We will, however, be holding open auditions for the role of Annie herself, so if you or anyone you know could play this feisty young orphan then email pwosdigital@gmail.com for information!

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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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Guys & Dolls

We’re thrilled to be beginning work on Guys & Dolls which we are bringing to The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks from 12th – 14th May 2016!

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Following Guys & Dolls we are performing our annual showcase event WEST END GOLD, where stars of the West End join PWOS at The Stag Theatre to sing songs from your favourite West End and Broadway productions. This year’s concert will be at 5pm on 12th June 2016.

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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

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With just over a month to go until the opening night of Little Shop of Horrors, our rehearsals are getting intense! Some of our cast were also lucky enough to visit Flowers & Sparkle Florists in Sevenoaks, and they felt quite at home amongst the bright blooms of this beautiful shop! We didn’t manage to spot the elusive Audrey Two during our visit, but we’re sure she’ll make an appearance at The Stag Theatre in November, so don’t miss it!

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Tickets are now selling fast for the show so make sure you pick yours up soon, we’d love to see you in the audience for this cult comedy musical classic featuring songs from Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Aladdin, Sister Act, The Little Mermaid).

TICKETS AVAILBLE HERE

Or call the Box Office on 01732 450175

 

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.