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Redditch Operatic Society (ROS): the area's biggest amateur operatic society and musical theatre group performing at the Palace Theatre in Redditch, Worcestershire

Redditch Operatic Society: musical theatre group performing at the Palace Theatre, Redditch

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Sister Act Cast Announced

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

A very sincere THANK YOU to everybody who came to all the auditions for SISTER ACT. The Audition Panel certainly had a lot of talent to choose from, and appreciated the hard work everybody put in. The discussions were long and hard, but the panel are delighted to announce the full cast list as follows:

Character Name
Deloris Van Cartier Laura Woodall
Mother Superior Eleanor Peberdy
Sister Mary Robert Lucy Traves
Sister Mary Patrick Louise Walton
Sister Mary Lazarus Liz Bird
Monsignor O’Hara Sam Smith
Curtis John Reeves
Eddie Paul Mitchell
Joey Matt Bridgewater
Pablo Ryan Allen
TJ Xav Reeves
Ernie Russell Hay
Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours Carole Massey
Sister Mary Theresa Jean Chalk
Sister Mary Agnes Tessa Lodge
Sister Mary Ignatius Roz Chalk
Sister Mary Colette Wendy Stroud
Sister Mary Gertrude Hannah Marshall
Sister Mary Anna Vicky Khawaja
Sister Mary Eunice Penny Hoy
Sister Mary Bernice Janet Fryer
Michelle [Note] Emma Sansom
Tina [Note] Kelly Mitchell
Candy [Note] Lisa Smith
Sheryl [Note] TBC
Babs [Note] Elle Cross
Daphne [Note] Maddy Flawn

Updated 11/7/17

Well done to everybody who got a principal role, and commiserations to those who were not successful on this occasion.

The show is going to be brilliant!

If you are not mentioned above, then you will still be nuns (ladies!), bar patrons/staff, citizens, congregation, fantasy dancers or other characters in the show. There are also a few remaining cameo roles to be given out at the discretion of the Director.

[Note] These are Deloris’ singers in the first scene, but will play other characters throughout the show as well.

The Search for our Deloris Continues

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Thank you to everybody who attended the Auditions for Sister Act this week. The Audition Panel saw some brilliant performances, and most of the roles in the show have duly been cast.

However, at this point in time WE HAVE NOT YET FOUND OUR DELORIS – and so the search continues.

We would now like to encourage any of our existing members REGARDLESS OF ETHNICITY who feel they could do justice to this central role in the show, to audition for the part of Deloris starting at 7.30pm this Tuesday (4 July).

The audition pieces (now only one piece of libretto, and one part of a song, which don’t have to be learnt by heart) are here: Deloris Audition Pieces (pdf)

Tuesday will now be:

  • 7.30pm – A brief ‘Deloris workshop’, followed by the Deloris auditions.
  • 8.30pm – ‘Featured Nuns’ audition for anybody who wishes to be considered.

After Tuesday, we sincerely hope to be able to complete the final cast places, and it is our intention to release the whole cast list here on this blog on Wednesday 5 July – fingers crossed!

There is no ‘normal’ rehearsal on Tuesday. Gentlemen, and any ladies not auditioning for Deloris nor a featured nun, need not attend. For those who do attend, there will not be a normal break time – so please bring your own drinks.

‘Witches’ Cast List

Monday, 4 July 2016

The audition panel would like to thank sincerely everyone who made time to audition for a role in ‘Witches’, and pass on our congratulations to those who got a principal role. A big ‘thank you’, too, to those who were not successful on this occasion.

We’ve got a fabulous cast, filled with experience, but also including some new talent (to ROS) as well. The full list is as follows:

Character Name
Alexandra Spofford (Alex) Louise Walton
Jane Smart Lisa Lilwall
Sukie Rougemont Danielle Hurley
Darryl van Horne Mark Williams
Felicia Gabriel Penny Hoy
Clyde Gabriel Tim Eagleton
Jennifer Gabriel Mollie Hallahan
Michael Spofford Paul Mitchell
The Girl Kelly Johnson
Fidel Ab Yafai
Ed Parsley (the minister) John Reeves
Brenda Parsley Gill Rowland
Gina Marino Liz Bird
Greta Neff Joy Sidaway
Joe Marino Sam Smith
Raymond Neff Ed Colwell
Rebecca (waitress) Grace Kemp

This is going to be another magical show. Thank you, everybody.

Calamity Jane Cast List

Monday, 29 June 2015

Thank you very much indeed to everyone who auditioned for a part in the show. Many congratulations to those who got the role they wanted. Commiserations to those of you who were not successful on this occasion.

We are delighted to announce the cast list (so far) will be as follows:

Character Name
Calamity Jane Lisa Lilwall
Wild Bill Hickock Mark Williams
Katie Brown Emma Hopcroft
Danny Gilmartin Sam Smith
Adelaide Adams Penny Hoy
Henry Miller Tim Eagleton
Francis Fryer Ryan Allen
Susan Kelly Johnson
Rattlesnake Matt Turner
Joe the Barman (inc solo) John Reeves
Hank and Pete (scouts) Jacob Finch and Charlie Powell
Suitors David Eagleton, Josh King, Mark Wright

There are still a few small, named character parts that will be given out by the production team in the near future.

Here’s to another fabulous show in November! Thank you, everybody.

Jesus Christ Superstar: Review 2

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Another fantastic review of our production of Jesus Christ Superstar. This time it’s an independent review from Andrew Powell (ex-editor of The Standard):

Jesus Christ Superstar – Redditch Operatic Society

Moving, colourful, dramatic, disturbing, uncomfortable even, reverent, irreverent, emotional, funny – are all words that could be used to describe Redditch Operatic Society’s excellent production of this Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber masterpiece.

The show is a 1970s rock opera, and is basically an account of the last week in the life of Jesus Christ, beginning with the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion, all set to modern music, and as such must have been out of the comfort zone for many in the society.

But ROS to a man (and woman) rose to the challenge magnificently.

The opera offers a fascinating insight into the political and interpersonal struggles between the extraordinary Jesus and those in the highest authority, and this aspect came across brilliantly.

Director and producer Tony Jay is quoted as saying that Jesus Christ Superstar is one of the greatest pieces of musical theatre ever created, and he certainly did it immense justice – it was slick, yet uncompromisingly daring and different, from the complex staging itself to his own hilarious portrayal of Herod’s Song. It certainly added a lighter moment to the otherwise rather depressing scenario (watch out for that bread roll!).

The experience of David Steele shone through as Jesus, giving him plenty of opportunity to show off his mighty falsetto voice and emotional range, while his close companion Mary, played by newcomer Lisa Lilwall, was most endearing and suitably respectful. Those, as I was, awaiting the tear-jerking I Don’t Know How To Love Him, a highlight of the show, will not have been disappointed.

Let’s not forget Laurence Sutton as the confused and unfortunate Judas. He is also a new member of ROS and it’s good to see risks being taken in casting – and paying off handsomely – with the younger members. He had a voice that filled the auditorium loud and clear.

One more mention. Tim Eagleton threw himself into the role of the unfortunate, in my mind, Pontius Pilate, who found himself dragged along with the will of the baying crowd, and he portrayed this with precision.

We all know how the story ends, but mine can’t have been the only heart in the mouth as Jesus was lifted onto a rather highly mounted, but substantial, cross of wood and the opera came to its inevitable end – of course the resurrection isn’t included and Jesus was left hanging.

It would not be possible in a review like this to mention everybody involved, especially with such a large cast, but there wasn’t a weak link in the chain for what was a production very much worthy of a larger stage.

Jesus Christ Superstar: Review 1

Thursday, 20 November 2014

A great review of Jesus Christ Superstar from Harriet Ernstsons of the Redditch Standard:

Jesus Christ cast were all superstars

Given this version of Jesus Christ Superstar was brought to the Palace Theatre stage by an operatic society, audiences would expect first-rate singing.

But the performances given by ROS, both individually and as an ensemble, were truly spectacular and made for a particularly enjoyable night.

Everyone knows how the story is going to end and most will be aware of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice production so the challenge is to make a mark by providing stand-out performances. In this way, ROS certainly did not disappoint.

Leading man David Steele sent shivers up the spine with his powerful and emotive performance at more than one point during the night, with his voice more than proving why he was chosen to take the role of Jesus.

However, this was not just a one-man show and his counterpart Laurence Sutton as Judas was captivating every time he set foot on the stage. It is not often you root for the ‘bad guy’ in the show but Laurence brought a softness to the role which enabled the crowd to understand his reasonings for betraying Jesus.

Together the 12 disciples were a complete pleasure to listen to and both Paul Mitchell as Peter and Mark Williams as Simon shone in the roles as Jesus’ right-hand man. They played their roles well, providing the chance for the story to be told by creating a dialogue with Jesus and Judas – with Lisa Lilwall’s Mary added into the mix it was absolutely superb.

However, it was not all weeping over the demise of Christ, there were plenty of light moments in the show too – mainly when the stage was occupied by Tim Eagleton (Pontius Pilate), Matt Turner (Caiaphas) and John Reeves (Annas) backed by Sam Smith, Ryan Allen and Tony Lacey as the priests.

The biggest laugh of the night definitely went to Tony Jay whose portrayal of Herod was just excellent and the perfect antedote to the heavy subject of the script.

Credit must also go to the superb singers and dancers who were ever-present in the backdrop. There is little worse than an amazing principal cast being let down by an out of time or out of tune cast. To have such strong voices in the chorus line is a real credit to ROS and proves it must have been a difficult choice picking lead characters from the wealth of talent on offer.

Lastly, a mention for the most important prop in the show – the cross. If it had been designed badly it could have really let down the production but as it was, it was perfectly put together for the job at hand and provided a powerful way to end the show. The set itself was very simple but it needed to be so the cast could get on with what they do best – singing their hearts out.

New Trailer for ‘Superstar’

Monday, 6 October 2014

Just look at this fabulous new trailer video for our production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Huge thanks to Alastair for putting this together. And thanks, too, to the cast for attending the photo shoot

JCS: Company Photo/Final Schedule

Friday, 3 October 2014

Note to all company: if you haven’t already spotted this in the new schedule, our full company photograph is being taken at the start of rehearsal on Tuesday 7 October. Please do not be late, or you may miss out.

If you haven’t already picked up a new schedule, you can download/print it below:

Please read it carefully, and note that the full company is called every Tuesday from now on, and on Thursdays from 30 October.

Costume Pick-Up Dates/Times

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

These are the costume pick-up dates and times offered by Jean C for all company members in Jesus Christ Superstar. It is your responsibility to attend one of these sessions so that you can select, try on and then take your costume(s) home with you:

Ladies

  • Sun 28 September, 12.00 noon to 3.00pm
  • Wed 1 October, 5.00 to 8.00pm
  • Fri 3 October, 6.00 to 8.00pm

Men

  • Sun 5 October, 12.00 noon to 3.00pm
  • Wed 15 October, 5.00 to 8.00pm
  • Fri 17 October, 6.00 to 8.00pm

Jean’s address is 123 Bromsgrove Road, Redditch, B97 4RL. Tel: 01527 63319

 

JCS: New Rehearsal Schedule

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

At the company rehearsal on Tuesday 5 August, a new rehearsal schedule was handed out. Anybody who wasn’t at this rehearsal may download/print the new schedule below:

All cast should be sure to read this new schedule carefully, please, as there have been changes to various Tuesday and Thursday rehearsal dates. Thank you.

NODA - The National Operatic and Dramatic Association
Redditch Operatic Society is affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA)

BEST PROGRAMME 2004

42ND STREET

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2005

HAPPY AS A SANDBAG

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2007

JEKYLL & HYDE

WINNER

BEST POSTER 2009

HOT MIKADO

NOMINATED

BEST PROGRAMME 2009

HOT MIKADO

WINNER

BEST PROGRAMME 2010

50 YEARS OF ROS

NOMINATED

BEST PROGRAMME 2011

THE KING AND I

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2011

THE KING AND I

NOMINATED

BEST PROGRAMME 2012

SUMMER HOLIDAY

WINNER

BEST MUSICAL 2012

SUMMER HOLIDAY

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2013

WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2014

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

WINNER

BEST PROGRAMME 2014

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

WINNER

BEST MUSICAL 2016

WITCHES OF EASTWICK

NOMINATED

 

Redditch Operatic Society

ROS - the area's biggest amateur operatic society and musical theatre group performing at the Palace Theatre in Redditch, Worcestershire

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