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The Sound of His Music

The music of Richard Rodgers presented by Andrew Brewis

Saturday 6 May at 3pm and 7.30

Tickets: £14

A celebration of some of the greatest songs ever written.
Featuring Chris Read and Jess Radcliffe, supported by a live band!
Come and hear songs from Carousel, The King and I, The Sound Of Music, My Favourite Things, Pal Joey and more … ‘Something Good’, ‘The Lady Is  A Tramp’, ‘Have You Met Miss Jones’… the list goes on.

Richard Rodgers was an American composer of music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and television. He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. His compositions have had a significant impact on popular music up to the present day, and have an enduring broad appeal.

Oklahoma!

by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

In association with Bookham Light Operatic Society
Directed by Jackie Shearer
Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 May 7.30 and Saturday matinee 2.30
Tickets: adults £16, children/students £12,

The rivalry between farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop to the love story of cowboy Curly and farmer’s daughter Lauren and the road to statehood for Oklahoma.  Truly one of the greatest musicals of the 40s and 50s era and since.

Bookham Light Operatic Society is a friendly active society of keen amateurs who put on musical shows in the Fetcham Village Hall and the Nomad Theatre.

Here is a link to the BLOS Facebook page: Facebook Link

‘Rodgers and Hammerstein’ refers to an influential, innovative and successful American musical theatre writing team consisting of composer Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and lyricist-dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960). They created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, initiating what is considered the “golden age” of musical theatre. Five of their Broadway shows, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music, were outstanding successes, as was the television broadcast of Cinderella.

The most recent production from The Nomads with Bookham Light Operatic Society was The Pajama Game in May 2016.

Jon Fox from NODA had this to say about it:

A very strong principal cast backed by a highly enthusiastic and energetic chorus made for a very high performance standard.

http://www.nomadtheatre.com/pajama-game-noda-review/

Pajama Game – I’m not at all in love

The Nomads are members of NODA, which has a membership of 2500 amateur theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to tiny village halls.

Rent (schools edition) by Jonathan Larson

in association with Showdown Theatre Arts and Baltimore High School

Wednesday 31st May and Thursday 1st June at 7.30

Tickets: adults £10, children/students /seniors £9

Rent is a rock musical loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New Yorks East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

On Broadway, Rent gained critical acclaim and won a Tony Award for Best Musical among other awards. The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008 after a 12-year run of 5,123 performances.  The success of the show led to several national tours and numerous foreign productions. In 2005, it was adapted into a film featuring most of the original cast members.

Rent School Edition is exuberant, passionate and joyous. This adaptation has been carefully done, working with the Larson estate to retain the dramatic intent of the groundbreaking rock musical, and consists of minimal changes to language and the removal of one song (“Contact”) to make it possible for many young people to perform this piece.

About Showdown

Showdown Theatre Arts is a part time theatre school based across Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex for young people.

Once Upon a Labrador

Friday 2 June at 7.30

Tickets: £10

An evening of humour with Charles Garland and Alfie.  This is a fundraising event for the new Greenroom building.

Recorded cameo music by Rick Wakeman, with occasional extracts from the book “My Labrador Eats Poo”.

Directed by Sam Snape

Charles Garland is a writer and composer, television producer and director. His performing career began at Birmingham Repertory Theatre as a dancer in a musical, and ended at The Old Vic Theatre as actor / musician in a production of Dickens’ Great Expectations.

Soon after, Charles joined the BBC, as assistant to Sir Jonathan Miller for a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte. Following that, he worked on shows such as Blue Peter; three Royal Variety shows; sketch and variety shows, including The Paul Daniels Magic Show as well as dramas and a stint as director of Top Of The Pops.

Sitcom became a major part of his working life, with Terry and June; Joint Account; and Last Of The Summer Wine as assistant producer, and assisting David Croft OBE, on Hi-De-Hi!; ‘Allo ‘Allo! ;You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Dr Beeching! as producer.

Next, over a three year period, Charles re-edited most of the classic comedy archive for the BBC, including Dad’s Army; Are You Being Served?; Steptoe and Son; Porridge; The Good Life and more.

Having left the BBC, Charles is now freelance, and going back to his roots with his book of ‘whimsical verse’ entitled ‘My Labrador Eats Poo’ (not quite as disgusting as it sounds) illustrated by Harry Venning, and this stage show, which features Charles, and his Labrador Alfie.

Follow Alfie on Facebook and Twitter!

Nomes Youth Theatre presents Musical Mayhem

directed by Rachel Scott and Francesca Peplow
Friday 30 June at 7.30, Saturday 1 July at 2.30 and 7.30,

Sunday 2 July at 2.30
tickets adults £10, children £7

All the Nomes groups join together to present a selection of drama and singing from a variety of popular musicals.

Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson

Directed by Graham Botterill

Wednesday 5 July to Saturday 8 July at 7.45

Tickets: adults £12, children/students £10

In this often hilarious tragi-comedy, three sisters come together before their mother’s funeral, each haunted by their own demons.  The three each have different memories of the same events, causing constant bickering about whose memories are true.

 

Play in a Week

Play in a Week directed by Brandon McGuire

Monday 24 to Sunday 30 July
performances 29 July at 7.30, 30 July at 2.30
tickets: £13
An original play, specially commissioned for PIAW. This annual week-long fully inclusive project enables actors with learning and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the magic and benefits of participating in a theatre show and putting on public performances.  “Always a treat!” 

We are  delighted to be able to announce that the title of this years’ production is “Once Upon A Forest”.  Written for us by Rachel Barnett, it is a humorous twist on all those fairy tales we know and love.

About Play In a Week

Play In A Week -a week-long fully inclusive project, enabling actors with learning and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the magic of theatre.

Ember Big Band

Saturday 9th September at 8pm

Tickets: £15

Come and hear the big band sound!

The Ember Big Band is a not-for-profit line-up of 23 talented musicians that made its debut in March 2015. It performs at major events throughout Elmbridge (and often way beyond – the Eastbourne Air Show is on the cards for August). Past gigs have included sell-out Christmas concerts, regattas, Thames Heritage days, a Rat Pack dinner dance at Whiteley Village and a special ‘command performance’ for the Mayor of Elmbridge’s nominated charities for 2017.

Our line-up of 23 musicians (plus talented singers) perform numbers in styles and tempos ranging from the Great American Songbook to swing, Latin, funk and rock. The band is conducted by Bill Geldard, one of the UK’s best known trombonists and arrangers. Since turning professional at the age of fifteen he has played with some of Britain`s most famous orchestras and musicians including The Squadronaires, Geraldo, Ted Heath, John Dankworth and Jack Parnell. Ask him about the high spots of his career and there is a modest pause (probably because there are too many to mention). Then he recalls touring with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jnr; having a solo specially written for him by Sinatra’s arranger, Nelson Riddle; performing with Henry Mancini at “The Pink Panther” premiere in Switzerland; playing on the sound track of the first Bond film, “Dr. No” – and on the signature tune of ITVs hit 70s TV series “Minder”.

Bill says: “Ember is an amateur band – but we take a professional approach to everything we do. There`s a difference between being ‘amateur’ and ‘amateurish’. We’ve got a cracking programme lined up for the Nomad Theatre – and are confident of a great audience.

Ember Big Band Publicity Officer is Nick Handel who can be reached on: 0208 398 2789 or mobile 07742 139004.

www.emberbigband.uk

Move Over Mrs Markham by Ray Cooney and John Chapman

directed by Jeff Wightwick
Wednesday 4 October to Saturday 7 October at 7.45, matinee at 2.30 on Sat 7th
Tickets: adults £14, children/students £10, £12 for all adults on 4th

This wonderful farce is set in a top floor London flat, belonging to Philip and Joanna Markham. The flat has been renovated, and so has been largely empty. Philip is a publisher of children’s books, and he shares an office with his partner, Henry Lodge, on the ground floor. Philip agrees to let Henry borrow his apartment for the evening to “entertain” his latest girlfriend. At the same time, Joanna Markham is persuaded by Linda Lodge to let her borrow the apartment, so she can entertain her lover. What nobody knows is that the interior designer who had been decorating the apartment for the past three months has decided that this was the night he and the au pair girl would try out the new round bed! When all three sets of people converge on the apartment, expecting to find it empty, chaos and confusion ensue.

Charley’s Aunt by Brandon Thomas

Directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke

Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November at 7.45, matinee on Saturday at 2.30

Tickets: adults £14, children/students £10, £12 for adults on Wednesday

A comedy by Brandon Thomas set in Oxford in 1882, this English farce follows the hilarious events that arise when two students, Jack and Charles, use the excuse of the imminent visit of Charley’s aunt Donna Lucia to invite their young ladies to their rooms.

When a telegram arrives postponing the visit of his aunt, the boys bribe a friend, Lord Fancourt-Babberley, into impersonating her.
Problems begin when the real aunt turns up under an assumed identity – of course, as everyone knows, in farce, nothing ever goes according to plan but of course, again, according to the rules of farce, everything works out fine in the end!

 

Walter Brandon Thomas (24 December 1848 – 19 June 1914) was an English actor, playwright and songwriter, best known as the author of the farce Charley’s Aunt. Although Thomas never repeated the prodigious success of Charley’s Aunt, he maintained a career as an actor and dramatist until his death, acting mostly in comedy, but with occasional serious roles in the plays of Shakespeare and others.

Director Andrew Hamel-Cooke‘s most recent productions include Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Pajama Game (in association with Bookham Light Operatic Society).

Jon Fox from NODA reviewed both productions:

The Pajama Game

A very strong principal cast backed by a highly enthusiastic and energetic chorus made for a very high performance standard.

http://www.nomadtheatre.com/pajama-game-noda-review/

Pajama Game – I’m not at all in love

 

Twelfth Night

This complicated and multi layered love comedy with its mistaken identity at the heart of much of the confusion and comedy was a marvellous vehicle for a richly talented company of players like the Nomads.    The director had worked in great depth with the performers upon the interaction, absurdities and human qualities of the many flawed characters.

Review: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night September 2016

Fabian, Sir Andrew and Sir Toby

The Nomads are members of NODA, which has a membership of 2500 amateur theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to tiny village halls.

Dick Whittington by Peter Denyer

Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 December
Evenings 7.30, matinee at 2.30 Saturday
Tickets: adults £16, children/students £10, £12 adults on 12th

A traditional pantomime which follows the story of Dick Whittington, his cat and his rise to fame in London. This show has got it all – from shipwrecks to streets paved with gold!

With barrels of laughs, slapstick, great musical numbers and plenty of audience participation there will be something for everyone to enjoy.