By John Godber & Jane Thornton.
Directed by Hayley Clines.
Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th January at 7.45pm in the Studio.
Bouncers is set in and around Flamingo Joe’s – a nightclub, with the action focusing on the exploits of the four doormen and their customers. The play creates a vivid picture of the relentless antics of nightlife with its raw energy, flashing disco lights and raucous lads and lasses out on the town. The quartet of actors switch with pin-sharp precision from charismatic doormen to giggling girls to lads on the lash and back again.
Four decades after John Godber’s Bouncers was first staged at the Fringe it remains one of the most popular and performed comedies.
Tickets: adults £12, students £10
Box office: 01483 284747 – or Book Online
The Nomads will be presenting Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in December 2018, directed by Graham Botterill.
The famous tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from miserable miser to generous benefactor, has been a popular feature of Christmas since it was published in 1843. Scrooge’s redemption is prompted by the visitation of a succession of spirits. By turns exciting, terrifying, amusing and always moving; this story is a wonderful prelude to Christmas.
- Performance dates: 11-14 December 2018 at 7:45pm, 15 December 2018 at 2:30pm and 7:45pm
- Rehearsal days: from 2nd September, Sundays at 2:30pm, Wednesdays at 7:30pm plus most Mondays from 17th October
- Sunday 15th July at 2:30pm
- Monday 16th July at 7:30pm
- Wednesday 18th July at 7:30pm
- Further dates will be announced…
Audition pieces can be found here: Google Drive
Auditions will be held in the Bob King room at The Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6RT (click here). There’s no fixed order; but, if possible, children will be auditioned first.
If you are interested in auditioning and/or would like further information, please contact Graham on [email protected]
There are over 60 characters, so cast members will be doubling and trebling parts. There are lots of fun roles including an ensemble of Carollers, Country Folk, Party Guests, Townspeople, Children, Businessmen, Sailors etc.
Characters (in no particular order):
- Ebeneezer Scrooge: Playing age 60+ – A mean, unhappy loner who recovers his humanity and a fine sense of humour.
- Bob Cratchit: Playing age 30+ – A gentle, downtrodden clerk who adores his family and desperately tries to provide for them.
- Fred (Scrooge’s Nephew): Playing age 30’s – A warm, humorous man who is determined to redeem his uncle.
- Charity Ladies: Playing age 40+ – Respectable ladies who can be doubled with the un-respectable Charwoman and Laundress.
- Street Urchin: Playing age 12+ – crossing-sweeper, message-runner, etc.
- Jacob Marley: Playing age 50+ – The ghost of Scrooge’s dead partner. A booming, terrifying character. Can be doubled with Old Joe the rag and bone man.
- Ghost of Christmas Past: Female – Playing age 30s – Initially frightening but sympathetic to Scrooge’s plight. Can double with Mrs Cratchit and/or Ada (Mrs Fred)
- Boy Ebeneezer: Playing age early teens – can double as Peter Cratchit
- Fanny Scrooge: Playing age early teens – Ebeneezer’s sister
- Schoolmaster: Playing age 40+ – a fierce bully who made Scrooge’s schooldays miserable.
- Mr Fezziwig: Playing age 50+ – Scrooge’s first employer…a jovial, generous man who knew how to celebrate Christmas. Can double with Ghost of Christmas Present.
- Mrs Fezziwig: Playing age 50+ – Fashionable, enthusiastic and adores her husband. Can double with Charwoman or Laundress.
- Young Ebeneezer: Playing age 17 to 25 – An enthusiastic apprentice and fiancé of Belle. Can double with Undertaker.
- Dick Wilkins: Playing age 17 to 25 – Fellow apprentice. Can double with Fred’s friend Topper.
- Belle: Playing age 18 to 25 – Young Ebeneezer’s fiancé. Can double with Young Wife and/or Ada’s Sister.
- Ghost of Christmas Present: Male – Playing age 40+ – Big and cheerful…a sort of prototype Santa Claus. Can double with Mr Fezziwig & Businessmen.
- ParcelMen (2): Any age – Diamond geezers.
- Mrs Cratchit: Playing age 30+ – desperate to keep her family alive on Bob’s pathetic wages. Can double as a Charity Lady.
- Martha Cratchit: Playing age mid-teens – oldest of the Cratchit children. Works long hours for little reward.
- Peter Cratchit: Playing age early teens – can double as Boy Ebeneezer
- Tiny Tim: Playing age about 8 – the much-loved baby of the family. Could be played by boy or girl. Must have the “Aaah” factor.
- Ada (Fred’s wife): Playing age 20+ – Suffers Fred’s ‘sense of humour’
- Ada’s Sister: Playing age 20+ – Unmarried, as yet.
- Topper: Playing age 25+ – Keen to marry Ada’s Sister…or anyone.
- Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come: – Tall and terrifying. Non-speaking role…but bags of non-verbal communication.
- Old Joe: Playing age 50+ – Filthy, Fagin-ish rag and bone man. Ideally doubled with Jacob Marley.
- Charwoman: Playing age 40+ – Coarse, grasping harridan…doubles nicely with Charity Lady.
- Laundress: Playing age 40+ – Coarse, grasping harridan…doubles nicely with Charity Lady.
- Undertaker: Playing age 17 to 25 – Pond life. Can double with Young Ebeneezer.
- Plus Carollers, Country Folk, Party Guests, Townspeople, Children, Businessmen, Sailors, etc.
The Nomads will be presenting Trivial Pursuits by Frank Vickery in September 2018, directed by Michael Ayres (Artistic Director, The Nomads).
- Performance dates: 12-15 September 2018 at 7:45pm
- Rehearsal days: Tuesday and Thursday
- Tuesday 31 July – 7:30
- Thursday 2 August – 7:30
- Sunday 5 August – 1:00
Auditions will be held in the Bob King room at The Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6RT (click here)
If you are interested in auditioning and/or would like further information, please email us to let us know on [email protected]
Characters (playing ages are flexible):
Teddy – Often insensitive and selfish, he sees himself as a joker. Very friendly with Joyce.
Joyce – Roz’ sister. Once talented and well-meaning; a lush, she gets drunk during the play.
Mona – the choreographer. With no real sense of humour, she takes herself very seriously and has a hard edge. Maybe fancied Teddy in the past, but was ignored. Bitter?
Pearl – the Treasurer. Sensible and straightforward.
Roz – Nick’s wife and Joyce’s sister; the sensible, organised person behind Nick’s power.
Jessica – pretty and younger than the other members.
Derek – Boring and pathetic, but harmless. His divorce from Deirdre is about to be finalised, but he is missing her and is miserable without her. He has been involved with the Operatic Society through Deirdre.
- Nick – Roz’ husband. The society Business Manager. He feels pressured from all sides, and is in a no-win situation, but does find opportunities to get something positive out of it, however. Fancies Jessica.
- Deirdre – happy to be getting divorced from Derek, as she feels she can start living life now.
- Eddie – not part of the society, he has tagged along with Deirdre. His only interest is television.
Casting for Tommy and Jake – Annie Get Your Gun
Bookham Light Operatic Society‘s summer show will be ‘Annie Get Your Gun’, performed at The Nomad Theatre w/c 14th May 2018. Featuring classic show tunes such as ‘Anything You Can Do’ and ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’, this musical is one of the greats!
- Director: Andrew Hamel-Cooke
- Musical Director: Selena Hegarty
Auditions & rehearsals:
- Fridays at 7.30pm – Eastwick Road Church (URC), Eastwick Road, Great Bookham, Surrey KT23 4BE
Male characters yet to be cast – (with playing ages)
- Tommy Keeler – Male 18-30 – Supporting – Tenor. A dashing young knife-thrower with the Wild West Show, part Native American.
- Little Jake – Male 11-14 – Featured – Alto. Annie’s 8-to-10-year-old brother, her “bird dog” who flushes out game for her to shoot.
- Ensemble men – come and get involved, all ages welcome!
Audition pieces can be found at: http://www.bookhamlightoperatic.co.uk/blosauditions.htm
If you are interested in auditioning and/or would like further information, please contact the Director on 07747 527180 , or email [email protected]
Rough-and-tumble Annie Oakley is the best shot around. A backwoods gal, Annie uses her skill to support her family by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Buffalo Bill and persuaded to join his Wild West Show, Annie is plucked from obscurity and becomes the toast of Europe. Annie meets her match in Frank Butler, Buffalo Bill’s leading man and star marksman. She falls head over heels for Frank, but soon eclipses him as the main attraction in the show. Her success with a gun makes trouble for Annie’s chance at romance. Annie Get Your Gun follows the journey of Annie and Frank, revealing their competitive natures as they vie for best shot – and each other’s hearts. This fictionalized version of the life of real-life sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her romance with Frank Butler boasts a score of Irving Berlin gems including “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “I Got Lost in His Arms”, “I Got the Sun in the Mornin’”, “Anything You Can Do,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”
All characters – adults (with playing ages)
- Frank Butler – Male 25-35 – Lead – Baritone. A suave sharpshooter in Buffolo Bill’s show – he enjoys his status
as a heartbreaker and star.
- Annie Oakley – Female 18-25 – Lead – Mezzo-Soprano. Strong singer-comedian who carries the show, she immediately falls head over heels for Frank, who prefers a more dainty type of woman.
- Tommy Keeler – Male 18-30 – Supporting – Tenor. A dashing young knife-thrower with the Wild West Show, part Native American.
- Winnie Tate – Female 18-25 – Supporting – Mezzo-Soprano. Dolly’s 17-year-old sister. Tommy throws knives at her and hopes to marry her as soon as she turns 18.
- Dolly Tate – Female 18-40 – Supporting – Alto. Frank Butler’s “lovely” assistant, an ambitious and mean-spirited, but funny, woman.
- Buffalo Bill Cody – Male 35-50 – Supporting – Baritone. Middle-aged soldier/Indian scout turned showman, runs the “Wild West Show”.
- Chief Sitting Bull – Male 35-55 – Featured – Spoken. leader of the Sioux Nation, adopts Annie as his daughter and puts his money into show business with the Wild West Show.
- Charlie Davenport – Male 35-50 – Featured – Baritone. Middle-aged manager of the Wild West Show, always setting the scene for this show-within-a-show.
- Foster Wilson – Male 40-60 – Featured – Spoken. Hotel Manager, strong personality with dry wit.
- Pawnee Bill – Male 35-55 – Featured – Spoken. Owner of the Far East Show; Buffalo Bill’s former partner and
Characters – youngsters
- Little Jake – Male 11-14 – Featured – Alto. Annie’s 8-to-10-year-old brother, her “bird dog” who flushes out
game for her to shoot.
- Mary/Jessie/Nellie – Female 11-16 – Featured – Alto. Annie’s 10-to-14-year-old sisters, also part of the family hunting business.
- Colonel Buffalo Bill — Charlie Davenport, Dolly Tate, and ensemble
- I’m a Bad, Bad Man — Frank Butler
- Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly — Annie Oakley and her siblings
- The Girl That I Marry — Frank and Annie
- You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun — Annie
- There’s No Business Like Show Business — Frank, Buffalo Bill, Charlie, Annie, and ensemble
- They Say It’s Wonderful — Annie and Frank
- Moonshine Lullaby — Annie and siblings
- I’ll Share It All With You — Winnie Tate and Tommy Keeler
- Ballyhoo — Riding Mistress and Show People
- There’s No Business Like Show Business (Reprise) — Annie
- My Defenses Are Down — Frank and ensemble
- Wild Horse Ceremonial Dance — Wild Horse, Indian Braves and Maidens
- I’m an Indian, Too — Annie and ensemble
- Adoption Dance — Annie, Wild Horse and Braves
- I Got Lost In His Arms — Annie
- Who Do You Love, I Hope — Winnie and Tommy
- I Got the Sun in the Morning — Annie and ensemble
- They Say It’s Wonderful (Reprise) — Annie and Frank
- The Girl That I Marry (Reprise) — Frank
- Anything You Can Do — Annie and Frank
- There’s No Business Like Show Business (Reprise) — Ensemble
Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 December
Evenings 7.30, matinee at 2.30 Saturday
Tickets: adults £16, children/students £10, £12 adults on 12th
Box office 01483 284747
Presented by The Nomads – 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.
Our intimate, comfortable theatre auditorium seats 120 so you’re always close to the action… we are entirely run by volunteers so you’ll find a friendly welcome and relaxed atmosphere (don’t worry if your children might be noisy, the more noise the better!) … and we have a warm and cozy new Greenroom bar to relax in!
Call now or book online for what promises to be our biggest and best pantomime yet!
Take a look at what NODA thought of our last pantomime, Cinderella – http://www.nomadtheatre.com/noda-review-cinderella/
The origins of the story of “Dick Whittington” will not be found in any book of fairy tales. The pantomime is the only one based on a true subject. There actually was a Richard Whittington, and he did become (Lord) Mayor of London in the late 14th and early 15th centuries.
Dick Whittington is a poor boy who has travelled to London to seek his fame and fortune. He has been told that “The streets are paved with gold”. He arrives penniless, and without a friend in the world.
In the pantomime it is often the Fairy – Fairy Bow Bells who introduces “Tommy” the cat to Master Whittington. He now has a true friend, but what he and Tommy want most is to earn an honest living.
Dick Whittington and Tommy the Cat are invited on board the ship to seek their fame and hopefully their fortune. A great storm brews up. The ship is in danger and the characters are washed ashore-bedraggled, wet and lost. The Dame, Idle Jack, the Captain and the Mate, and finally Dick and Tommy arrive safe and sound.
Will Dick find any treasure on the island? How will they get back to London?
Join us and you’ll find out… Oh, yes you will!