Meet the cast!

Tickets to this years pantomime have sold fast and are so very close to sell out for another year running. So this week on our blog we thought we would introduce one of the characters from this years pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves with a round of questions telling you all about them!

She’s fab and she is fierce…you better watch out for her and her ‘Black Magic’

14976747_10209249319003601_519544197515365710_o1. What is your name? Do you have any nicknames?

My full name is Queen Grizabella Brunhilde Sharon La Verne. I’ve heard the peasants have a special nickname for me – I imagine it’s Queen Grizabella the beautiful, or the wise. Something like that.

2. What does your social media/dating website bio say?

How did you know I was on Tinder?? That blasted mirror keeps catfishing me…

3. Tell us something about your childhood

I don’t think I was ever a child. Children are smelly and not at all glamorous.

4. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Perfecting my winged eyeliner.

5. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A room full of reflective surfaces so I could look at my gorgeous face from all angles.

6. What is your current state of mind?

Well I’m currently binge watching Toddlers and Tiaras. They’re all so gloriously evil, I’m jealous.

7. Who or what is the greatest love of your life?

Well as that famous sorceress Whitney Houston said: the greatest love of all is inside yourself. So… I’m pretty sure I’m at the top of everyone’s list.

15039597_10209249368844847_94099458624970498_o8. What talent would you most like to have?

I’ve always wanted to be able to see myself through other people’s eyes. You lucky lot. You get to look at me all day long.

9. What would be your dream holiday?

Nothing too fancy. Just a little break up in the Transylvanian mountains with some friends of mine, an ancient castle, lots of mirrors and no idiot step-daughters trying to one up me in the beauty stakes.

10. What is the meaning of life?

This face.

Thank you so much Queen Grizabella for answering our questions and we look forward to hearing more from you in the Panto in just under 2 weeks time.

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After two days of auditions in October and over 30 people auditioning we finally have a superb cast for our 2017 production, packed with talent and experience.

The Auditioning Panel would like to thank everyone who took part in the auditions the standard was exceptionally high.
We are pleased to announce that the cast  for Jesus Christ Superstar 2017 is as follows:

Jesus: Edward Leigh
Judas: Dale Vaughanjcs-poster-final
Mary: Sarah Clarkson
Pilate: Paul Forsberg
Caiaphas: Phil Clarkson
Annas: Michael Frith
Herod: Richard Goodall
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Simon: Paul Barron
Peter: David Hall
Matthew: Michael Chisem
Andrew: TBC
James (senior): TBC
John: Will Smith
Philip: TBC
Thomas: TBC
Bartholemew: TBC
Thaddaeus: TBC
James (junior): Thomas Flowers
Priests –
Priest 1: Matt Melenas
Priest 2: TBC
Priest 3: TBC

Soul Girls
Vikki Vaughan
Becky Thompson
Becci Calvert
Eleanor Aldous
Herod’s Girls
Vikki Vaughan
Becky Thompson
Becci Calvert
Eleanor Aldous
Mary’s Girls
Alex Bushy
Vikki Vaughan
Becky Thompson
Becci Calvert
Eleanor Aldous

Welcome to Edward, Michael, Michael, Will and Matt who are all brand new to Encore and welcome back to Dale, Paul, Paul, David and Tom who haven’t performed with us for a while!
There are still the roles of Apostles and Priests to cast and arrangements will be confirmed in the near future.  In the meantime, if you are interested in being considered for these roles, then please let us know and we will contact you with further details.  Please also pass on this message to anyone you know who may also be interested.

We can’t wait to get started in January with an enthusiastic and hugely talented line-up …. ‘Roll on up for the best in town’

 

Extra! Extra!

Welcome to another ETC blog, after a short break we are back with some news from Encore Theatre Company!
We are now just 3 weeks away from Panto show week and practically sold out for another year!

The cast for the Panto is as follows:Snow white poster

The Magic Mirror – Richard Goodall

Snow White – Wendy Westmoreland

Prince Wonderful of Brexitania – Becky Thompson

Queen Grizabella – Alex Bush

Plink – Trev Jones

Plonk – Sue Sheppard

Footman – Jordan Whipp

Seven Dwarves:
Boss – Molly Calvert
Windy – Francesca Heins
Snorer – Iwan Jones
Greedy – Daisy Pyrah
Giggle – Evie Pyrah
Dodgy – Evie Vaughan
Misery – Emily Walker

We now have a cast auditioned and ready to go for our 2017 production of Jesus Christ Superstar which will be officially announced next week so keep an eye out for the announcement on Facebook!

We are delighted to announce the recent appointment of Lord St Oswald as Honorary Patron of Encore Theatre Company and are very appreciative of his support to our activities. Lord St Oswald is very proud of his support to local charities and organisations and we feel very privileged to have secured his interest in our Company. We will be keeping in touch with Lord St Oswald regarding our activities and hope you will all have an opportunity to meet him in due course.

Lord St Oswald

Nostell Priory has been in Lord St Oswald’s family for over 350 years. Although the house was passed to the National Trust in 1953, the family still retains use of the Adam Wing.

Lord St Oswald took over the running of the Nostell Estate and the associated businesses after the death of his Uncle (the 4th Baron St Oswald) in 1984. Lord St Oswald is particularly proud of the new prestigious, award winning, office development at Nostell. In addition to this, he also runs Appleby Estate in North Lincolnshire.

Lord St Oswald is President and Patron of a number of local charities in the Wakefield district, including the Wakefield Hospice, The Royal British Legion, The Chippendale Society, Wakefield Family History Society, The Friends of Wakefield Chantry Chapel and the National Mining Museum of England. He is also the Vice President and a Vice Chairman of The Yorkshire Society.

Lord St Oswald takes a keen interest in promoting Nostell Priory and the regeneration of the Wakefield district.

Lord St Oswald is married with two grown up children.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory-and-parkland http://www.thenostellestate.com


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Welcome back!

Hi everyone and welcome back to Encore Theatre Company’s very own blog!
We hope you have all had a super summer break whatever you have been up to – we would love to hear about it on our Facebook page!
Blogging will commence today but won’t be every week as at was last year as it can get very hectic around panto season. Don’t worry they will be at the same time on a Sunday just not every week.
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So what’s been happening with Encore?
We had our Car Rally that was a success with our winning team ‘The Last Ones Out’ winning after a tie break question. Congratulations to them and good luck with setting next year’s Car Rally!
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This year’s Pantomime Snow White and the 7 Dwarves written by one of our members Andrew Sheppard is all ready to go, with auditions taking place this week for the children that want to take on the role of one of the seven dwarves on Tuesday 6th September and then we have our auditions for the adults on Thursday evening…Good Luck to everyone auditioning!

Jcs pic coloured starWe have also announced our 2017 production of Jesus Christ Superstar and are looking for people interested in auditioning! We look forward to welcoming all our existing and former members who we hope will want to be involved in this production. New members are also welcome of course – we have 20 male principal roles to cast, so please spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested and ask them to contact us.
Email us here at etconline@live.co.uk
Or call us on 01977 301548 / 07788720943 and speak to Clare.

 

 


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Don’t forget to send me any old photographs you may have from previous Encore shows especially from Jesus Christ Superstar performed in 1984!
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Announcement!

Good morning everyone, Just in case you missed it here it is, the day we’ve all been waiting for…the official announcement of our 2017 production.

We are pleased to announce our 2017 production of Jesus Christ Superstar, to be staged at Castleford Phoenix Theatre, 7 to 10 June 2017.Jcs pic coloured star

We appreciate many of you were already aware of this, but our licence has strict conditions which has prevented us making a public announcement until today.

Encore (then known as Featherstone & District Amateur Musical & Dramatic Society) were proud to have staged the Northern Amateur Premiere of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1984 and I know we still have quite a few members who were involved with that production.  It was a fantastic show to be involved in and, being one of only a very few groups to be granted a licence in 2017, we’re excited at the prospect of having this chance to now stage this show with our current (and hopefully new) membership and audience.

Audition dates for principle roles in Jesus Christ Superstar will be Saturday 24 September, with recalls as required on Saturday 8 October, and further details will be circulated to everyone in due course by email.

We look forward to welcoming all our existing and former members who we hope will want to be involved in this production.  New members are of course also welcome.
We have 20 male principal roles to cast, so please spread the word to anyone you know who you think may be interested and ask them to contact us via Email at etconline@live.co.uk or contact our Secretary Clare on 01977 301548 / 07788720943.

How exciting! Don’t forget to send me any old photographs you may have from previous Encore shows especially from Jesus Christ Superstar performed in 1984!
Get in touch on Facebook or email me at etconline@live.co.uk

Thanks for reading and we hope to see you at our Panto meeting Thursday 1st September.

Hog Roast Blog Post

20160702_192645smOn Saturday 2nd July Encore Theatre Company hosted a fundraising event at the Magnet Pub in Castleford. On this occasion it was a Hog Roast social with a disco, karaoke, competitions and an impromptu freestyle dance solo!

The evening was the perfect way to relax and catch up after our successful run of ‘Bad Girls’ recently. Things are pretty hectic on the run up to show week so it was nice to just sit back, recall the events of the previous month and look back on a job well done. The hog roast sandwiches went down a treat, before everyone (who wanted to!) could burn it off on the dance floor.20160702_220334sm

One young man who certainly wanted to was five year old Lukas Heins who took to the
dance floor not once, but twice, with off-the-cuff dance performances which ended with rapturous rounds of applause and everyone on their feet!

20160702_193211smThe kids were set a drawing challenge during the evening, and were asked to obtain marks for their works of art from each of the tables in the room. Congratulations to Imogen Maher for her winning picture.20160702_203106sm

Sue Sheppard won a bottle of whisky for rolling her pound
coin across the dance floor and leaving it closest to the bottle at the other side, this despite stiff competition from Steve Robinson and some less successful attempts from other participants (myself included!)

Congratulations to all the raffle winners and thanks to those who donated the fantastic prizes!

Thanks also to Michelle and staff for the catering and superb hog roast, and to DJ John for the music and organising the other activities throughout the night.

Finally, a big thank you to the friends and family of Encore members who attended this fundraiser. I’m sure our members who were unable to attend will appreciate that without support from these people at events like this, they would not have the same opportunities to perform with us on stage.
Phil Clarkson


We have recently updated our website with forthcoming dates and new reviews so have a check through there for any further information!

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NODA Review

Morning everyone!

I hope you are all coping with the withdrawal after such a great time during Bad Girls The Musical and hope everyone who attended enjoyed last night’s Hog Roast.

Today I wanted to share with you two Reviews we received from Noda representatives for Bad Girls The Musical!

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First we have a review from Les Smith

I thoroughly enjoyed Bad Girls, it is a few years since I have seen this and had forgotten all the great songs in it. I thought the cast was excellent, everyone playing to their strengths in the various roles and I am sure you could feel the venom towards Phil Clarkson as Jim Fenner, he was superb and managed to get every ounce of evilness from the part.

One of my favourite songs in this is Freedom Road sung by Crystal and the Prisoners, it was electric and I am sure there will have been hair standing on the whole audience’s necks, I know there was on mine and it well deserved the applause it received at the end.

There was not a weak link in this show, everyone playing their parts to the full and I doubt that anyone could have got more from them. The set design and lighting was second to none, once again using all the space to create not only the prison wing but also the offices and Helen Stewart’s home. It was ingenious using the tables and chairs stowed away under the set to make the scene changes run so smoothly, the crew deserved a round of applause for the slick changes.

Many congratulations to all concerned, Andy Lunn, Sarah Crowley and Bev Maher must be very pleased with the end result.

Once again many thanks for your kind invitation.

Les
Les Smith
Volunteer,
Development Award Assessor, Progression Mentor.
Prince’s Trust

Our second review comes from our representative Noel Rigg

 

Bad Girls the musical is based on the T.V. drama series. The book tells the story of life in a women’s prison with all the many conflicting factions between the inmates and the prison officers and indeed amongst each factions themselves. The story is very hard-hitting in content with very strong sexual overtones running through it all the time. The casting was very strong in all roles. Eleanor Aldous (Helen Stewart Wing Governor) was most convincing in her attempts to bring reforms to prison attitudes. Phil Clarkson (The over sexed Principal Officer Jim Fenner) played the role with great conviction as did Sue Sheppard (Sylvia “Bodybag” Hollamby Senior Officer). They both gave great support to each other. The main inmates at the fictional HMP Larkhall were Becci Calvert (Nikki Wade) who hoped for early parole, Bev Maher (Shell Dockley) and Sarah Clarkson (Denny Blood) both very hardfaced belligerant characters and Pam Robinson (Yvonne Atkins) was an outstanding ‘Top Dog’. They all gave brilliant portrayals and were superbly produced as did Hannah Goodall (Rachel Hicks) as the new inmate who is very naive and is being bullied by all the other inmates and Jim Fenner leading to her suicidal death. The show was well produced and the scaffolds type stage set gave much credence to the dramatic story line.
Thank you to Noel and Les at NODA for such great reviews and we hope you enjoy our Pantomime Snow White in December!


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