Little Shop of Horrors at Chequer Mead, October 2017

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This classic rock musical has a great doo-wop feel with a lively Motown beat, wrapped around a terrific, out of this world story – a mix of 50’s sci-fi, a poignant love story and a hungry plant with a deep voice!

The story centres around a florist shop on Skid Row – a seedy part of New York.  Three girls, Crystal, Chiffon and Ronnette, resemble a Greek chorus to narrate the story to the audience and characters through song and dialogue.  They are hip, sassy and smart – often singing with a secret smile that says “we know something you don’t know”.  But at the centre is Seymour Krelborn, who is now falling in love with down-trodden Audrey while he acquires a plant that makes strange demands of him.

Great songs!  Terrific dancing! A story to melt your heart ……. and a plant ………

 

Shows:

Thursday 5th October – 7.30pm

Friday 6th October – 7.30pm

Saturday 7th October – 2.30pm

Saturday 7th October – 7.30pm

Tickets £15 (concessions £13.50)

 

Books and lyrics by Howard Ashman.

Music by Alan Menken.

Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith.

Originally produced by at the Orpheum Theatre, New York City by the  WPA Theatre, David Geffen, Cameron Mackintosh and the Shubert Organization.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Joseph Weinberger Ltd on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York

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After the sell-out successes of ‘Aladdin’ in 2016 and ‘Puss In Boots’ in 2014, Copthorne Players will bring the traditional pantomime Cinderella to the Village Hall from 26th – 29th January 2017.

Tickets are available online through TicketSource (link above, booking fee applies) or from the Box Office (no booking fee) on 01342 713 139

Performances:

Thursday 26th January 2017 at 7.30pm

Friday 27th January 2017 at 7.30pm

Saturday 28th January 2017 at 1.30pm & 6.30pm

Sunday 29th January 2017 at 2.30pm

 

Gaslight

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Is Jack Manningham slowly, deliberately, driving his wife, Bella, insane or is she following her mother’s descent into madness?

This classic thriller, set in Victorian London, was first produced in 1938 and later filmed twice, in Britain and the USA, Ingrid Bergman winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Bella Manningham in the later version.  The play gave rise to the term ‘gaslighting’.


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Cast:

Jack                        Marcus K

Bella                      Stephanie Francis

Rough                   John Barnett

Nancy                   Ellie Skipper

Elizabeth              Anne Strickley

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‘Gas Light’ Auditions Monday 23rd May

Auditions for Patrick Hamilton’s ‘Gaslight’ Monday 23rd May 2016, 8pm at the Copthorne Village Hall

The classic psychological thriller Gaslight was written 1938 (but set much earlier as Victorian). There are three main parts, the husband Mr Manningham, his wife Bella and the mysterious Sergeant Rough. There are also two shorter but very satisfying parts of Nancy the young maid and Elizabeth the older housekeeper. In addition, there are two police men.

For more information email jeremy@tafler.co.uk

The cast

Mr Manningham, about 45+, “He is tall, good-looking, about forty-five. He is heavily moustached and whiskered. He has a fine figure, and is perhaps a little too well-dressed. His manner is suave and authoritative, with a touch of mystery and bitterness.” Outwardly kind but authoritarian. Think Rob in the Archers…

Mrs Manningham , about 30, “She has been good-looking, almost a beauty — but now she has a haggard, wan, frightened air, with rings under her eyes, which tell of sleepless nights and worse.” Loves her husband but fears him or perhaps fears his disapprobation; her mother died in the madhouse and she dreads the same fate will befall her.

Rough, around 60 (could be younger), “He is greying, short, wiry, active, brusque, friendly overbearing. He completely dominates the scene from his entrance” Ex detective sergeant, very much bound up with his own agenda, an obsessive

Elizabeth, any age, the cook and housekeeper, “She is a stout, amiable, subservient woman of about fifty”. Likes Mrs Manningham but a bit in awe of her husband. Does not seek to get involved but cannot avoid it.

Nancy, about 19. “She is a self-conscious, pretty, cheeky girl”. She is impudent to Mrs Manningham and has no time for her. Rather fancies Mr Manningham.

Policemen, non-speaking. These are called upon to tie Mr Manningham up.

Outline schedule

Wednesday 23rd May Auditions

Monday 25th July Blocking rehearsal

Wednesday 27th July Blocking rehearsal

August JT working with individuals/pairs at mutually agreeable times, polishing lines and getting to know the characters

September Monday/Wednesday rehearsals, often not with all the cast

October Monday/Wednesday rehearsals, including three Sundays (including technical)

Sunday 23rd October Technical

Monday 24th October Dress rehearsal

Wednesday 26th October Run through (Morgan)

Thursday to Saturday Performances 27-29 October

We are always looking for people who are interested in working backstage, set/prop building, costuming, front-of-house volunteers or making the tea for rehearsal breaks.

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