2012 – Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun

Mon 14 May 2012 7:30 PM

Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ

This magnificent Broadway show is based on a most captivating true story, Annie Oakley an outspoken happy country girl and sharpshooter becomes the star of a Wild West show, falling for Rifleman Frank Butler. The production promises to be a spectacle full of colour and vibrancy, enhanced by music from one of the incomparable Irving Berlin’s most memorable scores, including; “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly” “The Girl That I Marry” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun” “They Say It’s Wonderful” “My Defenses Are Down” “Anything You Can Do” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business”

An exhilarating show for the whole family.

Tickets £12.00 (Mon), £13.00 (Tues-Wed), £14.00 (Thurs-Sat)
From Artrix www.artrix-tickets.co.uk Tel 01527 577330
Whether your interest is to be on stage or behind the scenes being involved in administration, publicity, or helping out we would be delighted to welcome new members and if you would like to join us please contact us on 01527 543808 or visit our web site www.bromsgroveoperaticsociety.org.uk

2011 – Iolanthe

MON 9TH – SAT 14TH MAY

IOLANTHE – BROMSGROVE OPERATIC SOCIETY

BOS – incorporating Bromsgrove Musical Productions presents

IOLANTHE

BOS celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2011 and is returning to Artrix for this year’s production with a story of love, politics and misunderstandings.Iolanthe is one of the most well-known G&S operettas with gorgeous music rousing choruses and enchanting characters.

Gilbert and Sullivan can be enjoyed at their brilliant best in this fanciful comedy of witty and waggish dialogue which though written and first performed over 100 years ago retains the same relevant satire and humour. Gilbert’s lyrical wit and humour combined with Sullivan’s magical music is applied to the political scene where satirical swipes at Liberals and Conservatives are particularly resonant today.

After Iolanthe, a fairy, commits the capital offence of marrying a mortal, she is banished from Fairyland for life. She gives birth to their son, Strephon, who, as a result, is half mortal, half fairy. 25 years later the Queen agrees to Iolanthe’s return. Strephon, his legs mortal while his upper half remains fairy, is engaged to the mortal Phyllis, a ward of the Lord Chancellor. When Phyllis catches him embracing his mother, mistaking her for a 17 year old love rival, the wedding is off. Phyllis turns instead to her guardian and the House of Lords to provide a husband. The Fairy Queen speaks up for Strephon, appointing him a Member of Parliament, along with other punishments – ending their expense accounts, and appointing Lords by competitive examination.

Devotees of G&S and those not so familiar with this comic duos work will enjoy the traditional music and modern vibrant production of enchantment and musical harmony. It is a.topsy-turvy love story involving fairies and members of the House of Lords – a political fairy tale that only Gilbert & Sullivan could conceive and can be assured to delight.

Monday 9th – Saturday 14th May at 7.30pm

Monday: £9

Tuesday – Thursday: £11

Friday and Saturday: £13

2010 – Kiss Me, Kate

KISS ME KATE

MON 10TH – SAT 15TH MAY

An invitation to ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’ awaits audiences for Kiss Me Kate, the title of this knockabout musical comedy with its classic score and timeless story. The play-within-a-play has egotistical actor-producer, Fred Graham, and his ex wife, Lilli Vanessi, bickering and romancing their way through  one of Cole Porter’s most-loved musicals, a parallel of Shakespeare’s Pretrucio and Kate in Taming of the Shrew.

This production is a must for the whole family and all at BOS will extend the warmest of welcomes to their 2010 production.

 

Monday 10th – Saturday 15th May at 7.30pm

 

Monday: £10

Tuesday & Wednesday: £12

Thursday – Saturday: £13

 

Tickets are available from Bromsgrove Operatic on 0121 445 3120 

2006 – Oklahoma

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Monday, 8th May to Saturday, 13th May, 2006
Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove.

 

Cast And Credits

  • Stage Director: Roberta Morrell
  • Musical Director: Andrew Bird

Synopsis

8th To 13th May 2005 – Oklahoma

This well known and well loved show is set in the Indian territory at the turn of the century when cattlemen and farmers were fighting over fences and water rights. In the middle of that controversy are two more rivalries. One between a cowboy called Curly and a hired hand named Jud, both in love with Laurey. The second involves Ado Annie, Will and Ali Hakim, a trio that will provide plenty of laughs!

The music and lyrics have proven to be some of the best in musical theatre with songs that include “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning”, “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, People Will Say We’re in Love, “I Can’t Say No”, “Oklahoma! and many more, making this a musical treat for all the family.

2005 – Me and My Girl

Music and Lyrics by

Book and Lyrics by L Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber Music by Noel Gay.

Monday, 9th May to Saturday, 14th May, 2005
Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove.

 

Cast And Credits

  • Stage Director: Roberta Morrell
  • Musical Director: Andrew Bird

Synopsis

Everything changes suddenly for a happy-go lucky Cockney man who learns that he’s the only heir to an earl’s enormous fortune and title. But there is a catch – in order to get it, he must convince the snooty, aristocratic executors that he can become a proper gentleman – and he must give up his girl!

2004 – Pirates Of Penzance

by W.S.Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

Monday, 10th May to Saturday, 15th May, 2004
The Spadesbourne Suite, Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove.

Cast And Credits

  • Stage Director: Roberta Morrell
  • Musical Director: Andrew Bird
  • Major General Stanley: George Brooks
  • The Pirate King: Roger Hanke
  • Samuel: Geoffrey Wootton
  • Frederic: J. Paul Murdock
  • Sergeant of Police: Ian G Cox
  • Ruth: Judith Horton
  • Mabel: Sue Troth
  • Edith: Sue Bills
  • Kate: Sheena Orchin
  • Isobel: Karen Perry

Synopsis

The Pirates of Penzance are celebrating the 21st birthday of their apprentice, Frederic. In the middle of the party he shocks them by announcing his departure, explaining that his joining them has been a terrible mistake. His nursemaid, Ruth, being slightly deaf, had thought she had to apprentice him to a Pirate, but it should have been a Pilot! Never having seen another woman, Frederic agrees to marry Ruth: after all, she has assured him she is beautiful. Thye arrival on the beach of Major-General Stanley’s many daughters awakens him to the delights of young ladies and he reaslises that Ruth has lied to him. He is furious, and spurns her for Mabel, the only daughter who accepts his love. The pirates, meanwhile, creep upon the girls, seeing an ideal opportunity to get themselves wives. As they are carrying off the none-too reluctant girls, the Major-General himself arrives and realises he must act quickly to save the honour of his daughters. Having heard the rumour that the pirates never harm orphans, the crafty Major-General tearfully announces that he is an orphan and the tender-hearted pirates immediately let them all go with an invitation for them to become honorary pirates instead.

 

The opening of Act 2 finds a guilt-stricken Major-General amongst the tombs of his ancestors. He is worried that the lie he told to secure his daughters’ safety will bring dishonour on the family name. Frederic tells him not to worry. He is now a pillar of the community and is determined to wipe out the pirates once and for all. He summons the local constabulary, but they are not at all anxious to confront the pirates. Frederic’s carefully laid plans are thrown into disarray when the Pirate King and Ruth turn up again. They inform him that he should still be a pirate because he was apprenticed to them until his 21st birthday. They further explain to the bemused Frederic that, paradoxically, he was born on February 29th and was, therefore, only 5. Always aware of his duty, Frderic sadly agrees to rejoin them and the heroic Mabel promises to wait for him until he comes of age in 1940. She exhorts the faint-hearted policemen to deal with the pirates, but they would much sooner be taking life easy! They are quickly overpowered by the pirates and are only saved when the pirates respond to the demands to give themselves up in the name of the Queen. Such devotion is explained as Ruth tells the Major-General that they are noblemen who have gone wrong, and all ends happily as the pirates and the girls are re-united.

 

Song List

 

 

 

Act 1:

  • Pour, oh pour the pirate sherry (Pirates & Samuel)
  • When Fred’ric was a little lad (Ruth)
  • Oh, better far to live and die ( Pirate King & Pirates)
  • Oh! false one, you have deceived me (Ruth & Frederic)
  • Climbing over rocky mountain (Girls Chorus)
  • Stop, ladies pray! (Edith, Kate, Frederic & Chorus)
  • Oh! is there not one maiden breast (Frederic & Chorus)
  • Poor wand’ring one (Mabel & Chorus)
  • What ought we to do? gentle sisters, say! (Edith, Kate & Chorus)
  • How beautifully blue the sky (Mabel, Frederic & Chorus)
  • Stay, we must not lose our senses (Frederic & Chorus)
  • Hold, monsters! (Mabel, Major-General, Samuel & Chorus)
  • I am the very model of a modern Major-General (Major-General & chorus)
  • Finale – Oh! men of dark and dismal fate (Mabel, Edith, Kate, Frederic, Samuel, Pirate King, Major-General, Ruth & Chorus)

Act 2:

  • Oh! dry the glist’ning tear (Mabel & Chorus)
  • Now, Frederic, let your escort lion-hearted (Frederic & Major-General)
  • When the foeman bares his steel (Mabel, Edith, Sergeant & Chorus)
  • Now for the pirates’ lair (Frederic, Ruth & Pirate King)
  • When you had left our pirate fold (Frederic, Ruth & Pirate King)
  • Away, away, my heart’s on fire (Frederic, Ruth & Pirate King)
  • All is prepared! your gallant crew await you! (Mabel & Frederic)
  • Stay, Frederic, stay (Mabel & Frederic)
  • No, I’ll be brave! Oh, family descent (Mabel & Chorus)
  • When a felon’s not engaged in his employment (Sergeant & Chorus)
  • A rollicking band of pirates we (Sergeant, Police & Pirates)
  • With cat-like treat (Samuel & Pirates)
  • Hush! hush! not a word (Frederic, Pirate King, Major-General, Police & Pirates)
  • Sighing softly to the river and Finale (Major-General & Chorus)

2002 – The Mikado

The Mikado

(or The Town Of Titipu)

by W.S.Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

Monday, 13th May to Saturday, 18th May, 2002
The Spadesbourne Suite, Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove.

Cast And Credits

  • Stage Director: Roberta Morrell
  • Musical Director: Malcolm Procter
  • The Mikado Of Japan: Ian G Cox
  • Nanki-Poo (his son): J Paul Murdock
  • Ko-Ko (Lord High Executioner): Roger Hanke
  • Pooh-Bah (Lord High Everything Else): George Brooks
  • Pish-Tush (a Nobel Lord): Alan Wagstaff
  • Yum Yum (a sister): Sue Troth
  • Pitti-Sing (a second sister): Karen Perrey
  • Peep-Bo (a third sister): Jan Harvey
  • Katisha (An elderly Lady in love with Nanki-Poo): Judith Horton

Synopsis

Nanki-Poo is in love with Yum-yum, butpreferred banishment to an enforced marriage to Katisha, a lady somewhat older than himself. He has become a wandering minstrel and returns to Titipu in disguise only to find his loved one on the eve of her marriage to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner. Nanki-Poo reveals his true identity to her and makes it clear how he would woo her if she were not plighted to Ko-Ko

Ko-Ko has his own problems and has been under sentance of death for flirting! He also learns that he will lose his position if he doesn’t execute someone within a month. Nanki-Poo is persuaded to offer his own head in exchange for a month of connubial bliss with Yum-Yum. Yum-Yum’s ardour for Nanki-Poo is somewhat reduced, however, when she discovers that the wife of a beheaded husband is buried alive!

The feared Mikado arrives with Katisha and Ko-Ko falsley tells the Mikado that the execution has already taken place, as he has been too cowardly to behead anyone. Katisha discloses who Nanki-Poo really was, the heir to the thrown, Ko-Ko has thus beheaded the heir and must therefore die.

Ko-Ko persuades Katisha to accept his hand in marriage, brings Nanki-Poo ‘back to life’, and, of course, as there has to be a happy ending, Nanki-Poo ends up with his beloved Yum-Yum.

Song List

Act 1:

  • If You Want To Know Who We Are (Mens Chorus)
  • A Wand’ring Minstrel I (Nanki-Poo)
  • Our Great Mikado, Virtuos Man (Pish-Tush and Chorus)
  • Young Man, Dispair, Likewise Go To (Pooh-Bah with Nanki-Poo and Pish-Tush)
  • And I Have Journey’d For A Month (Nanki-Poo and Pooh-Bah)
  • Behold the Lord High Executioner (Ko-Ko)
  • As Some Day It May Happen (Ko-Ko with Mens Chorus)
  • Comes A Train Of Little Ladies (Ladies Chorus)
  • Three Little Maids From School (Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo, Pitti-Sing with Ladies Chorus)
  • So Please You, Sir, We Much Regret (Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo, Pitti-Sing and Pooh-Bah with Ladies Chorus)
  • Were You Not To Ko-Ko Plighted (Yum-Yum and Nanki-Poo)
  • I Am So Proud (Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah and Pish-Tush)
  • With Aspect Stern And Gloomy Stride (All)

Act 2:

  • Braid The Raven Hair (Pitti-Sing with Ladies Chorus)
  • The sun, Whose Rays Are All Ablaze (Yum-Yum)
  • Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day (Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing, Nanki-Poo and Pish-Tush)
  • Here’s A How-De-Do! If I Marry You (Yum-Yum, Nanki-Poo and Ko-Ko)
  • Mi-ya-sa-ma, Mi-ya-sa-ma (Chorus, Mikado and Katisha)
  • A More Humane Mikado Never Did In Japan Exsist (Mikado and Chorus)
  • The Criminal Cried As He Dropped Him Down (Pitti-Sing, Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah and Chorus)
  • See How The Fates Their Gifts Allot (Pitti-Sing, Katisha, Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah and Mikado)
  • The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring (Nanki-Poo and Ko-Ko with Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing and Pooh-Bah)
  • Alone, And Yet Alive (Katisha)
  • On A Tree By A River, A Little Tom-Tit Sang, Willow, Tit-Willow (Ko-Ko)
  • There Is Beauty In The Bellow Of A Blast (Katisha and Ko-Ko)
  • For He’s Gone And Married Yum-Yum (All)

2001 – Die Fledermaus

Die Fledermaus

(The Bat)

Music by Johann Strauss.
New Libretto by Phil Park.

Monday, 14th May to Saturday, 19th May, 2001
The Spadesbourne Suite, Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove.

Cast And Credits

 

 

  • Stage Director: Roberta Morrell
  • Musical Director: Malcolm Procter
  • Rosalinda Eisenstein: Judith Horton
  • Gabriel Eisenstein: George Brooks
  • Adele (the maid): Sue Troth
  • Doctor Falke (The ‘Bat’ of the story): J Paul Murdock
  • Alfred (an opera singer): Roger Hanke
  • Frank (governor of the prison): Ron Smith
  • Prince Orlofsky (a blasé millionaire): Karen Perrey
  • Doctor Blint (a lawyer): Ian G Cox
  • Frosch (a bibulous police sergeant): Alan Wagstaff
  • Ida (Adele’s sister): Gill Rowland
  • Mitzi (a housemaid): Jan Harvey
  • Ivan (Orlofsky’s major domo): Roger Flinn

 

Synopsis

Baron Eisenstein has been sentenced to a week’s imprisonment for contempt of court. Before he goes to jail, he’s persuaded to go, in disguise, to a ball being given by Prince Orlofsky. Three years earlier, Falke, disguised as a bat for a fancy-dress ball, was made to walk home in broad daylight as a joke by Eisenstein and ever since he has been plotting his revenge. Rosalinda sees her husband depart, as she thinks, for prison, and admits her lover, Alfred. The prison governor arrives to collect Eisenstein and assumes Alfred to be him. To protect Rosalinda’s reputation, Alfred volunteers to be taken off to prison as Eisenstein.

At the ball given by Prince Orlofsky, Adele, wearing one of her mistress’s gowns, has gate-crashed the ball. Baron Eisenstein flirts outrageously with her, watched by his wife, whom Falke has disguised as a Hungarian Countess. The Baron then turns his attentions to the mysterious Countess, who manages to get a hold of his watch during their tete-a-tete. The ball ends in praise of champagne and all swearing eternal friendship. The clock strikes six in the morning and Gabriel and Frank go their separate ways to prison.

Eisenstein arrives at the prison to begin his prison sentence. He is amazed to find he is being impersonated by Alfred and furious when he discovers his wife has a lover. Rosalinda counters with the watch the ‘Countess’ obtained at the ball and his flirting with their maid Adele! Falke arrives to explain it was all a joke to get his revenge. Champagne is blamed for the confusion and champagne is drunk to celebrate reconciliation.

Song List

 

Act 1:

  • Life Is A Song (Adele, Alfred and Chorus)
  • Never Go To Law (Gabriel, Rosalinda and Blint)
  • What A Night (Falke and Gabriel)
  • How Sad We Are (Rosalinda, Gabriel and Adele)
  • Here’s To Love (Alfred, Rosalinda, Frank and Chorus)
  • A Married Couple, A Home Serence (Rosalinda, Alfred, Frank and Chorus)
  • Finale Act One (Rosalinda, Alfred, Frank and Chorus)

Act 2:

  • What A Feast (Chorus)
  • Chacun A Son Gout (Orlofsky and Chorus)
  • The Laughing Song (Adele, Orlofsky, Falke, Gabriel and Chorus
  • Homeland (Rosalinda and Chorus)
  • The Tick Tock Polka (Gabriel and Rosalinda)
  • Champagne (Ensemble)
  • Merci, Merci, Merci (Ensemble)
  • Brother Mine (Ensemble)
  • Finale Act Two (Ensemble)

Act 3:

  • After The Ball (Frank)
  • How Can You Be So Ungallant (Adele and Chorus)
  • The Legal Profession (Rosalinda, Alfred and Gabriel)
  • Finale Act Three (Ensemble)

What The Press Said

Die Fledermaus

A very accomplished cast very well performed a fine production of the evergreen opera. Judith Horton was an outstanding “Rosalinda” and sang quite beautifully. George Brooks “Gabriel” and Paul Murdock “Falke” were both excellent and Roger Hanke an exuberant and comic “Alfred”. Sue Troth “Adele” sang delightfully and Ron Smith “Frank” gave a distinguished humerous performance. All the smaller parts were well played with a wonderfull drunken cameo from Alan Wagstaffe “Froche”, Karren Perrey “Orlovsky” also did well in her first role. Backed by a strong chorus and an accomplished orchestra the whole evening was a musical feast.

Review by Trevor Guest for NODA News, 2001

2000 – Half A Sixpence

Half A Sixpence

Music and Lyrics by David Henekar.
Book by Beverley Cross
(Based on the novel ‘Kipps’ by HG Wells).

Monday, 8th May to Saturday, 13th May, 2000
The Spadesbourne Suite, Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove.

Cast And Credits

  • Stage Director: Roberta Morrell
  • Musical Director: Alan Biddle