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Saturday 21 March 2015

Summer Concert Rehearsals

Rehearsals for our Summer Concert started on Thursday 19th  March.

Auditions for will take place on Sunday 26th April 2015 from 2pm at Ware Arts Centre, Kibes Lane, Ware. If you're interested in taking part either call Maurice Newman on 01992 586456 or fill in our Contact Form.


Saturday 21 March 2015

Oliver! Review

NODA's Vicki Avery has reviewed our production of Oliver!

"The opening scene set in the workhouse introduced us to Oliver, his fellow orphans and Mr. Bumble and Widow Corney, caretakers of the orphanage. Joseph Alfieri brought out both the innocent and yet determined sides of Oliver’s character and his singing was delightful.

The orphans were a lively bunch of children who sang, acted and danced their way through their many stage appearances with great enthusiasm and confidence.

Reece Debnam has natural stage presence and was splendid as the Artful Dodger.

Tim Sawers and Joanna Tripp as Mr. Bumble and Widow Corney made a great double act and performed their duet ‘I Shall Scream’ with gusto.

Whenever I think of ‘Oliver’ my first thoughts are always of Fagin, Nancy and Bill Sykes as the real characters in the story and these are three very difficult roles to play.

Jeff Hammond, as Fagin, delivered a fine portrayal of this unsavoury, yet somewhat ‘fatherly’ man. His superb make-up totally transformed him into a man older that he himself is. His rendition of ‘Reviewing The Situation’ was magnificently constructed and perfectly executed.

Nicola Thomas as Nancy, gave a thoughtful and emotional performance and her impassioned portrayal combined with a stunning singing voice was just superb.

I felt that Steve Berman’s characterization of Bill Sykes was slightly lacking in intimidation although he did look and sound quite menacing. It is a shame no dog was found to play his faithful dog “Bullseye”.

Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry, (Matthew Huggins and Hannah-Marie Webb) the undertakers, required more depth to their characters and although confidently acted with clear diction, the over all presentation of the characters did not develop and left me wanting more.  Daniel Stride as Noah Claypole and Sarah Budd as Charlotte were cast well together and completed the Sowerberry element of the story.

The set was well used and the different levels added to the all over visual effect.

Lighting effects were imaginative and choreography though simple, suited the company well.

A terrific orchestra together with superb principals and an enthusiastic supporting cast, lead to a great performance all round."


Tuesday 19 August 2014

Ware Operatic in two very successful concerts

A night  Out in the West End

Friday and Saturday 11 ,12 July
Ware Drill Hall

The Summer Concert with was another great success with near capacity of 600 attending over the two nights

Vicki Avery from NODA attended the concert and commented

"This was an evening of music reflecting some well known and some lesser-known songs from musicals that have appeared in London’s West End. The concert opened with a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber and then moved on to such delights as 'Bui Doi' from Miss Saigon sung expertly by Mick Wilson and 'Loosing My Mind' from Follies, sung with superb musicality by Melanie Tilbury. The first half ended with a compendium of ABBA songs from Mamma Mia.

The second half commenced with the company entering from the auditorium singing a piece from The Lion King arranged by Ed Bussey. I really enjoyed this arrangement. There were some beautifully sung pieces in this half, both serious and tongue in cheek. Joanna Tripp’s rendition of 'Feed the Birds' from Mary Poppins was hauntingly reflective and 'Popular' from Wicked sung by Philippa Christer, Sarah Lodge and Zoe Briggs was great fun and Beth Wischhusen gave a stunning performance of 'Glitter and Be Gay' from Candide. The evening came to a close with Ed Lojeski’s arrangement from Les Miserables.

This was an enjoyable concert and one that I know the audience appreciated. Congratulations to all involved "

Keep the Home Fires Burning 100th Anniversary of WW1

Saturday 2nd August
Ware Drill

Ware Operatic with support from some members of Ware Choral had the pleasure in being part of this sell out concert . which  also featured the Opus One Swing Band,  and Ware Brass  as part of a cast of over 80 musicians and actors.

We featured in the première of two chorale pieces composed by an American Peter Mitchell from Chicago. The two pieces “In Flanders Field” and “On the Beaches of Normandy” had only ever been performed before by the resident choir in Fox Valley near Chicago USA. Despite suffering a stroke 8 weeks before the concert, the composer Peter Mitchell together with eight of his family still managed to make the trip from the USA, although he was not well enough to conduct his work.

The event coordinator and leader of Opus One, Ted Higgins was delighted with the audience response. He said “ I could have sold the show twice over, such was the overwhelming demand for tickets.


Sunday 2 March 2014

The Witches Of Eastwick

25th February to 1st March
Hertford Theatre 

"Three Beautiful Women and one lucky devil!"

The Witches of Eastwick have now flown off from Hertford back to Rhode Island.  We had a great run and this link will take you to what the NODA representative had to say about our production.


Wednesday 13 March 2013

Titanic has won 2 NODA awards!

Ware Operatic have collected NODA’s  Best Musical and Best Production in District awards for our 2012 production of Titanic the Musical!

Congratulations to everyone concerned with the production, particularly John, Chris, Adam and all the cast.