Tuesday 5 February 2019
Award Wins for Ware Operatic Members
We are delighted to announce that two of our members have recently won awards at the ‘NOSCARS’, amateur dramatics’ answer to the Oscars!
Members were nominated in three categories by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA), amateur theatre’s representing body. At a glamorous awards evening, Linda Dyne won Director of the Year and Natasha Easton was named for Best Female Performance in a Musical, both for their involvement in Ware Operatic’s 2018 production of Kiss Me, Kate at Hertford Theatre.
“We’re very proud of Linda and Natasha,” comments the society’s Chairman, Brian Worthington, “who are very deserving of their awards. It just goes to show that you don’t have to pay huge amounts to see shows in the West End when quality productions are happening on your doorstep.”
“So much hard work goes into bringing the shows together,” adds Brian, “and the fact that we are celebrating such an important anniversary just goes to show how dedicated our members are and how much they enjoy being a part of Ware Operatic.”
Wednesday 13 June 2018
Grant Awarded for 50th Anniversary Celebrations
We are delighted to announce that Ware Town Council have awarded Ware Operatic a generous grant of £2,500 towards its 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2019. The society is planning a range of events to celebrate 50 years, which include introducing theatre and music to more people in the local area.
We are very grateful to the council for selecting us for this grant.
Monday 9 October 2017
Cabaret and Kiss Me Kate Audition Results
We are thrilled to be able to annouce both our soloists for Cabaret 2017 and the cast for Kiss Me Kate, our main 2018 production.
Cabaret 2017 Solists
Kiss Me Kate Cast
Lili/Kate: Tracey Gwynne
Fred/Petruchio: Phillip Cable
Lois/Bianca: Natasha Easton
Bill/Lucentio: Stephen Wiley
Hattie: Abigail Lowman
Paul: Matthew Lampitt
Gremio: David Barton
Hortensio: Chris Lucas
General Howell: Stephen Cooper
Gangsters: Mick Wilson, Daniel Goode
Auditions for Genral Howell will take place in the next few days. We are still looking for two men to play the gangsters, who have the fantastic song Brush up on your Shakespeare. Please get in touch if you are interested in auditioning for these parts.
Congratulatoins to everyone and we look forward to both performances! Get your tickets for Cabaret 2017 here or keep up to date with all our events on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Tuesday 18 July 2017
Summer Concert 2017 NODA Report
West End Shows Past and Present by Ware Operatic, performed at Ware Drill Hall, was a compilation concert containing some all-time classic musical numbers from some well-loved musicals such as Les Miserables and Anything Goes, as well as from some lesser-known gems such as Jersey Boys.
The show contained excerpts from no less than 16 different musicals. The vast variety of songs appealed to all ages and tastes with many different themes proving to be an entertaining and enjoyable evening.
This was a very good musical compilation concert by the society. It was very well compered and the audience was definitely in for a treat.
The whole evening opened with an arrangement by Teena Chinn of “Another Op’nin’, Another Show.” It worked very well with superb vocals and good diction all round. This number set the standard for which the rest of the show continued from.
Throughout this first act we saw fabulous performances from many members of the company. Modern and different interpretations of songs were preformed adding to the comedy and enjoyment value for all. The first half ended with a compilation of Rodgers and Hammerstein on Broadway leaving the audience wanting more from the second act and providing the talking point for the break.
Act 2 then opened with songs from Miss Saigon arranged by Ed Lojeski.
After the superb vocals and harmonies that ended act one we thought it would be hard for the company to top this but how wrong we were.
There were some excellent solo performances and choral singing, led extremely well as always by M.D. David Ranford.
All the soloists performed very well, but highlights for me were Sara Shaw singing “So In Love“ from Kiss Me Kate, Joanna Tripp performing “One Hundred Easy Ways” and my particular favourite, the medley from Les Miserables, which came at the very end of the performance. Wow! There wasn’t a weak link in the company and the audience was very enthusiastic about all the performances.
Lighting was appropriate to the various moods of the music and, although there appeared to be fewer members in the choir this year, the positioning of the chairs was well spaced so that every member of the company could be seen.
As always, Barbara Manning was faultless at the piano and James Reynolds gave us some haunting moments on his saxophone.
Well done to the company for an excellent evening’s entertainment and thank you for your generous hospitality.
Monday 19 December 2016
Success at the Noscar Awards for Ware Operatic
We had a spectacular night at the local Noscar award ceremony on Saturday 19th November and picked up several awards across the society. The Noscar awards are presented by NODA, the National Operatic and Dramatic Association.
Firstly, a huge well done to Mick Wilson for 'Best Male Performance in a Musical' for his role as Major General Stanley in Pirates of Penzance (March 2016).
The second award was for 'Most Effective Musical Accomplishment' for Verdi's Triumphal March from Aida, performed at the Summer Concert 2016 under the capable conductor's baton of Chris Tilbury.
And finally, a massive congratulations to Barbara Manning for being awarded Vicki Avery's Personal Award for Services to Amateur Theatre. A great honour and well deserved!
Friday 5 February 2016
Free tickets up for grabs for Ware Operatic's 2016 Production
Ahoy! Ware Operatic’s production of *Pirates of Penzance* is sailing full steam ahead to Hertford Theatre in March 2016, and we hope you’ll join us on board.
Young hero Frederic’s birthday falls on the 29th February. To celebrate, and since he doesn't have many, Ware Operatic is offering two complementary tickets for the Tuesday performance of *Pirates of Penzance* to anyone who shares a birthday with poor Frederic.
To claim your tickets, simply contact us with proof of your date of birth.
Rehearsals over the past few weeks have confirmed that nobody should underestimate the inspired genius or infectious spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan. Director John Hebden is putting together an hilarious production, strongly supported by the Musical Direction of John Tripp. Great things can be expected from this same partnership that brought us the very successful *Oliver!*.
The show is packed with laughter, romance, and a ship-full of quirky characters and memorable melodies such as "*To be a Pirate King!*", *Modern Major General*" and "*Poor Wandering One*". The Gilbert and Sullivan operettas are as popular as ever, and one of the best is *Pirates of Penzance*, so we would be delighted to entertain you and your friends at this much-loved comic show.
Friday 31 July 2015
Auditions for Cabaret Evening will be held on Tuesday 29th September 2015 at Ware Arts Centre Kibes Lane if you are interested in taking part ring Maurice Newman 01992 586456 or fill in our Contact Form.
The Pirates Of Penzance
Auditions for Pirates of Penzance will be held on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 at 7.30pm at Ware Arts Centre Kibes Lane Ware for details contact Maurice Newman or fill in our Contact Form.
Friday 31 July 2015
Pirates Of Penzance Taster Evening
Our next main show will start rehearsals on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at 7.45pm at Ware Arts Centre, Kibes Lane Ware.
Audition information will be posted in the next few weeks.
It will be a John Hebden production so is going to lively and a bit of fun we are looking for men to come and join us. On THURSDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 2015 we have a PIRATES Taster Evening at 7.45pm at Ware Arts Centre so come and meet the Director and Musical Director and find out more about the production. We will even give you a glass of wine.
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.