We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our Presidents, John and Sue Parker, have been nominated as finalists for the 2011 Pride of Andover Awards!
John and Sue have been selected for this contribution to the arts in Andover, having been at the helm of the Andover Operatic Society / Andover Musical & Operatic Society, since the 1970's. They led the group for many years on the committee making a name for the society in the local performing arts scene. Together they managed to keep everything going during the difficult time when the cricklade theatre was closed for renovations and even after stepping down from the committee, they have continued to support the new leaders providing advice and assistance whenever needed.
We are sure you will agree that John and Sue are so deserving of this nomination. They have given so much of their time and energy for so many years to keep musical theatre alive in Andover, providing countless opportunities not only for hundreds of people take part in a musical production, but to thousands of people to enjoy the excitement and joy of watching a musical.
Upon hearing they had been nominated, Sue said "What a lovely surprise! We are touched and honoured to be nominated – whether we win is neither here nor there, it is the thought that is important."
John and Sue will be treated to a special reception for nominees at the Awards Ceremony to be held at The Lights in October.
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Children’s Auditions for Peter Pan – Sunday 4th September 2011.
The Producers of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are returning to The Mayflower, Southampton with a brand new musical production of Peter Pan performing from Friday 9th December 2011 to Saturday 14th January 2012 staring Lucy Benjamin, Daniel Boys, Les Dennis and Ben Richards.
On Sunday 4th September from 9.30am, the producers will be at Oceana, West Quay Road, Southampton holding auditions for this spectacular new musical.
They are looking for two boys to play the role of Michael Darling. Maximum height of 4ft 6” and between the ages of 7 and 12 years. This role will include rehearsals in London and flying onstage so boys must be able to cope with heights. They are also looking for 2 teams of 8 boys to play the Lost Boys. Maximum height 5ft and between the ages of 7 and 14 years. They are especially eager to see sets of identical twins for the Lost Boys.
Dance and singing experience is a bonus but not essential. All boys must live within commutable distance of The Mayflower, Southampton.
The boys must come ready to dance and sing and are advised to wear comfortable clothing (no lycra, leotards or jazz pants needed!) and shoes. Please bring a passport sized photograph along to the audition. All boys must be available from 21st November 2011 until 14th January 2012.
Children will be seen strictly in the order in which they arrive and the auditions must conclude by 4pm. If your child was born to perform and never wants to grow up, then come along to Oceana, Leisureworld, West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1RE, registration from 9.30am.
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The wonderfully festive seasonal musical Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical comes to The Mayflower, Southampton from 11th to 26th November 2011 and the producers are looking for 2 girls to alternately play the part of Susan, the General’s grand-daughter!
On Saturday 3rd September, the production team of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical will be at Oceana, West Quay Road, Southampton, holding auditions for their glittery, greeting card of a show! Two girls will be required to rehearse in London for the part of Susan and perform during the run at The Mayflower, Southampton and The Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin and be available between mid-October 2011 and Saturday 7th January 2012.
The production requires 2 girls aged between 8 – 12 years old, strictly no more than 5 ft tall and with no fixed braces. They will need to be undeveloped, with an excellent belt voice have the ability to move well and speak in an American accent. All children must live within commutable distance of The Mayflower, Southampton, have a passport and be prepared to travel, stay and perform in Dublin.
Children will be required to sing and are advised to wear comfortable clothing and to bring a passport sized photograph along to the audition.
Children will be seen strictly in the order in which they arrive and only a limited number of children will be able to be seen on the day, as the auditions MUST be completed by 3pm.
If your child was born to perform and would be suitable, then come along to Oceana on Saturday 3rd September at 9.30am.
How would you like a taste of musical theatre - for FREE???
As part of our relaunch and Open Day at The Lights on Saturday 17th September we will be performing a mini concert to give you a taste of what's in store with our upcoming concert "Strictly Musicals"
As well as some showstopping performances from our members, our workshop trainees will join us on stage for a finale to perform the song and dance routine they have learnt during the day.
This mini concert is completely FREE!!! Tickets will be on a first come first served basis so we advise you to arrive at least 30 minutes before the doors open a 4PM
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Andover Sound are giving local community groups and charities a new voice.
In July Andover Sound launched The Community Billboard - giving local charities and community groups the chance to have a new voice in North West Hampshire FREE OF CHARGE.
Louise went to the Andover Sound Offices today to record a promo for our upcoming FREE Musical Theatre Workshop! To hear our promo CLICK HERE
We're thrilled to have Lisa Faye on board as Vocal Coach for our FREE Musical Theatre workshop at The Lights on Saturday 17th September.
From her early beginnings performing around the Northern Club Circuit fronting several bands Lisa Faye has packed a lot into her short career so far. Her story sounds all so familiar with that of fellow Yorkshire singer Jane McDonald with whom Lisa Faye teamed up back in 1997 to record an uptempo version of the famous Chess hit, ´I Know Him So Well´ which went on to give Lisa and Jane their first No1 hit in America!
With a wealth of performing experience she began training with local dance and drama groups back home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire before heading for London to attend the famous, “BRIT School” and then onto The Royal Academy of Music, in London, studying Music Theatre with Mary Hammond.
Lisa’s singing has led her to work with a diverse range of artists such as Mike Batt, The Commitments , Tony Hadley and Charlotte Church to name but a few. She has also worked for the world renowned record companies, “Music Factory”, the Jive Bunny Creators, appearing in videos, on “Top of the Pops”, and as a session singer for ‘Going For A Song’.
Back in 2005 she performed in her own creation ‘Dinner With A Diva’ at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival which was based on her experiences as a singer on a cruise-ship.
in 2009 Lisa produced and performed other new shows, ‘Diva’s – The Concert’ and ‘Musical - The Concert’, then in August 2010 she performed her show, ‘Streisand – The Concert’ at Edinburgh Festival Fringe to sell out audiences and returned with a 5* review.
February 2011 and Lisa Faye made her solo debut in London’s West End with her own show, ‘Streisand – The Main Event‘ at Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall, London. The show was on for 3 consecutive Saturdays at the start of this year and has led to the show going on a tour of the UK later this year!
When not performing Lisa Faye manages a very successful and rewarding teaching business sharing her knowledge of voice and piano with budding “stars of tomorrow”.
Lisa Faye Broadhead – LRAM / ALCM / member of the Association of Singing Teachers and the British Voice Association
Lisa Faye teaches singing and piano privately on a one to one basis in Hampshire. Her emphasis is on ‘making learning fun’, where students enjoy the process of improving their singing voice and piano skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. She has been teaching for over 10 years and started teaching on graduating from The Royal Academy of Music in 1998 where she achieved her qualification to teach voice.
Lisa achieved a further teaching Diploma for which she achieved Honours, specialising in Music Theatre with The London College of Music. Since 1998 Lisa has taught over 500 students and is still counting!!! Over 50% of her students have achieved Distinctions in their singing exams with LCM, (london College of Music) with a 100% pass rate in both singing and piano overall. Some of her students seeking to further their career in the Arts have gone on to successfully audition and attend schools specialising in the arts including: Arts Educational Tring, Bird College, London, Winchester University and Cygnet Training Theatre.
We look forward to working with Lisa in September!
If you would like to take part in our FREE Musical Theatre Workshop - you can find out more about how to register HERE.
Did you hear our interview on Andover Sound?!
Louise Ellison spoke to Faye Marsh last week about our new name, explaining the reasons behind it and promoting our exciting events over the next year, including the FREE Musical Theatre Workshop for musical theatre enthusiasts, our concert 'Strictly Musicals' and 'The Sound of Music'.
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Come and see Andover Musical Theatre Co. on Saturday August 13, 2011 at Picnic in the Park.
Set amongst the bunting clad trees of Beech Hurst Park, under bright gazebos, enjoy FREE live music, outdoor theatre, creative have-a-go sessions, workshops, markets and demonstrations. The fun takes place between 12 noon till 7pm
Come to our stall for some fun and games!
Would you like to get involved with Musical Theatre?
No previous experience is necessary - just plenty of enthusiasm!
Come along to our open day on Saturday 17 September 9-4pm at The Lights,
as we reveal our new image, and take part in a theatrical performance with us!
To take part in this FREE event, you must be aged over 16
The workshop will include: Vocal Warm-Up, Find Your Voice, Sing in Harmony, Characterisation and Choreography, culminating in a performance on stage with us at the end of the day
For more information on how to register to take part - CLICK HERE
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