The Geoids 48-hour pantomime returns for 2017!

48 Hour Pantomime - Sunday 15th January 2017, 4pmIt’s that time of year, when Christmas arrives,
And New Year then follows, with wine and mince pies.
Audience gathers to boo and to hiss –
It’s the Geoids panto, you won’t want to miss!

Cast and rehearsed in just 48 hours,
Our players need all of their thespian powers.
For one show alone will this treat tread the boards –
We’ll strike up the band to play a few chords.

But what will the pantomime feature this year?
A princess, a prince, a man with a spear?
Whatever it is, it’s sure to be grand
Because it’s been written by Rob Benton’s hand.

For now it’s a secret – you’ll just have to wait.
A few clues to come, the number is eight.
But please do be wary, red herrings abound!
You’ll have to sniff out the truth like a hound.

Our members shall have a priority slot,
Two weeks for first dibs, that’s all that you’ve got.
After that we will open to one and to all,
So come on and sign up – you will have a ball!


Dates

You’ll need to be available throughout the weekend from 15th to 17th January. Auditions for lead parts and rehearsals begin at 6pm on Friday 15th January. We’ll rehearse all day and evening on Saturday 16th January. You’ll then be needed all day Sunday 17th January for the theatre get-in, dress rehearsal and the show!

Location

Friday and Saturday rehearsals will take place at Bishopsgate Institute near Liverpool Street station. The show is at LOST Theatre in Wandsworth, a short walk from Stockwell Tube station.

Cost

The show fee to take part is £35 for members and £40 for non-members. This helps us to cover the cost of putting on the show, including rehearsal space and costumes.

Registration

Online registration is the only way to guarantee your place in this year’s line-up and places are offered on a first come, first served basis. You’ll need to pay your show fee on registering via Ticketsource to secure your spot. Priority booking for members is now open and current Geoids members have been emailed a code. Booking opens for non-members at midnight on Monday 12th/Tuesday 13th December.

Behind the scenes

To get involved behind the scenes, please email panto@geoidsmt.co.uk.

See the show

If you’re not taking part, you can still support the cast – and have a fun-filled Sunday afternoon – by seeing the show! Tickets are available now from LOST Theatre.

We’re already excited about the show and look forward to seeing you all there!

Auditions for My Fair Lady

Auditions information is now available for our April production, the Lerner and Loewe classic My Fair Lady.

Initial auditions will be on Sunday 4th December and Tuesday 6th December at the Union Theatre and Friday 9th December at Bishopsgate Institute, with recalls focusing on principal characters at Bishopsgate Institute on Saturday 10th. Rehearsals will begin in January and the show is on at the Bridewell Theatre from 4th to 8th April.

For full details, download the audition notice (PDF).

To book an audition slot and to receive vocal materials for the audition, email myfairlady@geoidsmt.co.uk. There has been a large amount of interest in this show already so do get in touch as soon as possible if you’d like to audition!

Announcing our 2017 season

With our last show of 2016, On the Twentieth Century, about to get under way, it’s time to look ahead to next year. We’re very excited about the programme we’ve put together which features some very different but complementary shows with a lots of opportunities for people to get involved both on stage and behind the scenes.

Over the last few years, we’ve produced our 48-hour panto, one big spring production and one big autumn production. For 2017, we’re adding a summer production too!

48-hour pantomime

It wouldn’t be a Geoids season without our now traditional 48-hour panto – oh no it wouldn’t!

We’re back at the LOST Theatre on Sunday 15th January for a one-off performance of a new script by Rob Benton, all cast, rehearsed and staged in one weekend.

Here’s how it works: we audition and start rehearsing Friday evening; we rehearse all day Saturday; we get into the theatre Sunday morning and do a dress rehearsal; and on Sunday afternoon, we put on the show!

It’s silly, fun and a big challenge, but also really rewarding – and many people have come back to take part year after year. If you’d like to be involved, keep Friday 13th to Sunday 15th January free!

My Fair Lady

From 4th to 8th April, we return to the Bridewell Theatre with this classic Lerner and Loewe musical directed by Daniel Penfold.

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and made into an Oscar-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady tells the story of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins’ attempts to coach her to speak “proper” English.

Its memorable musical numbers include “With A Little Bit of Luck”, “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “On the Street Where You Live” and “Get Me to the Church on Time”.

Keep an eye on your emails for information about auditions.

A Chorus Line

In July, we’ll present a very different show. Set in a Broadway theatre during auditions for a musical, A Chorus Line focuses on the performers hoping to make the cut.

The original production in 1976 won a string of Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, while the London production won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

With a book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban, its songs include “I Hope I Get It”, “I Can Do That” and “One”.

Top Hat

From 31 October to 4 November, we’ll be putting on our top hats, white ties and tails for a 2011 musical inspired by a 1935 old film!

Based on the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers screwball comedy of the same name, Top Hat is based on the songs of Irving Berlin. The fun story follows American star Jerry Travers and his tempestuous relationship with Dale Tremont, all told with comic characters, mistaken identities, tap dancing and beautiful tunes.

The songs featured in the show include “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails”, “Cheek to Cheek” and “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”. The West End production won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2013.

Get involved

As well as lots of different roles for performers, the shows offer opportunities to get involved in production teams, from prop making and stage managing to choreographing and directing!

Every show requires a dedicated team of people to make it happen. If you’d like to get involved behind the scenes, please email info@geoidsmt.co.uk and let us know.

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