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.

All aboard The Twentieth Century!

We’re just over two weeks away from opening night of On the Twentieth Century so here’s a first look some of the characters!

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Hot on the heels of the astonishing Broadway revival, On the Twentieth Century is a sparkling, fast-paced and witty screwball comedy with book and lyrics by the team behind Singing in the Rain and music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Little Me, City of Angels).

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Set in the 1920s, it focuses on egomaniacal theatre producer Oscar Jaffee and his volatile personal and professional relationship with the arrogant film actress Lily Garland. After four flops in a row, Jaffee is facing ruin. He books a suite on the luxury train the Twentieth Century Limited, heading from Chicago to New York City. Also on board are Garland and her new beau, narcissistic heartthrob Bruce Granit. Jaffee hopes he can lure Garland back to the stage and salvage his sinking career. She is just as determined to escape his charm and a hysterical battle of wits begins.

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The show opens on Tuesday 25th October and runs every evening until Saturday 29th with an additional matinee on the Saturday. Friday 28th October is Gala Night and all audience members will get a free programme plus a glass of bubby in the interval.

Don’t miss the train – buy your tickets online now!

Submissions for our 2017 season are now open

The pitch process for our 2017 shows has begun! Is there a show you’d like to work with us to stage next year?

We want to ensure that we deliver a wide and varied programme for our members and audiences alike and welcome proposals for both musicals and cabaret/concert style shows.

There’s full information in our pitch document about the process and how to apply. To request an application form, please email info@geoidsmt.co.uk. Please also email us if you have any questions about the process.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 26th August. We’re looking forward to an exciting programme in 2017 and we hope you’ll want to be part of it!

On the Twentieth Century cast revealed!

On the Twentieth Century, 25-29 October 2016, Bridewell Theatre

Thank you to everyone who took part in the auditions for the screwball comedy On the Twentieth Century. We’re delighted to announce our cast, which includes both familiar Geoids faces we’re delighted to work with again and a number of very welcome newcomers.

Lily Garland – Rachel Benton
Oscar Jaffee – George Still
Oliver Webb – Kevin Murray
Owen O’Malley – Lewis Simington
Letitia Primrose – Grace Iglesias Fernandez
Bruce Granit – Dan Geller
Conductor Flannigan – Paul Brookland Williams
Max Jacobs – Sean Westwood
Congressman Lockwood – Ed Steward
Dr Johnson – Katy Robinson
Imelda Thornton – Romana Moss
Agnes – Kathryn Hyde

Ensemble (performing various featured roles)

Ed Curry
Sebastiaan Douma
Daisy Fordham
Charlotte Green
Hannah Parker Smith
Franciscus Prins
Lorien Roberts
Yvette Shiel
Olivia Stearman
Becky Thomas
Vaughan Watts
Charlie Welch
Pippa Welch
Nichola Welch

On the Twentieth Century runs every evening from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th October at the Bridewell Theatre, with an additional matinee performance on the Saturday. Find out more about the show.

Introducing the Geoids Academy

Geoids Academy logoWe’re delighted to announce the launch of the Geoids Academy, which starts on Tuesday nights from the 2nd of August.

The Academy will host weekly lessons in various styles of dance led by our Dance Academy Principal, Julia Kleinsteuber-Walker, and other visiting teachers. Julia most recently brought her choreography to the stage as co-director of our spring production Hair. Classes will take place in the brand new dance studio at the Union Theatre in Southwark and will suit all levels of experience.

While Tuesday nights will see the Academy hosting weekly dance lessons, we’ll also be running a number of longer workshops during the year focused on other aspects of performance, so watch this space!

The Academy will kick off at 7pm on Tuesday 2nd August with a taster session that’s free for all Geoids members (non-members £7). We will then relocate for a post-class drink so you can get to know your fellow students!

From Tuesday 9th August, classes will be split between beginners (7pm-8pm) and intermediate/advanced (8pm-9pm). All classes are drop-in sessions so you can come whenever you’re free, and each dance/style will run for two weeks. At the launch night on Tuesday 2nd we’ll let you know about block booking in advance and Julia will unveil the timetable of classes for the first term, so don’t miss it!

For more information and to keep up to date with classes, join our Geoids Academy Facebook group.

Cost: Each hour long session is £5 for Geoids members and £7 for non-members.
Location: Union Theatre, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, SE1 0LR.
Day: Tuesdays from 2nd August
Time: 7pm for beginners, 8pm for intermediate/advanced.
NB: The 2nd August taster session starts at 7pm for everyone.

On The Twentieth Century audition notice

On the Twentieth Century workshop and audition notice

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The audition notice for our October production of On the Twentieth Century is now available!

We will be holding a pre-audition workshop at 7pm on Thursday 2nd June at Bishopsgate Institute. You’ll be able to get more information about the show and the audition process and meet the production team. Information and materials shared at the workshop will be available afterwards.

First round auditions are on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Monday 18th July, with callbacks Sunday 24th July. Please note there is a session for advanced dancers on the Saturday morning. First round auditions will be held at Bishopsgate Institute and callbacks will be held at St. Gabriel’s Halls in Pimlico.

When: Workshop: 2 June at 7pm. Auditions: 15, 16 and 18 July. Callbacks: 24 July.

Where: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

To register your interest, please email ottc@geoidsmt.co.uk and let us know which audition slot you would like. Full details are in the audition notice, available here.

AGM and Quiz

As we find ourselves gently coming down from the rocking theatrical high that was our production of Hair, we have a sure cure for those feeling the post show blues: a Geoids quiz night hosted by our very own resident quizmaster, Dave Octave! Come along to Pimlico on Friday 3rd June to test your knowledge, memory and ability to not shout out the answer…

We’ll also be doubling up with our Annual General Meeting, immediately prior to the quiz. This is your opportunity to have a hand in shaping your society for the next year. We want to hear from you! What do you love? What would you like to see in 2017? What shows do you think would suit Geoids going forwards? Get those ideas flowing and come along to share them. The outgoing committee will be sharing an update of how the last year has gone and answering any questions you have.

Most importantly, you will also be able to hear from the candidates running for the committee for 2016/7 and cast your vote!

Download the full calling notice for the AGM and a committee nomination form. If you have any questions about this, please speak to a current committee member or email info@geoidsmt.co.uk. Minutes from last years AGM are available on request – please email us and we’ll send them out to you.

Where: Lillington Gardens Community Centre, Under Morgan House, Lillington and Longmoore Gardens, Pimlico, SW1V 2LF.

When: Friday 3rd June 2016. AGM at 19:00. Quiz from about 20:00

Our cast for Hair revealed

We’re delighted to announce our cast for April’s production of Hair!

Some of the cast at the first rehearsal

Berger – Barry Lattimore-Quinn
Sheila – Charlie Welch
Claude – Franciscus Prins
Woof – Lewis Simington
Jeanie – Hannah Parker Smith
Hud – Tashan Nicholas
Dionne – Melisa Minton-Djoumessi
Crissy – Pippa Welch
Margaret Mead/Steve – William Moss
Ronny – Nichola Welch
Linda – Nicole Vassell
Marjorie – Michelle Smith
Mark/Hubert – Sean Westwood
OJ – Dave Octave
Mary – Charlotte Green
Natalie – Holly Matthews
Paul – Daniel Paul
Walter – Jamie Wright
Leata – Jamila Jennings-Grant
Diane – Jane Skinner
Emmaretta – Jenny Barnard
Suzannah – Rebecca Parker Smith

Tickets have also now gone on sale. You can book now on our Ticketsource page.

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