Whilst many of us are busy with preparations for Christmas, members of Wellington Arts Association’s various groups are already preparing for a busy schedule of performances in 2016.
The Pantomime Group’s show ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, opening at The Wellesley on 27 January and running until 31 January, is well into rehearsals and promises to be hugely popular as delightful family entertainment. Dorothy’s magical journey through the Land of Oz and her encounters with Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow is accompanied by some of musical theatre’s best songs and routines. Tickets go on sale on 12 December from Nurtured by Nature in South Street or online. Booking early is advised.
Wellington Theatre Company’s next production is Richard Harris’s award-winning comedy ‘Stepping Out’. A narrative which focuses on members of an amateur tap-dance class obviously requires some basic tap ability but the producer stresses that a ‘willingness to learn’ is more important than established competence. Performances are from 30 March to 2 April at The Arts Centre in Eight Acre Lane. The production team invites anyone who wants to be involved in this production – either as a performer or backstage – to auditions on Sunday 6 December from 10am to 1pm or on Wednesday 9 December at 7.30pm. Rehearsals begin in January.
The Operatic Society’s ‘Next Big Show’ is ‘Sugar’, the stage musical based on the film ‘Some Like it Hot’ starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon. It will be at The Wellesley in May next year. The production team is hosting a ‘launch party’ at The Arts Centre on Thursday 10 December at 7.30 for everyone interested in being involved, either on or off-stage. Drinks and nibbles are included.