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March 2015


Acorn Antiques 2015 Mack & Mabel 2014 Masquerade 2013 Titanic The Musical 2012

Acorn Antiques 2015

It was Curtain Up! on a new era for Denmead Operatic Society as we presented "Acorn Antiques The Musical", by Victoria Wood - our first show under the new name of Curtain Up! Productions at the Petersfield Festival Hall from 25th-27th June 2015.

Mack & Mabel 2014

Mack and Mabel, the story of the relationship between early film producer Mack Sennett and his star Mabel Normand, was presented at the Petersfield Festival Hall from 15th-17th May 2014.

Masquerade 2013

This was an exciting new venture: presenting our very own show, written especially for us by Ian Clark, at the Park Community School in Havant from 29th May to 1st June 2013.

Titanic The Musical 2012

To mark the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, we presented this spectacular musical at the Park Community School from 6th-9th June 2012. It was a great success and we won a NODA Accolade of Excellence for the production.

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What's next?

We are reprising our 2010 production of 'Allo 'Allo at the Petersfield Festival Hall from 9th to 11th June. This is the stage version of the hilarious BBC TV series of the same name, set in France during the second world war. Click here to find out more about the show and buy your tickets.

2015 John Westbrook Award

As Hilary Westbrook, John's widow, could not attend any of the Acorn Antiques performances due to prior commitments, she delegated the nomination of the John Westbrook Award for 2015 to Val Sykes. Val chose to award the trophy to Mandy Clowes, saying: 'When there are not so many people on stage, each member of the supporting cast is clearly visible and it is extra important to give it everything. Mandy was always fully involved om each scene she was in, acting and reacting to others very well. I loved the three backing "beehive" singers number and she was clearly really enjoying it,'

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Mandy Clowes receives 2015 John Westbrook Award

Mandy Clowes was awarded the 2015 John Westbrook Trophy for her performance in Acorn Antiques. Read more >>

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Ian Clark

Musical Director
Darren Alderton

Dance Captain
Sophie Dulake

The Company

Megan Brand - Diane Chelu - Steph Clark
Nadine Darnley - Sophie Dulake
Hilary Glanville - Jayne Green
Julie Johanssen  - Kaye Lee-Wright
Tricia Roberts - Caroline Smith
Sam Spivey - Pat White - Hayley Wilson

Luke Brand - Ian Clark - Mark De Salis
Suren Johanssen - Ryan Richards

The Band

Keyboard/MD - Darren Alderton
Woodwind - Spencer Bundy
Drums - Chris Hough
Bass - Toni Kent


Show photographs taken by Steve Day.

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These evenings when the company showcases numbers from a range of different shows are really enjoyable. The standard overall was very good both from the individuals and chorus. This ensures that there is something to suit everyone. It was essentially an ensemble show and no one performer should take the lead over another, the team essence was evident and the overall balance superb.

It isn’t easy to provide continuity and it takes a great deal of skill and coordination to enable the overall evening to run smoothly. This came mainly from the production team of Director/Choreographer, Ian Clark; Musical Director, Darren Alderton and Dance Captain, Sophie Dulake. These together with the back stage, front of house staff and small but very well balanced orchestral group made it a thoroughly enjoyable time for all.

What an evening! A big thank you must go to the whole company for a superb celebration of music all of extremely high choral quality. Congratulations everyone!

John E. Thomas, NODA Rep

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