Hello Dolly!

June 2011


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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Park Community School Theatre, Havant

Hello Dolly 2011
Hello Dolly 2011

Produced, Directed and Choreographed
Ian Clark

Musical Director
Lou Bundy


Main Characters

Dolly Levi - Kaye Lee-Wright
Horace Vandergelder - Kerry Applin
Cornelius Hackl - Ian Clark
Barnaby Tucker - Luke Newey
Ambrose Kemper - Luke Brand
Irene Molloy - Sue Applin
Minnie Fay - Megan Brand
Ermengarde - Rebecca Applin
Ernestina - Nadine Darnley
Rudolph - Will Donnelly
Mrs Rose - Yvonne Frampton
Judge - Richard Smith
Court Recorder - Samantha Spivey
Stanley (a waiter) - Ryan Richards
Policeman - Ray Hunt

Members of the Chorus

Alison Allsopp, Rebecca Applin, Stephanie Clark,
Mandy Clowes, Nadine Darnley, Ann Dent-Smith,
Kerry Emery, Yvonne Frampton, Hilary Glanville,
Claire Jarman, Julie Johanssen, Bronwyn Mason,
Samantha Spivey, Pat White, Sarah Winship

Will Donnelly, Peter Gerrish, Ray Hunt,
Suren Johanssen, Ian McDonald, Mike Powell,
Ryan Richards, Richard Smith, Brian Youngman

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This popular musical provided an enjoyable evening out. Kaye Lee-Wright, as Dolly, grew in stature as the performance progressed. Her soliloquies were particularly impressive, full of expression and humour showing both her strength of character and independence.

There was brilliant interaction between Cornelius and Barnaby (Ian Clark and Luke Newey) and their scenes with Irene Molloy and Minnie Fay (Sue Applin and Megan Brand) were great fun. The whole show though rests round Kerry Applin's performance as Horace Vandergelder.

Throughout the whole evening, even when all around him were involved in the excitement of the show,  still he remained fully in character. A superb performance! Top marks as well to the stage crew whose swift scene changes both in scenery and props, meant that there were few pauses in the action, thus maintaining the tension and atmosphere.

This was a well directed show, excellent movement, brilliantly sung numbers with fine orchestral support under the baton of Musical Director Lou Bundy.

John E. Thomas, NODA Rep.

Hello Dolly 2011

Hello Dolly 2011

Curtain Up! Productions is a Registered Charity - No. 1021763

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