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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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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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Click here to see the show page for our fantastic June 2016 production of 'Allo 'Allo.

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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 >>

Past Productions

Click on the Show Name below to see full details of the show, including the cast list and a selection of photos. Click on the camera to go straight to the photo album for the show.

Year Album Show Name Hello Dolly 2011
Titanic 2012
Acorn Antiques 2015
2016 Pictures available - click the link on the right 'Allo 'Allo
2016 Pictures available - click the link on the right Aladdin and the Princesses' Ball
2015 Pictures available - click the link on the right Acorn Antiques The Musical!
2015 Pictures available - click the link on the right Forbidden Broadway
2014 Pictures available - click the link on the right The Vicar of Dibley - Second Coming
2014 Pictures available - click the link on the right Mack and Mabel
2013 Pictures available - click the link on the right The Vicar of Dibley
2013 Pictures available - click the link on the right Masquerade
2012 Pictures available - click the link on the right Hi-De-Hi
2012 Click here to see pictures of the show Titanic The Musical
2011   He's Behind You
2011 Click here to see pictures of the show Hello Dolly!
2010 Pictures available - click the link on the right 'Allo 'Allo
2010 Pictures available - click the link on the right Guys and Dolls
2009   Lights, Camera, Action
2009 Pictures available - click the link on the right My Fair Lady
2008 Pictures available - click the link on the right Anything Goes
2007 Pictures available - click the link on the right Fiddler on the Roof
2006 Pictures available - click the link on the right The Pirates of Penzance
    Click here for details of shows before 2006

The John Westbrook Trophy

To remember John Westbrook, a long standing and much missed member of the Society, who died in 2009, we present an annual award in his name - the John Westbrook Trophy - to the chorus member who gave the most eye-catching performance in our annual production. The winner is chosen each year by Hilary Westbrook, John's widow.

2015 Winner - Mandy Clowes
Previous Winners
Mandy Clowes receives 2015 John Westbrook Award from Hilary Glanville

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 in 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.'

2014 - Jayne Green - Mack and Mabel
Best individual performance by a chorus member.
2013 - Val Sykes - Masquerade
"Could sing, dance and act all at the same time!"
2012 - Luke Brand - Titanic The Musical
"Never lost focus"
2011- Ryan Richards - Hello Dolly!
"The waiters' gallop"
2010 - Yvonne Frampton - Guys & Dolls
"Most eye-catching performance"
2009 - Nadine Darnley - My Fair Lady
"Best tart in the show"   

The John Westbrook Trophy Winners 2009 to 2014

NODA Accolade of Excellence 2012

We were absolutely delighted to discover that we were the proud recipients of the NODA South East Region Accolade of Excellence for our 2012 production of Titanic The Musical.

A party of society members travelled to the NODA South East AGM in Hastings to witness our producer, Ian Clark, collcting the certificate (right), which was presented to him buy our local area representative, John E. Thomas.

Denmead Producer Ian Clark with NODA rep John Thomas  DOS Members with Ian and the Certificate

Ian Clark, John E. Thomas and (right) members of the Society with the certificate.

Click here to read more about Titanic The Musical, including John Thomas's review.

NODA Accolade of Excellence 2012

 

Society's 75th Anniversary in 2008

n 2008, the we celebrated our seventy-fifth anniversary and were pleased to welcome two original members, sisters Pat and Joan, along to cut our anniversary cake with Musical Director, Dennis Mason after the last performance of our autumn concert I Have a Song to Sing, Oh!

Pat and Joan cut the 75th Anniversary cake, helped by MD Dennis Mason 75th Anniversary cakes waiting to be cut

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