Tickets are now on sale for CCADS' production of the hilarious comedy musical 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'.
Following their vastly successful staging of 'Cats' at the Kings Theatre last year, the multi-award winning company return by popular demand with this musical composed by David Yazbek (The Full Monty). It's based on the popular 1988 film, also titled 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels', which starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin.
The plot centres around the characters of Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson:
"Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Benson swindles women with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end...".
Sophisticated and suave with a good deal of mischief, this laugh-out-loud musical plays from Thursday 16th until Saturday 18th March 2017 at the Kings Theatre in Southsea. It is recommended viewing, even for those who have not seen or heard the musical before.
The show also boasts an impressive résumé. The professional run was nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards on Broadway before starting a smash-hit West End run which starred Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound.
CCADS Theatre are well known for producing high-quality shows: providing fresh takes on classics, or bringing productions to Portsmouth which would, often, otherwise be missed. Advanced booking for 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' is therefore highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
This March the con is on, and we know you won't want to miss it...
'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' plays at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, from 16th March until the 18th March 2017. The performances are nightly from 7:30pm and a Saturday matinée begins at 2:30pm. Link to the box office below.
Quoted text in article taken from Kings Theatre website; press release and/or CCADS website for purposes of show promotion.
There's no denying that Fareham Musical Society have a tough act to follow with their production of 'Annie'. Last time the company staged it, they were nominated for six Curtain Call Awards, won three, and the girl who played Annie went on to star in the West End!
Katie Hartland (pictured below) was delighted to be cast in the titular role of Annie in the 2006 Fareham Musical Society production. Little did she know that ten years later she would be playing Baby in Dirty Dancing at The Kings Theatre, Southsea, in a professional production. Katie has also since appeared in London’s West End.
This year's production sees Eleanor Wallace and Lottie Hall (pictured) playing the same role at the same theatre as Katie. Both girls are regular performers with Fareham Musical Society's talented and ever expanding Youth Theatre. "It wouldn't surprise me if these two young talented girls end up on a West End stage," says Graeme Clements, who is playing Daddy Warbucks. "We have had several young actresses over the years join professional productions and we are very proud of them all, not least Katie who I remember very well stepping out as Annie eleven years ago".
When asked about the role share, Graeme explains: "It is necessary to have two actresses playing the same role to alternate performances. A run of 6 shows in 5 days would prove to be too exhausting for one young girl".
ANNIE by Fareham Musical Society is performed at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, from the 14th - 18th March 2017. 7.30pm nightly performances and a 2.30pm Saturday matinée. Tickets priced between £12 - £15.
Call the Box Office on 01329 231942 or visit www.fernehamhall.co.uk for tickets. Booking recommended.
Tickets for 'Let's Face The Musicals', the showcase of musical theatre talent from multi award-winning CCADS, are now very limited with advanced booking essential.
At the time of writing, just over 8% of tickets remain for the production, which translates as just under 25 seats across both performances.
The show kick-starts CCADS' twenty-sixth year on the Portsmouth Theatre scene with a "celebration of the shows" - a concert showcasing songs from musical theatre shows we love, from across the ages.
Now in its third triumphant year at the Station Theatre each January, the show is returning by popular demand following the sell-out successes 'Love at the Musicals' and 'Thank You For The Musicals'.
"Multi award-winning CCADS Theatre return to The Station Theatre with their third programme of musical gems from the stage and screen," the Hayling Island Station Theatre website proudly declares. "Featuring some of the south’s finest talents, 'Let’s Face the Musicals' features song and dance classics from musicals old and new – from 'The Phantom of the Opera' and 'Les Miserables' to 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', 'Matilda' and 'School of Rock' … and from 'Showboat' and 'Oklahoma!' to 'West Side Story' and 'Chicago' – to name but a few!"
The show takes place for one day only at the Hayling Island Station Theatre on Saturday the 28th January 2017. There are two performances, one at 2:30pm and one at 7:30pm. With the last few tickets remaining and another full day of box office sales ahead, we strongly recommend you follow the advice on the Station Theatre website:
"Don’t miss it … Book early to avoid disappointment!"
Link to the box office below. Station Theatre Box Office also open 10am - noon Monday to Saturday: 02392 466363.
Today is the only day on which you can see 'What Ivy Wanted', a new play penned by Jacquie Penrose. It is a fantastic opportunity to see some local writing talent performed on the stage.
The two showings at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant are part of the Bench Theatre Fringe Festival. The first showing is at 1:45pm and the second performance is at 7:30pm. Tickets are £9.50 each, or £7.50 for concessions.
The play centres around three old friends on holiday together, as they have done previously. "This year they’re staying in a delightful woodland chalet, just as Ivy would have wanted. Only Ivy isn’t with them this time, and a chance encounter with an ex-colleague turns the holiday into something that none of them expected…or wanted".
Bench Theatre are multi-award winning and have a good local reputation, therefore you can expect strong performances throughout the production.
Tickets have sold well for the show - at the time of writing there are less than twenty seats available for the evening performance - so advance booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
If you go along, enjoy the show and be sure to comment or send us your thoughts.
Hayling Island Amateur Dramatic Society's production of 'Red Riding Hood' at the Station Theatre is one for the family; a very enjoyable two hours of humorous gags, popular songs and "delicious ice cream".
From the very beginning it quickly engages with family members of all ages via slapstick humour for the kids and political quips for the adults. Throughout the journey there are plenty of moments for, what was a packed auditorium, to interact and actively take part in the creative story of Red Riding Hood.
Notable are the performances of Izzy Hudson as Ivor and Naomi Huggins as Red Riding Hood, their vocal capabilities very much captivating the audience.
With running gags from Pete Hewitt and Craig McFarling as Fernandos and The Wolf, the show maintained a very enjoyable light-hearted theme which any pantomime sets out to do. The hilarity and enthusiasm of every single member of the cast was extremely engaging.
Special mention must go to the director Rob Finn whose passion and commitment are very much alive in this production.
Red Riding Hood plays at the Hayling Island Station Theatre until Saturday. 7:30pm nightly and 2:30pm matinée on Saturday. Booking advised.
South Downe Stage School have announced tickets for their next production, 'High School Musical Jr', are on sale.
The production is staged at Clanfield Memorial Hall on Saturday 1st April 2017 at 4pm and 7pm. Tickets are £9 for adults and £6 for children under 16 years of age.
South Downe Stage School are made of talented local youths aged 8 - 18 with a passion for musical theatre. This show will contain much talent we'll see over the years on the Portsmouth Theatre scene.
High School Musical Jr is a musical based on Disney's smash-hit film High School Musical starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. Globally, the film has been seen by more than 225 million viewers and the soundtrack is certified quadruple platinum.
This popular, feel-good show is certainly worth booking to see, and booking early is recommended. We'll, of course, give more details and coverage as the show approaches.
Tickets are available now by contacting 07986713318 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The award-winning Bench Theatre have announced they are to stage 'What Ivy Wanted', penned by member Jacquie Penrose, on Thursday 19th January 2017. The production is part of the Bench Theatre Fringe at the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant.
"Old friends are taking a break together as they have done so many times before; this year they’re staying in a delightful woodland chalet, just as Ivy would have wanted," the company explain. "Only Ivy isn’t with them this time, and a chance encounter with an ex-colleague turns the holiday into something that none of them expected…or wanted."
This show forms a brilliant opportunity to see local new writing performed by talented members of The Bench Theatre Company.
This piece of theatre is being staged for one day only on Thursday 19th at 1:45pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are £9; £7.50 concessions. Tickets are available from the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre Box Office, we've provided a link to take you there below:
Stageskool Theatre Arts are offering an exclusive free musical theatre workshop on Saturday 4th February 2017.
If you're aged between 3 and 25 and love acting; dancing; singing and performing this taster course is absolutely ideal, and will give a preview of the talented theatre school.
Stageskool offers dance, singing and acting tuition in its main theatre school, as well as classes in LAMDA Musical Theatre (exams can be taken to contribute to UCAS points for University application) and ballet classes.
Not only this, but the school takes part in local events; carnivals; singing competitions and holds regular shows. In recent exciting developments it has been annouced they are soon to be opening a Stageskool in Portsmouth.
"Being part of Stageskool will help with all areas of a child's development: self esteem; coordination; cognitive development and confidence," Stageskool explain. "These are just some of the benefits, as well as making friends; learning new skills and, most importantly, having fun."
The free Musical Theatre Workshop is held at Trafalga School in Portsmouth's London Road. It comes highly recommended. We've got all the details you need below:
AGES 3 - 4
Session 2:30pm - 3:15pm
AGES 5 AND OVER (divided into groups)
Session 3:30pm - 5:00pm
To book your place email email@example.com or text/call Kim on 07931 131435 or Lisa on 07931 440204. We've linked to their website, and the public Facebook event, below.
Multi-award winning CCADS, now in their twenty-sixth triumphant year, have recently unveiled an updated poster for the anticipated first show of the year: Let's Face The Musicals.
It has become an annual staple each January for the company to showcase musical theatre performances at the Hayling Island Station Theatre. The show, booking for one day only, features some of the company's most prominent talent and contains popular songs from both old musicals and new.
"Back by popular demand, multi award-winning CCADS Theatre return to The Station Theatre with their third programme of musical gems from the stage and screen," the Station Theatre website states. "Featuring some of the South’s finest talents, Let’s Face the Musicals features song and dance classics from musicals old and new – from The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Matilda and School of Rock … and from Showboat and Oklahoma! to West Side Story and Chicago – to name but a few!".
The show is always popular and there are just two opportunities to see it. The production is staged on the 28th January 2017, with a matinée at 2:30pm and an evening performance at 7:30pm. With limited availability, advance booking to see this showcase is essential. Link below.
The Hayling Island Station Theatre can also be contacted via telephone on 02392 466 363.
Professional dancer and winner of the 2014 series of Strictly Come Dancing, Pasha Kovalev, is to bring his touring show Let's Dance The Night Away to Ferneham Hall this year. It is one of only fifty-eight performances scheduled for the UK and features special guest star Anya Garnis in a special evening of live singing; dance; chatting and fun.
In addition, it has been confirmed Kovalev will be dancing with local dance school Giselle Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts during his performance at the venue. Featured for six minutes each half, it is a wonderful opportunity for the local performers. Kovalev will dance with them, introduce them to the audience and chat with them afterwards.
Pasha Kovalev arrived in the UK in 2011 as one of the professionals on hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing. His first celebrity partner was Chelsee Healey with whom he was runner up to the coveted title. In 2012 he danced with Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh, once again becoming runner up. For the 2013 series, the professional dancer teamed with Countdown star Rachel Riley, before finally winning in 2014 with television presenter Caroline Flack.
This brand-new production arrives off the back of his previous successful shows and features breath-taking choreography, sensational music and stunning costumes. Ferneham Hall say it will leave "the audience supercharged with positive energy and emotion".
"It's a hugely interactive show and reaches out to the local dance communities as well as entertaining fans of Pasha; Dance and of Strictly Come Dancing".
Tickets are £25 from the Box Office at Ferneham Hall in Fareham. You can book online at www.fernehamhall.co.uk (link below) or by telephoning 01329 231942.
The show takes place on Saturday 25th March 2017 at 7:30pm.