& Operatic Society
While the first few weeks will focus on music rather than 'production', music rehearsals will be staggered throughout the entire rehearsal run. As a consequence, and like our choral performances, you should aim to attend a minimum of 75% of the rehearsals to participate in the show, along with some mandatory dates.
We ask all participants to complete an NA ( Not Available) form. Please complete an NA form as soon as possible, not later than 24th December, in order that a rehearsal schedule can be drawn up around everyone's availability.
NB:The NA form also gathers questions about your measurements for costumes so please complete it even if you can make all the rehearsals. The NA form is your 'commitment' to the production. Please avoid making any changes after submission.
The NA form will be live in due course and will be found by clicking the button at the top of this page.
COSTUME CALL: Our initial costume call will be on the afternoon of Sunday 15th March. You will need to ensure you are available for this. We will allocate people a time slot between 2pm & 5pm.
Unlike our choral performances, by exception and at the discretion of the director(s), you may be able to miss additional rehearsals, but this may mean you are unable to participate in certain scenes.
These will be on Weds 7.30pm-10pm and potentially a few Thursdays, (this could be for chorus and/or principals).
These will be held on Sunday 26th in January. These are for principal roles only. There is no formal audition for chorus/company. If you are new to the society we will ask you to undertake a voice trial to check you're in the right section.
(Very occasionally, by exception and at the Musical Director's discretion, we reserve the right to ask someone not to sing/perform)
Principal auditions will be held on this day only. Decisions will be made based on the auditions on that day.
Sat/Sun 29/30May-Get in (cast not required)
Mon 31 May- Rehearsal at St Mary's (sound)
Weds 2 Jun- Full Dress rehearsal
Thurs 3 Jun-Sat 5 Jun - performances
Show Week Commitment - w/c 31st May 2021
Prior to this year we have set the show up in the daytime on the Bank holiday Monday, followed by a tech rehearsal in the evening and a dress rehearsal the next day, with Wednesday as an evening off. For Evita we changed this and there was no cast attendance requirement on the Bank holiday Monday of show week.
The Tech rehearsal took place on the Tuesday evening, with the dress on Wednesday, and then the shows on Thurs, Fri, Sat. Cast commitment for show week remained five evenings but was five consecutive evenings. This worked well and we are repeating this approach with The Mikado
Nanki-Poo - Martin Quinn
The Mikado - Rod Fine
Ko-Ko - Matthew Lawrance
Pooh-Bah - Tim Lane
Pish-Tush - Roger Mackrell
Yum-Yum - Nicky Roberts
Katisha - Emily Brown
Pitti-SIng - Beverley Savage
Peep-Bo - Caroline Graham
Subs for the 20 weeks will be £90 (just £4.50 per week).
These should be paid in full by 31st Jan or in 2 stages £45 by 31st Jan and the balance by Weds 8th April. Students in full time education - £25
Did you know? Typically our staged productions have costs of around £11,000 to present. As a G&S we save almost £2000, as there are no performance rights to pay compared with Evita/Chess. The show will still have production costs in the region of around £8,500. To help us ensure we can cover these costs we undertake a number of initiatives:-
Event Sponsor-For the past few years we have been lucky enough to have the support of Bicester Village as official event sponsor, with their logo on posters, tickets & programmes. We're pleased to confirm that once again we have their support.
Adverts - We need adverts for the programme. Costs & advert sizes:
Full page : £80
Half page : £50
Quarter page : £30