|Thoroughly Modern Millie||Happily Ever After Society||Thu 3 Nov to Sat 5 Nov 2011|
|Oklahoma!||New Earswick Musicals||Wed 9 Nov to Sat 12 Nov 2011|
|The Flint Street Nativity||York Stage Musicals||Wed 16 Nov to Sat 19 Nov 2011|
|Saturday Night Fever||Prima Vocal Ensemble||Sat 26 Nov 2011|
|Babes In The Wood||Rowntree Players||Sat 3 Dec to Sat 10 Dec 2011|
Thoroughly Modern Millie
A University of York Musical Theatre Production
Happily Ever After Society
Thursday 3 November to Saturday 5 November 2011
Set in 1920s New York City, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the tale of a young girl, Millie Dillmount, who has just arrived in the city in search of a new job, a new man and a new life.
It's a New York filled with intrigue and jazz - the play captures the feel of a time when social mores are changing forever and when the city is a dangerous place for a small town girl.
The stage musical is based upon the hit film of the 1960s but has been rewritten with a set of brilliant new songs and dance numbers.
New Earswick Musicals
Wednesday 9 November to Saturday 12 November 2011
New Earswick Musical Society is proud to present Oklahoma! – a story of rivalries – which was the first musical collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein and the first musical to tell the story with music and lyrics.
It tells of the controversy between the cattlemen and farmers, over land and water rights in the Indian territory, played out in the energetic and humorous musical number, The Farmer & The Cowman Should be Friends.
There’s the rivalry between the cowboy, Curly, (played by Steve Padfield) and the farmhand, Jud, (played by Chris Hagyard), for the love of Laurey, (played by Stephanie Crossley), expressed in well loved ballads of Surrey with a Fringe on the Top and People will say we’re in love.
And the rivalry between Ali Hakim, a Persian Pedlar and the cowboy Will Parker, (played by Andy Stone) for the hand of Ado Annie (played by Emily Rockliffe) a fickle, somewhat naive girl who explains herself hilariously in the word of her song, I Cain’t say No!
Will Aunt Eller (played by Carol Richardson) be able to successfully negotiate an end to the feud? Is a ‘Happy Ending’ possible where love triangles exist?
There is a reason why Oklahoma! broke all box office records when it first opened in 1943 and it’s revival in the West End in 1998 received to wide acclaim.
It is a show full of fun, laughter and romance, as relevant today as when first written, packed with unforgettable melodies including the title tune Oklahoma!, and Oh! What a Beautiful Mornin', Many a New Day, and Out of my Dreams.
The Flint Street Nativity
York Stage Musicals
Wednesday 16 November to Saturday 19 November 2011
The Flint Street Nativity was originally a TV comedy produced for Yorkshire Television and aired during Christmas 1999.
The eight-year-old pupils of Flint Street Primary School, all played by adults, perform the nativity play for their parents. The story is based on real events, collected over a period of ten years from members of Tim Firth's family and friends who were teachers.
The Flint Street Nativity takes the simple gimmick of having adults play primary school children preparing for a Nativity play and lets things rip.
Children, as has been said, are just small adults anyway and this is underlined in this comedy/ drama. Just like grown-ups, they have their hang-ups, worries, family problems, personality defects and petty jealousies.
What makes the situation funny in this comedy is that the children are brutally honest in most of what they say. When they have secret thoughts, they are related in adapted lines from well-known carols.
Cheshire writer Tim Firth knows children, knows how they speak and what motivates them.
Saturday Night Fever
York’s Celebration of Film Music
Prima Vocal Ensemble
Saturday 26 November 2011
Prima Vocal Ensemble, York's modern 90 voice choir give you another thrilling night out at the theatre. Be carried away by a carnival of movie themes you love, heard in unique arrangements and performed for the first time in York!
You will hear memorable hits such as The Power of Love (Back to the Future), May it Be (The Lord of the Rings), Nine to Five, Axel F (Beverly Hills Cop), Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire), Stayin' Alive (Saturday Night Fever), James Bond themes, Shout! (Sister Act), I See You (Avatar) to name just a few! Great entertainment for families and all generations!
Musical Director: Ewa Salecka; Pianist: Greg Birch
Joined on stage as always by guest musicians.
Proceed from programme sales in aid of York Against Cancer
Babes In The Wood
Saturday 3 December to Saturday 10 December 2011
Legend tells of Robin Hood and his Merry Men's battle to tame the evil Sheriff of Nottingham - but few know of the part played by the Sheriff's orphaned relatives and the children of the forest.
That is until now!!
This year let Rowntree Players take you deep into Sherwood Forest - where with a little help from the woodland Nymph - and some fantastic catering by Sue the Cook and her able (ish) assistant Preston; the Sheriff will meet his greatest challenge yet. Oh - and keep an eye out for the bears - they're causing the villagers no end of problems!
With silly stories, song and dance, re-cycled jokes galore and plenty of audience interaction it will be, once again, a brand new rollocking romp of a panto!