Devonport Choral Society:‘Downtown’

Theatre Review by Angela Flemming

Wow!  What a comprehensively wonderful evening of music, singing, dance, colour, and infectious energy, by an impressively dedicated, focused and professional team (both on and off the stage).

The Devonport Choral Society’s latest production is a ‘must see’ for anyone wanting a fabulous night of sheer entertainment and fun.

Opening Night was a sell-out of enthusiastic patrons, and the buzz was infectious (a crowd that any professional company in a major city would envy).

The stage set was outstanding in its imagination, creativity, and cleverly changing colours, so appropriate to the themes of the show.

The choral harmonies of the backing team of singers were a beautiful complement to the five, very talented lead vocalists, and the numerous, well choreographed, dance routines were quirky, and fun, and energetic, and screamed out to the audience to ‘rock along’.

There were many examples of clever, comic irony in the dialogue, and in the reminders of the attitudes and ‘norms’ of the 60/70’s era.

An impressive and talented group of musicians, ideally placed up-stage, supported the singing and dancing, rather than (as often happens today) overwhelming it.

Sound effects, such as the window cleaning, were particularly clever and apt.

It was a special thrill for me to be at a show where I found, to my surprise, that I still knew every word of every song, and that whole era of classic tunes came joyfully rushing back.

Whether you remember the songs or not, you are guaranteed a totally impressive and entertaining night of first-class, live, community theatre.

Congratulations to popular Director, Sid Sidebottom, and to everyone involved, on such a supremely satisfying team effort.

I know what energy, dedication and commitment it takes.

Time to get ‘down town’ folks! You deserve it, and so do they.

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DOWNTOWN! THE MOD MUSICAL

https://www.decc.net.au/event/193/downtown-the-mod-musical

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Calling All Directors!

dev_choral@hotmail.com

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DOWNTOWN! AUDITIONS

Thanks to everyone who came along to our information session today.  It was a great turn out and we met lots of new people who are keen to be part of the show.

If you were unable to make it, but would like to know more, check out the Audition Kit: Audition Kit for DOWNTOWN!

To book an audition and to access additional audition resources, please call Maree on 0408 079 805 (after hours if possible).

Auditions are by appointment only and will take place at Forth Primary School 21-23 September.

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AUDITION INFORMATION SESSION FOR DOWNTOWN! THE MOD MUSICAL

An information session for those wishing to audition for Devonport Choral Society’s 2019 production of DOWNTOWN! THE MOD MUSICAL will be held at Forth Primary School Performing Arts Centre, Wilmot Road on Sunday 9 September.  The session will start at 2pm.

The information session will be a great opportunity to meet the Production Team, find out more about the show and get some tips on what the Team will be looking for at auditions.

The production will be directed by Sid Sidebottom with vocal direction by Bronwyn Darvell, musical direction by Tim Squire and choreography by Elizabeth Viney.

Anyone thinking of auditioning or wishing to find out more should attend.

No bookings for auditions will be taken prior to the information session and additional information is not available until then.  Auditions will be held 21 – 23 September at the same venue. Auditions are by appointment only.

Rehearsals will commence in mid-January.

DOWNTOWN! THE MOD MUSICAL will be performed at the paranaple arts centre (Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre) 17 May – 1 June, 2019.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting of Devonport Choral Society Inc. will be held on Monday 17 September from 7pm at Forth Primary School, 45 Wilmot Road, Forth.
We are welcoming new Committee members.
All members and interested parties are invited to attend.

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STAY TUNED FOR DOWNTOWN AUDITION UPDATES BY 1 SEPTEMBER

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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN CAST ANNOUNCED

Thank you to everyone that auditioned for our 2018 production of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.
We would particularly like to thank our hardworking Production Team – Sid Sidebottom (Director), Dominique Baker (MD), Bronwyn Darvell (Vocal Director) and Elizabeth Viney (Choreographer), who put in a massive effort over the weekend.
Congratulations to our new cast!

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DIRECTORS FOR 2019 SEASON

The Devonport Choral Society invites Expressions of Interest from Directors for our 2019 musical production/s. Your Expression of Interest should include the following:

  • Proposed Show  – show title, brief synopsis, casting requirements, music requirements, and licensee if known.
  • Artistic Vision – how do you see your production being staged?
  • Benefits – what can this show offer in the way of benefits to the Society, to local performers and audiences?
  • Any other production personnel that you can bring to the production.  This is not essential but is appreciated.

Submissions are requested by Friday 23 March 2018.

For enquiries, contact us at dev_choral@hotmail.com

Please send your Expression of Interest to:
M: Devonport Choral Society Inc, PO Box 397, Devonport 7310
E:  dev_choral@hotmail.com

 

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