Frome Amateur Operatic Society
Difficult though it is to believe, with summer not yet over, but the Frome Amateur Operatic Society commences rehearsals for their annual pantomime on Wednesday, at 7.30pm in the Frome Assembly Rooms behind the Memorial Theatre.
This year their production is to be the eternal favourite, Cinderella, and always with this popular group it will be performed as a traditional family pantomime with slapstick and fun for young and old alike, musical numbers both traditional and new and an array of characters synonymous with their Christmas offering.
Members, both new and existing are encouraged to come along on Wednesday to hear from the creative team of Jo Plenty (director), Sarah Plenty, (choreographer) and David Hynds (musical director ) as to what is in store.
For more information call Jo on 01373 466897 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two members of the Frome Amateur Operatic Society (FAOS) have received awards to recognise their performance and dedication – one on the stage and one backstage.
Thirteen year old Oli Wareham played Albert Blossom, circus owner, in the recent Spellbound production of Dr Dolittle and was awarded the 'Charles Hart Trophy' for his performance, hard work and commitment. The award was presented by Jane Rose, granddaughter of Charles Hart (above).
Back stage of the same production, Carolyn Stacey spent weeks creating more than 70 animal costumes and was awarded the Ian Waller 'Extra Mile' award.
Carolyn was presented with the award by Mr Waller's daughter, Louise (top).
Frome Amateur Operatic Society is excited to be performing Sweeney Todd at the Frome Memorial Theatre, from Wednesday, October 2 to Saturday, October 5.
This will be the first time the society has performed a Stephen Sondheim musical and therefore it breaks new ground from both their point of view, in terms of learning new material, and from an audience perspective in terms of what is on offer.
Unanimously acclaimed by the critics as one of Sondheim's most powerful scores, this black comedy concerns the infamous homicidal career of Sweeney, the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous Judge Turpin who coveted his young wife and falsely imprisoned him.
Cheated of his revenge against the judge, Sweeney's thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, and – with the aid of his razor – he exacts a far more terrible revenge, cheerfully helped by Mrs Lovett, who is delighted to give new life to her flavourless meat pies!
Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, Sweeney Todd mixes intense drama with dark humour. Due to its dark and adult nature this production is recommended for ages 16 and over.
All performances start at 7.30pm and tickets can be booked by calling 01373 462795.