At the end of the road to “Oliver”.

Wednesday May 10th, 2017.

 

And a special message from our Directors…

 

These children have something to ask you.

 

Stef has something important to say.

 

Once again, and this is so important to us…

 

 

Everything is ready.

Everything is in place.

All we need is you.

 

It’s been fun. Blogger Kaz…over and out.

 

WHO DOESN’T LOVE A GREAT MUSICAL? AND IT’S LOCAL!

WITH ONLY THREE REHEARSALS TO GO, LET’S HAVE A LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING AT DMS.

 

 

 

A QUICK BITE TO EAT BEFORE THEY WARM UP THEIR VOICES.

 

 

NOTEPAD AND PEN AT THE READY FOR ANY LAST MINUTE DETAILS.

 

 

 

SOON TO BE A HUB OF ACTIVITY.

 

 

 

 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR LAURA GETTING IT ALL TOGETHER.

 

 

 

 

DIRECTOR JULIAN GOING THROUGH NOTES BEFORE REHEARSALS.

 

 

 

 

AND THEN WE HAVE THE CREW…

 

STAGE MANAGER HELEN CHECKING HER NOTES.

 

 

 

AND ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER MITCH, AT THE READY.

 

 

 

 

 

THE PROMPT ADJUSTS THE LIGHTING FOR HER SCRIPT.

 

 

 

 

SOME OF OUR LIGHTING CREW GOING THROUGH THEIR PROGRAM.

 

 

 

 

MUSICAL DIRECTOR HUGH ORGANISING THE KEYBOARD.

 

 

 

 

THE MUSICIANS’ LIGHTS AND STANDS.

 

 

 

 

LIGHTING CREW CHECKING COMPUTER DETAILS.

 

 

 

 

CANTEEN MANAGER CHECKING THE STOCK.

 

 

 

 

AND NOW…LET REHEARSALS BEGIN.

 

 

 

 

 

JUST TO GIVE YOU A GLIMPSE; ONLY A VERY SMALL GLIMPSE OF THE SHOW. NO COSTUMES OR ACTUAL SET. THAT WOULD SPOIL OUR SURPRISE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO THAT FOLLOWS WITH CHANGES, SUGGESTIONS AND DEBRIEFING.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THEN THE CURTAIN CLOSES ON REHEARSALS.

 

 

SO DID YOU SEE A FRIEND THERE, IN THE CAST OR CREW?

WILL YOU COME ALONG TO WATCH, AND FILL A SEAT OR TWO?

DO YOU LOVE A NIGHT OUT, OR MAYBE AN AFTERNOON?

BECAUSE THIS SHOW IS REALLY GREAT SO BOOK YOUR TICKETS SOON.

 

 

 

 

“ON THE ROAD TO OLIVER”…Don’t miss out…

You may possibly experience some of these emotions at our show.

Or maybe some of these feelings…

However, we are confident, as seen from the Director’s perspective…

…the Musical Director’s perspective…

and the Choreographer’s perspective…

…you will not be bored or disappointed because the music,

the singing,

 

and the dancing,

 

will leave you wanting more.

 

So don’t forget to book your tickets. Plus, we have a group booking deal. Buy 11 tickets and only pay for 10.

 

 

All we need is YOU…our audience.

 

SEE YOU SOON

IT’S ALMOST MAY

SHOWTIME

 

 

 

“Ode to the Cast of Oliver” as seen by your prompt.

Being on stage, part of any production, is the result of months of hard work. If you’ve been following these blogs, you will see just how much goes on and how important every detail is. Me? I get to sit and watch each and every show and this is my perspective.

 

“Ode to the Cast”

I wonder if they’re nervous

As opening night draws near?

Do they get to sleep at night

Or do they have a fear?

Fear of tripping on the stage

Or singing out of tune?

Fear of missing what to say

Or dancing way too soon?

What happens if they miss a line

Or forget to come on stage?

Panic sets in…oh dear me

Will they end up in a rage?

Never fear our Oliver cast

I’m here to steer you right.

Just in case those nerves creep in

You’re not to get a fright.

You’ll see me sitting close to you

But not quite on the set.

So never worry on the stage

If lines you do forget.

I’m quiet and I’m subtle

If you need me give a nod.

I’ll feed the line right up to you

From my little pod.

I think I worry more than you

But that’s part of my role.

If you see I’m looking stressed

Well, prompting takes its toll.

So here’s to all your hard work cast,

Showtime is nearly here.

So ‘break a leg’ as the saying goes

And let’s get into gear.

 

Introducing…Helen Winley Bell who is on the road to ‘Oliver’.

Helen plays Old Sally and is also part of the adult ensemble. Here she talks a little about herself.

* What do you work toward in your free time?  

Free time?? So many things…but if my time were truly free I’d be working on my guitar practice.

* What’s the most interesting thing about you?   

….well I’m an accountant by day, so….haha. There are photos of my legs in medical (dermatology) textbooks.

* Why did you want to be involved in this production?  

The chance to work with my DMS ‘family’ again and learn something new — Old Sally has an onstage experience that I haven’t acted before. Also excited for my kids to see for the first time what Mummy’s shows look like.

* What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?  

Listen to showtunes while I’m at the gym, teach myself guitar with the help of my husband.

* What are you most afraid of?  

My kids encountering tough things in life that I can’t protect them from.

* What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?

Sip of warm lemon and honey, and mental focus on what my character is about to experience.

* What is your best childhood memory?

Tie between trips out in my Dad’s vintage soft top racing car, and my Gran teaching me how to bake.

* What do you feel most proud of?

My kids!! Especially when I catch them singing songs from shows I’ve done 😉

* If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?  

I’d go see my best friend who lives interstate. 

* If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be?  

Just one!?  I’d have to go back and see a Beatles performance, probably the infamous rooftop concert.

Thanks Helen. See you in the show.