PONTELAND REPERTORY SOCIETY WINS 4 PRESTIGIOUS NODA AWARDS
Ponteland Rep was awarded four awards for performance at a glittering evening at the Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park on Saturday 15thSeptember.
Congratulations to Zoé Buckthorp, who played Tuptim in the King and I last Autumn, for the Rising Star award and Deborah Barry for a Performance award in the role of Anna. The King and I production which included our Youth Theatre, Preppies, also received a Performance award.
Amber Covington won the Best Individual Youth award for her role in Four Weddings and an Elvis, our Spring Production this year.
We are very proud of these achievements and of keeping Ponteland on the map as a local theatre group.
Our next production is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a pantomime Tuesday 27thNovember – Saturday 1stDecember at 7pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2pm. Tickets available online at pontelandrep.co.uk and at Ponteland Hardware, Merton Way. We look forward to welcoming our loyal audiences once again for pre-Christmas family fun!
PONTELAND REPERTORY SOCIETY IS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS BY THE NATIONAL OPERATIC AND DRAMATIC ASSOCIATION!
Ponteland Repertory Society is proud to be nominated ‘Best Show’ for their superb production at the end of November of The King and I. Deborah Barry, an experienced member of the Society, who played a stunning Anna in this production has also been nominated for an award. Zoe Buckthorp, in her first performance with the Rep as Tuptim, which was outstanding, is nominated for a Youth Award.
As if three nominations were not enough, Amber Covington has been nominated in the Youth Awards section for Four Weddings and an Elvis, playing a very feisty Fiona in our lively and hilarious Spring production this year.
We couldn’t be more delighted that our local amateur theatre group continues to be nominated for more awards by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association. The support of our community, local press and social media platforms is much appreciated by the Society.
We look forward to welcoming our wonderful audiences again to our next production, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, a pantomime. Our new website is live and tickets are on sale there via ticketsource. Dates are Tuesday 27th November to Saturday 1st December at 7 pm with a Saturday matinee at 2 pm. Book your tickets and join us for some pre-Christmas fun!!
Our next show will be taking place at Ponteland Memorial hall and will be from 27th November – 1st December 2017 (7pm shows with a matinee at 2pm on Saturday)
Our tickets for this spectacular show are now on sale and can be purchased from the link to the right.
Follow the image link to the right to download the May edition of The Rep’s Wrap.
Memorial Hall hosts four weddings… and an Elvis
By Lesley Eltringham, Ponteland Repertory Society
The Society’s latest production – comedy 4 Weddings and an Elvis – went down really well with audiences.
Jackie Wighton, a drama teacher from Ponteland directed her first production for the Rep. and Carole Davies produced the show.
There were some brilliant new actors in the cast; husband and wife team Jess and Giles Eyre-Tanner made their debut on stage. Jess, local mum and teacher, set herself the task of taking to the stage to fulfil one of 40 challenges she has set herself for her 40th year.
Lauren Lyon, also a local mum, came back to acting after 10 years away and was thrilled to take the main role of Sandy, the wedding chapel proprietor. For Ponteland dad Dario Sancho, it was also his first attempt at drama and he took to it like a duck to water! He is a natural comedian.
Taking leading roles were some of our experienced Rep actors – Leo Emmerson as an amazing Elvis, Jason Long as a geeky Marvin and Carol Emerson as the glamorous actress Vanessa.
Jonny Woollett played a frightening convict, Fist, whilst Amber Covington turned herself into an equally scary ex-con. Jonny also played the role of Lou, an ageing Minister, confusing the audience as to whether it was the same actor!
John Eltringham, as the drunken Vicar, staggered on and off in a cameo role. The Chapel of Love Singers were Sarah Blythe and Zoe Buckthorpe.
We were delighted to hear lovely comments by members of the audience as they were leaving.
Our next production this coming Christmas is the pantomime ‘Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs’. Ponteland Rep look forward to welcoming you once again to enjoy your local amateur theatre.
Around the World in 90 Years
Our NODA review from March 2017.
Review by Michael L. Avery
Director: Deborah Barry
I always enjoy a good concert, a couple of hours stuffed choc-full of familiar music. This was definitely a good concert and everything was within my list of personal favourites although I must still confess Gilbert and Sullivan is something of a foreign land for me. However, the choice of Three Little Maids from the Mikado was a good choice and entertainingly performed. The show was built around two ideas – shows presented by Ponteland Repertory Society over the last 90 years and, secondly, a nostalgic trip around the world based upon songs from those operettas and musicals. It worked very well, including the two “audience members” (Ann Lewin and Isobel Wind) who took their seats on the stage and commented throughout on proceedings, for the benefit of the rest of the audience.
It is difficult to comment on each excerpts and those taking part in them, so I intend to take a global look at the production, mentioning a few names in passing. Suffice it to say that everybody involved managed to impart to the audience what was required of them. The early days were represented by the aforementioned G&S, which I enjoyed despite my continued shocking lack of knowledge. The subsequent musicals were easier for me to appreciate.
I was particularly impressed by The Preppies, a Junior Section of the company. I understand they were formed in 2014 with 6 members. The number has now grown to an impressive 45 or so and a reasonable number of them are actually boys, with several of the older members moving into the main company. A very laudable achievement. Ages range from approximately 9 to 18.
I also enjoyed Lucy Walton’s version of The Sound of Music which she delivered well giving a very nice performance. With such dependable adults as Johnny Woollett, Jonathan Cash, Katie Howes, Brian Barry, Joe Costigan and many others in the ensemble this was a very professional and enjoyable concert, an evening of memories. The company and all involved in the production, especially Musical Director (and more) Deborah Barry who, I believe, strung the whole thing together, deserve high praise for their efforts.