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The Vicar of Dibley
St Barnabas Church
Lavenham Road
Southfields, SW18 5EP
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Putney Arts Theatre
Ravenna Road
Putney
London SW15 6AW
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The Vicar of Dibley - Postponed

The Vicar of Dibley: auditions and show dates postponed

 
Dear members and friends,

In light of the guidance issued by the government yesterday, we have made the decision to postpone this week's auditions.

We do currently plan to put on the The Vicar of Dibley at a later date, and we are, initially, pushing back our timescales by a month. This would mean that auditions would be around the end of April, and the show would be around the end of June (dates, of course, TBC).

We also hope that, within a month, we will have more clarity on the COVID-19 situation.

Thank you to everyone who applied to audition for The Vicar of Dibley, and we very much hope that you will be able to audition at a later date.

We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation, and we will keep you all posted.

In the meantime, keep well and stay healthy.

Many thanks for your understanding,

Cygnet Players

Shrek NODA Review

What a show week that was! We had a fabulous, record breaking week putting on Shrek The Musical, and we hope everyone had as good a time as us.

Our NODA representative, Des Wilby, came along on the Saturday and had some lovely words to say:

"Attention to detail was obvious which is only achieved through commitment and dedication.  The entire show ran smoothly with no delays or interruptions to spoil the performance."

"Overall, the pace was fast, the dance routines varied and those performing genuinely looked like they were having fun!"

"Joe McWilliam took on the role of Shrek. This was a huge challenge and Joe certainly delivered in style and gave the audience what was expected.  Joe also has a terrific singing voice which he demonstrated throughout his performance."

"Gemma Louise Zirfas gave a lovely performance as the idealistic and feisty Princess Fiona."

"Adam Walker-Galbraith brought the loveable Donkey to life whilst mixing plenty of nervous energy with moments of tenderness and feeling. Another excellent example of character acting with strong vocals to match."      

Read the full review here!

The Vicar of Dibley - Director, Auditions!

The Vicar of Dibley
(Supported by Wandsworth Arts Fringe through Wandsworth Grant Fund)

 
We are delighted to welcome Laura Sutherland as director of our May play, The Vicar of Dibley.

Laura is new to Cygnets and excited to be directing The Vicar of Dibley. She recently directed Blithe Spirit for Southfields Theatre Group, and also performed in their productions of Pride and Prejudice and A Christmas Carol. Other directing work includes Guys and Dolls and A Little Princess, plus assorted acting roles over the years. Laura trained at Birmingham School of Acting.

The first meeting for The Vicar of Dibley will take place at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 10th March at St Barnabas Church, 146 Lavenham Road, SW18 5EP.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the play (members and non-members alike), please come along to meet the director and hear her talk about her plans for the show and auditions.

The current schedule for meetings and auditions (all at St Barnabas) is as follows:

  • Tuesday 10th March 7:30pm: First get-together
  • Tuesday 17th March, from 7:30pm: Auditions
  • Thursday 19th March, from 7:30pm: Auditions
  • Tuesday 24th March 7:30pm: First rehearsal

Rehearsals will then be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the rest of March, April and May. There will also be some Sunday rehearsals nearer the time of the show.

The show itself will be performed at St Barnabas Church, from 20–23 May 2020.

See our Auditions page for the audition pieces and more information!

Shrek The Musical : Cast Announcement

Shrek The Musical is based on the 2001 DreamWorks film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek!with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Cygnet Players are performing Shrek The Musical at the London Oratory School Theatre from Wed 19th to Sat 22nd February 2020.

Buy your tickets HERE!

 

All Shook Up Review

We had an absolute blast performing All Shook Up at the Putney Arts Theatre, and judging by the reception from the audience, they enjoyed watching the show as much as we enjoyed performing it!

Des Wilby, our NODA representative, came to watch on the Saturday evening - here are a few of his comments:

"Jamie Miller-Hughes brought both her acting experience, and first-hand knowledge of ‘All Shook Up’, to the roles of Director/Producer. Attention to detail was obviously stressed as the ‘end product’ was both precise and polished.  The entire show ran smoothly with no delays or distractions and the ‘full house’ witnessed a superb show."

"Barry Lattimore-Quinn took on the hugely demanding role of Chad. Barry’s dancing skills and athletic movement were perfect for this high-energy role and character.  This was a hugely challenging role but one Barry looked to be greatly enjoying.  Overall, Barry delivered an excellent performance."

"Jessica Laing gave a superb performance as Natalie/Ed.  Jessica has a fabulous singing voice, which was repeatedly demonstrated throughout the show, together with maturity, apparent ease and great humour. A fabulous, all-round performance."

"The quality of the music was excellent and the timing was spot on".

"Congratulations to everyone involved at Cygnet Players for another first-class production"

Read the full review here.

Spring Awakening NODA Review

Cygnets had a fabulous time at the Stockwell Playhouse last week, performing the stunning musical Spring Awakening to packed houses!

Judging from the audience reaction the show went down a storm - a view shared by our district NODA representative, Des Wilby, who had some lovely words to say. Here are a few snippets:

"Aimee Parnell is to be congratulated as Director for this wonderful piece of theatre. Attention to detail was precise, the movement of props during the musical numbers was effortless and the overall pace was terrific." 

"All movement from the 13-person cast conveyed real emotion and truly reflected the action.  The graveside scene was moving and poignant, the various fight scenes were realistic and worrying but it was the passion, frustration and release of teenage anger that was exceptional.  Overall, the choreography was fabulous and really added to the show’s appeal.

"Veronique Piercy gave an excellent performance as Wendla demonstrating not only a fabulous singing voice but some exceptionally strong acting skills. Challenged with portraying this naïve girl, whose mother was too embarrassed to tell her the facts of life, Veronique interpreted the role beautifully and gave a believable performance."

"Matthew Wright was ideally cast as Melchior. With great stage presence, and an excellent singing voice, Matthew gave a terrific performance." 

Read the full review here.

All Shook Up: Cast

After an audition process of an extremely high standard, we are delighted to announce the cast for our September show, All Shook Up, is as follows:

NATALIE HALLER – Jessica Laing
CHAD – Barry Lattimore-Quinn
JIM HALLER – Rob Malone
SYLVIA – Harriet Ruby
LORRAINE  –  Natalie Simmonds
DENNIS – Alex Blackie
MISS SANDRA – Beci Sageman
MAYOR MATILDA HYDE – Kate Chesworth 
DEAN HYDE – Philip Ruby
SHERIFF EARL – Will Prescott
HENRIETTA  –  Sally Reeve

ENSEMBLE

Ali Coates-Newman, Ed Steward, Elsa Maria Metni, Emma Clandon, Emma Ollis, Gemma Miles, Georgie Crotty, Ian Green, Jess Bunker, Jon Bradly, Jonathan Billins, Kob Yeboah, Laura Smith, Lauren O’Mara, Maggie Murray, Nika Borsic, Peter Beaven, Rosie Smith, Sally Reeve, Sinead Burniston, Stephanie Parr

Congratulations to all! We can't wait to get started!

All Shook Up: Creative Team and Audition Dates

We are excited to announce the creative team and the audition dates for our September musical, ‘All Shook Up’!

Jamie Hughes (Director) is a long standing Cygnet, having performed in countless shows and currently busy being the society’s deputy chairman! Jamie directed the very successful Secret Swan Speakeasy back in September and was recently associate director for the brand new musical ‘Just Pretend’ for PLOS. (Photo credit: Paul Aylin)

Michael Searle (MD) is a Cygnets newcomer, but a very safe pair of musical hands! He has recently MD’d the PLOS panto and is currently working on ‘Funny Girl’ - we can’t wait to have him on board.

Kim Schenkelaars (Choreographer) is no stranger to the Cygnet stage, having choreographed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in 2017 and performing in many other shows. She is currently choreographing our next musical, ‘Spring Awakening’, so has a very busy summer ahead! 

Head to our Auditions Page to see all the Audition details and read more about this fabulous show!


2019 NODA Award winners!

 

Exciting news!

We have scooped up best musical, best play and best cameo performance in a play for district 3 in this year’s NODA awards!

Congratulations to everyone involved - we are so proud of you!

 

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Show Reviews

"Jamie Miller-Hughes brought both her acting experience, and first-hand knowledge of All Shook Up, to the roles of Director/Producer. Attention to detail was obviously stressed as the end product was both precise and polished. The entire show ran smoothly and the full house witnessed a superb show."

"Kim Schenkelaars (Choreographer) and Aoife Considine (Assistant Choreographer) combined to ensure a huge amount of pace and energy in all dance routines."

"Barry Lattimore-Quinn took on the hugely demanding role of Chad. Barry’s dancing skills and athletic movement were perfect for this high-energy role and character. Overall, Barry delivered an excellent performance."

"Jessica Laing gave a superb performance as Natalie/Ed. Jessica has a fabulous singing voice, which was repeatedly demonstrated throughout the show, together with maturity, apparent ease and great humour. A fabulous all-round performance."

"Alex Blackie demonstrated his fine character acting as ‘nerdish’ Dennis. Alex’s general awkwardness, diction and facial expressions were great and his singing skills came to the fore in the wonderful solo 'It Hurts Me'."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"Threatening to steal the show with her vocals was Harriet Ruby as Sylvia. Ruby had a brilliantly strong belt who knew how to use it and also knew when the song needed a more tender treatment."

"In all of the big ensemble numbers the harmonies were spot on and sounded really full. I can tell that M.D Michael Searle would have worked really hard with the cast to get that sound."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

 

"Aimee Parnell is to be congratulated as Director for this wonderful piece of theatre. Attention to detail was precise, the movement of props during the musical numbers was effortless and the overall pace was terrific."

"Kim Schenkelaars deserves huge credit as Choreographer and for including so much energy and variety into the dance routines.... the choreography was fabulous and really added to the show’s appeal."

"Glen Jordan portrayed Moritz ... with just the right amount of teenage angst Glen’s emotional acting of his songs showed a total understanding of what he was portraying."

"Josh Yard and Laura Harrison both did exceptionally well in playing every adult part and for delivering some chilling moments together with humour and even sensitivity. Their scenes as grieving parents were extremely well handled and all their various characters carefully reflected general attitudes of the time period."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"I was impressed at the strength of the cast across the board. Matthew Wright played Melchior opposite Veronique Piercy’s Wendla. Wright’s self assurance contrasted nicely against Piercy’s youthful innocence. Piercy opened the show with ‘Mama Who Bore Me,’ and her assured clear tone set the bar high for the rest of the night."

"The music was also beautifully delivered with Harriet Oughton at the helm. They mastered the score from the rocky aggressive numbers which really packed a punch to the beautifully balanced and harmony rich numbers"

"It is shows like that that help blur the line between amateur and professional theatre."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

"Phoebe Fleetham must first and foremost be congratulated for her role as Director and ensuring this production was slick, highly polished and a resounding success."

"Keith Walters, Rosie Orchard, Joanne Frazer and Paul Nicholas Dyke provided the principal ‘line up’ for this show and it was impossible to fault their performances in anyway. Virtually on stage throughout the entire production, I was hugely impressed with the characterisation of each principal, their consistent accents and vocal ranges. They were nothing short of superb."

"Will Prescott (1st Man) and Russell Hughes (2nd Man) provided additional light relief and certainly worked well together. Carefully maintaining their accents and characters throughout, their standout moment came in their duet ‘Brush Up You Shakespeare’."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"The highlight of the show for me had to be the opening of Act 2 with ‘Too Darn Hot.’ Vicki Rice, the choreographer had devised a number that all of the cast could execute with real flair and a huge amount of energy and had clearly drilled them repeatedly. This resulted in a real feast for the eyes and ears."

"I must congratulate Cygnet Players on a high standard of production; with a sizzling production number, leads that oozed their characters and a wonderful orchestra this is a great show to see if you love the golden age musicals."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings

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