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Legally Blonde
Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th September 2016
Putney Arts Theatre
Ravenna Road
Putney
London SW15 6AW
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels  
February 2017
London Oratory School Theatre
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9 to 5: The Musical September 2017
Putney Arts Theatre
Putney, SW15 
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels auditions

It's time to make a start on our opening show of 2017! The first meeting for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will take place at 8.30pm on Tuesday 4th October, at St Barnabas Church (146 Lavenham Road, Southfields SW18 5EP), following the Cygnet 2016 AGM. 

So, if you're interested in finding out more about the show, our fab production team (Damian, Kris and Kim) and how you can get involved, come along! 

We're also running a series of pre-audition rehearsals before the auditions themselves, where you can go through the singing and dance audition pieces. Full details of all dates, including auditions, are on our auditions page.

2016 AGM announced

The 2016 Annual General Meeting for Cygnet Players will take place on Tuesday 4th October, at St Barnabas Church - in the Parish Room (146 Lavenham Road, Southfields SW18 5EP). 

(It will be followed by the first meeting for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, at 8.30pm.)

All current members of Cygnet Players are able to attend and vote. At the AGM, the current committee will make an annual report to the meeting, and present the accounts, as well as elect the new committee for 2016/2017. 

Please come along and support your society, find out what's been happening, give your views about the future direction of the society, and ask any questions you may have. 

Top News for 2018

"We're puttin' on our top hats, tyin' up our white ties, brushin' off our tails."

And that's exactly what we'll be doing in February of 2018, when we'll be bringing one of the greatest dance musicals of all time to the London Oratory Stage... 

We're absolutely thrilled to be one of the first amateur companies to be granted the rights to TOP HAT. Packed full of classic Irving Berlin tunes, including Cheek to Cheek, and Puttin' on the Ritz, Top Hat transports you to a world of 1930s Hollywood glamour.

And we don't know about you, but we can't wait to 'face the music and dance'!

Let's Do It!

Our Spring play slot will be filled with something a little different next May. We are very happy to welcome Ian Doswell (a founder member, who also directed Godspell and Chess for us in 1998/1999) to create and direct Let’s Do It: A Tribute to Victoria Wood.

Probably best known for her 1980s comedy series Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV and for her on-screen partnership with Julie Walters, Victoria Wood created a whole host of memorable characters, sketches and songs that remain in the hearts of the nation.

Let’s Do It is a celebration of her work, that recreates some of the classic sketches from As Seen on TV, along with some of the most memorable characters from her stand-up routines. The show also pays tribute to her musical brilliance, using some of her well-known and less familiar songs.

Let’s Do It promises you an evening of laugh-out-loud memories, and even a few tears, as we remember the inimitable Victoria Wood in true Cygnet style. 

Communication is key

Keeping our potential audiences informed about our upcoming productions is a crucial ingredient in the success of a show.

One of the groups of people we target are audience members who have bought on Ticketsource and selected ‘yes’ to receiving marketing communications from us.

Email marketing in Gmail is our chosen channel for keeping these customers up to date. This was pretty simple until last autumn, when Gmail became much stricter about the number of emails we could send before being frozen out of our account, or being identified as spam.

It was then our Communications Manager discovered GMass, which has a load of features we could use, but, most importantly for us, it enables us to send a show-specific email to a large number of recipients.

Thanks to GMass we can continue to send out emails to this important potential audience.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels production team

The new year may feel like a long time away, but the start of rehearsals for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, our first show of 2017, isn't... so we thought it about time we reveal the fantastic production team line up who will be leading this musical at the London Oratory School Theatre. 

In the Director's chair, we welcome back the brilliant Damian Sandys, who directed Hairspray for us, earlier this year. 

As Musical Director, we are looking forward to working with Kris Rawlinson - a newbie to Cygnets, but an experienced and great MD. 

And finally, we are very pleased to have the fabulous Kim Schenkelaars (currently appearing in Legally Blonde) move from on-stage dancer, to putting our cast through their paces as our Choreographer. 

A brilliant line up and we can't wait to get started - so keep your eyes peeled for more information on first meetings and audition dates very soon! 

Access Self Storage: our new partner

We’re very pleased to be able to confirm our newest sponsor, Access Self Storage, Kingston.

They’re experts in providing great value solutions for all your storage needs – so whether you’re looking for a little extra space, or a place to hold all your worldly possessions (or anywhere in between), they’re the people to call!

Take a look at their website at www.accessstorage.com or their Facebook page to find out more.

And, welcome on board, Access!

 

Calendar of Events

Thu 3rd March 
A Midsummer Night's Dream auditions

Sun 6th March
A Midsummer Night's Dream auditions

Sat 19th March 

Super Saturday
Join us for our annual rugby 6 Nations all-dayer. 

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Sun 8th May
The Great Cygnet Bake Off & Tea Party
Anything Mary Berry can do, so can Cygnets... well, sort of... 

Wed 18th - Sat 21st May 

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Join us for this Shakerspeare classic at St Barnabas Church, Southfields

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Sat 11th June
Cygnet Sports Day
Returning for its second year, our version of the school sports day. Just as competitive, but so much more fun!

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Sun 24th July
Cygnet Treasure Hunt
Another year of competitive car-based treasure finding, around south west London and Surrey. 
 

 

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Sat 20th August
Cygnets BBQ
Our annual BBQ where Cygnets old and new can get together and catch up!

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Show Reviews

"It really was a bright and lively piece, which sits up there with several previous Cygnets shows."

"The show's final number, 'Look at me', left me in tears - these three ladies were a true triumph and all equally impressive."

"The production line of outstanding productions continues apace. Congratulations to all involved."

Steve Macvicar
NODA Review

"The was an excellent production of a technically complex show, and should be considered a great achievement for this rapidly expanding company."

"Charlotte Donald, Helen Burgess-Bartlett and Rhian Roberts effectively owned the stage each time they appeared, ensuring all eyes were upon them, and playing off each other very effectively."

Chris Abbott
Sardines Review

"From the moment the action started with the stirring “The Old Red Hills of Rome” and the individual voices of Nick Dore and Juan Miralles, I knew we were on for a winner."

“Stephen’s physicality [as Leo Frank] was excellent, never once dropping any ounce of character from this relatively insignificant individual yet he will never be forgotten.”

“Usually within a production there is at the very least the odd sub principal who is a bit wooden or tuneless but I can honestly say everyone on stage was enhancing the production not detracting from it.” 

Steve Macvicar
NODA Review

"The whole production was slick, well performed and of a very high standard."

"It was a fantastic show, I want to book another ticket and come see it to laugh all over again!"

Steve Rikard
Sardines Magazine Review

"The cast were very strong and executed well both script and score with much skill and aplomb."

"It is difficult to get the balance right with this show between the drama and the comedy/pantomime and I thought you achieved the balance pretty much perfectly."

Stephen Macvicar 
NODA

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