Creatives Wanted!

 Call for creatives for 'All Shook Up' and 'Shrek'


We are looking for creative teams for our Autumn show, All Shook Up, and our first 2020 show, Shrek.

Are you interested in directing, choreographing, MDing or producing one of these fabulous shows (or know someone who would be)?

If so, please email Adam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 1st February to express your interest.

Interest from individuals and teams welcome!

All Shook Up will be performed in September at Putney Arts Theatre, and Shrek will be performed in Spring (most likely February) 2020 at London Oratory Theatre.

Spring Awakening Creative Team Announced!

We are thrilled to announce Cygnets’ first ever all-female creative team, who will be working together on our new July-slot musical, Spring Awakening!

Taking the helm is long-time Cygnet member Aimee Parnell, in her directorial debut. As well as being in many Cygnet musicals and plays, Aimee was assistant director for both Top Hat and Merrily We Roll Along this year, and we are very much looking forward to seeing what she will do with this show.

Musical direction will be in the sound charge of Harriet Oughton. Harriet has previously played in the pit for Cygnet shows (such as Top Hat) and is an extremely skilful  MD - anyone who saw PLOS’ recent production of West Side Story will attest to that!

Rounding off the team is choreographer Kim Schenkelaars. Having previously choreographed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for Cygnets (to great success), Kim is currently choreographing the PLOS panto whilst also dancing in Kiss Me, Kate and being on the Cygnet committee - we’re sure Spring Awakening will be just the restful break she needs!

Spring Awakening will be performed at the Stockwell Playhouse from 10th to 13th of July 2019. Audition information will be available soon!

Kiss Me, Kate - Cast

We are extremely happy to announce that after a competitive audition process and some tough decisions for our creative team, the cast for Kiss Me, Kate is as follows:

Fred Graham / Petruchio - Keith Walters
Lilli Vanessi / Kate - Rosie Orchard
Lois Lane / Bianca - Joanne Frazer
Bill Calhoun / Lucentio - Paul Nicholas Dyke
General Howell - TBC
1st Man - Will Prescott
2nd Man - Russell Hughes
Paul -  Kob Yeboah
Hattie - Deborah Lowe
Hortensio - Kathryn Sinclair
Gremio - Abbie Minnock 
Harry Trevor / Baptista - Vaughan Evans
Ruth, Stage Manager - Georgina Macfarlane
Ma - Gina Brill

Ensemble

Caroline Steer, Gina Brill, Harriet Ruby, Katie Scott, Maggie Murray, Nicola Wendel, Phoebe Oakey

Featured Dancers

Ali Coates-Newman, Amy Matthewson, Flo Nash, Kim Schenkelaars, Laura Smith, Mo Rogers, Rosie Miles, Sinead Burniston

 

Audition Notice: Kiss Me Kate

Cygnet Players next musical is Kiss Me Kate!.

The first meeting will take place at 8.30pm on Tuesday 25 September at St Barnabas Church, 146 Lavenham Road, SW18 5EP.

Our auditions page contains all the necessary information, including full details of times and venues, and it also includes links to the information pack and audition pieces.

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

Tuesday 25th September │8:30pm│First meeting and workshop

Thursday 27th September | from 7.30pm | Audition music / dance rehearsal

Tuesday 2nd October │from 7.30pm│Audition music / dance rehearsal

Sunday 7th October | from 4.00pm | Auditions

Tuesday 9th October │from 7:30pm│Auditions

Thursday 11th October │from 7.30pm│Recalls (if necessary)

The show itself will be performed at London Oratory School Theatre, Seagrave Road, London SW6 1RX from Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 February 2019.

We look forward to seeing you at the first meeting!

Merrily We Roll Along - Review

Cygnet Players recently had the pleasure of performing the Sondheim masterpiece, Merrily We Roll Along, at the Putney Arts Theatre.

Our regional NODA representative, Des Wilby, attended on 8 September - and judging from his comments, he thoroughly enjoyed himself! Here are a few excerpts:

"Zoe Dobell brought her directing experience to this production and is to be congratulated for a hugely successful show. This was a classy performance delivered to a high standard by a quality cast. The attention to detail throughout ensured everything ran like clockwork." 

"The three leads were quite simply exemplary, and carried the show with great confidence. Andrew Overin, as Franklin Shepard, is both a great singer and a consummate actor.  Andrew was more than ably matched by Adam Walker-Galbraith as Charley Kringas and Olga-Marie Pratt as Mary Flynn. Most of the songs are narrative and required considerable acting skills as well as emotional delivery to get them across. It was soon apparent that in the hands of these three it was never going to be a problem. Together they owned the stage and held the audience’s attention perfectly."

"This show proved to be yet another excellent production.  I am quite certain that the entire audience, like me, left feeling hugely impressed with the quality of this cast and Cygnet Players in general."

The full review can be read here.

 

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Calendar of Events

Friday 25 January

Cygnet/PLOS/WLOS Bowling Night 

For our first social of the year, we are combining with our PLOS and WLOS friends to bring you our annual bowling trip.

Location: Kingston Rotunda

Cost: £10.28 per person (for two games)

We need to pay in advance to secure our lanes, so ask that you please reserve your place here and make payment into the Cygnet account by 10th January 2019. 

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Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 February 2019 

Kiss Me, Kate!

Based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and with an updated Cole Porter score, there’s never been a better time for Cygnets to take on our own revival of this classic – it’s just ‘Too Darn Hot’!

 

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16th March:

Super Saturday

We are back at the Long Room in Tooting once again for the annual rugby all-dayer that gives all who love rugby, and even those who don't, a good excuse to go to the pub from midday to midnight!
Remember you can come for a bit or the whole day.

St Patrick's Day is the next day, so get your Guinness tolerance up while watching the final day of the Six Nations.

See our Facebook event to respond and find out more details.

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Past Show Photos

Sweet Charity

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Footloose

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The Importance of Being Earnest

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