Exclusive Behind The Scenes Calamity Jane Rehearsals

Picture special by Andreas Yiasimi

It’s an absolute pleasure to be a part of an extremely talented theatrical organization like CSODS. I’m relatively new considering the only other show I’ve been in was Oliver a couple of years ago.

Theatre has always had a special place in my heart and we are extremely lucky to have such a brilliant society and Cromer pavilion on our doorstep. They certainly serve as an important plateau for budding young performers.

The Society began life in 1914 as The Cromer Amateur Operatic Society and has gone from strength to strength. In the past it has produced outstanding award winning productions and has featured gems like, singing in the rain and Copacabana.

The resounding success of The Vicar of Dibley recently, directed by Ruth Elliot, at Sheringham Little Theatre, underlines the high standard this amazing company produces.

Rehearshals for Calamity Jane are well and truly under way and it is by far the most challenging production I have ever been involved in. The director is Martin Rodwell who has already squeezed the best out of the talented cast, with some superb direction.

The magic starts from the beginning and it’s a wonderful experience to see the show gel together over the coming Months. This promises to be another fantastic success with powerful lead Characters.

The brilliant Andrea Wilson, who plays Calamity Jane is a joy to listen to at rehearsals, backed with some excellent Chorus. I have never dealt with so many harmony parts before, however, I am sure that experienced members of my theatrical family will guide me along this extraordinary journey.

Musical director, Mark Sharp, has been fabulous so far. There is still a lot to do, so there is no room for complacency. If anything isn’t right it’s scrutinized and dealt with, this stuff isn’t amateur by a long shot.

Choreographer, Carole Beatty is elegantly creating movement to music and already things are taking shape. There are so many other factors to take into account, including, costumes, stunning set and eventually MUA. It doesn’t just happen, It’s a result of harmonious collaboration between kindred, creative spirits working as one.

If Gary Clifton’s previous performance as Sikes in Oliver is anything to go by we’re in for another treat. He was frighteningly convincing as the deranged villain, now he will be starring alongside Andrea as Wild Bill.

I look forward to capturing more behind the scenes highlights as they unfold. How it happens is equally fascinating as the end result. Meanwhile, more information can be found on the official CSODS website.

Of course none of this is possible without an audience and valued support from theatre enthusiasts. Please look out for the great bake off on Saturday the 30th of April.

Tickets for the show are already on sale from Cromer Pavilion Box Office 01263 512495. I forecast another big success so please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets are priced at £9.50, £13.50 and £14.50 Concessions and group discounts available.

The show will run from Saturday the 28th of May to Saturday the 4th of June 2016. Nightly at 7.30pm excluding Sunday and Monday.

Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society