Rhoda McGaw Theatre

WAOS (Woking Amateur Operatic Society) Musical Theatre is bringing Cole Porter’s High Society to Woking.

Best known for the 1956 film version starring Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly, it is full of classics songs such as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?True Love and Well, Did You Evah!.

WAOS Musical Theatre presents High Society, a musical set among the rich and famous of Newport, Rhode Island, next month

Based on the play The Philadelphia Story, it is set in the 1950s among the rich and glamorous of Newport, Rhode Island. The comic story revolves around the wedding plans of a socialite, which are disrupted by a past romance and two reporters who are not impressed by the goings on of the rich and opulent.

WAOS Musical Theatre has produced a show full of fabulous ’50s fashions to add to the usual song, comedy and dance.

High Society will run from the 5-9 November at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking. Tickets on 07765 006565 or www.waos.info/tickets.

More than 20 productions will be vying to win awards at the 61st Woking Drama Festival over the next two weeks.

The annual event is one of the biggest in the UK and showcases talent from many theatre groups locally and from further afield.

Fangclub are at the Boileroom next week

This year there will be musicals, drama, comedy and new plays at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre over a series of nights, starting on Tuesday (8 Oct).

Each performance is given a professional adjudication and the final night on Saturday 19 October will showcase some of the best entries followed by the awards ceremony.

FOLLOWING sell-out performances of Cats last year, the dynamic Biz Theatre School returns to Woking next week with Chicago (High School Edition).

The Biz Theatre School returns with ol’ razzle dazzle

It is a specially adapted version of the classic musical that maintains the plot, score and Fosse-styled choreography, but makes it more appropriate for both young and old audience members to enjoy.

Set in the 1920s and telling the stories of vaudevillians Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, both charged with murder, it takes the audience to night clubs and to prison and the merry murderesses to celebrity and ultimately freedom.

Songs include All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango, When You’re Good To Mama, Mr Cellophane, and of course, Razzle Dazzle. Once again, the Biz summer school production will be raising money for children’s hospice charity Shooting Star Chase, and Chicago comes to the Rhoda McGaw Theatre on Friday 16 August and Saturday 17 August.

Contact the box office on 0844 871 7645 or visit www.thebizgroup.co.uk

INNOVATIVE new dance-musical Extinction is heading for Woking’s Rhoda McGaw Theatre next week.

Budding young performers from the British Youth Music Theatre (BYMT) will take part in the new show, which explores the world’s apocalyptic future at the threshold of environmental cataclysm. They will pose the essential question – can we change before it’s too late?

Artwork publicising the dance musical Extinction, being staged at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre

Composer Nicola Chang (Six the Musical, Stomp) and choreographer and director Rachel Birch-Lawson (Garsington Opera, Cahoots NI, and Tangled Feet) have created the musical which combines improvisation with contemporary movement to emphasise the key message – our time is running out!

“This subject is more relevant and urgent than ever,” says Rachel. “I’m excited to tackle this with a wonderful BYMT cast of talented and committed young people.”

Extinction will be at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre on Friday and Saturday, 9-10 August.

For the full story get tomorrow’s 1 August edition of the News & Mail

SOME of the best amateur theatre in the country will be performed in Woking when the Rhoda McGaw Theatre hosts the British All Winners Festival.

Sixteen plays that have won drama festivals around the country will feature in the festival being hosted by the Woking Drama Association.

The group Mutley and Minques will perform their spoof version of The Hound of the Baskerviles

 The programme, which runs until Saturday 20 July, consists mostly of short or one-act plays with a full-length comic version of The Hound of the Baskervilles on Friday 19 July. Young performers from three groups will feature on Youth Night on Wednesday 17 July.

On the last night of the festival, awards will be given in various categories, presented by Sir Derek Jacobi.

The prizes include the Sir Derek Jacobi Award for New Playwriting, which is being given for the first time this year.

Stewart Mison, the Woking-based chairman of the National Drama Festivals Association, said the British All Winners Festival was held at a different venue each year.

“We’re delighted that Woking was selected as the ‘host’ this year and we’re very excited to see some of the productions being performed for us,” Stewart said.

For more information, visit www.wokingdramafestival.co.uk or call the ATG box office on 0844 871 7643.

For the full story, get the 11 July edition of the News & Mail