~Manor Musical Theatre Company~     
(Site updated Sept)  ~Royal Sutton Coldfield ~ West Midlands~  (Reg Charity No 1165250) 
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Kiss me, Kate 
Rehearsals started Tuesday 12th September at Chester Road Baptist Church, Chester Road, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B73 5HU. 7.45 to 10.00 pm.  
*ITS NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN US FOR NEXT YEARS SHOW*
Give us a call or for more information go to our Join Us page on this website
Or just come along if a first timer to a rehearsal for a sampler
with no commitment we are a friendly bunch
 
The show runs for the week 
Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th April 2018
~Complete with a full professional orchestra~ 

Printable download with the Synopsis and characters 
click onto this link: Kiss me, Kate 
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South Pacific (April 2017)

MANOR MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY

SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN HALL

IT was icy cold with snow and rain falling as the opening night audience arrived for this classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, but they went home feeling a warm glow after a hugely entertaining show. The heat of the South Pacific World War II story is reflected in some red hot scenes featuring a fine cast whose enthusiasm is impressive as they belt out the big numbers – and there are plenty of them. This long established company - their first show was way back in 1953 – is fortunate to have such fine soloists and a powerful chorus, while for this musical a new production team is in place and clearly making an impact. Premiered on Broadway in 1949 where it ran for 1,921 performances, South Pacific became a hit film in 1958, and it loses none of its magic on the amateur stage.

From the moment leading man Barry Styles sings the heart-warming Some Enchanted Evening, you know you are in for a treat, and the skill in which the somewhat tight stage at the town hall becomes a war zone is a considerable achievement. Styles is superb as the wealthy French planter, Emile de Becque, who, because of a serious personal problem in his native land, has settled on a South Pacific island, and when he falls in love with US Navy nurse, Ensign Nelly Forbush another snag arises.

Beth Hooper sparkles in the role of the attractive young nurse, at first charmed by de Becque then backing off after discovering that he has three children by his late wife, a Polynesian woman. Nellie's upbringing in Little Rock, Arkansas reveals Deep South prejudices which threaten to scupper the budding romance, but the Frenchman becomes a heroic figure after helping the Americans in a crucial engagement with the Japanese.

Despite the background of war, the story is bursting with humor as well as good music, and there is a memorable performance from Susan Bushby as Bloody Mary, the local woman who enjoys doing business with the troops and fancies a match between her daughter, Liat (Lucy Burbridge), and the brave officer, Lt Joe Cable (Andy Hooper)).

There is fine comedy from Paul Wozniak, playing the crafty Luther Billis, while Lynne Ridge and Richard Parry are convincing as the senior officers Captain Brackett and Commander Harbison

Rip-roaring songs like Bloody Mary, There is Nothing Like a Dame and I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair provide an entertaining contrast with the romantic numbers I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy , Happy Talk and Younger Than Springtime.

I had a slight doubt concerning the orchestra during the noisy overture, but they settled down to make a significant contribution to what is, as the song says….. some enchanted evening.

South Pacific is produced and directed by Pam and James Garrington, with Peter Bushby’s musical direction and Janine Henderson’s choreography. Paul Marston ****  Reviewing for ~Behind the Arras~

Audience Comments:

  • Just to say that it was such a great performance on Friday night, my friends and me thoroughly enjoyed it. You all worked so hard over 6 performances! Such brilliant talent. Val 

  • CongratulatIons to you all  at Manor Musical Theatre Company for an excellent production of South Pacific. The performance of the Ensemble, and all Principles was first rate. Ian & Barbara x
  • A show packed with energy with brilliant soloists and a superb supporting cast a great entertaining performance look forward to Kiss Me Kate in 2018 already. Gavin

South Pacific  April 2017
The music plays the lights dim and Manor Musical Theatre
Company begin their production of South Pacific and oh what a show it is. It glistens from start to finish with professionalism and class. They have taken the Rogers and Hammerstein classic and  moulded it once more into the work of art that it is. Barry Styles is superb as Emile de Beque bringing a quality to the role rarely seen in amateur theatre . Beth Hooper is outstanding in her first leading role as the delightful nurse Nellie Forbush. Bloody  Mary  is an absolute treat as she is played to perfection by Susan Bushby while Lynne Ridge and Richard Parry as Captain Brackett and Commander Harbison compliment the show  beautifully .   The entertaining Paul Wozniak provides a touch of comedy as  Luther Billis  and Liat played by newcomer Lucy Burbridge  danced her way beautifully into the arms of the handsome Lieutenant Joe Cable played expertly by Andy Hooper .The children who interchange their performances  are all charming in their roles.  The excellent chorus belted out the songs we know and love with the wonderful orchestra under the direction of Mr Peter Bushby. Choreography  designed by Janine Henderson supports this highly successful show.  Pam and James Garrington should be very proud of this cast and of themselves for this production of South Pacific
                           Will Brown

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Pat Roberts (On the right) Ambassador Volunteer of Midlands Air Ambulance was very pleased to receive a cheque for £ 500 from Cecily Gilbert BEM President of Manor MTC on Tuesday 1st February during a rehearsal for the company's forthcoming show *South Pacific*

Pat confirmed the generous support the society has given over many years is now in excess of £ 5,000 and this commitment along with many others in the region is the mainstay of financial support. Pat gave members of the society some interesting statistics concerning the organisation and its three helicopters locations and the good news of a further helicopter acquired. 

Our financial support enables Midlands Air Ambulance to continue vital important emergency pre-hospital care to our community. Manor Musical Theatre Company will continue to support this very worthy charity by raising money from various activities throughout the year.   





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At the society's recent 2016 AGM we said a very sad farewell to two stalwarts of the Manor standing down after an exceptional stint of dedicated service to the society. Roger Norris was Chairman in total for 24 years, he started initially before that in 1983 on Publicity prior to joining the chorus, Paula his wife joined the same year both on stage and wardrobe mistress for the show *Trial By jury and The Pirates of Penzance*  The society owe a great debt of gratitude to them both and hope. Our President Cecily Gilbert BEM was pleased to present them with a small token of our appreciation from the committee on behalf of Manor MTC.  

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*Calamity Jane*

~MANOR MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY~ SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN HALL

                THIS is the company’s first production under their new name, replacing ‘operatic society’ in the title to keep up to date with current trends. What hasn't changed is the high quality on stage, and the audience reaction to early performances of this famous Western musical will be a huge boost after last year’s show had to be cancelled. The story of gun-toting Calamity Jane, who drives the Deadwood Stage, dresses like a man and is well-meaning but prone to exaggeration, is impressively told by a cast oozing talent and enthusiasm. It helps if you have outstanding leads, and Barbara Hayward and Barry Styles certainly excel as ‘Calam’ and Wild Bill Hickock who, despite their occasional upsets, eventually find true love. Barbara, playing the girl who is careless with the truth, delivers just the right blend of toughness and vulnerability to the role, while Styles is well cast as Hickock, his rich voice perfect for ‘Higher Than a Hawk’, in the second act. Beth Willis and Andy Hooper – who met in the production of Oklahoma in 2014 – impress as saloon singer Katie Brown and cavalry officer Lt Danny Gilmartin, the other love interest in the show which is packed with good music, bright colour and humour. One of several high spots comes when the ensemble sing the moving Black Hills of Dakota. Calamity Jane is produced by Susan Bushby and Barbara Hayward, with Maggie Moriarty’s choreography and Ian Hayward’s musical direction.

                                VERDICT: ***** PAUL MARSTON

Audience Comments:

  • What a fantastic performance this afternoon, full of enthusiasm & great talent, thoroughly enjoyed it. Val B
  • The performance was superb, everyone in it was so good and the singing was great, particularly the two leading characters and not to leave out the polished orchestra that also added to our evenings enjoyment as well. Hazel and Roger Howes
  • We went on Wednesday evening, it was brilliant. Margaret H 
  • Loved the show an enjoyable experience, staging, costumes, soloists, principles and orchestra were all excellent. A calamity it wasn't a damn good show it was. Jim 

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~Sutton Expo 2016~.

Manor members had a gazebo at the annual event  on the Parade in Sutton Town Centre in September promoting 2017 production South Pacific.

 Ian Hayward and Eric Jones of Manor MTC  were delighted to welcome to our stand the Mayor of Royal Sutton Coldfield Charlotte Hodivala who graced us with her presence  (First Mayor in 42 years)  Lia  Cadman society member even managed to encourage Sadie a new four legged friend to help distribute our leaflets.


Manor MTC May 2016 Spring Ball at Great Barr Golf Club celebrating the highly successful Calamity Jane Show.

A chance for the cast, friends and family to enjoy a great social night. 


Come and join Manor MTC for our 2017 production of 

Rodgers & Hammerstein's *South Pacific* joining details below on this web page. 


The society also enjoy social events like Barn Dances and concerts 

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*Girl Meets Boy* at Manor Operatic Society Oklahoma!

Manor’s show Oklahoma! In 2014 starred Beth Willis as Ado Annie the girl who sang  ' I'm Just a Girl who can’t Say No’ and was partnered opposite love interest Will Parker, played by Andy Hooper.

Love blossomed and Beth did not say no to Andy’s Marriage proposal and the happy couple bought together by Manor Operatic Society back in 2014 got married in August. In the 2016 show Calamity Jane they again played love interest Katie Brown and Lieut Danny Gilmartin so yes sireeee plenty of practice?

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                                    The Manor Operatic Society 

Performed their annual *Summer Concert* to an appreciative and well attended audience at St Michaels Church Boldmere on Saturday 13 Th June 2015. 

Medleys and songs from film and musicals from all eras kept the audience happily foot tapping and send them home in high spirit.   The company sincerely thank MD Ian Hayward and Peter Bushby for their hard work and earnest endeavour to make the concert a success    

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                             *The Manor Operatic Society*  

Performed at our prestigious Symphony Hall  in the Annual Birmingham St Georges Day Concert. Saturday 25 th April 2015 and had enthusiastic applause for their *Phantom of the Opera* medley to an appreciative audience. 

The singers took to the stage to help lead audience participation in well known patriotic songs and patriotic anthems anthems to close the proceedings  

Audience comments: ‘’Loved every moment of the Concert and especially the Manor Choir ''A fantastic and most enjoyable performance” ''Great concert shame Manor wasn't on longer, enjoyed the evening'' A brilliant performance by all its members