East Norfolk Operatic Society

Newsletter - Spring 2008

Hello and welcome to our new second newsletter! We hope that you enjoyed the first new-look edition back in November and plan to make issues bigger and better - with your help, of course, as news can only be generated by you, the patrons and members.
This time, we have a caption competition (!) and a photo of a dashing Gondolier - but can you guess who? No prizes for this one!

To keep us all informed of useful and interesting news items, please forward them to the Editors, Ros Wright and Clive Swetman. Details of how to contact us can be found on the Contacts page, along with the Committee details.

With our best wishes
Ros and Clive

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Patience : 30 April - 3 May, The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
Colonel Calverley
Robert Collingwood
Major Murgatroyd
Dennis Abley
Duke of Dunstable
Patrick Monk
Reginald Bunthorne
John Bill
Archibald Grosvenor
Matthew Plunkett
The Solicitor
Colin Plunkett
Lady Angela
Margaret Collingwood
Lady Saphir
Marion Jackson
Lady Ella
Gennie Plunkett
Lady Jane
Janet Grant
Rachel Goodchild

Eagled eyed readers will note that Ian Roberson, who had been cast as the Solicitor, has had to withdraw from the show. His place has been taken by Colin Plunkett, husband of Vivienne and father to Gennie and Matthew. As we have said before, ENOS produces shows for all the family!

Rehearsals have been going well under the direction of Andy, Julie and Stella. The men have also benefitted from the drilling of local historian, Neil Storey, who has made soldiers of each one of them! As we would expect from Team Weston, the usual traditional version is laced with their own special touches.

Tickets are selling well so if you haven't got yours yet, telephone The Maddermarket Box Office on 01603 620917 to book.

The Mikado 2009
By the time the next newsletter is published, the cast will have been announced for the 2009 production, what a thought! The Society will be celebrating its Golden Anniversary and the Committee is already hard at work planning events to mark fifty years of productions. More details to follow......

And who can this be?
No prizes but he's looking Good!

It is probably some time since a newsletter has reported the sadness of a death, as well as the joy of a birth and two forthcoming marriages. ENOS was shocked to learn of the recent death of Margaret Johnson. Margaret and her husband Dennis had been the musical team for the Society from 1984-1999, Dennis as MD and Margaret as the stalwart accompanist. We send our sincere condolences to Dennis and the family.

On 4 April, Teresa Cardene gave birth to son William James at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital. Congratulations to John and Teresa, not only on the safe arrival of William but also on the announcement of their wedding planned for Friday 27 June 2008.

Finally, the second wedding is that of your editors on 31 May.

Baby William
Teresa, John and William

Caption Competition
What was Lady Saphir REALLY saying?
Best answer gets a bottle of wine or a box of chocs
Caption Comp
Photograph by Mike Stevens

Answers by 1 July please

Bits and Pieces
Thanks to Robert and Margaret Collingwood for hosting the post rehearsal Christmas Party on 18 December, a great time was had by all!

Another big thank you to Patrick and Mrs Monk for welcoming us to their home for 26 January New Year celebration Party. Another lovely evening was enjoyed by members old and new.

As for the summer, we have a cocert booked at Martham church on 28 June at 7.30 (funnily enough, John and Teresa won't be joining us!). Musical Director will be David Kett.

Finally.... best wishes to Graham Anderton who has undergone a hip replacement operation and to Julie Weston who is recovering from a knee op!

Other Society News
Sheringham Savoyards present The Yeomen of the Guard at Sheringham Little Theatre from 10 - 14 June, curtain up at 7.30pm. The Box Office number is 01263 822347 and tickets are £10.

Livewire Opera Company is performing Die Fledermaus at the following venues:

Wymondham High School ~ Friday 27 June & Saturday 28 June 2008 at 7.30pm
Aylsham High School ~ Friday 4 July & Saturday 5July 2008 at 7.30pm
Queens Hall, Watton ~ Friday 11 July 2008 at 7.30pm
The Canopy Theatre, Beccles ~ Friday 12 July 2008 at 7.30pm
Norwich Playhouse ~ Friday 18 & Saturday 19 July 2008 at 7.30pm

Ring 01953 851543 for details, £9, £8, concessions £7.

Member Profile
Jim Barley
10 things we bet you never knew
1. What was your first show with ENOS?

The Sorcerer - 1992

2. What was or is your favourite ENOS show and why?

The Mikado - I think Gilbert's lib shows him at his best.

3. Your most disliked food.

Semolina - Memories of school dinners!

4. Your favourite film or TV show.

Master & Commander - The Far Side of the Earth.

5. The part you would most like to play on stage (not necessarily G&S but anything, anyhow, anywhere).


6. Any irritating habits, that is - your own.

Ask Janet!

7. Most embarassing moment.

Too many to choose from.

8. Favourite animal.

Our three cats

9 . First musical memory.

Playing the triangle (I was never given the drums!) in the nursery school band.

10. What did you have for breakfast (day not specified).

Muesli & a cup of coffee.