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WELCOME to Scene One, your guide to what’s happening on the theatre scene in Bournemouth, the surrounding area and further afield.
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Rock 'n' Roll Heaven

WHEN you go to see a Bill Kenwright production, you know you are in for a treat.  I had the pleasure to watch his last West End hit and successful tour of Dreamboats and Petticoats.  The much awaited follow up show of ‘Dreamboats and Miniskirts’ is due to open very shortly at the Theatre Royal Windsor.

Barefoot In The Park

BEING an avid lover of romantic comedy movies and of the theatre, I was excited to see how Barefoot In The Park could combine my two loves. Set in 1960's New York, the play follows the story of a newly married young couple with amusing outcomes. Featuring only a small cast, I feared the play could be slow moving but the Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society actors held my attention throughout, culminating in an ending that made me want more.

Henry IV

SHAKESPEARE buffs will of course know that there is no such play as Henry IV, but that it is divided into parts one and two. However, to prevent audiences having to sit over on Brownsea Island until the early hours, director Denise Mallender has made some judicious cuts in the two plays and melded them into one extremely satisfactory whole that finishes in plenty of time for everyone to get back to Poole Quay and even have time for a quick drink before last orders, should they feel so inclined.


West End and Broadway star becomes Patron of Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre

West End and Broadway musical theatre star Earl Carpenter has been appointed patron of Mayflower Theatre’s Musical Youth Theatre just as rehearsals begin for the summer youth production of Five of The Best (a celebration of 50 years of musicals) and Earl heads stateside to play Javert in the Broadway production of Les Misérables.

Book Signing and Singing Workshop At Christchurch Library

Local singing teacher Michelle Nova and her co-author, Professor Patricia Collins, will be signing copies of their new book, Singing Bel Canto, at Christchurch Library on August 14, preceded by a talk on the writing of the book and followed by a short workshop on singing Bel Canto. This free event, which begins at 10am, is open to anyone interested in singing.

The introduction by the authors and book signing will be held in the library and the workshop will be held up stairs in the IT room, which does have limited spaces.

Earl Carpenter Is Broadway Bound

Former Phantom of the Opera Earl Carpenter is bound for Broadway to star as Javert in the acclaimed revival of Les Misérables.

The dream role reunites Southampton-born Earl, who grew up in Bournemouth and Poole, with Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo who played Valjean opposite Earl in Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th anniversary production in Toronto last year.

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Dreams Of Home

Forum Drama, in association with Blandford Forum Commemmorates, will shortly be holding auditions for ‘Dreams of Home’.

It was idyllic depictions of rural England that reminded would-be recruits and enlisted men and their families of the reason Britain was at war.  Although the majority of soldiers came from industrial and urban regions, it was an idealised version of a peaceful land of quiet villages and rolling hills that dominated wartime propaganda, providing a sharp contrast to the reality of life in the trenches and on the battlefield.  And it was to thoughts of home that men turned in letters to their families.  And it was letters from their loved ones that sustained them in their hardship and suffering.


Bournemouth Little Theatre Club Audition Notice - Proof, by David Auburn, directed  by Patricia Richardson

20 - 25 October 2014

This is an American play and is set on the back porch of a house in Chicago.The Cast – 2m 2f:

Robert – fifties; Hal – twenty-eight; Catherine – twenty-five; Claire – twenty-nine.

If you are interested in auditioning for this production – please contact Patricia Richardson

by email pat@richardson.net or telephone 01202 876007

If cast you would be expected to become a member of the Theatre Club.

Regent Centre Christmas Spectacular

Polar Bears have been sighted in Christchurch in July, and they’re on a Special Christmas Mission!!!

Benji and Bruce, the Polar Bears, are back in Christchurch and are holding Open Auditions as they search for thirty youngsters aged from 7 – 11 years old, to star in The Regent Centre’s Christmas Spectacular 2014 live on stage from December 20-24 with the Polar Bears themselves!!!