It’s with great sadness we have to say that, as the result of today’s government advice, Stone Revellers have realised we are unable to perform Return to the Forbidden Planet later this month and we have had to make the decision to postpone. We really hope we will be putting RTFP on stage later in the year and we will keep our audience up to date through email, FB and other Social Media as soon as we have more confirmed detail. We will update you all further when we know more, please keep your eye on all our avenues of communication including this Facebook page for more detail …..
Stone Revellers are excited to announce the exciting line up of shows that we have for you in our upcoming 2020/21 season!
Return To The Forbidden Planet (1st-4th April 2020) is the final show in our current season, tickets are on sale now.
Following this, we have 4 more shows lined up for your entertainment; A comedy (with a serving fish and chips), a play, a pantomime and a musical.
Murder Afoot – 10th-13th June 2020
An outrageous comedy whodunnit that is guaranteed to delight our audiences this summer, not least because we will be serving fish and chips in with the ticket price. Audience will be seated at tables and our team will cater for you through the evening as you enjoy this year’s comedy – split into 3 acts – with the first interval being for your food and the second interval for a cabaret style performance.
Dangerous Liaisons – 16th-19th September 2020
A dark drama that follows two rivals as they use sex as a weapon to hurt those around them. A The 1999 film Cruel Intentions was also an adaption of Les liaisons dangereuses, the french 18th century novel. Most recently revived by the National Theatre, where it was described as “one of the best stage adaptions ever written” by the Observer and “Theatre at it’s most seductive” by the Evening Standard.
12 days of Christmas – 2nd-5th December 2020
Every December, we present a popular Panto and this year will be no different. Our theme is the 12 days of Christmas and our production team have some wonderfully festive ideas up their sleeves for your family this year.
Our House – 24th-27th March 2021
Revolving around the hits of MADNESS (baggy trousers, it must be love and many, many more) – Our House (by Tim Firth) tells the story of London lad Joe Casey from a key moment on his 16th birthday. The audience are shown two parellel worlds, one where he chooses to be good and one where he chooses the wrong path altogether. Our House is heartwarming and hopeful with surprising depth.
Be part of it!
Seen something you’d like to be part of? All you need to do is audition. Auditions are open and transparent and we welcome new members every show. You’ll be seen on a “first come first seen” basis and often we host a pre-audition workshop where you can come to learn more about the show and what our production team is looking for. Sign up for our newsletter and follow our social media for details.
We’re always looking for production team members too – so please get in touch whatever aspect of theatre that you’d like to get involved in. From technical, to setbuild, to playing instruments to sewing costumes and everything in between – we need you! So come and join in.
You can get in touch with us via e-mail or facebook messenger.
How are our shows chosen?
Every year, we reach out to our members and ask for suggestions of the shows that they would like to perform, across our four genres. The committee chooses the most viable shows from those selections based on a number of factors including cost, do-ability whether enough of our members and paying customers will benefit. Committee votes upon this shortlist and the show with the most votes wins.
However, the musical is slightly different. The committee creates a shortlist but this is put out to our members to vote upon their first, second and third choice. This year, unbelievably, it was a tie between the two most popular musicals and Our House won based on more people voting for it as their second choice.
Take a look at who’s who in our latest production: Return to the Forbidden Planet. Tickets are available now – simply click here for more information and to buy your tickets…
Captain Tempest: Sean Galloghly
Bosun: Dave Patrick
Navigation Officer: Mandy Gauge
Cookie: George Rogers
Science Officer Gloria: Amanda Brumley
Prospero: Rob Mincher
Miranda: Lucy Wild
Ariel the Robot: Mark Norris
Newcaster / Communications Officer / Doctor: Judith Doran
Tactical Officer: Angela Whitney
Chief Engineer: Cat Mills
Helm Control: Hannah Patrick
Passenger Liason: Nichola Abbott
Take the plot of Shakespeare’s final play, the Tempest, add the setting of a science fiction B movie, characters and clichés from the original Star Trek series, throw in everyone’s favourite early rock and roll music including Great Balls of Fire, Good Vibrations and the Young Ones, and sprinkle a liberal helping of Shakespearean Dialogue.
That’s how Bob Carlton created the crazy, hilarious and unique musical The Return to the Forbidden Planet.
Stone Revellers first presented this show 20 years ago and it was the first musical we performed in our current venue. We are overjoyed to be revisiting a musical that has long been one of our favourites.
What is the X-Factor created by the mad scientist Dr Prospero? Who will Miranda choose? Will Arial the robot survive the monster and will Captain Tempest and his gallant crew ever escape from the forbidden planet?
Join us at St Michaels Hall in Stone from 1st to 4th April 2020 to find out.
The Panto: Cast
PRINCE VALIANT: HANNAH ADAMS
LORD CHAMBERLAIN: NEIL NORMAN
DAME DOLLY: ROB MINCHER
CHESTER THE JESTER: MATT WRIGHT
PRINCESS ELEANOR: AIMEE HULL
FAIRY ROSEBUD: NICHOLA ABBOTT
DUCHESS WILHELMINA: CHARLOTTE ANDREWS
LADY SELENA: CAITLIN FORRESTER
TRAVIS: DENNIS ABBOTT
LADY LAVINIA: REBECCA HARRATT
LADY DAPHNE: MAISIE MANSELL-WARREN
LADY GWENDOLYN: JASMINE THAKKAR
JOANNE TAYLOR, ANDY HULL, CLAIRE SAUNDERS, IAN BOWEN
CHLOE WALLACE, EMMA WALLACE, ALEX SAUNDERS, CHARLOTTE GALLOGHLY, DYLAN GALLOGHLY,
REBECCA HARRATT, JASMINE THAKKAR, MAISIE MANSELL-WARREN
Director & Choreographer: Simone Plant
Musical Director: Susie Dickson
Co-Producers: Rob Stanway & Nichola Abbott
Stage Design and Build: Team Effort
Costumes: Jennie Taupin, Marie Baskeyfield & Simone Plant
Props: Rob Stanway (with thanks to John Wright).
Lighting: Barry Anstey
Sound: Jason Whitehurst
Front of House: John Wright, Nichola Abbott and team
Bar: Jean Sutton
Programme Design & Publicity: Rob Stanway
Tickets: Matt Wright (Home & Colour Centre)
With thanks to build volunteers and everyone who contributes towards Stone Revellers.
Keyboard 1 – Susie Dickson
Keyboard 2 – Edward Talbot
Guitar: Mike Duckworth
Bass: Percussion: Brian Turner
Here’s what you need to know for this weeks Audition dates and times!
Non-compulsory workshop to introduce the show and go through audition pieces both singing and acting.
Perfect if you are considering auditioningor if you just want to know more about the show.
Tuesday 10th December 19:30 St Michael’s Hall Stone
Audition 1 – Thursday 12th December 19:30 St Michael’s Hall
Audition 2 – Sunday 15th December 14:00 St Michael’s Hall
Also contact Mark if you would like to audition but cannot make any of those times / dates – no promises but we will try to help.
Audition pieces will be available later this week and hard copies at the hall during Panto performances from Friday this week.
Any questions or queries set your hairdryers to stun and contact Mark for more details.
Jason Whitehurst – Bill Crichton
Tim Clegg – Lord Loam
Rob Stanway – The Honourable Ernest Woolley
Mike Duckworth – Reverend John Treherne
Jen MacEachan – Tweeny
Emma Wilson – Lady Mary
Lauren Turner – Lady Agatha
Hannah Adams – Lady Catherine
Alex MacIvor – Lord Brocklehurst
Sue Coles – Lady Brocklehurst
Zoe Andrews – Miss Fisher / Skivvy / Naval Officer
Bill Coles – Himself / Tompsett / Sea Captain / Naval Officer
Kath Walton – Director
Charl Andrews – Assistant Director
Joanne Whitehurst – Producer
Rob Stanway – Producer
Mark Doran – Lighting & Sound
Barry Anstey – Lighting & Sound
Marie Baskeyfield – Props & Costumes
John Wright – Props
Dan Rich – Stage Build
Joanne Whitehurst – Stage Manager
Rob Stanway – Programme & Pubicity
Front of House – John Wright & Nichola Abbott
Costume Supplier: Stage Style Costuems, Bristol
With thanks to Gladstone Pottery Museum, Wickes, Betty B’s Cake Partlour in Eccleshall and the team of Revellers who gave up their time to help build our stage.
As one show ends, another one begins. Today, rehearsal’s begin for Stone’s only Pantomime – to be performed in the first week of December 2019. Following several auditions we were able to put together an excellent cast of local performers.
PRINCESS & THE PEA by Simone Plant – to be performed by:
|Three Ladies||Maisie Mansell-Warren|
|Company / Gypsy King||John Wright|
|Additional company awaiting confirmation|
Tickets will be available soon here on the Stone Revellers website or as usual in Home & Colour.
Stone Revellers are holding open auditions to be on stage in our Christmas production and we want you to be there!
Find below Character List, Character Descriptions, Synopsis and Audition Pieces!
At Audition you will be asked to read a character or two and sing a short tune of your choice. Read on:
Our next auditions will be held on Saturday 24th August 2019 at 2.30-4pm and Wednesday 28th August 2019 at 7.30-9pm at St Michael’s Hall, Lichfield Road, Stone. You only need to attend one – and you will see our production team individually and on a first come, first seen basis.
We are looking for the following roles and chorus/dancers. All ages & abilities welcome. If you are away and have been in touch with us, we will let you know a further audition date in the following week that you can attend. (Please message us via this website or on our Facebook page if this also applies to you).
Auditionees will be asked to perform snippets of the script (the Audition Pieces) which are below to download as a PDF – which should open in your browser and be easy to save and print. We’ll also ask you to sing (just a verse or a chorus) a song of your choice – if you’re unsure then why not sing a little bit of “I’m a Believer” (the Shrek version!) – our opening number – or we can walk through a vocal warm up. We just need to test your range.
PRINCESS & THE PEA is a Panto, based on the classic tale, but with an excellent brand new script – written by our own Simone Plant. The show will involve acting, singing, dancing and lots of jokes and laughs.
Your production team will be: Simone Plant (Director), Rob Stanway (Asistant Director & Co-Producer) and Nichola Abbott (Co-Producer).
Cast List & Character descriptions
Valiant (M/F) – the Prince. He is a pleasant, down-to-earth young man, loyal to his family and obedient to their traditions
The Lord High Chamberlain (M) – the late King’s chief servant, well intentioned & an honest man
Dame Dolly of the Bedchamber (M) – (dame) Prince Valiant’s nanny – ‘nuf said!
Chester the Jester (M) – (comedian) joke a minute
Eleanor (F) – a young Princess, pleasant, attractive, sensible, dignified and charming –everything a Princess is supposed to be
Fairy Rosebud (F) – Good Fairy, keeps a protective eye on the Princess ensuring the story proceeds in the right direction. She’s down to earth, not “frilly” or “posh”. Gets on well with everyone instantly
Dowager Duchess Wilhelmina (F) – very determined, & a nasty piece or work. Wants her daughter to marry the prince at any cost
Lady Selena (F) – her daughter, very conceited, inflated self-image and perceives herself as incredibly entertaining and wonderful. Far more important than her mother
Travis (M) – Evil henchman who works for the Duchess (secretly in love with her)
Lady Lavinia (F) – plain and completely absorbed in her mathematical studies, simply dressed, and looks like 1940’s movie “typical” spinster librarian
Lady Daphne (F) – more interested in singing and dancing than anything else
Lady Gwendolyn (F) – she finds her own reflection in the mirror much more fascinating than a mere Prince
A long time ago, just the other day a Prince needs to be wed in 3 days before he can be crowned King, but how to find a suitable wife. The solution comes in the guise of a Britain’s Got Talent style knock-out competition with the Evil Duchess Wilhelmina’s daughter Selena
During the pre-competition party the evening before, a young woman called Eleanor, drenched with rain from the storm, arrives at the castle to enter the competition. The next day as the other contestants get sabotaged by the Duchess’s henchman there are eventually only 2 ladies left.
The final challenge “suggested” by Eleanor’s fairy godmother, who is in disguise, involves all the mattresses in the castle and a handful of peas. That night Selena sleeps like a baby but poor Eleanor tosses and turns never once able to close her eyes and sleep.
Much to the evil Duchess’s disgust and everyone else’s delight, the result proves that only a real princess would have the sensitivity to feel a pea through such a quantity of bedding, so the Prince & Eleanor are married.
There is the usual mad cap humour involving the Dame and the comedian, and also a haunted suit of armour thrown in for good luck!
Rosebud: Click Here for your PDF
Chester: Click Here for your PDF
Dame: Click Here for your PDF
Prince: Click Here for your PDF
Chamerlain: Click Here for your PDF
Eleanor: Click Here for your PDF
Duchess: Click Here for your PDF
Selena: Click Here for your PDF
Travis: Click Here for your PDF
3 Ladies: Click Here for your PDF
Chorus/Dancers: Click Here for your PDF
NOTE: Female chorus/dancers can audition for any of the 3 ladies aswell as being chorus/dancers.