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For over a Century Wells Operatic Society have been entertaining audiences both Young and old, with our 'professional' (amateur) stage productions. Why not come along and see why we have maintained such a loyal audience.
UPDATE ON STAGE AND PIT PROJECT
As many people know, the Society has an ambition to improve our stage and orchestra pit, by extending the pit forward into the auditorium (with the aid of removable seating), and by using flexible flooring to allow the pit to be the same size as it is now, or extended (losing two rows of seats) or to be covered and to have the acting area increased.
We have to generate the £35,000 to £40,000 or so that this will cost. We have so far raised £6,000 as cash, and have a pledge which we believe will be renewed for £5,000. We had applied for the balance from the Arts Council. Unfortunately, that application has just been turned down. We scored highly on all aspects of the application, but the point which lost us the bid was that the Arts Council did not feel that the improvements would create ‘new business’ at the theatre. They accepted that the scheme would enhance and improve our facilities for existing membership, but not that it would draw in new people as audiences or as participating/hiring users. For them, that is an important criteria for a successful application.
The Committee and the subcommittee involved have considered this, and do not believe that a renewed application to the Arts Council would be fruitful. However, they wish to continue the project and raise the necessary funds by further means, involving both our own fundraising activities (which we are very good at) and other applications to third parties for charitable donations.
If you have any ideas, thoughts or proposals to assist us with this task, we should be most grateful to hear from you. Please contact any member of the committee, or email the Chairman of the Project sub-committee, Nick Furze on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twelfth Night, or, What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. It focuses on the Countess Olivia falling in love with Viola (who is disguised as a boy), and Sebastian in turn falling in love with Olivia. The play expanded on the musical interludes and riotous disorder expected of the occasion, with plot elements drawn from the short story "Of Apollonius and Silla" by Barnabe Rich, based on a story by Matteo Bandello. The first recorded performance was on 2 February 1602, at Candlemas, the formal end of Christmastide in the year's calendar.
There will be 6 traditional Elizabethan dances performed on stage (in proper costume and to live lute and violin) from about 7.05pm until just before the play starts at 7.30pm. Please feel free to enter/exit the auditorium during this period.
Opens on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 and closes on Saturday, 24 September 2016.
Ticket prices: £10.00, £12.00.
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Society Members and Patrons (as applicable).
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to the general public from Saturday, 3 September 2016 at 8:00am.
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Opens on Saturday, 10 December 2016 and closes on Saturday, 17 December 2016.
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