Our next Musical is CHESS written by Tim Rice with exciting music by the ABBA duo Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.
Our presentation evening was on Tuesday 5 June but you still have time to get involved. We have rehearsals for potential principals to run through music on Thursday 7 and Thursday 14 June and our first chorus rehearsal is on Tuesday 12 June. All are at The Grove from 7.30pm. Click for directions.
Full details are below but we have also produced a handy flyer with info about the show, relevant dates and contact information which you can download here.
Chess is a great company musical with 8 principal roles and plenty for the chorus to do with character parts and a ‘pop choir’ providing harmony backing vocals to several of the principal numbers. We are going to need at least 32 in the chorus – being the number of pieces on the chess board! The story has three interwoven story lines – a chess match (between the Russian and American champions); a love match (the Russian champion defects to the West with the American’s girl); and this against the height of the power struggle between Russia and the West. The principal characters are:
Anatoly, the Russian champion, baritone
Molokov, his manager from the KGB, bass
Svetlana, his wife, mezzo-soprano
Frederick, the American champion, tenor
Florence, his Hungarian born girl-friend and second, soprano
Young Florence, seen learning chess from her father
Walter, from the CIA (non-singing)
The Arbiter, referee of the chess matches baritone/tenor
TV Presenter (non-singing)
Gregor, Florence’s father abducted by the KGB, baritone/tenor
Auditions: 2pm, Sunday, 17 June at The Haslemere Hall
Show Dates: Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 October, 2018
Director: Hamish Donaldson
Musical Director: Clive Osgood
Choreographer: Mandy Boughton