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Amateur performing scene is thriving

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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Yeovil's Octagon Theatre is currently home to a chorus of singing nuns as Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society take to the stage with their glittering musical production of Sister Act.

The society is one of the first amateur groups to be granted the rights to perform the show that will run until March 22.

YAOS enjoy a huge following in the area and were formed in 1902, notching up hundreds of productions since. I am originally from Shropshire and grew up performing in my local theatre groups. The amateur performing scene in Somerset is hugely popular and there are so many popular groups who put on fantastic productions in theatres, schools and village halls throughout the region. They require a small army of helpers to stage their productions and a huge amount of hard work, dedication and talent goes into making these productions happen. To the cast and crew of Sister Act we hope they continue to enjoy a successful run.

Our new season of shows has recently gone on sale and the box office is a hive of activity as people book up for the spring and summer season of shows. Comedy continues to be incredibly popular and we have already sold out for performances by Jon Richardson, Jason Manford, Josh Widdicombe and West Country favourite Jethro!

There are some great performances that I am particularly looking forward to including the brilliant Phoenix Dance Theatre with a triple bill of works from international choreographers and Darshan Singh Bhuller. Another favourite of mine is The Jazz Dance Company and we are excited to announce that Britain's Got Talent stars Twist and Pulse and Joseph Hall will be performing as part of the Big Dance Urban Jam event in July. The day will feature workshops, performances and activities celebrating urban arts like street dance, DJ skills and graffiti arts. Tickets are now on sale for the main event evening performance where local and regional street dance groups will perform alongside Joseph Hall and Twist and Pulse.

You might have guessed that I am a fan of dance and my favourite type of dance is tap!

I grew up watching the films of Gene Kelly and it left a lasting impression. The trailer for Tap Factory looks amazing and the evening performance on April 6 has sold out so we have added a matinee performance earlier that day. If there is one art form guaranteed to put a smile on your face I think it has to be tap dancing, so, Tap Your Troubles Away and enjoy the rhythmic complexity and 'razzle dazzle' of this fantastic show. I'll certainly be there!

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