This is the website of Betchworth Operatic and Dramatic Society, commonly known as 'BODS'. We are a friendly society with a long tradition of high-quality music and drama productions at Betchworth Memorial Hall (between Reigate and Dorking) as well as varied social events. Feel free to explore information here about our history, past productions and future plans. Then come and join us !
Director: Alison Cooper
Musical Director: Ian Stone
The Merry Widow is Franz Lehar's most popular and enchanting operetta. With dazzling melodies, wit and elegance the story unfolds as the fabulously wealthy widow, Anna, arrives in Paris. Pursued by numerous suitors, complications and misunderstandings abound when at an Embassy party, she rekindles her relationship with her old flame, Danilo. But, will he forsake the Grisettes, the famous dancing girls at Maxim’s, and declare his true feelings for Anna…?
An amateur production by arrangement with Glocken Verlag Ltd (music adapted and arranged by Ronald Hanmer)
|Anna||Sarah Esser Haswell|
|Baron Zeta||Trevor Allen|
|St Brioche||Andy Davis|
Diane Mayall, Sue Nelson, Margaret Longes
Diana Barnsley, Kathy Wilman, Linda Slater
|Parisian Guests||Pam Patch, Vicki Hodges, Edward Marston|
Lighting: David Ames
Photography Mick Mercer
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This policy was last updated 31st May 2018
or "The Gods Grown Old", by W.S. Gilbert and A. Sullivan
Directed by Lynda Barrett-Mercer
Musical Director: Ian Stone
7-10th November Betchworth Memorial Hall
The 'lost' G&S opera
This is a unique production of the earliest G & S work, for which no musical score survives. First staged in 1871 as a Christmas entertainment, it ran for 63 performances, but Sullivan's score was then lost, and the work largely forgotten during the writers' lifetimes - although Sullivan certainly reused at least two of the tunes. The story concerns a group of actors in ancient Greece - the original Thespians - who take over the role of Gods on Mount Olympus so the decrepit deities can take a holiday on earth, with predictably chaotic consequences
Thespis has only occasionally been revived, from the 1950s onwards, sometimes with a score specially composed 'in the style of Sullivan'. Lynda and Ian however have painstakingly created their own score using familiar tunes in Sullivan's later repertoire, but incorporating 'Climbing over Rocky Mountains' (Pirates of Penzance) and 'Little maid of Arcadee' which are known to have been in the original.
|Sound & Lighting||David Ames|
|Set Design||Lynda Barrett-Mercer|
|Set Construction||the Company|
|Video recording||Jonathan Bickerdike|
Front of House
|John Bryant, Sally Coleman, Alison Cooper, Kate Cottrell, Jane Flanders,
Fiona Garner, Selena Hegarty, Linda King, Jane Sillett, Ann Staddon,
Sheila Staples, Shirley Trower, Neil Williams
Rehearsal photos by Mick Mercer and Lynda Barrett-Mercer