Music and Drama Group

Music and Drama (MAD)

Activity_Drama_Herbal_BedDrama and Musicals are among the centre's principal year-round activities involving people of all ages and abilities, professional and amateur, who make full use of the Centre's fully equipped 157 seat theatre. Productions are organised mainly through the Music and Drama Group which stages a core of four shows a year, from a regular winter pantomime in January, a spring play, a summer show and an autumn play.

A Christmas music event is staged in most years.

The group also contributes at least one play to the Dorset Drama League's one act play Festival in March each year.

Opportunities exist for Music and Drama Group members to participate in Cabarets which are very popular with audiences and to enjoy rehearsed play readings.  The group also produces shows outside the theatre, involving members of the wider community. An ongoing project is to organise more social evenings where members can meet informally to network with other members, to learn about the different roles involved in staging productions or to enjoy rehearsed play readings.

How and Who
The group reports to the Board of Directors and  is run by a committee elected by its large membership.

The Music and Drama Group is always looking to encourage new members to performor help backstage and offers a warm welcome with support to become as involved as they would like.

The Music and Drama Group meets Tuesday and Thursday evening, from 7.30pm in the Theatre.

For more info, contact Steve Pocock 01747 870534 or email stage@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

Music and Drama Social Evenings

The Music and Drama Group also run social evenings giving people a chance to get together, meet the group and have some fun.

Costumes and wardrobe

The centre has an extensive wardrobe of some 2,000 digitally catalogued costumes available for hire to other groups and individuals, from period to modern and full chorus sets.

Rates are from £10-£20 per hiring (up to two weeks) or from £25 plus deposit for its specialist Proms Dress Hire Service. Accessories and props are available at an extra charge by negotiation.

Fees are payable on collection by cash or cheque. Cheques should be made payable to 'Shaftesbury Arts Centre'.

Please note bookings are by arrangement with the centre's wardrobe mistress Liz Carruthers,  not through the box office.

 For bookings and more information contact the Arts Centre's wardrobe mistress Liz Carruthers on 07939 617314 or costumes@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

 Costume hire is also available from Glad Rags of Semley with which the Centre has close links.

Contact Pam Goodall or Jan Klakus 01747 850101; gladragssemley@hotmail.co.uk

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