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Tribute! – A Roaring Success

What a fantastic time we had putting on our recent show – Tribute! We rehearsed long and hard, which as we were such a small cast meant a lot of effort was put in by all members of CMT.  We received such fantastic comments from our audiences, it truly overwhelmed us.  A particularly special review has been included on our NEWS page for you to read – it really meant an awful lot to us.  In fact, we received such high praise overall, that we are considering performing the show in a couple of other venues later in the summer, so we can bring our fantastic show to more audiences.  Watch this space!

We’d like to thank all the people who helped us off stage – the lighting, sound, stage management, front of house, printing, painting, computer skills, the raffle prizes, the bar staff and all those who gave us their precious time and loaned us costumes or props; we appreciate all of you immensely. We really couldn’t do it without you!

I’d like to offer my own personal gratitude to all the cast members, who really stepped up to the mark for the performances; you were all stars in your own right and made me and CMT very proud.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with you all.  I’d like to also to say a big thank-you to Stephen Chadd, who directed the show and made mine and Ashling Smiths’ writing come to life. If you’d like to see the committee members of the society, have a look at the tab ABOUT US – the committee, above.  I will shortly be adding some photos from the show to the website, so keep checking back for those.

So we have just about recovered from the performances and it is now time to consider what we are going to do in the future.  We will definitely be producing another unique show at the end of the year and would love to see you all there, either as audience, on stage cast or off stage helpers.  If you would like to join us as a cast member or helper, please contact us via the CONTACT US tab above. Whether old or new, novice or experienced, we’d love to hear from you.

Look forward to seeing you all soon,

Kim Wilcox x

Great Evenings Entertainment!

We have had a wealth of fabulous comments from our audiences for our recent production of Tribute! in Cuddington (June 2017), but it is always lovely to receive a written review.  It means so much to the whole society and shows us that all the hard work we put into it is totally worth it.  Below is the email we received from one of our previous members (which makes is even more meaningful) and I am proud to share it with you all.
Dear Kim, Ashling, Stephen and All the Cast and Crew
Just wanted to congratulate CMT on such a great evening’s entertainment on Sat night.
I really enjoyed the whole set up – a great little inclusive-type venue with lovely front of house facilities – I gather it was a little tight on space back-stage – but it’s good to look after the audience! Professional lighting, loved the projections – really added to the feel, and excellent sound throughout.
The programme was a fabulous mixture for young and old, ancient (!) and modern, all held together cleverly with the cinema theme thread.
I am not going to pick out any solo singing performances – but it was great to see some fresh new talented faces – all shining alongside the fresh slightly older faces too, and have to say young Frankie was excellent, and always in character.
The chorus work was all of a good high standard, especially the harmonies in the Mary Poppins medley, Pure Imagination and Pirate King, and Hugh and Terry are invaluable!
Lots else besides – but if I start mentioning too many individual items I will disappoint those that get left out. Several pieces had great movement – 42nd St and Follow the Band to name two and I have to say I loved the Cell Block Tango – very well executed.
The general feel was of a bunch of talented people all doing a great job and enjoying themselves to boot. The overall sound was brilliant and for a small group, the volume and harmony produced was excellent.
It would seem too good a show to only put on twice for the select few in Cuddington. Am sure if you found some other similar village venues during the summer or Autumn period it could be popular there as well.
Good luck with your next venture and many congratulations on a fabulous Show – Well Done All.
With lots of love
Stella
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We offer our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Stella Jackson for her wonderful comments x

TRIBUTE! A musical Extravaganza – 16/17 June 2017

Come along and enjoy our latest show, a fun and frolicsome look at Movie Musicals through the decades.  We have been working so hard to make this show a spectacular event; there is something for everyone.  Some or our all time favourites worked into a  wonderful story of an old man’s memories of his time as a projectionist. There are plenty of solos, duets, trios and stirring chorus numbers – happy,  sad and just plain funny.  We look forward to seeing you at a new venue also; we were unable to hire Chinnor Village Hall, so we have upped sticks and moved a few miles away to the beautiful village of Cuddington.  The Bernard Hall in the heart of the village is a delightful venue with a dedicated stage and fabulous sound and lighting and we are really looking forward to performing there. Tickets are available on the website and are priced at £10 and there will be a licensed bar for your refreshment. Please be advised that parking is very limited, so try to arrive early and, as the village isn’t very big, those that are able should park a little further away from the hall to enable those less agile to park closer.  Of course, you could gather a group of you and share your transport!

We are so excited to perform Tribute, so please come and give us your valued support –  we would love to see you all there!

New Year, New Show!

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year and that 2017 brings you everything you desire.  We’ve had a few short weeks break from rehearsing and performing out last show – Let’s all go to the Music Hall – which was extremely successful and well received, so we’re hoping that you’ve now recharged your batteries and will be joining us again for our next show – Tribute!  We will begin rehearsals on January 10th at Chinnor Village Hall and we’re sure that you will enjoy this show as much, if not more, than the last one.  We have endeavoured to find a song for everyone to sing, whether it be a solo, duet, trio, quartet or general chorus number.  There will be some movement as well as a couple of dances, but don’t worry, there won’t be anything too difficult.  We look forward to seeing you all again at the first rehearsal, so come along, have fun and work off some of that weight you’ve put on over Christmas!!

See you there,

Kim xx

November Show 2016 “Let’s all go to the Music Hall!

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We are proud to present our first November Show since the re launch of CMT – an old favourite – a Music Hall Extravaganza!! Tickets will be on sale from 10th November via this website, or by calling 01844 223355 and will be £8 per head, including a ploughmans supper. This is a fundraising event for us, so that we will be able to keep the momentum going and hopefully put on bigger and better shows, year upon year. Please show you support by coming along and joining in with some of the old greats. And we’ve added our own special version of The Nativity, which many of you will remember as being great fun; it’s been updated and we’re sure you’ll find it as funny as ever. Please sing along with us and if you are brave enough, dress up for the occasion – we’d love to see you dressed in your finery of the Victorian age! There will also be a licensed bar for your delectation! Cheers!!

Hugh MacKay – joining us for our November Show

We have a new pianist – Hugh Mackay!

We are lucky enough to have drafted our old friend Hugh Mackay to help us with the piano rehearsals for our Old Time Music Hall show for November 2016. We have worked with him many times before; he is a very experienced pianist and will make a massive difference to our rehearsals.  Hugh will be joining us on our fihughrst Thursday rehearsal on 27th October.  I’m sure you’ll all join with me in welcoming Hugh back to our family!

Workshops!

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Well we’re over the half way stage of our workshops now and I have to say a big ‘Well Done’ to all of you lovely people that have come along and taken part.  For me, it’s reminded me just how much I have missed the whole CMT experience and how I’m so glad we took the risk to try to revive the group again.  We have found some really lovely people, and some very talented new friends, who are coming together to make a great team.  We have covered some really difficult songs and I urge you all to not give up – being part of musical theatre is all about hard work and the more you put into it, the better it becomes.  The amount of progress you have all made is outstanding.  Keep working hard – it will always be worth it in the end.

Don’t forget that we will be back in September for rehearsals for our first end of year show, where we will be adding a lot of extra activities.  There will be a chance for you to take part in as much or as little as you want; not just singing in the chorus, but solos, duets, quartets – any combination you can think of.  There will definitely be some acting, a lot of comedy and some movement, so please let me know to what level you would like to take part.  There are always a lot of songs, so there’ll be plenty of opportunity for you to shine.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in taking part, either on stage or backstage, let me know, I’ll find a place for them somewhere and make them feel welcome.  Let’s get CMT back to the wonderful theatre group it used to be; something you can take pride in.

So after tonight (28th June) we will have two more rehearsals.  I urge you to enjoy them as much as you can, by the last week we will be sounding amazing!  And you’ll definitely miss it once it’s over, I can guarantee it!

Kim x

Definitely not hum-drum!

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Come and join in the fun! Chinnor Musical Theatre are pleased to present a series of workshop style taster sessions. Starting on 7th June @ 7:30 at Chinnor Village Hall until mid July. We will be taking you through some singing, a little movement and some acting exercises. So don’t sit at home every night, come along and help us build our society to the wonderful group we know it can be again!

First taster session FREEsubsequent sessions £2.50

email: kim@chinnormusicaltheatre.org.uk if you require further details.

All Welcome!