12 December 2016
“Roll Up! Roll Up! The Ukulele Opera is coming to town!”
Follow the Fleas!
After three years in the pipeline, a spectacular community theatre production for the people of Bridport is coming our way… UkuleleOpera presents ‘FLEA!’
Based on an original idea by Sally Vaughan and written and composed by Andrew Dickson the show tells the story of Madame Celine, the devious and exotic ringmistress of an extraordinary flea circus, who reaches an epiphany through her introduction to the ukulele.
UkuleleOpera is a six month project which will culminate in six performances at The Electric Palace at the end of May 2017. The show will bring together many different art forms including music, dance, acting, design and making, digital technology… and even dog agility!
We Need You
Drawing on the wealth of experienced arts practitioners here in Bridport, the team so far includes director Niki McCretton (Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company), choreographer Anna Golding (No Limits Dance Group), and features Hester Goodman (Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain) in the lead role. It’s time to get the show on the road and all it needs is people like you!
Anyone can get involved in the performance and production of this unique, timely and inclusive ‘peoples opera’. There will be around 50 roles for the show plus everything else it takes to make it happen.
Producer Sally Vaughan explains, “There will be six performances of ‘FLEA!’ taking place at The Electric Palace, Bridport, at the end of May 2017 and we’d like to encourage anyone who is interested to come along to a public launch on Thursday January 5th from 7-9pm at The Bull Hotel, Bridport. There we will showcase some samples of the script and the music and explain how people can get involved. There are roles for all sorts of people with all sorts of interests. You don’t need to be an experienced actor or musician. You don’t need to be able to play the ukulele… We are looking for everything from lead character actors to curtain pullers to set builders to dog handlers… Once we’ve explained everything about the project then there will be various audition and casting sessions throughout the rest of January and rehearsals will start in earnest in February.”
Watch this space to see how the project unfolds, and for audition and performance dates and other details please visit: www.ukuleleopera.org.uk.
You can also follow the fleas on Facebook and Twitter @UkuleleOpera
UkuleleOpera would like to extend a sincere thank you to its project funders - The Electric Palace, Arts Council England, West Dorset District Council and Bridport Town Council – for enabling the project to come to life.