Our Christmas extravaganza 'Finding Christmas' was a wonderful celebration of all things Christmassy and written by our very own Suzy Neal! With exciting dance numbers, outstanding solos and some truly hilarious sketches... this show was a cast and audience favourite!
Our Christmas Fairy Godmother, played by the wonderful Laura Stone opened the show but soon discovered that the rest of the cast were not feeling very Christmassy! Cue Eleanor, played by the enigmatic Emily Haycock who, with the help of the Fairy Godmother, took the audience on a journey to rediscover the joy of Christmas. From hilarious Nativity sketches and 12th day of Christmas parody… to wonderful chorus numbers such as Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and Scrooge… to stunning solos from various cast members, this show was an absolute delight and excellently put together by the wonderful ETC team.
The feedback from our sell-out audiences was exceptional and this show was even taken on a tour to Foxton Locks and performed an additional time to raise money for the Fleckney Village Hall Venue!! The reaction of audience and feedback verbally and in writing has been overwhelming and we're so pleased all our hard work was so well received. Here's a snippet of the audience feedback sent to us by some impressed audience members...
"Really great show. Very well thought out scenes that worked perfectly together"
"A great show with a talented cast. Loved it all. Well Done everyone, a super Christmas experience"
Ensemble Theatre Company were proud to present Red Herrings 'Death on the Prom', directed by the very talented Amy Vickerman (who was 38 weeks pregnant on show week!).
It was the roaring 20s; a time of hope, liberating fashion, jazz and family trips to the good old British seaside!
Keen to take in some of that 'bracing sea air', the Balderdash family joined the many other Britons that make the pilgrimage to the coast for the sun, unfortunately their stay coincided with a rather gruesome murder...question was, whodunnit?!
On arrival the audience entered the sideroom which was full of seaside games, music and an impressive raffle! After enjoying the makeshift 'promenade', the audience were then led into the hotel restaurant where they would meet some rather suspicious characters ...
During the course of the evening audience enjoyed a fabulous summer themed three course meal that included a fish and chip supper from Fleckney Fish Bar, whilst watching the scenes unfold between the tables, with the opportunity of course to question the suspects.
Yet again this was an extremely succesful event with wonderful feedback from audience and a local reviewer! The front of house team were exceptional at every show night and of course the cast were wonderful!
We were also invited to perform this show at Burbage and again we had a wonderful time performing and having a giggle with the lovely audience!
The following wonderful review from an audience member who had never seen an ETC production before sums up this fantastic show!!
"An amazing evening being entertaine
Everyone worked tirelessly
Thank you for a fantastic evening"
Ensemble Theatre Company's Summer show was written by our very own Dan and Suzy Neal and followed the story of Nina, I polite young woman who finds herself in a run down area inhabited by a group of rebellious bohemians! Packed full of naughty musical numbers from popular television, film and of course musicals... After Dark was an adult-themed romp! The cast laughed there way through rehearsals enjoying performing songs that were usually far too risque to include in a variety show. Numbers such as 'The Internet is for Porn', 'Big Spender' and 'The Ballard of Freda and Barry' tied this light-hearted storyline together and the cast and audience enjoyed every minute of it!
The show was full of its own off-stage drama's, most importantly Hannah the leading lady playing Nina being rushed into hospital and unable to perform, resulting in Suzy having to learn the lead role and all relevant songs in just 10 days, and of course the rest of the cast having to learn her cameo roles. In true ETC fashion the cast and production crew pulled together and Hannah was able to take one of Suzy's previous songs and perform on the show nights. The two ladies did us proud and worked together to support each other through this challenging period! The show was a blast and the cast loved every minute of it! From the naughty or rebellious songs, fun choreography, fantastic scenery, brilliant costumes and fun-filled rehearsals to the wonderful audience feedback... it was all over too quickly! Well done to the wonderful Dan Neal for his excellent direction and production and of course to his ever brilliant production team led by Fran and Suzy. Another fantastic show!!!1
Ensemble Theatre Company's Christmas show was a dinner theatre murder mystery experience at Foxton Locks Inn and The Waterfront restaurant in Market Harborough. Set in 1920's Chicago audience met our characters and witnessed a murder (or two!). Audience saw story-lines and secrets unfold with the opportunity to question the suspects, and at the end guess who the murderer/murderers are. All this whilst enjoying a delicious three-course Christmas meal followed by coffee. The show was a sell-out every night and feedback from our audience was that it was a brilliant evening with wonderful food and fun-filled entertainment. In fact it was so successful we have been asked to perform it once more in Burbage next year! Well done to everyone involved and a big congratulations to Amy Vickerman for having such a hugely successful debut as a director!!
A mere 4 weeks after our James Bond Show, Ensemble Theatre Company hosted and performed at a Halloween themed afternoon tea. Our members made all the delicious items on both the savoury and sweet platters and our audience were treated to an array of goodies to eat, a trick or treat raffle and of course various Halloween themed performances. The short turnover and combination of performing, serving and cooking/baking various delicious items was a lot of work for our members but the day was yet another hugely successful event for our group! We had a lot of fun and due to its success will most likely host an afternoon tea in the future.
The Wiz| June 2016
In the summer of 2016 under the direction of our own Suzy Neal and with special arrangement with Samuel French, Ensemble Theatre Company decided to take on their most ambitious project to date! The Wiz is the 7 time Tony Award winning musical. A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz infuses L.Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel, and soul music.
A Quantim of Malice| Dec 2015
In December the ETC gang continued with their busy performance schedule by performing three Murder Mystery dinner theatre Nights at Foxton Locks Inn and the Waterfront restaurant. The sell-out audiences were treated to a night that saw an attempt at peace talks between MI6 and criminal organisation SPOOKTER! After witnessing two murders over the course of the evening and various hilarious and intriguing scenes the audience had the opportunity to question the suspects before guessing who the murderer was! All this excitement was interspersed with a delicious Christmas 3 course meal! As always the feedback from the shows was very positive and the cast had a lot of fun during rehearsals and performances! This was our first Murder Mystery as a company but with the huge success it will most definitely not be our last!!!
A Taste of Halloween | Oct 2015
Our show 'A Taste of Halloween' consisted of a three-course meal and coffee interspersed by a variety of musical numbers.
The three night run started on Thursday 29th October at Foxton Locks Inn, Friday 30th October at The Waterfront Restaurant and returned to Foxton Locks Inn for the final sell out show on Saturday 31stOctober.
In keeping with it being Halloween weekend, we performed a number of ‘spooky’ songs and sketches, opening the show with the fantastic chorus number ‘This is Halloween’ and finishing with the amazing mash up of Michael Jacksons ‘Thriller’ and The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s ‘Heads Will Roll’. The group had worked tirelessly for several months perfecting dance routines, harmonies and counterpoints to bring the audience a ‘spook-tacular’ experience. The feedback from audience members afterwards was overwhelming with so many people telling us we had ‘raised the bar’ of what they expect from amateur dramatics. We were told that the two things that were most apparent for the audience watching were the tremendous amount of work and professionalism that had been put into this show and the enjoyment the cast had performing together. It was a fun show with a unique theme we had never tackled before… and it was a huge success.
Fundraiser | Oct 2015
Ensemble Theatre Company's home over the last year has become the Fleckney Village Hall where we meet, drink copious amounts of tea, giggle and of course rehearse! It is a lovely venue that we really value so when we were asked to take part in a fundraiser for some hall renovation, of course we said yes! So alongside our busy rehearsals for Halloween we also rehearsed numbers for the fundraiser where we collaborated with the talented Sing! Ladies Choir and Duckpond Players. It was an extremely successful night where ETC performed sketches and music from Spamalot (the Monty Python musical), Sister Act, Rock of Ages, Miss Saigon and wrote and performed a ‘Cup Song’ that covered music from the 1940’s to now in 5 minutes accompanied only by the beat of cups! A total of £1120.00 was raised for the hall and we were excited to have been part of this project organised by Katie Robertson! Well done to all the performers and thank you to the sell-out audience that attended to support this evening.
West End Story | May 2015
In May 2015, Ensemble Theatre Company performed in collaboration with Sing! Ladies Choir to present a one night only musical extravaganza: West End Story.
Bringing together a host of West End shows both old and new, we sang, danced and acted our way through some fabulous numbers from Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, Evita, Matilda, Chess, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Sister Act, to name but a few.
We would like to say a huge thank you to our sell out audience who came to see our show and gave us a standing ovation!!! We hope you all had as fabulous a night as we did!
We would also like to thank Katie Robertson and the Sing! Ladies Choir who sang wonderfully and without whom this show would not have been possible.
Huge thanks must be given to John Beynon for a sterling job with Lighting and Sound. Also our Front of House volunteers Fran, Sharon, Sue, Kyle, Brittany and Ian - you all did a marvellous job!
Finally, thank you to all those people and companies who generously donated raffle prizes including Foxton Locks Inn, Boboli Restaurant, The Lighthouse Restaurant and Mr Vickerman!