A Criminal Christmas Caper December 2019
Our final show of 2019 was a murder mystery extravaganza! The hall was transformed in to The Hotel and from the moment the audience entered they were greeted by Mr. and Mrs. , who retain a small staff and strive for a family atmosphere (in other words, there’s lots of arguing).The welcomed local residents for a Christmas themed buffet! Unfortunately, at the start of the festivities, the man supposed to be playing Santa for the evening is discovered dead in his room. Ruling out food poisoning, it can only mean one thing: Santa has been murdered!
An absolutely brilliant evening where audience watched the hilarious faulty towers- scenes unfold and even have the opportunity to ask the suspects questions and guess who the murderer is! The cast were outstanding, and the feedback was wonderful. Directed by the talented Amy Vickerman; this show was a rousing success and a thoroughly enjoyable evening all round.
Showtunes and Showman October 2019
In October Ensemble Theatre Company produced a fabulous show with Act One showcasing popular musical theatre numbers and Act 2 including a Greatest Showman singalong. With only a rehearsal schedule it was a very busy time but as always the show was outstanding and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the toe-tapping medley of songs. In the interval the audience were treated to a delicious cake buffet with all donations amounting to £120 given to the Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital. Thank you to the dynamic duo Suzy Neal and Matt Hilton for directing and producing this fabulous show which was then invited to be performed at St Catherines Church in Burbage- another fantastic evening!
Be Our Guest. June 2019
In June Ensemble Theatre Company produced a fabulous dinner theatre experience which showcased popular musical numbers from family films and shows. Main meals were provided by the Fish Bar and the audience were treated to a delicious second course of cake, courtesy of the talented Amy Vickerman. Directed and produced by Suzy Neal, the cast sang their way through huge numbers under the expert guidance of Musical Director Dan Neal. Dances were bigger, more complex and more ambitious than ever before and the talented and dedicated cast certainly rose to the challenge! It was a fun-filled fabulous show and the feedback from sell-out audiences was once again incredible! Congratulations to everyone involved... what a show!!
Steel Magnolias| Dec 2018
In December, by special arrangement with Samuel French, Ensemble Theatre Company performed Robert Harling's play Steel Magnolias. Under the expert direction of Dan Neal this enduring tale of love loss and friendship was brought to life by the talented 6 cast members. This production was incredibly successful and the wonderful reviews and feedback afterwards blew everyone away! It was an awful lot of lines to learn, with a tricky accent and it was a serious subject matter that needed to be handled and presented in the right way. And the cast and production team really did the play justice.
Here are some of the wonderful reviews the show received online in local social media groups…
“I wanted to compliment a production I have just seen at the village hall tonight. I wasn’t sure what I would think of it as I had no idea of the storyline or whether it would be my cup of tea, but I would highly recommend it. The acting was excellent, the set was very effective and there were a few emotional tears amongst the audience at the end. not sure if there are any tickets left but go and see it! You will not be disappointed”
“I have finally stopped crying! You were all amazingly fabulous… well done!”
“What an amazing play! Well done ensemble theatre company! It was amazing! Such a talented group, no prompts needed Just fantastic!”
“If people can make the effort to leave a warm home on a cold night it will be worth it! So many we have been to things and come away feeling mediocre feelings, even professional performances, but this… when we say it’s very good we mean it!”
"Totally agree with everything that’s been said- it is brilliant. The acting is stunning and if you can watch without shedding a tear your better than me! Very moving yet funny and . A perfect evening out! Well done to all involved!"
Film and TV Concert| Oct 2018
In October 2018, 16 of Ensemble Theatre Company’s members took part in a charity Film and Tv themed concert with our dear friends at Sing Ladies Choir and Purple Pig Music. After performing solo, duet, group and chorus numbers and popular sketches from tv and film; ETC then came together with the choir to perform a beautiful rendition of ‘From Now On’ as our finale. The whole show was a lot of fun and a rousing success… raising £1175.00 in total in one evening! The money was divided between the Village Hall and LOROS Hospice equally. As we thoroughly enjoyed acting, singing and dancing alongside the wonderful choir led by the talented Katie Robertson! We look forward many more events like this in the future and thank our sell-out audience for their generosity and support!
Ensemble Theatre Company's Summer show for 2018 was a tribute to the wonderful musical theatre of the West End. With fantastic singing, dancing and sketches, Encore showcased snippets of musicals both old and new including shows such as Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, Wicked, We Will Rock You, Chicago and Les Mis! With 17 different musical styles, 27 different songs or sketches, 141 costumes, 15 dances, 29 sound cues, over 70 lighting cues and various props and considerations; it was a lot of work but what a success it was!! The expectation of director Suzy was very high and the cast exceeded it! This hobby requires a great deal of dedication and passion and we are fortunate to have this ethos throughout our membership.
A special mention to Laura for her incredible effort with ticket sales and of course the talented Sue for her hours of effort and skill with set design and painting the stunning images on our stage. The feedback from our wonderful audience of over 200 people across the shows was incredibly positive with messages sent to us afterwards such as...
"Absolutely fantastic show tonight! I thoroughly enjoyed it and it's the best £8 I've spent in a while! Such a talented group! I want to watch it all over again! Well Done all! Great Job!"
"Encore... what a great show they just keep getting better and better!! Such a good show miss it!"
We were so sad to see this show over but incredibly proud of what a polished and professional production it was and will remember fondly as one of our best!!
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
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 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"
Death on the Prom|
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 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 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 event with wonderful feedback from audience and a local reviewer! The front of house team 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 entertained by etc. I laughed till I cried and had my brain fried and still got 2nd prize on the murder
Everyone worked tirelessly to keep us entertained, fed, clean and watered.
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 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 way through rehearsals enjoying performing songs that were usually far too 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 production team led by Fran and Suzy. Another fantastic show!!!
Felons, Flappers and |
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 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!!
Halloween themed Afternoon Tea|
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
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 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 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’s ‘Heads Will Roll’. The group had worked tirelessly for several months perfecting dance routines, harmonies and counterpoints to bring the audience a ‘spook-’ 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 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! 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 (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
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!