Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society

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Goodnight Mister Tom

The Society’s production of Goodnight Mr Tom ran from 15 to 18 March 2017. Much to our delight, it was a great success, with good houses across all shows. Saturday evening’s final performance even managed to sell out the Hebden Bridge Little Theatre!

Here’s a review of our show from NODA‘s roving show report team.

Originally scheduled for early 2016, this production was to be the first time the show’s licence was granted to an amateur operatic society.  However, having been deferred after the Boxing Day floods of 2015, the rescheduled production in late 2016 encountered unexpected issues. Bringing this production to the stage has been a real labour of love for all of us involved and  we were absolutely delighted to see it finally come to fruition.

Audience members and production crew alike seemed to have “got something in their eye” during this show. It really touched an emotional cord all round.

Did you come to see our brilliant, sold-out production of Goodnight Mr. Tom at the Little Theatre? Drop us a line or leave a comment on our Facebook page and let us know what you thought. Send us your photos, we’ll credit you for any we publish.

Goodnight Mr Tom, adapted from Michelle Magorian’s award-winning novel, has been made into a play, a TV film and a musical. It’s the story of William Beech, a boy from the urban grime of Deptford, London who is evacuated at the start of World War II to a safe place in the countryside. There, he is placed under the care of the grumpy, reclusive  “Mister Tom” Oakley. As the pair gradually come to understand one another – and what they’ve each been through – they begin to develop a mutual love and respect that will help them through the hard times that still lie ahead.

Composer & Additional Lyrics: Gary Carpenter
Libretto/Book: Michelle Magorian
Year: 1992


Youth House

In 2012, Hebden Royd council awarded us the lease on Youth House on Carlton Street. The building had stood empty for a number of years and it was a fantastic opportunity to be able to develop a space to suit our needs. Continue reading

A Musical Extravaganza

In 2013, the Society presented A Musical Extravaganza, packed with hits songs from Abba, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler On The Roof and Wicked!

It ran from March 20-23 2013, including a Saturday matinée.

Cast: Trish Brennan, Jenny Crosbie, Marc Chrysanthou, Megan Elsegood, Tom Flather, Alice Hardy, Ian Moorhouse, Jack Moorhouse, Katie-Faye Moorhouse, Luke Moorhouse, Mick Snowden, Tamara Swann, Georgia Lomax-Thorpe

Compère: Davis Williams
Director: Ian Moorhouse
Piano: Dave Root
Clarinet / Percussion: Roseanne Evans

A Nite With The Lite

In 2012, the Society produced A Nite With The Lite, a medley of song and dance.

The show took place at the Hebden Bridge Little Theatre from 14-17 March 2012, with a matinée on Saturday.

Compère: Peter Whitley
Cast: Claire Baker, Judi Chrysanthou, Richard Cook, Sara-Jo Cooper, Jenny Crosbie, Laura Crowther,  Lana Dolan-Rathmell, Wesley Downs, Jacqueline Evans, Barry Greenwood, Otti Gauvain, Sam Harris, Connie Hurl, Michael Mallinson,  Andy McNally, Katie-Faye Moorhouse, Ian Moorhouse.
Miss Angela’s School of Dance and Performing Arts: Hannah Adams, Claire Baker, Lucy Crabtree, Julie Harwood, Jorja Nuttall, Georgia Taylor, Zada Turkaly, Rebecca Wood.
Director: Eileen Horner
Musical Director: David Root
Coreographer: Angela Marshall
Chorus Master: David Barker

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