Milverton, Somerset
22/06/2024

AmDram March update

AmDram would like to thank everyone who supported our panto this year. We will be taking part in the street fair if anyone is interested in joining us. Also our next production – Murder on the Catwalk will be out in June instead of May this year so that we do not clash with the barn dance. It’s not too late to get involved.

There is always a place for people at Am Dram as we need people on and off the stage. If you can sew we need help with costumes. If you like to man the bar there are always events where we need a bar person. Handy men are a very treasured commodity at any Am Dram society. If you are interested in finding out more about us – we are currently rehearsing on Thursdays at the Victoria Rooms. Drop in and say ‘hi’.



AmDram in June

Well, that’s it for another MADS show, As the character of Nigel says, “La commedia e finita.” The dressing room is empty, the chairs are away, the set and stage are cleared. All of us in MADS would like to say a huge thank you to all our supporters who put up a poster, shared some flyers and came along to see our production of A Bunch of Amateurs. We have enjoyed rehearsing this play, but what brings it to life is playing in front of such appreciative audiences. As the character of Dorothy says, “You are the most important people in any theatre,” and this was never more true. Over the past year we’ve seen the group grow, both in membership and audience support which is wonderful news.

One of the best things about belonging to this group is the sense of community. We were very proud to be involved in the Street Fair where we ran a free dressing-up tent for the youngsters who enjoyed the magic and creativity of costumes. Highlights included ninja princesses and sword-wielding dinosaurs. We were even able to help a few adults with costumes for fancy-dress parties and were glad to oblige.

Rehearsals for our next panto will start in September, but we have a few things in the pipeline for over the summer, especially for our younger members. If you are thinking of getting involved, there’s never been a better time. The best way to stay up-to-date is to make sure you go on our mailing list for the newsletter (milvertonamdram@gmail.com) or check out our website (www.milvertonamdram.co.uk)
Looking forward to seeing you all very soon!

AmDram in March

Rapunzel cast
Rapunzel cast

We’ll start with a big thank you to those who supported Rapunzel, a Hair-Raising Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto. We had so many lovely comments from people who enjoyed watching and it was wonderful to perform to enthusiastic audiences. It was especially great to see our youngsters on the stage. We’re sure that they’ve been bitten by the Am Dram bug, so watch out for this talented bunch in future productions!

Our next thank you goes to those who came along to the Poetry and Pints evening at The Globe. What started as a germ of an idea came to fruition on the last day of January with around two dozen enthusiasts coming together to share some poems. We had original pieces, old favourites and modern classics, performed with aplomb and well received by all. Watch this space for another one later this year!

Rehearsals for our next production A Bunch of Amateurs are proceeding well. This story of a Hollywood star coming to a rural amateur drama group to perform King Lear will have you in stitches! The performances will be on 11, 12 and 13 May at The Victoria Rooms. Tickets will go on sale during March, so watch out for our posters around the village.

We also plan to be at the street fair as well as the village fair later in the year, so do look out for us there.

We’ve had a lot of new people join us because we’re such a fun and friendly bunch. Where else will you get the opportunity to cavort on stage in daft costumes for £10 a year? Come along and find out for yourselves! Join our mailing list, so you never miss out.

Email us at milvertonamdram@gmail.com or visit Milverton Amateur Dramatics

By the community – for the community.

Milverton AmDram February update

All of us at Milverton Amateur Dramatic Society (MADS) would like to thank everyone who supported our January show Rapunzel – a Hair-Raising Panto.

Since the last panto was in 2019, we hope that it was worth the wait! We certainly enjoyed ourselves and are already planning for 2024. For those who love drama as much as we do, our next show will be in May. We will be performing A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, a hilarious tale of Hollywood superstar meets local am dram. It’s not too late to get involved, so if you’re interested in supporting us on or off stage, do get in touch.

We’d also like to thank everyone who came along to the Poetry and Pints event. It’s good to try different things.

We’re not just about being on the stage. There are so many ways to enjoy being part of a drama group. With lots of creative ideas in the pipeline, there’s never been a better time to be a member of the group or to support us. One of the many joys of being in a village group is being involved in the local community and finding new ways to bring people together. Come and be part of it!

Email us at milvertonamdram@gmail.com or visit Milverton Amateur Dramatic Society

AmDram present ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ production

Set to be performed on 11 May, 12 May and 13 May, it’s the hilarious story of washed-up Hollywood action star meets rural am dram.

Auditions coming soon after the panto on Monday 23 January at 7.30pm in the Victoria Rooms, and rehearsals are on Mondays and Thursdays, so do get in touch if you’d like to be part of it.

  • JEFFERSON STEELE – A fading Hollywood star who is arrogant, insecure, brash, gauche, demanding, vulnerable and ultimately aware of his own absurdity
  • DOROTHY NETTLE – Director of the Stratford Players and the moving force behind keeping the theatre alive. Her sweet and accommodating manner conceals her inner steel
  • JESSICA STEELE – Jefferson’s teenage daughter, who has been neglected by her Hollywood star father and now wants to make him pay for it
  • NIGEL DEWBURY – Solicitor and leading light of the Stratford Players. Pompous, stuck-up and self-regarding, he believes he is the star of the show, and should play all the leading roles
  • MARY PLUNKETT – Owner of the Rectory bed and breakfast. Jolly, generous and an unashamedly adoring Jefferson Steele fan, although somewhat confused about which roles he played in his films
  • DENIS DOBBINS – Handyman and village Mr. Fix-It. Denis is starstruck by Jefferson and fancies heading up his entourage of one
  • LAUREN BELL – Marketing executive former physiotherapist and the sponsor’s wife. Passionate about the arts and smarter than her husband thinks she is

For more details email milvertonamdram@gmail.com

Bunch of amateurs