Pendle Hippodrome Theatre Company was formed in 2008, following months of serious discussion between the members and general committees of Colne Operatic Society and St. John’s Great Marsden Operatic and Dramatic Society. The two groups, with a collective history of over 140 years, made the decision to disband in order to combine resources and form a new organisation dedicated to meeting the challenges facing amateur theatre in the 21st Century. Additionally, with an increasing number of young members progressing through the ranks of the Pendle Hippodrome Youth Theatre into the adult societies, it was felt that there should not be a dilemma over which society to join.
Pendle Hippodrome Theatre Company’s first musical, in April 2008, was Jekyll and Hyde. Since then, there have been 3 or 4 productions each year, which have included musicals, plays and revues. As a society, we aim to offer diversity to our audiences through a mix of traditional and modern musical theatre.
Our Summer play to coincide with the Centenary of the end of World War 1 will be three episodes of Blackadder Goes Forth.
Our Autumn musical is Guys and Dolls with the introduction evening being held at the theatre on 16th April
These take place twice-weekly, from 7.30 – 10.00pm, on Monday and Thursday evenings. There are occasional Sunday afternoon or evening rehearsals in the run up to show week, plus band calls, technical and dress rehearsals. A call sheet is usually provided by the current show’s producer so that cast know which rehearsals they are needed for.
Currently our rehearsals are held at the Colne Ambulance Hall, Midgley Street, Colne.
When rehearsals start for Guys and Dolls, they will be held at the Theatre.
Musicals: Sunday begins the week, with what is usually a full day for the Technical Rehearsal. This takes place at the theatre and allows stage staff to work with the cast to familiarise them with scenery, sound and lighting for the show. Dress Rehearsal begins at 7.30pm on Monday evening. Performances begin on Tuesday evening and run through to Saturday. Curtain up is at 7.30pm for evening performances and 2.30pm for the Saturday matinee. Cast and crew sign in at the stage door from 6pm onwards for the evening performances. Cast make their way to their allocated dressing rooms, and from there to Make-Up. Principal cast members usually have stage microphones fitted. Performances usually finish before 10.00pm, after which many cast, orchestra and sage staff make their way front-of-house to socialise or meet friends and relatives in the theatre bar. Friday evening of show week is usually party night for the cast and crew, in the bar!
Plays: These tend to follow a similar format, although plays run from Wednesday to Saturday, with Dress Rehearsal on Monday.
Pendle Hippodrome Theatre Company has a lively social calendar for members. These include video evenings, summer treasure hunts and barbeques, trips to other amateur productions in the area, race nights, mediumship evenings, the annual dinner … and more! (link to photos)
Pendle Hippodrome Theatre is run and maintained by a team of dedicated volunteers. Members of the Pendle Hippodrome Theatre Company are actively encouraged, even expected, to contribute to this process, in order to ensure that we continue to have a home in years to come. You may see members appearing on-stage in one production, assisting with wardrobe and make-up in the next, and working front-of-house as a steward or member of the bar staff in the next. Running and maintaining this fabulous theatre takes a lot of work, and so we are always looking for new members. It may be that the idea of performing on-stage fills you with horror, but you would like to help with sound, lighting, set-building, wardrobe, props or make-up. You may prefer to be involved in the social side of things, perhaps by making tea during rehearsals or selling raffle tickets and programmes, serving drinks behind the bar or stewarding during show week.
If you have the desire to either perform on-stage, or if you are interested in assisting in an off-stage capacity, we welcome you!
Membership fees are £20 per annum for those aged 19-60; £10 per annum for under-19s and those aged 60+.
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