A few weeks before the first night of ” Mikado ” our Nanki Poo changed his mind about doing the part, and a very experienced performer, Leonard Joyner, stepped in to save the day. The show went well, with Peter Bell coming in as producer and musical production by Leonard Goddard.
Over the next 20 years there were lots of Gilbert and Sullivan productions interspersed with shows such as Oklahoma, Calamity Jane, Showboat and even Die Fledermaus in 1990. In 2003 the name changed to Molesey Musical Theatre (MMT) in order to reflect the shows that the society was now performing and over the past few years we have continued to grow.
Involvement in Musical Theatre is a real act of love and passion. Talking about that, many long standing friendships have been forged and some have even found romance leading to marriage! A real life happy ending: one Chairperson saw a twinkle in someone’s eye whilst performing ‘A String of Pearls’, and they remain happily married. ???? There is always much fun and laughter in MMT, including some ‘show must go on’ moments and mishaps. Does anyone remember in 2003 a runaway drinks trolley that was inches away from the head of our Musical Director ? – sorry Liz Cooper.
Since 2002 we have sporadically used the Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton, including for our annual Quiz fund raiser, created by the relative of a member! There are so many fun areas of involvement in Musical Theatre; opening the curtains requires perfect timing ! 2017 saw us stage our first pantomime ‘Cinderella’ at Vera Fletcher. A resounding success playing to full houses, we are looking to repeat the genre at Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton on Thames in the not too distant future !
Since 2009 we have regularly performed at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse with shows like ‘Calamity Jane’, ‘Carousel’, ‘High Society’ and our NODA award winning production of ‘Henry – a Tudor Musical’ in 2018 for The BEST New Show in the SE Region. Over the years we have proudly received rewards for show programmes, artwork and, very importantly, our glorious float at the Molesey Carnival.
RIP – Roy Flowers – Chairman MMT – 2004-2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the upsetting news that one of our previous Chairmen, Roy Flowers, passed away on Friday 1 November. Roy had been Chairman of MMT from December 2004 till October 2013 and guided the group from difficult times to many successes. He will be greatly missed.
Roy is pictured performing in Boarding Now (2011) and Divorce, me Darling! (2012).
RIP – Elsie Barrett – Vice President MMT – 1925 to 2019
We are very sad to announce the death of Elsie Barrett, one of the Vice Presidents of MMT on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at the age of 94. Elsie joined Molesey Operatic Society (MOPS), as it was known then, in the early days following its inauguration in 1970. Elsie appeared on stage regularly over the years, and for the last time in 2002 in the MOPS production of Jack the Ripper. In latter years she continued to attend rehearsals on Wednesday evenings and make refreshments for the society. After she finished the refreshments she would sit at the back of Vine Hall to join in the singing. When she finally retired, only 5 years ago, she donated a large stainless steel canteen teapot to the society which is still used every week. She will be sorely missed.