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Information for New Members

The society is always looking for new talent, so if you are a singer, dancer or actor, or are lucky enough to be all three and would like to join the society then please contact the administrator, Chris Rees, by email to newmembers@carltonoperatic.com.

Membership Subscriptions 2017-18

Subscriptions for the 2017-18 season are will be due on 8th September. The fees for the year will be agreed at the AGM (taking place on the 7th September). As a guide, the fees for the 2016/17 season were as follows:

Adult Acting Members£100.00
Non-Acting Members Fee£40.00
Full Time Students£30.00
Post Show member£10.00

Please complete the application form at the back of the welcome pack and hand it along with the appropriate payment to the administrator. Payment can be made by either bank transfer (details on the membership form), cash or cheque made payable to 'Carlton Operatic Society'.

All information held by the Society will be Confidential in line with the Data Protection Act.

Tap Classes

From Thursday 29th June - Thursday 27th July our choreographer, Rachael Rees, will be running some tap classes to help existing and potential new members. The layout of the session will be:

The cost is £2.50 (this is just to pay for the hire of the hall).

The classes are aimed at beginners, to allow everyone an opportunity to give it a go, so if you are an advanced tapper then these classes may not suit your needs, but you are all welcome. Please let us know if you want to come along and what sessions you can do.

Company Auditions 2017-18

Every acting member of the Society is required to audition on a three-yearly basis. A successful audition will enable you to join the society and participate in the shows for the next 3 years, the first of which will be Top Hat in May 2018, followed by our 2019 and 2020 shows. Auditions for specific parts for Top Hat will be held separately at the end of October.

We will be holding company audition prep sessions for potential new members (and re-auditioning existing members), on Thursday 14th & 21st September 2017. These informal sessions will be aimed at preparing you for your company audition.

Company auditions will take place on September 28th and October 5th 2017 at our rehearsal venue in Netherfield. The start time will be 7pm (TBC). The audition will involve some drama and learning a dance, to be taught on the night and performed in small groups. You will then perform a pre-prepared song from a musical, to be performed individually.

When attending the company audition you will be required to perform a song of your choice that reflects your vocal range. The audition song can be performed to sheet music, or to a backing track, which we would prefer that you email to us in advance, so that we can ensure that we have the necessary technology at hand to play it on the night. You can also bring with you as a backup on the night, a CD or a memory stick (with only the audition song on it).

Before the audition you will be required to provide a stamped addressed envelope, or an email address. The Administrator will inform you of the outcome of your audition once all have been completed. Please also bring a small photo of yourself to leave with the audition panel.

Please let us know ASAP on which of the available dates you would like to audition.

There are a limited number of places available in the acting company. If you are unsuccessful in your audition, you can still become a non-acting member of the society, and there are a number of options available to you to be involved. For example:

Should you wish to discuss further please contact the administrator.

Please see here for details on our membership process.

Principal Auditions

Prep sessions for these will take place on 12th, 19th and 26th October; these sessions are for members only.

The principal auditions will take place during the day on Sunday 29th October; we will confirm the exact arrangements at a later date.

Please note you have to have been successful in the membership auditions before applying for a principal part.

Dance Auditions

As above, dance auditions will be part of the company auditions, but there will also be specific dance auditions as part of the principal auditions, where some dancers will be chosen to take part in the main tap numbers (Puttin' On The Ritz and Top Hat). The exact number of these dancers will be determined by the costumes available and will be confirmed in the autumn. It is expected that most ensemble members will be involved in the other dance numbers throughout the show.

Rehearsals

Evening rehearsals, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, start promptly at 7.30pm and last until 9.30pm in Netherfield, Nottingham. We expect to begin rehearsing for Top Hat with a full company read-through in December, and regular rehearsals will start at the beginning of January 2018.

Additional rehearsals will take place on Sundays as we get closer to the show. A timetable will be issued once we are underway.

A register of attendance of acting members during rehearsals will take place, should you be absent for any reason can you please inform the administrator and the production team who will mark your absence accordingly. The committee can prohibit any member whose attendance at rehearsals has been irregular or persistently unpunctual from taking part in the performance.