Trial by Jury

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Trial by Jury and COARSE Murder at Shakerley House

Following th company's success in Ealing we are performing an extended version of the Coarse Murder at Shakerley House by Neil Edwards with the Gilbert and Sullican favourite Trial by Jury 4th - 7th April 2018.

MPO made a temporary swerve into comedy.

The company was invited to London to perform in the World Coarse Acting Championships at the Questors Theatre, Ealing on November 25th 2017, where competed with other professional and amateur companies for the coveted world title. The chief Judge is Timothy West CBE, no less. And you'll never guess what - WE WON!

See more on our Muder at Shakerly House page.

Award-winning MPO goes from strength to strength

Milborne Port Opera has scooped three out of the five awards for which they were nominated in the prestigious David Beach Awards for musical theatre. Some 33 musical theatre companies across Somerset competed in this hotly-contested annual competition, organised by the Somerset Fellowship of Drama.

Milborne Port Opera's nominations and wins were:

Best Sound  (Musical director Caroline d'Cruz) – WON!

This is a remarkable win. MPO does not use any amplification at all. The award was for "a pure, beautifully balanced sound".

Best Set Design (Naomi Booth and Trevor John)

Best Actor (Mark Blackham as John Wellington Wells in "The Sorcerer")

The "Show Stopper" award for the best musical number (entire company) WON!

Best Small Venue (Milborne Port village hall) WON!

The awards were all for MPO's last production "The Sorcerer" by Gilbert & Sullivan, directed by Linda Mumford, which played to packed houses in April last year..

The nominations are made by an expert panel of adjudicators who see individual shows, and the FSD's moderator Ian Hurdman, who sees virtually every show. The process is rigorous and hotly debated, and it is a great honour to have been nominated, let alone win a category.

The award ceremony took place at a glamourous dinner at Somerset County Cricket Club's ground on March 4th.

MPO has form in this area. They have now won the "Show Stopper" award twice and the Best Set award once.

Rehearsals are now in full swing for the 2017 production "Into the Woods" by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, which intertwines traditional fairy stories into a spellbinding musical with a few twists and surprises thrown in.

The show plays in the Milborne Port Village hall from April 19-22. Book now – or via the MPO's Facebook page.

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Milborne Port Opera nominated for 5 awards

15 December 2016. Milborne Port Opera, has been nominated by the Somerset Fellowship of Drama for 5 awards in the annual David Beach Awards for musical theatre.  (Somerset's answer to the Tonys –Ed).

This is the 4th year in a row that the company has been nominated.

The nominations are for the group's last production, a re-working of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Sorcerer" They are:

Best Leading Man:  Mark Blackham
Show Stopper:  Whole company for the opening of Act 2
Best Sound
Best made set
Best Small Venue

The nominations are made by an expert panel of adjudicators who see each show. The winners will be announced at a dinner in Taunton on Saturday 4th March 2017.

There are 25 award categories in total, and over 80 groups across the county competing to win them.

Said Linda Mumford, who directed the Sorcerer" we are honoured and delighted to be nominated, as we know we are up against some very high quality competition. Now we have to win."

"The Sorcerer" played to delighted audiences last April. The show sold out on every night.

The company is changing tack for its next show. It will be staging Stephen Sondheim's musical "Into the Woods"  a dramatic, dark and funny musical which intertwines the characters from traditional fairy stories into a spellbinding plot.  Performance is 19th to 22th April, the week after Easter. Tickets go on sale in March.




Operetta News

The Telegraph lists The Sorcerer as one of the Five great 'neglected operettas' what do you think? And if you don't know, you don't have long to watch our version and form your own opinion...

Award for original show

Milborne Port Opera, has won a major award, against stiff opposition from over 80 drama groups all over Somerset, in the annual David Beach Awards for musical theatre, presented by the Somerset Fellowship of Drama (SFD).

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Milborne Port Opera were nominated by a panel of experts for 2 awards, and carried home the "Challenge Trophy" for having the courage and enterprise to put on the original show "Spring Fate", written, composed, arranged, directed and scored by MPO's Neil Edwards, helped by a talented group of actors, musicians and set designers.

"Spring Fate" was Neil Edwards' third show for the MPO. It played last year to considerable critical acclaim. This is the second time MPO has won the Challenge Trophy.

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