Anything Goes

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Milborne Port Opera

Milborne Port Opera takes to the sea in a spectacular "Anything Goes"

Milborne Port Village Hall, 24-27 April, 2019

The last time Milborne Port Opera put to sea was in their award-winning HMS Pinafore in 2011. This year's offering is set on a transatlantic liner in the 1930s with a glittering cast, music by Cole Porter and a book and lyrics by, among others, P.G Wodehouse. Yes, it's "Anything Goes", a very funny musical with some great numbers, including the title song, plus "I get a kick out of you", "You're the top" and "Blow Gabriel Blow".

HMS Pinafore it is not.

We are having enormous fun learning new skills – tap dancing, jazz syncopation and delivering comedy lines with a sharpshooter's precision.

The show is full of wonderful characters – Reno, a glamourous evangelist turned nightclub singer, a missionary bishop, gangsters and their molls, the English Aristocracy, American Millionaires and some of the cleverest stowaways you will ever meet.

The plot is largely irrelevant, but it involves unrequited love, the apprehension of dangerous criminals, a lot of disguises and marvellous singing.

Many MPO favourites are in the cast. Sukie Read steps up to play the title role of Reno alongside Lloyd Davies as stowaway Billy Crocker, and we welcome several talented newcomers from larger companies. Caroline D'Cruz continues as musical director.

This year the audience will get a big surprise when they walk into the Milborne Port Village Hall, which has been transformed into the deck of the SS America on its voyage from New York to London.

The Box office will open on March 1st.  MPO shows generally play to full houses, so early booking is advised.

The show plays from April 24- 27 (The week after Easter)

Our amateur performace of Anything Goes is by arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Ltd of New York.


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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.


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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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