The Arcadians

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Milborne Port Opera

 SATURDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2021 AT 19:30pm
"The Arcadians" Concert Performance
Milborne Port Village Hall

 A cut-down version of our show, postponed from lockdown in April 2020.
Director Linda Mumford has created a cut down version of the show which simplifies the plot while retaining the best musical numbers and the abundant humour.

Please note - there will be two 15 minute intervals, but no refreshments will be served.

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Milborne Port Opera will emerge from its lockdown hibernation with a one-night-only "concert performance" of its postponed production "The Arcadians". The performance will be on Saturday September 25th in Milborne Port Village Hall at 7.30 pm.

The original production was postponed 2 weeks before its opening night in April 2020 when the country went into lockdown.

Due to Covid precautions, the opera will not be fully staged.  The chorus will perform as a socially distanced choir, on a plain stage, with only the principals costumed. But the minimalistic version will enable the audience to enjoy the superb music of Lionel Moncton and Howard Talbot (the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice of their era).

Director Linda Mumford has created a cut down version of the show which simplifies the plot while retaining the best musical numbers and the abundant humour.

For health reasons, the audience has been limited to 100 people. Seats are unreserved but there will be capacity for sensible social distancing. The cost is £10 per ticket. Book online.

The company is planning its next show for April 2022 – Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow". Rehearsals start in October

If anyone wants to take part, front or backstage, the company will give them a warm welcome. Rehearsals are weekly, on Thursdays, so the time commitment is manageable.

Further information from

Richard Gaunt



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MPO wins the double at the Somerset Drama Awards

Milborne Port Opera scooped two awards at the prestigious Somerset Fellowship of Drama David Beach Awards for musical theatre at Taunton on Saturday 7th March.

The group were nominated for a total of five awards for their last year's production of "Anything Goes". The two categories in which there were successful were-

Best made set – for the transformation of the Milborne port Village hall into an ocean liner. The adjudicator called it "A triumph".

Best male support actor – Matthew Baker for his portrayal of Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. The adjudicator commented " This was a lovely standout performance using every ounce of your physicality to portray the character... great timing and comic ability"

Virtually every drama group in Somerset participates in these annual awards .It is a great honour to be nominated in this competition, which is rigorously adjudicated by a team of experienced performers and producers.



Picture: /images/w288/mpo-arcadians%20%283%29.jpg20 January 2020: Members of the Milborne Port Opera took advantage of the first sunny day for weeks to turn out at Henstridge airfield on Sunday 19 January to film the opening sequence for their latest show "The Arcadians", set in 1910, when air transportation was in its earliest days.

Tiger Moth Training, based at the airfield, kindly supplied the oldest aircraft they could find, not a 1910 model, but a restored Tiger Moth with sufficient vintage credibility to  baffle the pedantic brigade.

Milborne Port photographer Paul Gumbrell  shot the video, which depicts the hero of the show, James Smith, bidding good bye to his tearful wife and flying off to unknown lands.

To find out what happens to Jim (and to see the film), you will have to come and see the show, which plays the week after Easter. Bookings open on 1st March.


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