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“Go on Nancy, give us a tune!”

Published: October 19th, 2017

With our production of ‘Oliver!’ only three weeks away, we thought we’d let you have a little sneak preview of what we have in store for you! Please use the Facebook address below to watch our Nancy (Jennifer Swanepoel) performing her very own rendition of ...

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BOST’s New President

Published: October 10th, 2017

We are delighted to announce that Brian Corfe will be the new president for Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust. He will be taking over the role from Aldham Robarts, whom we would like to give an extra special thank you for all his wonderful support over ...

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Our Cast is Complete!

Published: October 10th, 2017

We are excited to announce that we have finally cast our canine star for ‘Oliver!’ and we have certainly hit the “Bullseye” with this one. Bruce is a 5 year old English Bull Terrier and belongs to his lovely owners Fran and Jim from Eastham. ...

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“WHITE CHRISTMAS” CAST.

Published: July 8th, 2016

We are delighted to announce a great cast for our Empire show this Christmas.

The line-up will be led by Tony Prince playing Bob Wallace, the role made famous by Bing Crosby in the movie.  Tony has played many parts for us, including royalty, as Prince Edward (The Slipper & The Rose,) professional gambler, Sky Masterson (Guys & Dolls) and the loveable rascal Fagin (Oliver!)

He will be ably partnered by Chris Simmons as Phil Davis, played by Danny Kaye in the said same film.  BOST audiences will know Chris from his recent portrayal of both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in our spring production at the Floral Pavilion and from many other of our shows, such as The Full Monty’s mover Jerry Lukowski  and the humanised candlestick Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty & The Beast.

Gina Phillips has won the part of Betty Haynes (sung and danced by Rosemary Clooney in the movie.)  Gina too is no stranger to the BOST stage, having played numerous characters including the well-to-do debutante Hope Harcourt (Anything Goes,) a caring Nancy (Oliver!) and emotional mum Alice Parker in the wartime-set show, When The Lights Go On Again.

Younger sister, Judy Haynes, will be brought to life by Linzi Stefanov, another regular BOST principal player.  Among past roles Linzi has played for us are the feisty Polly Baker (Crazy For You,) Mary Magdalene (Jesus Christ Superstar) and the unfortunate Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde~The Musical, who fell for the doctor’s charms but was pursued and killed by his evil counterpart.

General Waverley will be played by Frank Nance, following previous BOST roles such as the understanding Arvide Abernathy (Guys & Dolls) and the aristocratic Sir Danvers Carew in Jekyll & Hyde.

Pat Davies will be his house-keeper, Martha Watson.  Pat has been a BOST leading lady for some years, playing, to name but a few roles, lively Nellie Forbush (South Pacific,) the ditsy Fairy Godmother in The Slipper & The Rose and, twice,  Miss Hannigan, the drunkard in charge of the orphanage in Annie .

The following experienced performers will be filling further roles:

 Les Hampson              Ralph Sheldrake, a TV executive

  Jessica Walters           Rita, a leading chorus girl

  Elizabeth Beattie       Rhoda, the other leading chorus girl

Carl Loughlin              Mike, stage manager

 

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