HISTORY

The Spotlights Musical Theatre Group (originally named The Sunningdale Savoy Chorus) was founded in 1991,  formed originally to perform the works of Gilbert and Sullivan by a dedicated group of local people. Their first performance was a double bill consisting of Ballads, Songs and Snatches - An Evening with Gilbert & Sullivan and Trial by Jury. In 1992 Iolanthe was performed.

In 1993 Geoffrey Horton became the Society Musical Director. Under his enthusiastic direction A Broadway Revue was put on in April 1993. The productions that followed were all G&S including HMS Pinafore (1994), The Mikado (1994), The Gondoliers (1995) and a double bill of Cox & Box and Trial by Jury (1996).

In 1997 Judith Flint joined us as accompanist for The Pirates of Penzance, which very successfully sold out for three nights and was followed, in 1998, by Patience, one of the lesser-known works of Gilbert & Sullivan.

 

The Spotlights Musical Theatre Group (originally named The Sunningdale Savoy Chorus) was founded in 1991,  formed originally to perform the works of Gilbert and Sullivan by a dedicated group of local people. Their first performance was a double bill consisting of Ballads, Songs and Snatches - An Evening with Gilbert & Sullivan and Trial by Jury. In 1992 Iolanthe was performed.

In 1993 Geoffrey Horton became the Society Musical Director. Under his enthusiastic direction A Broadway Revue was put on in April 1993. The productions that followed were all G&S including HMS Pinafore (1994), The Mikado (1994), The Gondoliers (1995) and a double bill of Cox & Box and Trial by Jury (1996).

In 1997 Judith Flint joined us as accompanist for The Pirates of Penzance, which very successfully sold out for three nights and was followed, in 1998, by Patience, one of the lesser-known works of Gilbert & Sullivan.

 

The 1999 season was marked by a change in direction and a complete challenge with the production of My Fair Lady, which was a massive achievement for all, concerned. A 10th anniversary production of Iolanthe  - it had to be G&S - followed in 2000 but we then returned to the popular musical with Oklahoma! (2001) and then Fiddler on the Roof (2002). In 2003 we performed Carousel and a Grand Gala Concert. Judith Flint left and Jo Miller-Shepherd joined as our Accompanist. In 2004 we performed Mikado and Vienna Nights. Chris Goodwin joined as Music Director in 2005 and we performed Oliver and Messiah with Bracknell Choral Society. In 2006, Pirates of Penzance and Songs from the Shows. In 2007 Calamity Jane and a combination concert of Gondoliers/Demokracy/Trial by Jury. In 2008 Olivet to Calvary with Holy Trinity Church and The Merry Widow. In 2009 Godfathers Gondoliers and The Brits. In 2010, Salad Days and Some Enchanted Evening. In 2011, our Gala Year, we performed HMS Pinafore and a Celebration Concert – a selection of music taken from the shows and concerts we had performed since the SSC was first founded in 1991 by John Woodward-Roberts and Mark Bennett. Our MD, Chris Goodwin conducted his last show with us (HMS Pinafore) and Geoff Horton returned to take up the baton as Music Director from 2012 to 2014 when we performed Orpheus in the Underworld, Annie Get your Gunn and Kiss Me Kate.   Laurence McNaughton was our MD for The Pajama Game in 2015.   Interspersed with the above productions we have performed concerts locally on a regular basis, supporting a local charity, providing funding to enable us to continue to present full productions and for our own enjoyment.

In 2016 Serena Kay became our MD and since then the group has gone from strength to strength musically. We lost our regular show berth at The Rose Theatre in St Mary's School, performing My Fair Lady in 2017 at Papplewick School and Their Grandest Night at Cordes Hall in 2018, with Paul Jackson as MD. Serena returned for 2019 for Spotlight on the West End and our full production of The Mikado at Cordes Hall.

 

 

We have performed at All Souls Church Centenary celebrations, joined with the BT Voices for Hospices, when other choirs joined us for The Messiah and taken part in a Millennium concert at Ascot Racecourse performing The Creation with Jonathan Wilcocks conducting. We have also performed at The Marlow Theatre, Canterbury and Wellington College and also supported the Church Choir at Holy Trinity Sunningdale for special services at Christmas and during Holy Week.

We meet on Monday evenings at Cheapside Village Hall for rehearsals at 8pm. The Society has about 40 members who are all friendly and sociable - an annual BBQ and a Christmas meal are part of the social calendar together with the essential visits to a local hostelry post rehearsal!

Due to the small, friendly atmosphere members are actively encouraged to take major roles in productions (we like to keep it in house as much as possible). We manage the whole production ourselves, nobody is left out.  And any wives, friends or partners left at home are soon coerced into volunteering in one of the many important backstage or front of house roles.

Help is always required and we always welcome new members. If you can sing, act or help in any way please speak to any member of the Society after a performance or alternatively contact the Secretary, Sheila Knight, to be added to our mailing list or to join sheila@tonysheila.plus.com. For the very brave, just turn up at a rehearsal on a Monday night and you will be made most welcome  (having first checked with Sheila that we aren't on a break between shows that Monday).

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