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New Wolsey Open Season

The doors to the New Wolsey stages are unlocked for another year for OPEN SEASON 2013. This annual showcase has brought many surprises and much excitement to the New Wolsey Theatre and Studio over recent years, and this year is no exception. With a range of musicals, plays, work from young people, original work and new ideas, this year’s season, starting on Friday 14th June until Saturday 27th July, looks set to be full of energy and ambition.

moby-dickStarting the season off on Friday 14th June in the New Wolsey Theatre, Playing ON presents HEARING THINGS – a devised piece of theatre they have been working on for the last two years in collaboration with NHS clinicians and service users. Drawing together the stories of those receiving and providing mental health care.

On Saturday 15th June the SUFFOLK SOUL SINGERS bring their blend of enthusiasm and passion for one night only.
Appeal Theatre is back with LITTLE WOMEN – THE BROADWAY MUSCIAL. Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, this timeless and beloved story of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March is brought to life as an exhilarating new musical, from Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd June.

UnseenSuffolkThe multi award-winning musical INTO THE WOODS is presented by the Gallery Players from Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th June – a fairy tale with a difference that will appeal to all! Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s iconic musical combines the well-known fairy tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood.

Don’t miss the Jellicle Ball as the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company makes their debut at the New Wolsey Theatre presenting a major feline musical. This all singing, all dancing musical spectacular from one of the region’s top amateur companies features a live orchestra and stunning staging from Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th July.

Over in the New Wolsey Studio from Wedneday 3rd to Saturday 6th July, Black & White Productions present IN HEALTH AND IN SICKNESS – THE HISTORY OF THE BARTLET – a new play by Suzanne Hawkes. Tracing the history of The Bartlet Convalescent Home in Felixstowe..

Every year the New Wolsey presents the Youth Perform! Festival, a celebration of work produced by children and young people from schools and community groups and directed by the New Wolsey’s Associate Director Rob Salmon. In 2013, Youth Perform! Runs from Tuesday 9th to Friday 12th July and this year’s title is THE SHOW MUST GO ON. Dame Sheila Shufflebottom is due to make one final appearance for her adoring fans! But behind the scenes its chaos and nothing’s ready. Can children and young people from all over Suffolk save the show?!

When Deb loses her most precious possession – the notes to her graduate thesis – she unwittingly starts a chain of events that turns the ordinary days of four New Yorkers into something extraordinary. Told through a series of intricately connected songs and Vignettes, ORDINARY DAYS is an original musical about growing up and enjoying the view. Presented by four friends who have come together to make this show, see this in the New Wolsey Studio on Saturday 13th July.

miserablesThe New Wolsey Theatre is proud to support Unscene Suffolk – a ground-breaking new community theatre company for adults with visual impairment. They have been working together since February 2013 and ACT ONE marks their first public performance. The company aims to produce work which explores and challenges notions of visually impaired performance, and is accessible to both blind and sighted audiences. They will be presenting performances between Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th July at the New Wolsey Studio.

The Children’s Theatre Company presents LES MISÉRABLES – SCHOOL EDITION performed entirely by students. Now the longest running musical in the world as it enters its 27th year, it tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

To bring the season to a close, critically acclaimed theatre makers Slung Low have just 5 days to work with the New Wolsey Young Company to create MOBY DICK for Saturday 27th July. One of the greatest books ever written, Moby Dick is the story of a man driven mad and finally to a watery grave in pursuit of revenge upon a whale. Slung Low have commissioned award winning playwright James Phillips to write a new adaptation, which is being developed with and for the celebrated performer and improviser Oliver Senton. Slung Low will work with young artists from the New Wolsey Young Company to develop the script and staging ideas of this ambitious piece before it premieres in Leeds.

Tickets are on sale now and are available to book by calling the Box Office on 01473 295900 and online at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk.

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