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“Betty Blue Eyes”
Second Round Auditions with Shenfield Operatic Society
Show week 7-10 February at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.
Rehearsal nights Wednesdays and Fridays 7.45pm – 10.15pm with one Sunday a month 1.30pm – 5.30pm.
Rehearsal and audition venue St Georges Church Hall, Ongar Road Brentwood CM15 9HR.
Alan Bennett’s A Private Function is given the musical comedy treatment in this hilarious and touching tale of 1940s Britain. The country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades but one small community can see a bright spark on the horizon; they are determined to celebrate the upcoming Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip with a banquet. Alongside them, greedy and self-important councillors want to host their own celebration with more than just rationed spam. Enter star of the show, Betty the pig! Betty is being reared illegally for the councillors’ feast, but what will happen to her in the end? Full of eccentric characters, such as sweetly hopeless chiropodist Gilbert and his waspish wife Joyce, Betty Blue Eyes is a delightful story full of delicious, toe-tapping songs and plenty of dancing
We are still looking to cast
Henry Allardyce – an accountant and member of the Town Council
He and his wife are holding a Private Banquet celebrating Princess Elizabeth’s wedding and they will be serving Pork – Betty! Henry has developed a soft spot for the pig. Sings the title song. Actor/singer
Frances Lockwood – a solicitor and third member of the council. Actor/singer
Sergeant Noble – a police officer
Sutcliffe – a farmer
Nuttall – a butcher
Metcalffe – another butcher
Barraclough – another butcher
There are other, smaller parts which can be cast from the auditioned parts above.
Auditions will take place on the 29th September at St Georges Church Hall, Ongar Road Brentwood CM15 9HR