Music and Drama Group

Music and Drama (MAD)

Activity_Drama_Herbal_BedDrama and Musicals are among the centre's principal year-round activities involving people of all ages and abilities, professional and amateur, who make full use of the Centre's fully equipped 157 seat theatre. Productions are organised mainly through the Music and Drama Group which stages a core of four shows a year, from a regular winter pantomime in January, a spring play, a summer show and an autumn play.

A Christmas music event is staged in most years.

The Music and Drama Group are members of NODA (National Operatic Drama Association). Read the NODA reviews of Spamalot , Private Peaceful and Sleeping Beauty.

Opportunities exist for Music and Drama Group members to participate in Cabarets which are very popular with audiences and to enjoy rehearsed play readings.  The group also produces shows outside the theatre, involving members of the wider community. An ongoing project is to organise more social evenings where members can meet informally to network with other members, to learn about the different roles involved in staging productions or to enjoy rehearsed play readings.

How and Who
The group reports to the Board of Directors and is run by a committee elected by its large membership.

The Music and Drama Group is always looking to encourage new members to perform or help backstage and offers a warm welcome with support to become as involved as they would like.

The Music and Drama Group meets Tuesday and Thursday evening, from 7.30pm in the Theatre.

For more info, email stage@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

Music and Drama Social Evenings

The Music and Drama Group also run social evenings giving people a chance to get together, meet the group and have some fun.

Music and Drama Group Youth Theatre

The Youth Theatre consists of workshops run by experienced and professional tutors in all aspects of theatre, with an opportunity to be involved in the annual pantomime and other productions throughout the year.

For anyone ages 11-18 inclusive, regardless of ability or experience.

Contact youththeatre@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk or call Sophie Lester on 01747 825349.

Costumes and wardrobe

The centre has an extensive wardrobe of some 2,000 digitally catalogued costumes available for hire to other groups and individuals, from period to modern and full chorus sets.

Rates are from £10-£20 per hiring (up to two weeks) or from £25 plus deposit for its specialist Proms Dress Hire Service. Accessories and props are available at an extra charge by negotiation.

Fees are payable on collection by cash or cheque. Cheques should be made payable to 'Shaftesbury Arts Centre'.

Please note bookings are by arrangement with the centre's wardrobe mistress Liz Carruthers,  not through the box office.

 For bookings and more information contact the Arts Centre's wardrobe mistress Liz Carruthers on 07939 617314 or costumes@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

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@TiggyWalker @FionaDart and Rosie King.

http://ow.ly/kcQE50zPCT9

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone"
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  • Four more of the 12 - 18 category for INSIDE/OUTSIDE from Mia, Sadie, Lilyrose and Lareina. Such a variety of ideas and techniques. @ShaftesburyArts #sculpture #drawing #painting #talentedteens http://ow.ly/y5Bo50zRpw1

    shaftesburyarts: "Four more of the 12 - 18 category for INSIDE/OUTSIDE from Mia, Sadie, Lilyrose and Lareina. Such a variety of ideas and techniques. @ShaftesburyArts #sculpture #drawing #painting #talentedteens http://ow.ly/y5Bo50zRpw1"
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It is that time of the week again! Head over to our facebook page and website to have a listen to our Weekly Poem! 
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  • Dorset Art Weeks should be up and running now, with 'Two by Two' showing in the gallery as part of this major Art Event. Here's another taste of what Sandy, Jane, Janet and Sallyrose had planned to exhibit. @dorsetartweeks #mixedmedia #ceramics #painting ow.ly/ENTU50zRkJ6

    shaftesburyarts: "Dorset Art Weeks should be up and running now, with 'Two by Two' showing in the gallery as part of this major Art Event. Here's another taste of what Sandy, Jane, Janet and Sallyrose had planned to exhibit. @dorsetartweeks #mixedmedia #ceramics #painting ow.ly/ENTU50zRkJ6"
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    shaftesburyarts: "What song are you singing as part of our Singing Fiesta? We can't wait to hear it! 
Head over to our website to find out more about how to get involved and where to send your recorded song! 
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    shaftesburyarts: "More submissions from the 12-18 category for INSIDE/OUTSIDE online ary competition.  Here are paintings from Amelia, Charlotte B, Charlotte G and Charlotte Gr. So many Charlottes with different ideas! @shaftesburytown @ShaftesburyArts #talentedteens http://ow.ly/JSf350zPywh"
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  • Here is our winner of our 16+ category for our Short Story Competition - Lizzie Wright with 'A Life Full of Many Acts of Kindness' Head over to http://ow.ly/bFou50zO7hW to have a listen to her winning entry! Thank you to everyone who entered and the fantastic judges!

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Lizzie Wright with 'A Life Full of Many Acts of Kindness'

Head over to http://ow.ly/bFou50zO7hW to have a listen to her winning entry! 
Thank you to everyone who entered and the fantastic judges!"
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