Pirates of Penzance

Fantastic audience reaction to our production of Pirates of Penzance run during 6/7/8 July 2017, that well known and much loved two act opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, staged in Wedmore Hall as part of Wedmore Arts Festival.  It completely sold out.  Many congratulations to our Artistic Director Mairi Coyle and the the cast & crew,  who worked tremendously hard to make it the success it was!

Wedmore audience quotes :  “A brilliant production – well done”  –  “Such fun!” – “Staging it in the 1970’s works so well and brings it all up to date”

Now on to plans for 2018, the Creative Team have had their thinking caps on and we expect an exciting announcement about our summer production very soon, so watch this space.

Following the success of Burns Night 2017, we’re doing it again in 2018… Saturday 27th January, so keep your eyes out for the posters and details in our next Newsletter. If you don’t yet subscribe, just email wedmoreopera@gmail.com to be added to the list.

Please let us know if you want to be involved in whatever capacity. We are particularly looking for volunteers who can help with set building etc, muscles and some artistic ability most welcome…Contact Us

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Past Productions

About Us

Since our first outing in 1988, we have been going for 27 years. In that time we have put on 60 performances of 18 productions – and hundreds of volunteers have been involved.

We have produced works by Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Purcell, Mozart and Mascagni, either in a 600-seat theatre tent or in the village hall, which seats around 130. To celebrate our 24th birthday in 2012, we commissioned Eleanor Vale from composer John Barber and librettist Peter Cann, inspired by life in Somerset a hundred years ago.

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In 1988 a group of Wedmore residents, seated around a kitchen table, determined to stage La Traviata in the Village Hall.

Since then, every two years or so, hundreds of people living in and around the village of Wedmore, in Somerset, work alongside professional singers, players and designers to create a new production. Wedmore is home to many talented people, but our careful selection of professional soloists and Charlie Cridlan’s outstanding set and costume designs are what ensures that our productions are outstanding, rather than merely ‘very good’.

We believe that excellent opera can be life-changing experience for anyone, of any age; for young people in particular great experiences in the arts can open doors they never imagined existed.

Wedmore Opera is a charitable company. This means that any income we make goes straight back into our productions. Our money comes from a mixture of selling tickets, programmes and refreshments, fundraising events, donations (every £1 donated takes us closer to our target) and the occasional grant. We keep our ticket prices as low as we can, so that everyone can be involved.

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Your time, energy and skill?  We are all volunteers at Wedmore Opera, and always have been. Every one of our productions since the very beginning has been realised through the generous gift of people’s time, energy, skill and money.

The chorus, our technical team, our director, conductor, administrator, webmaster, ticket sellers, programme writers, fundraisers, publicists and front of house staff are all volunteers. You’d be amazed by the amount there is to do in order to stage a production of this nature, and if you would like to get involved, we will certainly find a job for you. Don’t hold back!

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