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Shrek The Musical

 

Tickets are now on sale at the Grand Theatre Box Office for our 2020 show, Shrek The Musical.  Click here to go to the Grand Theatre website for further pricing information and to buy tickets. 'Early Bird' deals are available and premium seats are expected to be in demand - secure your seat now!

 

Hello Dolly!

 

Our 2019 show, Hello Dolly!, finished its run at the Grand Theatre on 27th April. The show was a tremendous success playing to great audiences, receiving standing ovations at every performance, and drawing critical acclaim from independent reviewers - the following being just examples:

 

"...what hit me first was the scale of the production, right from the beginning, I could see the effort that Blackpool Operatic Players had put into the production by ensuring their scenery was top class......... and the costumes were absolutely spot on

 

...the choreography from Julie Segev was inspired at times...

 

...the comic timing and entertaining performances of most of the main characters was brilliant...

 

...The direction of this piece by Neil Townsend, was very well thought out and really did exploit the cast to its fullest.

 

Overall, I was extremely impressed with the whole production and it just goes to show that sometimes the only difference between amateur theatre and professional productions is the pay cheque!

 

Well done Blackpool Operatic Players." 

 

Chris Higgins, NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) 

 

"...Full of foot tapping numbers...

 

....Lovely to hear the live orchestra, the period dresses were wonderful and the cameo scenes delightful...

 

....all the players deserved the rapturous applause that they received on their first night"

 

Karen Pennington, Blackpool Evening Gazette

 

Come and Join Us!

 

BOP is always looking to welcome new members to join us for our shows. We welcome  dancers, singers and actors who are interested in auditioning for a show. In general members who wish to take part must be 16 years old or over (dependent on the show in production) and be willing to commit to a schedule of regular rehearsals running from October each year through to the show in April. If you are interested in joining us click here to register.

 

Sad News

 

It is with a heavy heart that BOP bring all our followers some sad news. Our President, Doreen Harbron, passed away 29th January 2019 at the age of 94.

 

Doreen was an elegant, eloquent, simply wonderful lady, with an exceptional wit. She was a founder member of Blackpool Operatic Players and has remained a member ever since its forming in 1953. Doreen was BOP’s biggest fan and, it goes without saying, she will be greatly missed. Our love and thoughts are with Jane, Nigel and the family.

 

BOP Concert Party

 

A talented group of BOP’s members have formed a Concert Party, with a flexible programme of popular and well-known songs from smash-hit musicals, to perform at events across the Fylde and surrounding areas. Most recently the Concert Party was invited to entertain volunteers and staff at a Volunteers Appreciation Evening at Trinity Hospice in Bispham. Their performance was very well received with a rare standing ovation from the attendees!

 

Lorraine Oxley, Volunteering & Community Engagement Manager at Trinity Hospice said:

“Trinity was delighted to welcome back Blackpool Operatic Players who provided fantastic entertainment for our wonderful volunteers. A fabulous night thoroughly enjoyed by all. We hope they will return!”

 

The Concert Party are increasingly in demand and are now building a schedule of performances. If you would like to register interest in booking the group to enhance your event, please click here for further details.

 

Our 2021 Show!

 

Planning starts well in advance for BOP's annual production at the Grand Theatre and, while rehearsals for our 2020 production, Shrek The Musical, do not start until September/October this year, we are already looking forward to decide what our 2021 show will be. Once confirmed, we will announce details on this website and through our social media channels. Keep an eye out!

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