Welcome to Penguin Musicals

Local to High Wycombe

A local community musical theatre group, based in High Wycombe, UK. We produce new, unpublished shows, starring local people both on stage, in the orchestra, and behind the scenes. We are open to adults and children aged 10+, and aim to keep our costs low to allow anyone who wants to join us to take part.

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Our Next Production

Jason and the Argonauts

A tale of adventure, mystery, monsters, friendship, and deception. Join Jason and a group of Heroes as they quest across the ocean for the mythical Golden Fleece.

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Take part

That means you!

We are looking for people to perform in the show - this is musical theatre so mostly singing with some acting and a small amount of dancing. We are also looking for some amateur musicians for the orchestra (grade 6+), set designers and constructors, backstage crew, lighting and sound technicians, props and costume creators/sourcers, and front of house staff. No previous experience is required for any of these roles, and lots of support and help will be given. Come along and try something new!

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Jason and the Argonauts

Our new show for performance in August 2017 will be Jason and the Argonauts.

Come with us on a mythical adventure of mystery, monsters, friendship and deception. Sail with Jason and the heroes of legends in their quest for the fabled Golden Fleece.

Jason and the Argonauts is in the style of a rock opera, making a bold change from our first venture. As always, we try to create as many lead roles as possible, to allow lots of people the chance to perform solos. We will ensure all chorus members who want a solo line get one, and those who don't want one don't have to. We hope the theme of this show will encourage a wide age range of local people to come and take part. The set, props and costume design also mean something interesting to anyone wanting to come and work with us backstage. So come and give it a go.

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Adventure

Battling creatures and solving riddles, this is show will be full of excitement and adventure.

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Rock music

Drums, keyboards and guitars give the show a pacey, exciting sound track.

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Fun

Meet new friends, sing songs, and have fun.

Perform

To take part on stage, come along to one of our two audition sessions. This is a musical, so the audition will be singing. Everyone will be taught a song from the show as a group, and then you will perform a small section either solo or in small groups. If you don't want a lead role, you do not have to audition solo! You may also be asked to read a few lines from a script. This show does not have a lot of dance routines so we are not looking for a set of dancers. Therefore there will not be any separate dance auditions, however we will look for dancers from our main cast for a couple of routines.

The cost to take part will be around £60. We may be able to waive this cost if money is an issue.

Band

If you want to play in the band please email us saying what instrument you play and to what grade. We aim to have around a 50/50 mix of amateurs and professionals. Because the theme is rock, we are looking for drummers, guitarists, keyboards, percussion, but possibly also some other insturments. If you want to get involved please send us an email. There is no cost to take part in the band.

Backstage

If you have an interest in directing, costumes, props, set design, painting, lighting, sound, working backstage or front of house, then come and join our team. You'll be given loads of guidance and will learn some new skills and get to be part of a great team. Just drop us an email saying what you're interested in doing, absolutely no experience required. There is no cost to take part in any backstage area.

Key dates

Rehearsals are normally on Sunday afternoons. A full rehearsal and performance schedule will be published shortly.

About Us

A few years ago two local musical theatre enthusiasts got together and decided to write a musical. Having offered it to local schools who thought it was a risk taking on an unknown show, they decided to set up a community group to perform it. Although Patrick had experience directing shows, neither he nor Vicki knew how to go about setting up a group and producing a show. They teamed up with Bucks Music Learning Trust, and Claire joined as a representative. Claire has lots of experience getting funding and organising events, as well as stage managing. They also were very grateful to accept help from experienced local producer Carolyn. Having created a team they quickly decided they wanted to involve both adults and children in the shows, which as far as they know is unique in this area, and also to allow people to be involved not just on stage, but in the orchestra and backstage too. With no experience required for our volunteers, they also pulled in knowledgable heads for each area to teach skills in costume design, set design, lighting, sound and working backstage. Their first show was a great success, and everyone who was involved seemed keen to do another. So they put our heads down for over a year and are now back ready to launch their second show, Jason and the Argonauts. They are very pleased that so many of the team are joining them again this time, and warmly welcome the new team members.

Patrick Gazard

Patrick Gazard

Composer and Musical Director

Patrick had wanted to write a musical for many years, having worked his whole life in music and music education. Patrick has directed many shows at school level and currently directs a local choir and several music ensembles at High Wycombe Music Centre.

Victoria Davis

Victoria Davis

Lyricist and Producer

Vicki has always loved musical theatre and is delighted to have a chance to write her own. Vicki is producing the next show, having learnt a lot as assistant producer in their first show. She also runs the website.

Claire Willis

Claire Willis

Project Manager

Claire works for Bucks Music Learning Trust and has been invaluable in planning, organising, and applying for funding. As a music centre liaison she makes sure everything we do is working towards helping the community.



Carolyn Kendall

Carolyn Kendall

Executive Producer

Carolyn is a very experienced local theatre producer, and has produced many shows with local theatre company Fourways.

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Director

Director

We have not yet appointed a director.

Anna Rose Hayward

Anna Rose Hayward

Choreographer

Anna runs a successful dance school in High Wycombe. She did an amazing job choregraphing our last show and we welcome her back to the team.

Beth Yorath

Beth Yorath

Costumes

Beth loves dressing up and is amazing at creating costumes from scratch. She has lots of exciting ideas for all the mythical creatures we need to create for our current show.

Contact Us

Got any questions? Want to come and take part in our next show, or find out more? Contact us at:

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