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Hello Dolly! - Production Team and Auditions

Hello Dolly! - Production Team and Auditions

Apr 17, 2022

DAODS is pleased to announce production details for the October 2022 production of Hello Dolly! at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford.

Director - Sheila Arden
Musical Director - Stephanie Jarvis
Choreographers - Caroline Essenhigh and Sam Mason

Friday 22nd April - 7.45pm

Monday 25th April - 7.45pm

Friday 29th April - 7.45pm
Monday 2nd May - 7.45pm

If you are interested in joining the society for Hello Dolly! or any other productions then please get in touch via our Contact Us page or email

You can find out more about joining the society on our Membership page.

All Shook Up - Cast Announcement

All Shook Up - Cast Announcement

Nov 11, 2021

After a fantastic set of Auditions DAODS is pleased to announce the cast for All Shook Up. The show is being performed at the Orchard Theatre next year from 13th - 16th April. Tickets will be available from the Orchard Theatre box office. Look out for more details coming soon!

Chad: Paul Farlie
Natalie: Lily Turner
Sylvia: Rebecca Coker
Lorraine: Ella Walden
Dennis: Mark Fromings
Jim: Terry Allen
Miss Sandra: Michelle Wright
Dean Joe Wood
Mayor Matilda: Wendy Wallis
Sheriff Earl: Dave Hughes

Bar Flies – named in honour of members who have sadly passed away recently
Henrietta (Betty): Meg Walsh
Mary: Hannah Fox
Sue: Alex Moore
Nancy: Sophie Nightingale

Ellie Beaumont, Dee Blackaby, Louise Brown, Sarah Brundritt, Ellesse Cooke, Natasha Cox,
Daniel Cross, Jo Dennis, Lauryn Fasakin, Lauren Fitzgerald Burke, Russell Golby, Sophie
Guariglia Smith, George Harvey, Jasmin Howe, Catherine Jarvie, Maria Jarvis, Megan McInnes,
Kieran Manning, Gemma Matthews, Hayley Meredith-Evans, Laurie Preece, Emma Ramsay,
Laura Ramsay, Lauren Ramsay, Vicki Sinfield, Faith Smith, Drew Stevens, Karen Stewart,
Annabelle Storey, Curtis Sutherland, Jill Taylor, Neve Taylor, Karen Tomkins, Terri Truckle,
Richard Twyman, Luke Walden, Liam Winter, Dawn Wood, Heather Woodley

Shrek the musical - NEW DATES - 20th to 23rd October 2021

Shrek the musical - NEW DATES - 20th to 23rd October 2021

Apr 2, 2021

After a long year of delays and uncertainty DAODS has been able to confirm that its production of Shrek the musical will be going ahead! The new dates will be the 20th to 23rd October 2021 with the production being held at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford.

At the time of writing all national restrictions in England are due to be lifted from Monday 21st June and therefore the cast of the show will be able to return to full rehearsals after more than a year away.

Tickets can be purchased from the Orchard Theatre box office on 01322 220000 or via their website. Anybody who had purchased tickets for the original dates will have their tickets transferred to the new dates. Any enquiries relating to purchasing or changing tickets will be dealt with by the Orchard Theatre and customers are encouraged to visit their website or call the box office for further information.

DAODS will release further information about changes to the dates of All Shook Up and Hello Dolly as soon as they are confirmed.

All Shook Up - Production team announced!

All Shook Up - Production team announced!

Jan 1, 2020

DAODS is delighted to announce the production team for its production of All Shook Up at the Orchard Theatre.

Director - Alex Tyrrell

Choreographer - Amy Farlie

Musical Director - Ed Sage

All Shook Up is a new musical comedy built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley. Among the 24 songs featured in the score are classics like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel," "Can't Help Falling in Love," and of course the title tune.

Shrek The Musical - Cast Announcement

Shrek The Musical - Cast Announcement

Nov 1, 2019

After a long day of excellent auditions we are proud to announce our our Shrek-tacular cast!


Shrek: Alex Freeman
Fiona: Laura Gillham
Donkey: Rebecca Coker
Lord Farquaad: Mark Fromings
Dragon: Katy George
Pinocchio: Curtis Sutherland
Gingy: Michelle Wright
Papa Ogre: Ryan Alexandrou
Mama Ogre: Nicole Brady
King Harold: Daniel Cross
Queen Lillian: Ella Walden
Teen Fiona: Maeve-Anne Allen
Sugar Plum Fairy: Jade Oswald
Big Bad Wolf: Crew Martin
Ugly Duckling: Lucy Colbert
Mama Bear: Alex Moore
Papa Bear: Liam Winter
Baby Bear: Amy Cooper
Wicked Witch: Sally Mudhoo
Peter Pan: Alex Tyrrell
Fairy Godmother: Emma Ramsay
Shoe Elf: Chloe Tidbury
Humpty Dumpty: Annabelle Storey
Mad Hatter: Kieren Manning
Pig 1: Lucy Regan
Pig 2: Louise Brown
Pig 3: Patrick Walsh
3 Blind Mice: Lily Turner, Sophie Nightingale, Rebecca Bartlett
Captain of the Guards: Luke Walden
Thelonius: George Harvey
Bishop: David Cosh
Pied Piper: Ellesse Cooke
White Rabbit: Hannah Burton

Featured Tappers: James Lockwood, Gemma Matthews, Terri Truckle, Bethan Campbell, Sarah Kearley, Abbie Davies, Lauren Ramsay

Happy People/Ensemble: Hayleigh Brampton, Sarah Brunditt, Christina Brunner, Hayley Meredith Evans, Nina Monksfield, Francesca Rameaux, Katie Whistler

Dartford locals set to ‘tear up this town’ with upcoming show

Dartford locals set to ‘tear up this town’ with upcoming show

Aug 31, 2019

Members of a local theatre group are dusting off their dancing shoes as they prepare for their next musical production. Dartford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (DAODS) has been putting local performers through their paces as the group prepares to head to the Orchard Theatre in Dartford for its October production of Footloose.

Footloose is the story of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy from Chicago. He and his mother move to the small town of Bomont after his father abandons them. Ren finds himself at odds with most of the town, including the Reverend of Bomont. The Reverend has convinced the town to outlaw dancing, which Ren finds unbelievable. With the help of friends Ariel and Willard, Ren convinces the Reverend to let the teenagers dance, and in the process helps the town to heal from a tragedy that affected them all.

The show is probably already familiar to audiences from the 1984 Kevin Bacon film and offers a toe-tapping upbeat score featuring many hit songs including; Let’s Hear It For The Boy, Holding out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Footloose and many more!

Footloose offers many opportunities for the society’s members, made up of local residents living in and around Dartford, including many high-energy dance numbers which they have been working on since rehearsals started in April. Anticipation for the show is high, as DAODS chairman, Paul Farlie, explained. “We have always tried to present a variety of different types of shows for our audience and this year has been no different. We performed a more traditional show in April with our production of Oliver! and Footloose gives us the chance to bring something a little more modern to the stage. That will continue once Footloose is over as we move straight into rehearsals for Shrek the musical which we will be staging in April 2020.”

This show will be the sixth from the local group in the last 12 months. The society is always looking for new talent, both on and off-stage, and anyone who is interested in getting involved should email

Footloose is being performed from 23rd – 26th October at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford. Tickets: 01322 220000 or