Shrek the musical - NEW DATES - 20th to 23rd October 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!
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
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
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 email@example.com.
Footloose is being performed from 23rd – 26th October at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford. Tickets: 01322 220000 or
Panto 2020 Production team
DAODS is pleased to announce the production team for its 2020 panto Cinderella at Heathfields Hall.
Director - Heather Woodley
Choreographer - Vicki Sinfield
Musical Director - Keith Hills
The first meeting for the show is being held on Tuesday 10th September, 7.45pm at Heathfields Hall.
Shrek - Production team announcement
DAODS is delighted to announce the creative team for Shrek the musical at the Orchard Theatre in April 2020.
Director - Alex Campbell
Musical Director - Steve Trill
Choreographer - Stephanie Lee
Auditions to join the society for this show are being held on Monday 28th October at Heathfields Hall. Please visit our Contact Us page if you are interested in being a part of this show. First rehearsal will be on Friday 1st November.