ETC is a Musical Theatre Company based in Wiltshire.
We specialize in offering young people the opportunity to experience professional theatre.
Ideal as a stepping stone for those hoping for a career in musical theatre as well as those ‘between jobs’ or even retired artists.
Cast and crew members from 13 to 35 years of age are encouraged to develop their rehearsal and performance skills through the presentation of major musical and showcase performances and workshop programmes that lead to recognized qualifications.
We stage three productions each year – A major musical production ,a showcase/review and a Xmas Musical.
Previous Productions by the Empire Theatre Company include:
2008 First Major Musical production was the all singing all dancing spectacular ‘42nd Street’
The Autumn showcase 2008 was on October 11th at The Wyvern Theatre 'A Night in the West End' and was a sell out !
We spent Christmas 2008 at the Arts Centre with a 2 week run of the Musical 'Scrooge'
2009 Major Musical production was 'West Side Story' over the easter period at the Wyvern
2009's showcase - 'Hollywood to Broadway' on 20th september .
Our Xmas production at the Arts Centre in 2009 was 'The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe.
Followed by 'Fame' the musical over Easter 2010, another 'Night in the West End ' Oct 2010
and 'Nutcracker - The Musical' Xmas 2010/2011
'A Night In The West End' 8th October 2011 at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon.
'Boogie Nights' April 2012 Wyvern Theatre Swindon
We hire in professional scenery and costumes and accompany the shows with a full scale professional orchestra.
All the production team have extensive experience in the West End and Worldwide.
By Flicky Harrison 42nd Street Wyvern Theatre Thursday, February 21 to Saturday, February 23 at 7.30pm and 2.30pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets from £9.50 to £12 Box office 01793 524481. professional West End dancer Graeme Henderson dropped into a Swindon theatre company to give his namesake, 16-year-old Keith Graeme Henderson, some tips. The two Hendersons worked on some routines for the show 42nd Street which is being presented this month by The Empire Theatre Company at the Wyvern Theatre. Choreographer Pollyann Tanner from Lydiard Millicent is behind the new venture which has been running since December. "Our plan for the Empire Theatre Company is to bring professionals such as Graeme down to give workshops for our dancers. They will get real experience of professional theatre,'' said the Old Town dance teacher. "We are a separate theatre company, nothing to do with any dance or drama schools in Swindon and we have dancers, actors and singers from all over Swindon and as far away as Coventry,'' said Pollyann. "We aim to put on about three shows a year.'' Graeme played Billy in the original cast of 42nd Street opposite Catherine Zeta Jones, who was coached by Pollyann's mother Mollie Tanner. Then in the touring production he played Andy Lee - the same part as Keith is taking in the Swindon version. The professional dancer went to the United States to learn about American choreography for his recent production of 42nd Street, starring Paul Nicholas. When he came to Swindon he gave away a few of the secrets he learned in the USA to the dancers. Graeme also took time out to put Melissa Wicks, 20, Pollyann's daughter, through her paces, as she is taking the part of Peggy Sawyer. He also had a run through of a few dances with the whole company. "It was a really great workshop with the two Hendersons,'' said Pollyann. It was thanks to an old boyfriend of Pollyann's, Allan Forrester, that the masterclass came about. "Allan is currently in Billy Elliot with one of our dancers, Stephanie Firth, so he got in touch with Graeme for us,'' said Pollyann.
West Side Story is one of my all time favourite musicals. It is also, in my opinion, one of the most difficult to cast and stage The music, too, is incredibly difficult, although we all know and love many of the songs from it. In this case I had no worries about the orchestra, if at times they were a little too loud for these young voices. That said, I can’t help but admire these young people for their enthusiasm. I wish to congratulate director, Pollyann Tanner, for staging this whole show in about six weeks. Melissa Wicks was charming as Maria. She kept her accent throughout, even when singing - something a lot of older players should take notice of. Her voice was sweet and tuneful. In the final scene especially, her acting ability held me spellbound. Steven Coleman did well as Tony. However, like a lot of these youngsters, his voice lacked the power I feel this show needs. But that’s just my opinion. Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, was played admirably by Luke Browne, who is a 2nd year student at Bird College. I have to say that I couldn’t take my eyes off him when he was on stage. His characterisation, every move and gesture, was well played. I remember when I was producing South Pacific he played the young boy. He was determined even then. Keith Henderson as Riff performed very well and also showed what training at theatre school can do for you. He too is studying musical theatre at Bird College. There were a great many good performances from these young people, some of whom are still at school studying drama, dance and singing. Charlotte Johnson was made for the part of Anita. All in all, this was a great night out for the musical theatre aficionados of Swindon. This was a big show to perform and produce. It needs lots of energy from the chorus and good singing and acting abilities from the company leads. I think they made a good job of it, as I’m sure did many others in the audience. I look forward to Empire Theatre’s next production. - Ros Hollands
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Boogie Nights, the 70’s musical was brought to the Wyvern theatre last week by the Empire Theatre Company under the guidance of director, choreographer, Pollyann Tanner. This group of young people with ages ranging from 13 to 35 showed what it is to be young, talented and above all enthusiastic about their musical theatre arts. From the minute the lights went down they performed their socks off. The story is a typical boy meets girl with an unusual ending and wonderful songs from the seventies thrown in at every turn. Written by Jon Conway with script associates Shane Richie and Terry Morrison it is a tale that makes you wonder if it is at all biographical in places. Indeed my daughter mentioned at the end that leading man Dean Kline reminded her of a holiday rep. Shane Richies old occupation. Dean did well with the characterisation of his role as did all the leading players in this production. Laura Cotes sang her heart out during ‘I Will Survive,’ nearly bringing the house down. These 70’s numbers are not easy to sing. At times notes or song entrances were sketchy. However, with a good band on stage the audience’s feet were tapping, hands clapping and voices singing along. They loved it. Costumes were good as was an excellent lighting plot and scenery. Pollyann and her team are to be congratulated on a job well done in such a short time frame. Her cast get ten out of ten for enthusiasm and energetic dance routines. If you can get the audience on their feet during a finale I think you may just have succeeded in your task. This was a feel good factor show enjoyed by audience and cast alike. Ros Holland. Swindon Advertiser.
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