Soiree 2024 – Tickets on sale from 23 July

Soiree 2024 – Tickets on sale from 23 July

Tickets for the RMDS Soiree 2024 will be on sale from Tuesday 23 July and can be bought from our box office via the front page of the website or the link below. The seating plan remains the same as previous years in The Barn with table of 10. As usual you are welcome to bring your own picnic and snacks but all drinks must be purchased from the RMDS Bar. We look forward to seeing you in the autumn.

Can you think on your feet while an audience is LAUGHING? Do you have a good sense of COMIC TIMING? Are you full of ideas for things that are FUNNY? RMDS is recruiting for the 2024 Soiree cast and that could be YOU!

Date: Tuesday 14th May 2024

Time: from 7.30 pm

Venue: to be confirmed

A workshop evening is planned to consist of the following:

* Introduction to the Creative Team (Charlotte Hockey, Charlie Squires and Julian Peckham)

* History of the Soirée

* Outline of changes to recruitment process inclusive of all RMDS members

* Warm up game

* Improvisation games

* Informal sing and movement to ‘We Go Together’ from Grease

Please come prepared to tell us a joke you think will make us laugh PLUS an idea for a joke or situation you believe might make a good front-of-curtain sketch for two or three people. The Soirée is a collaborative effort, so everyone’s ideas are valuable.  Don’t panic, though – it’s intended to be an informal event. Some drinks and nibbles will be supplied.  Soirée rehearsals start in earnest in August after the Summer Show (Mondays and Wednesdays) but in the lead-up to that we have planning meetings on Tuesdays a couple of times a month where we create the framework for the show in preparation to get started – as already stated, it’s a collaborative effort so you’ll be expected to contribute to these meetings too.

Show week commences Monday 28 October 2024.

If you’d like to come along to the workshop please message Charlotte on 0797 419 50288 or email charlotte@brooklynblue.co.uk by Friday 3rd May 2024.

The Creative Team, overseen by RMDS chairman Mark Bodger, will reserve the right to recruit a cast it believes will produce a funny, balanced show for the autumn.

RMDS Choir sings Music from the Movies

RMDS Choir sings Music from the Movies

The RMDS choir under their musical director, Oliver Squibb will be performing a celebration of Movie Music Magic in two concerts taking place at Trinity United Church in Ringwood this June. Tickets are on sale now for Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June

Thank you for the Musicals – Easter 2023

Thank you for the Musicals – Easter 2023

RMDS is pleased to once again being performing at The Barn in Ringwood at Easter with a brand new format show incorporating songs from well known musicals, some performed by RMDS and some which we aspire to perform one day. Incorporating singing, dancing and some links to past shows of RMDS this show will have you leaving The Barn humming all those well known songs. We look forward to seeing you at Easter.

Tickets are now on sale in our online box office

RMDS Support Performing Arts in Ringwood

RMDS Support Performing Arts in Ringwood

Ringwood Musical and Dramatic Society has continued their support for the development of performing arts in Ringwood with a donation to Ringwood School of £50,000 following the recent opening of the new performance venue, The Barn.

RMDS has a long association with Ringwood School having performed shows there since the early 1970s and previously supported the development of the school theatre with lighting, sound and tiered seating. The development of The Barn offers exciting new opportunities for the performing arts in Ringwood, both for the students at Ringwood School and the wider community and RMDS looks forward to its first production in the last week of October, “How the Other Half Loves” by Alan Ayckbourn. This will be followed in November by the ever-popular Ringwood Soiree, back in Ringwood for the first time in many years.

Mark Bodger, Chairman of RMDS said “We are proud to be able to continue our long association with Ringwood School and supporting the development of performing arts for which the school is so well renowned and the wider community.”

Leanne Symonds, Headteacher of Ringwood School said “We are delighted to have a new venue which significantly improves provision for our students and also offers the town a space where performance arts can be showcased. We are incredibly grateful to RMDS for their very generous donation. Without such generosity The Barn would not be the building that it is today.”

The Barn was developed to provide a new assembly hall and performance space for Ringwood School following a grant of £2.5m from the Condition Improvement Fund which in turn has allowed the development of a new dining facility for students, The Stables, in the space previously occupied by the school hall and theatre.

Soiree 2022 – Seating Plan

Soiree 2022 – Seating Plan

As the Soiree returns to Ringwood this year into The Barn, there is a new seating plan which is shown below. All tables have good visibility of the stage and there will be a licensed bar available for all your drinks requirements.

Autumn Productions 2022

Autumn Productions 2022

RMDS is proud to announce our first productions in the exciting new Ringwood Venue, The Barn which we are pleased to be. major supporter of in continuation of our long association with Ringwood School. First, at the end of October will be our production of “How the Other Half Loves” by Alan Ayckbourn from 26th-28th October. Following this we are very pleased to bring The Soiree back to Ringwood from 15th-19th November. tickets for both of these productions are on sale so book now to avoid disappointment.

Castle Players next production – 18/2 May 2022

Castle Players next production – 18/2 May 2022

Castle Players will be presenting “Still Alice” adapted for the stage by Christine Mary Dunford from the award winning book by Lisa Genova from 18th to 21st May 2022 at the Village Hall in Lytchett Matravers. This is a touching play about a lady with early onset Alzheimers and all proceeds from the production will be donated to the Alzheimers Society. For more information, please visit their website at www.castleplayers.com

The Summer Show is back for 2022

The Summer Show is back for 2022

We know you’ve missed us, we’ve missed you too ……. The RMDS Summer Show is back for 2022!
We’re hoping that this year’s summer show will be the BIGGEST and BEST yet, so we’re really pleased to be inviting you to sign up for it now. Our three creative teams have already started planning their sections and unlike previous years, we’re inviting you to express a preference (if any) on which section you’d like to be in.
Dave & Cindy Wischusen will be setting the action on an aeroplane, which will be full of interesting characters and their differing approaches to life. The plane goes missing and the whole plot will centre around this
Yvonne Zaremski will be setting sail on a cruise ship, so climb aboard and come on a journey that is as much a part of the experience as the various destinations on the way…… but be careful not to “Rock the Boat”
Jemma Wright will be presenting a mash up of Phantom of the Opera, with Frankenstein and a bit of science Fiction thrown in for good measure!
Please get in touch with us via the contact form on the website or directly to Andy Steeds asteeds@aol.com who is coordinating the show this year. There will be an initial get together on Wed 13th April at St. John the Baptist Church Hall in Poulner at 8pm where new members can be auditioned and the final groups decided upon.
We’re particularly keen to attract new members and would remind you that anyone joining the Society for this year’s summer show will have their membership extended to September 2023 – meaning they could get 2 summer shows, an Autumn play and an Easter Musical for one year’s membership (which is only £40 for adults or £10 for under 25’s)
Has lockdown had you craving your moment in the spotlight?

Has lockdown had you craving your moment in the spotlight?

Ringwood Musical and Dramatic Society are pleased to announce that we will be producing ‘Rumours’ by Neil Simon as our autumn play 2021 with performances during half-term break at Ringwood School Theatre from Wednesday 27th October – Saturday 30th October 2021.

The play is a hilarious comedic farce and is one of Neil Simon’s most celebrated comedies and here is how to get involved…

We are holding a get-together on Monday 19th July at 7:45pm for anyone who is interested in taking part, during which we will read through the play and discuss the audition pieces for each character. There are 5 female and 4 male roles to cast, in addition we always welcome any interest in off-stage roles so please do come along if you would like to be involved in any capacity with the production.

If you are interested in taking part, or just coming along to see what the society is all about, please contact the director, Bobs Guy, via telephone: 01425 472792 or get in touch using the contact form on the website to register interest or ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you there!