Award-winning drama group to hold auditions for upcoming show

PUBLISHED: 08:16 05 March 2018

The Dunmow Players' s Priscilla of the Desert has been nominated for two awards

The Dunmow Players' s Priscilla of the Desert has been nominated for two awards


After their sell-out show, Priscilla of the Desert, which is up for two awards, and their award-winning musical Sister Act, The Dunmow Players are holding auditions for their next show, Little Shop of Horrors.

Sister Act, performed in April 2016, won Best Musical in the Eastern Region in the awards from NODA, The National Operatic and Dramatic Association.

Their following show, Priscilla, staged in October, has been nominated for two NODA awards, Best Musical and Best Staging. They will find out if they have won at an award ceremony in May.

The players say their success is due to staging a large-scale musical every year and also their thriving youth group.

To fund their shows, they host professional tribute acts at venues in the neighbourhood.

Last year’s Elton John and Abba tributes were described as bringing the house down at Foakes Hall and Thaxted Church. The next tribute night will be Friday Night Fever, an homage to the Bee Gees, on Friday, May 4. They also have a casino night planned for June with live entertainment from members of The Dunmow Players.

Spokesman Jennifer Miles Davis said: “Priscilla received full standing ovations from the audience every night. People wanted to buy tickets to see the show again but they couldn’t because it was sold out.”

She added: “The Dunmow Players Youth Theatre is going from strength to strength. After the success of Bugsy Malone last year, they are currently rehearsing for a show devised by our newly recruited tutors Abi Carsberg and Emily Robshaw, called A Night at The West End. Anyone interested (aged eight to 18) is welcome to come along for a free taster session.”

For the production of Little Shop of Horrors, there will be an information evening on Monday, March 5 at the Rowena Davey Day Centre in the Long Stay Car Park in Chequers Lane, Dunmow (postcode CM6 1EQ) at 8.30pm. Anyone over 16 is welcome. Open auditions will be held at the same venue two weeks later, on Monday, March 19. The show will be at Foakes Hall from October 23-27.

For further information about The Dunmow Players, the Youth Theatre, auditions for Little Shop of Horrors, or tickets to shows and fund-raising events, visit, or e-mail

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