Nottingham Gears Up For Historic Encore

Encore Performing Arts, Nottingham

Ross Lowe | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Nottingham Gears Up For Historic Encore written by Ross Lowe for Downstage Centre, published on Tuesday, August 18, 2015Time for the Encore: Zach Foster, Siân Scattergood and Siobhan Parker in rehearsal. (Photos by Chris Clarke)

September is an exciting month for an all-new theatre group packed with ambition as they make their bow in Nottingham.


Encore! Performing Arts are set to stage the historic first Nottingham performance of the Broadway smash musical A Chorus Line, which is celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Local performers from around the region are coming together to put on the company’s first show, A Chorus Line is just the beginningand there are already plans for their very own encore season of shows in 2016. But in the here and now, they're busy rehearsing the classic musical set in a Broadway audition.

Encore, set up to encourage amateurs to get involved with shows and enhance their own skills, is more than just a theatre group. It comprises a strong youth orchestra too, and they intend to develop more offerings in the fields of drama and dance before the end of the year. A Chorus Line Nottingham Encore Performing ArtsFollowing cuts in the arts sector and a strong local amateur performance community in the Nottinghamshire, the company is focused on ‘collaboration, not competition’ in order to achieve top quality shows and services for the local community to be a part of.

Sam Griffiths, Musical Director for the company, is extremely excited about such a landmark move in Nottingham. “To do this show justice after 40 years, you need a dedicated team of performers and a chance to make it fresh. We are blessed to be treated to both!” Creative Director Adam Guest is just as enthusiastic about Encore’s other projects. “A Chorus Line is just the beginning. We have two plays and a musical planned for Nottingham next year, and we want to start running workshops, dance classes, school visits and much more. It’s a very positive time for us and we’re always looking for people to join us on our journey”.

Encore! Performing Arts are currently welcoming volunteers to be a part of their work, from running workshops, to performing or helping backstage in their future shows.


A Chorus Line runs at Nottingham's Djanogly Academy Theatre from 23rd – 26th September.


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