Saturday 21st June - The Gazette

Our Friday group were busy rehearsing for two productions on 21st June, with puppets for our production of 'Avenue Q', which will be performed at Gable Hall on 28th September  and  also the Madness musical 'Our House'.  After the class we also had a fundraising evening to help member Esme Scarborough raise her fees for a place with the National Youth Theatre.  Esme recently auditioned for a place with the National Youth Theatre alongside 4400 other young people and was one of 500 who has been selected to join.

On Friday 9th & Saturday 10th November, the Friday group’s production of ‘Anything Goes’ was superb.
The all singing and dancing production took place at The Boxmoor Playhouse to packed house. The story took place on board the SS America and an excellent set was contracted which transferred the Playhouse into a luxury cruise liner.
With fabulous song and dance numbers and a hilarious script, the performances had something for everyone, leaving the audiences blown away. Everyone was very impressed with the triple cast, which offered many the opportunity to perform and shine on stage.
We were very impressed with the professional attitude of the group and in with the way they took it upon themselves to rehearse in their own time and on Sundays at Gable Hall. The hard work paid off guys!


GAZETTE – Published on Saturday 1 December 2012


It was a sell out for all three shows of Bugsy Malone as proud parents and family turned out to see their little ones take centre stage. The teachers at Hemel Hempstead’s Gobstoppers Theatre Company ambitiously decided to have three different casts for each show, which involved children as young as four years old. Victoria Williams, who runs the group with husband Chris, said: “We wanted to give everyone a chance so it was a bit of a gamble. “Everyone got a chance to play a big role, which is what we are all about and then you find that their confidence shines through because they have been given that chance.” Children have been preparing for the gangster musical, which was staged on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25, since July, learning their lines during the summer holiday before returning to Gobstoppers in September for rehearsals.

Professional actor Adrian Scarboroughgave a fascinating workshop to our A level Drama & Theatre studies group, on the work of Mike Leigh.  Adrian, who worked with Mike Leigh on the film ‘Vera Drake’, explained about the intense improvisation process that is undertaken, when working under the direction of Mike Leigh.

The group have been studying the play ‘Abigail’s Party’ so were delighted to hear that Adrian is friends with the actress Alison Steadman, the star of the film.  They both work on the comedy show ‘Gavin & Stacey’ and so Adrian was able to give his profession opinion of the process of the play.

This was an excellent workshop and lecture, which benefited our students greatly.
Thank you again Adrian!

What a fantastic day we had on Saturday 5th October. We were privileged to have had George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the writers of ‘Honk!’, ‘Just So’ and ‘Mary Poppins’ attending our Honk! rehearsals. They were very impressed with the talent and teaching offered here at Gobstoppers and wish all the company the very best of luck with our production



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A Message From Molly - A Level Drama 

I wanted all of you to know that Gobstoppers has changed my life. When my school told me I wasn't good enough to take Drama I was devastated. I talked to a friend about her A-Level and she told me about Gobstoppers. I cannot express my love and thanks to her. Since then I have looked forward to each and every drama lesson and rehearsal even when times were hard. I have met some fantastic people on the way.
Many of you will have met me for the first time on the Cornwall tour, which I can say was the happiest few days of my life. We were the dream team and I cannot explain how much I treasure that time .
So, what I am unsuccessfully trying to say is that thanks to Chris Williams and his excellent wife Vicky, I am happier than I have ever been and that I am heading to the University of East Anglia to study English and Drama, thanks to the most excellent and wonderful Gobstoppers. I cannot thank you enough. I would not be the person I am today if it had not been for Gobstoppers. Maybe one day I can come back (rich and famous) and become a True Gobstopper.
Thank you, I love you all with all my heart.
Molly xxx

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