Epsom Light Opera Company

award winning theatre at the Epsom Playhouse


WSS About the Show

Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare

Production Team

Director: Lisa Scott
Musical Director: Amy Bryce
Choreographer: Katie Leitch
Stage Manager: Sarah Wood

Show Dates and Times

When: Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th October 2018
Number of performances: A total of 6 performances
Evening Performances: 7.30pm
Saturday Matinée Performance: 2.30pm
Performed at: Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AL


Set in the Upper West Side neighbourhood in New York City in the mid 1950s, an ethnic, blue- collar neighbourhood, the musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a white gang. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang's leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The show explores the consequences of this love and is based on William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

ELOC Rehearsal Times and Venues

Rehearsal Days: ELOC rehearse weekly, on Mondays and Wednesdays (and closer to the show on Sundays too.) Monday rehearsals are for the company (chorus and principals).
Wednesdays rehearsals are mainly for principals, and sometimes dancers. Closer to the show the ensemble are also called for Wednesday rehearsals.
Sunday rehearsals are for the company, and start about a month before show-week.

ELOC will issue a detailed rehearsal schedule once the show is cast. Please make sure you check the schedule regularly for updates and changes. It is also important to let the production team know of any planned absences, so they can plan the rehearsal schedule accordingly.

Rehearsal Times: Monday and Wednesday rehearsals start at 7.50pm for a 8.00pm sharp start.

Sunday rehearsals are planned for the following dates and times:

  • Sunday 16th September, 4pm-8pm
  • Sunday 23rd September, 4pm-8pm
  • Sunday 30th September, 4pm-8pm
  • Sunday 7th October, 4pm-8pm

Technical and Dress rehearsals are as follows:

  • Sunday 14th October - Band Call and Technical Rehearsal - Epsom Playhouse - 1.00pm* - 11.00pm
  • Monday 15th October - Dress Rehearsal - Epsom Playhouse - 6.00pm* - 11.00pm

* Start time may vary, more details nearer the event.

The Technical and Dress rehearsals sometimes finish late, we will do our best to finish as soon as we can, but please be prepared for this!

Rehearsal Venues:

  • Mondays/Sundays - The Good Shepherd Church Hall, Station Approach Road, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5AH
  • Wednesdays - The Vale Primary School, Langley Vale, 84-92 Beaconsfield Road, Langley Vale, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 6HP
  • If for any reason the rehearsal venue changes, you will be informed.

Important Dates

Monday 30th April 2018, 8-9pm Launch Meeting  Good Shepherd Church Hall, Tadworth
May Monday 7th Bank Holiday, No Meeting
Monday 14th, 8pm Audition Music Rehearsal
Wednesday 16th, 8pm Dance Workshop
(for all, except adults)
The Vale School, Langley Vale
Sunday 20th Dance Auditions Good Shepherd Church Hall, Tadworth
Singing/Spoken Auditions
Monday 21st, 8pm Auditions continued Good Shepherd Church Hall, Tadworth
Monday 28th Bank Holiday, No Rehearsal  
Wednesday 30th, 8pm Main Hall: Dance Rehearsal The Vale School, Langley Vale
Library: Soloists
June Monday 4th, 8pm Musical Rehearsal Good Shepherd Church Hall, Tadworth
Wednesday 6th, 8pm Dance Rehearsal The Vale School, Langley Vale
Monday 11th, 8pm Rehearsal Good Shepherd Church Hall, Tadworth
Wednesdays, 8pm Main Hall: Dance The Vale School, Langley Vale
Library: Principals
Mondays, 8pm Rehearsal Good Shepherd Church Hall, Tadworth
Wednesdays, 8pm Rehearsal The Vale School, Langley Vale
September Sunday 16th, 4-8pm RUN ACT ONE Good Shepherd Church Hall, Tadworth
Monday 17th &
Wednesday 19th
Act 1 Tidying: ALL Required  
Sunday 23rd, 4-8pm RUN ACT TWO Good Shepherd Church Hall, Tadworth
Monday 24th &
Wednesday 26th
Act 2 Tidying: ALL Required  
Sunday 30th, 4-8pm FULL RUN Good Shepherd Church Hall, Tadworth
October    Monday 1st &
Wednesday 3rd
Runs/Tidying: ALL Required  
Sunday 7th, 4-8pm FULL RUN Good Shepherd Church Hall, Tadworth
Monday 8th &
Wednesday 10th
Runs/Tidying: ALL Required  
Sunday 14th, 1-11pm  BAND CALL & TECH Epsom Playhouse
Monday 15th, 6-11pm DRESS REHEARSAL

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