Hello Dolly

20 days until Hello, Dolly opens at The Compass Theatre

Today marks 20 days until Pastiche’s production of Hello, Dolly! opens at The Compass Theatre in Ickenham.

This production is a special one, as Pastiche marks it’s 20th birthday in 2017.

Over our 20 years we have achieved:

raised over £54,000 for local and national charities

Over 150 individual performances

Performed to over 15,000 people

Staged 38 productions at The Compass Theatre

Featured over 1000 performances from 153 individual performers

One of our company has performed in 31 of 39 of our shows!

Pastiche formed with it’s very first production in January 1997 when Jean Hobson and Jean George decided to create a one off production of Sandy Wilson’s “The Boy Friend” with the proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation, beginning a tradition of donating proceeds from our performances to local and national charities and organisations which is still proudly upheld by the company to this very day.

alan“The Boy Friend” was Pastiche’s first performance and opened at The Compass Theatre in Ickenham on Tuesday 21st January 1997. This performance was the start of a relationship with The Compass which is now twenty years old and has led to the company staging over 150 individual performances at the theatre. We will be staging our 40th production on the Compass stage in March 2017. A pretty remarkable achievement!

The success of “The Boy Friend” encouraged the company to stage another production, which it did with “Salad Days” in 1998. We staged our first concert “Showstoppers” in the summer of 1998 and ever since, we have staged a full musical and a concert each year.

about-2In the first fifteen years of its existence, Pastiche raised an incredible £50,000 for over thirty different organisations and charities based locally and nationally – supporting causes from Alzheimer’s to Great Ormond Street. We choose the organisations we raise funds for as a group and in most cases, the organisations are close to one or several of our member’s hearts. We are hoping that in 2017, our 20th year, we will break the £55,000 barrier.

about-4Pastiche prides itself on being a friendly group with a strong sense of fun and support for each other. Approximately 20% of our membership have been with the company since day one and at present we have not only families with two generations involved we even have three generations of one family as part of the group! Several of our members joined when they were children and have grown up with the company in some cases going on to study musical theatre or performing arts at college or university.

Tickets are starting to sell fast so book now to avoid disappointment!!

40 days until the first performance of Hello, Dolly!

With now just 40 days until Pastiche Musical Theatre’s first performance of Hello, Dolly! – we thought we would tell you a little bit more about our chosen charity who will benefit from our production, the wonderful Michael Sobell Hospice in Northwood.

Hello, Dolly is Pastiche’s 40th production and celebrates Pastiche’s 20th birthday. By wonderful coincidence, the Michael Sobell Hospice is celebrating it’s 40th birthday.

Our production will be raising funds for the Parent and Family Support team based at the hospice. This fundraising compliments the fundraising the hospice are doing whilst marking their 40th anniversary.

The patient and family support team helps with psychological and social difficulties, and is made up of a social work team manager, four part time palliative care counsellors, a creative therapies art leader and twelve bereavement counsellors.

Over the years, the hospice and it’s wonderful team of staff have helped thousands of families in the local area come to terms with the end of loved ones lives.

One such family is that of our Musical Director, Dan. In 2011, he and his family lost his Grandfather after a battle with cancer. As Dan says:

I am incredibly proud that our production of Hello, Dolly will be raising money for this amazing hospice to ensure that other families and loved ones receive the same care, compassion and support that my family received when we needed it most.

My Grandad went to Michael Sobell for the last few weeks of his life having been cared for at home. Understandably, this was a sad, distressing and difficult time for the whole family. It was extremely difficult for my grandmother and also for my father and aunts as we prepared to say goodbye to a much loved husband, father and grandfather.

The staff at the hospice were just sensational. During the last days of grandad’s life, they gave him the very best care to ensure that his passing was dignified, peaceful and most importantly, the way in which he wished it to eventually happen.

As well as supporting Grandad during his final days, the staff and the hospice were equally supportive of my family as they prepared to say goodbye to Grandad and immediately after we lost him. I know just how much my Dad valued their support and care and to this day remains so incredibly grateful to them for everything they did.

Losing a member of your family is one of the toughest things you ever face. The staff at Michael Sobell went above and beyond the call of duty to look after and support not just Grandad, but all of his family during this incredibly sad time in our lives.

Pastiche are thrilled to be raising money for such a worthy organisation. Tickets are on sale now for our production both at The Compass Theatre’s Box Office and through our own Box Office.

50 days until Hello, Dolly! opens

Today marks 50 days to go until our 20th birthday production of Hello, Dolly! opens at The Compass Theatre in Ickenham.

Both the Pastiche and Compass Box Offices are now open and tickets are starting to sell. To mark Pastiche’s 20th birthday we are for the first time offering a group rate on our tickets through the Pastiche Box Office – if you buy 10 or more full price seats for a single performance you will receive a £2 discount on each seat.

Don’t miss out on what looks like Pastiche’s most spectacular production yet!

Happy Birthday to original Hello Dolly star

Carol Channing as Dolly LeviAll at Pastiche Musical Theatre wish Carol Channing, the original star of Hello, Dolly! a very happy 96th birthday!

Channing originated the role of Dolly Levi in the original Broadway production back in 1964 and has since played the role thousands of times. Channing also appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie, which Pastiche staged in 2014.

Tickets for Pastiche’s upcoming production of Hello, Dolly! are on sale now.

60 days to go until we say Hello, Dolly!

Today marks 60 days to go until our 20th birthday production of Hello, Dolly! opens at The Compass Theatre in Ickenham.

Both the Pastiche and Compass Box Offices are now open and tickets are starting to sell. To mark Pastiche’s 20th birthday we are for the first time offering a group rate on our tickets through the Pastiche Box Office – if you buy 10 or more full price seats for a single performance you will receive a £2 discount on each seat.

Don’t miss out on what looks like Pastiche’s most spectacular production yet!