If you're interested in musical theatre, HLO may be just the place for you. We have members and helpers who are involved on stage, backstage and 'front of house' (which includes welcoming people, selling programmes and raffle tickets, and showing people to their seats) for performances. There are many other important jobs needed to keep a modern-day amateur musical theatre group afloat. We've outlined some of them below.
There is a yearly membership fee which is currently £36.00. This fee allows you to hold membership and take part in concerts and some other events. Some of the productions we put on need an additional 'show fee'. This is currently £84.00 for the main show - making a total of £120 a year.
While you are welcome to pay your fees all at once, you can also pay monthly. This currently means you can take part in all our performing appearances for
JUST £10 A MONTH
If you are a current or recent student you can join and take part in all our musical activities, including the main show, for just £50 a year. This applies up until one year after your graduation date. Again, you can pay it all at once or monthly instalments (we suggest 10 monthly instalments of £5).
We normally rehearse on Monday nights, 8pm-10.30pm, at St Stephen's Church Hall, Parkside Road, Hounslow TW3 2BP.
Buses : 281, 111
Train : Hounslow Station - 5 minute walk
Tube : Hounslow Central (Piccadilly Line) 15 minute walk.
Roles On Stage
We are known for having one of the best choruses in the area. You can't overestimate the importance of a good chorus, and we are always looking for a varied range of voices so we maintain a good balance. You could have one of the voices we are looking for.
There is no formal audition process for joining our chorus - we want to encourage people to come along and not feel intimidated by the prospect of having to 'perform' before you feel comfortable about being with us. Our Musical Director will at some point just ask you to sing something so they can make sure you are singing in the right range for your voice.
Members of the chorus are encouraged to audition for principal roles in our productions, but principal roles are also open to anyone outside who would like to audition. Audition dates and pieces will appear on this website when announced, along with instructions on how to apply for an audition. If you are cast in a principal role and you are not currently a member of the company, you will be expected to join and pay the same fees as existing members in order to take part.
We hire musicians for our productions depending on what we need. If you are a musician who would like to be considered for a place in our productions, and you play to a required standard (usually at least Grade 8 in your instrument, although we may make exceptions depending on experience), then please get in touch and give us your details so that we can contact you in the future.
There are many jobs away from the limelight that go to make a succesful production.
Assistant Stage Manager
Front of House
to name but a few. If you fancy joining in for just show week, longer term, or alternatively, if you have a skill that might be of interest to us, please let us know through our contact page.