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.
Where and when do we rehearse?
Normally on Monday nights, 8pm-10pm, 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.
There is a basic membership fee which is currently £20.00 a year if you pay by standing order (once a year in January) and £25.00 if you pay by cash, cheque or bank transfer. This fee allows you to take part in many of our events including social events, carol-singing and some concerts, vote at the Annual General Meeting and any other meetings that are called during the year.
There is an additional show fee for the main yearly show and some other shows, such as revues involving dance numbers and costumes. The amount of the show fee will vary each year based on the show's requirements - for example, the venue (shows at Hampton Hill Theatre cost more), whether we need to pay royalties (which doesn't apply to Gilbert and Sullivan shows, but does apply to most others) and hire costumes/scenery/musicians.
Show fees for 2020
The Roaring Twenties revue: £30
Trial by Music: £60 (whole show) £40 (one act only) or £10 (balcony choir)
If you are a current or recent student you receive a 10% discount on all fees - making the basic subscription £18 a year if you pay by standing order. This applies up until one year after your graduation date.
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.