Epsom Light Opera Company

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John-HR JOHN HARRIES-REES - DIRECTOR
John trained at the Rose Bruford College of Drama, specialising in production and direction. Teaching and lecturing in Drama and Theatre, and freelance directing, for the past 40 years, has provided many wonderful memories. The 170-plus shows that he has directed, include Applause; Hello Dolly; Into the Woods; La Cage aux Folles; West Side Story; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Hamlet; Annie; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Guys & Dolls; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; My Fair Lady; Merrily We Roll Along; Beauty & the Beast; Hairspray; Seussical; Legally Blonde and many, many more. His love of all styles of theatre has seen him directing Opera, Old Time Music Hall, Experimental Improvisation-based Drama, in addition to all his plays and musicals. A proud father of six, John is delighted to be directing "Curtains" for ELOC, collaborating with a great creative team, and would like to pay tribute to the hard working and talented company and technical team, with whom he has been privileged to work.
Francis-Griffin

FRANCIS GRIFFIN - MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Francis Griffin studied the horn at the Royal College of Music. He started conducting shortly after leaving college and has worked with Operatic Societies and orchestras throughout the South East and has appeared in the South Bank and Barbican centres. His repertoire is varied, ranging from Classical Symphonies and Operas through to Operettas and Musicals. Performances have included Carousel, Me and My Girl, Man of La Mancha, Iolanthe, as well as Operas such as Cosi fan Tutte, Turandot and Siegfried. He is also a noted arranger, particularly of Opera, and his arrangements have been performed all over the world. He is delighted to be working with Epsom Light again, his last project with them was the highly acclaimed Mame in 2016. For more information see www.FrancisGriffin.com.

Helen

HELEN PENNICARD - CHOREOGRAPHER
Helen gained most of her dancing experience attending Laine Theatre Arts. She then went on to train at Kingston Teachers Training College and at Danceteachersinc. Helen now holds a Licentiate qualification in both Modern Theatre and Tap dance within the ISTD syllabus and has recently taken her Fellowship tap exam so that she can one day, hopefully, go on to examine. For the past 10 years, Helen has kept very busy as a dance teacher and choreographer, teaching at various schools in the Surrey area. Helen has been a member of ELOC for over 9 years and is very proud to be working alongside a great bunch of people! Theatre includes:'Chicago' (co-choreographer with Fusion Academy), 'Secret Garden' and 'Honk' (choreographer with Chipstead Players), 'Guys and Dolls' (choreographer with Danes Hill School and Dunottar school), 'Lend Me A Tenor', 'Parade', 'Pirates of Penzance', 'Anything Goes', 'How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' (choreographer with ELOC) and 'The Snow Queen' and 'Peter Pan' (dance teacher with Centre Stage Dance & Drama) and many more! So "let the 'Curtains' part and follow that yellow brick road all the way to Kansasland." Enjoy.


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