Premiere Group Returns!
Meet The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Team
For weeks and months, voluntary performers come together from all walks of life and from every age group to rehearse, plan costume changes, learn lines and lyrics, train their voices, learn choreography, and above all, have fun connecting with one another through their love for music, dance, and theatre.The Premiere Group is not just a theatre group, but a family that laughs together and supports one another through difficult times. They have enjoyed the highs from their musical successes such as Esther, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Oliver and My Fair Lady. In between, they have performed numerous Christmas charity
As the music came to a crashing halt, the performers energetically took their final poses. The crowd jumped to their feet in thunderous applause. A smile of satisfaction came to the faces of all for a job well done. As they held hands to take their bow, a bittersweet feeling spread between them because of all the sweat, tears, and memories that were well-worth the journey to get to this point. The above scenario is only one of the reasons the Premiere Group does what it does. The Premiere Group is a community theatre group based in Limassol, Cyprus. It’s officially registered as a non-profit cultural society, founded in 1996 by childhood friends Hovig Nassanian and Daniel Chorbadjian.
concerts, pantomimes and held Youth Talent Shows and Spotlight Talent evenings. The group is known for performing all musical productions with a live orchestra of Premiere members.
Premiere Group restarted their Spotlight Talent Nights in 2017 and have since arranged 7 Talent Nights. The next Spotlight Night will be held in May 2020 at 67 Eleftherias Street, in Limassol. And thus, in today’s world where life is connected 24/7, all are welcome to enjoy family-friendly entertainment as local performers of all ages showcase their talents onstage.
Premiere Group is delighted to announce their upcoming production of the much-loved classic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It will be the first time it has ever be performed in Cyprus. Auditions were held in May and June 2019, with many auditioning from across the island. The show will be directed by Janet Yianni, who has directed most of Premiere’s productions and this past summer directed Hamlet for ‘Shakespeare at Curium’. She will be assisted by Sharon Chorbadjian who studied drama in the UK and has a passion for community theatre and its importance in a modern day setting. She also co directed Premiere Group pantomime Snow White with Wendy Holloway. Our choreographer Sharon Montague from Free Flight Dance Studio represented Cyprus at the World Dance Cup earlier this year. Our musical director is Linda Economides who studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and enjoyed a successful 23 year career as a Soprano at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden before moving to Cyprus in 1993.
Rehearsals are now well underway with a cast of 60, ranging from age 7 to 69 spanning 20 different nationalities. Behind the scenes our costume and props team are hard at work creating outfits and stage items for much-loved scenes including Toot Sweets, Me Ol’ Bamboo and the Roses of Success. Our 15 piece orchestra, involving many professional musicians, will be led by Marios Marcou.
Premiere Group is proud to present Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with permission of MTI (Music Theatre International), Europe.
Save the date – 23rd & 24th October 2020!
In 2017, the group sadly lost two beloved Limassol members, Clare Pattihis and Andy Lott within 2 months. The members joined together to sing, “You Raise Me Up” at Andy’s funeral. Months later they performed it again in honour of their much-loved friends as part of the ‘Connection’ show at the re-opened Pattichion theatre, amongst other songs. It was a split-second decision for members to reunite and accept the invitation to take part by Free Flight Dance Studio and Footsteps to Fame founders, Sharon Montague and Linda Economides. Both ladies have been long-time members involved in the choreography and music of past PG shows. Due to travel, the group’s regular music director and co-ordinator were out of Cyprus, but members pulled together and made it happen. For the first time they sang onstage accompanying live dance pieces.
The road has not always been smooth. When the Limassol Pattihion theatre closed for 6 years of renovation, Premiere Group was forced to transport theatre sets and costumes to different locations across the island to perform. Venues included:
Pallas Theatre, Nicosia
Ancient Kourion Amphitheatre
St. John’s School Theatre, Episkopi
Polemidia Municipal Theatre, Limassol
No matter what the challenge, the Premiere Group persevered to share their performances with the public. In those 6 years, Premiere Group continued giving back to the community with Christmas caroling visits to care facilities for the elderly each December, a tradition that continues until now (our next one planned for 22nd December 2019).