WHO ARE EMCo?
Exmouth Musical Theatre Company have a long history of exciting and charismatic performances within the South West. Formerly known as 'Exmouth Amateur Operatic Society', EMCo pride themselves on being a fun-loving and friendly group, who enjoy the challenges and rewards of working together to the highest standards they can achieve.
What do they do?
EMCo work towards two large productions a year; typically a June musical and a November concert. They rehearse weekly throughout the year towards the next show. A lively social calendar is also important to the members, including nights out, a summer dinner-dance or cruise, Barbecues, Christmas Carol singing and various other events.
In 2010 Exmouth’s own musical theatre group, EMCo, celebrated their one hundred year anniversary. The company, following this amazing milestone are still dedicated to the continued evolution of the group. Still going strong, with over 100 members and life members, Exmouth Musical Theatre Company has worked hard to evolve and grow, to continue to appeal both to new generations of both members and audiences.
A FINE START
In 1910 the society began performing shows to local audiences, with ‘The Mikado’ being their first performance. They have already relived this event, when under the baton of Lynne Caygill they performed a ‘scratch’ version of The Mikado at Holy Trinity Church, Exmouth to an enthusiastic audience. This was the sixth time in their hundred years that EMCo had performed the Gilbert and Sullivan musical. Their third production, in 1912, ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ continued the company’s love affair with Gilbert and Sullivan, and gave birth to the company’s anthem (Which will no doubt continue to be heard many times each year), ‘Hail Poetry’.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Changing their name in November 2007 to move with the times, the company continues to challenge themselves, and look for new ways to mature. Last summer they took on their most ambitious project to date; ‘CHESS The Musical’ at Exmouth Pavilion, which was a runaway success, and ensured the company’s continued reputation for close-nit harmonies, powerful vocal solos and heart-felt performances. This revisiting of past successes has continued through their hundred years, as they have often revisited past successes they have previously performed from Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Steven Sondheim, Gilbert and Sullivan and Rodgers and Hammerstein’ to ABBA and The Beatles.
A WARM WELCOME
The company pride themselves on their welcoming and familial ethos, having many families with at least three generations within the society. They are also a very social group, and meet regularly for social occasions and to visit other society’s performances.
What the critics say...
A super evening of quality entertainment... NODA SW, 2014
By far the best production I have seen of 'Little Shop of Horrors'. NODA SW, 2013
Set a benchmark for any other company to match! NODA SW, 2013