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Looking for a helping hand!

Looking for a helping hand!

Dear members and friends of Spotlight MTG,

We are currently having difficulty finding skilled joiners to volunteer to help us construct our set for the 2019 pantomime.

Do you know anyone in your circle of friends and family who would be willing to help us? The set has all been designed, we just need someone to construct it.  This could probably be completed within a weekend in November.

If you know a joiner who would be keen to help could you please ask them to contact Sally by emailing or PMing us on Facebook

Thank you

Sally Orr, Stage Manager – Camelot – the Panto

Auditions for our next Show Fiddler on the Roof for performance March 2019

Auditions for our next Show Fiddler on the Roof for performance March 2019


Fiddler On the Roof audition pack 2018 v 1.9 web only

Click on the link above to download the audition pack.

We are now on version 1.9 as there was a bit of a bug in 1.8… Please get rid of 1.8s and only use 1.9s

Louisa will also have some packs available at Rehearsals

Please share this link with members/download for them so that everyone has access and knows about the dates.

We are still looking for men (Especially younger males) so please spread the word.

Audition Day Sunday the 1st of July  2018

The auditions will be in the Guide Hall

Please call or text Louisa to book your timeslot


RIP Geoff Miller

RIP Geoff Miller

Geoff Miller

It is with great sadness that that we tell of the passing of Geoff Miller.

Geoff and Maureen (his wife who passed away in December) – came up to the area to retire in the area nearly 20 years ago.  They both became very active members of the group with Maureen concentrating on costumes, fundraising and Front of House with Geoff taking to the stage as our set designer, constructor and often stage manager. They both served on the committee and ultimately influenced the group to become a SCIO.

His first show with us was “The Sound of Music” in 2001 where he and Jamie Smith built a very extensive set of sets and from then there was no stopping him.

It was at a time where there was not a lot of money about to put on shows and his ingenuity and skill in building and inventing was extraordinary.   Trucks, moving trucks, folding trucks, big and small came forth from his garage (he always wanted a bigger one !) and from the farm – where he would “freeze his ****** off “ he would tell us (this eventually led us to constructing in the relative warm of the hotel which allowed the male members of the society to retain some of their anatomy). He also made a full size police box , helped engineer a Dalek and gave us the wonderful sewer set for “Guys’ and Dolls”.

Perhaps the pinnacle (or not) was the creation and operation of an exploding cuckoo clock for which he even had his photo an biography included in the programme for “Crazy for You” credited as “handler” for Cecil the Stunt Cuckoo… we jest not.

Having retired from a high technical engineering level in BT his understanding of cabling, connections and systems was a great asset as was his knowledge of radio mics and other equipment  which he maintained.

“You are my Prisoner” – Steevie and Geoff halt ‘Clarence’ the Dalek’s attempts to take over the world

His love of smoke was legendary – often the set would be nicely obscured by too much smoke leading to the phrase “Geoff’s in!” even when we would go  to see professional shows where smoke attempted to upstage the actors.  His uniform of a headtorch, utility belt, electric powered screwdriver / drill and other tools hanging from him also earned him the nickname “Geoff of Borg”  in some quarters as he advanced out of the gloom with a chuckle of  ‘ello mate!

He was determined that Spotlight should better itself with each show technically  and was a stick in the mud for procedures, safety and practicality (probably harking back to his BT days)

A kind man with a wicked black sense of  humour, Geoff was always up for a laugh – although his addition to a painted frog on a stick to give it testicles and a “proud penis” never actually made it to a performance (as far as we know) despite many attempts with him reattaching said objects to the prop after they had been removed…..ready for the next performance.

Geoff Miller out on the Ranch in Oklahoma!

He did many full shows and pantomimes with us before moving onto other projects and interests  over the last few years (although his microphones and cables regularly “came out to play” for productions)

Even towards the end of his journey he was still full of life and ready with an anecdote from his working days – or near stage disasters and his wicked sense of humour came out.

We thank you Geoff for all you did for us as our co-worker, colleague and friend – your influence and dedication  still can be seen  within the group today.

See you later mate!


Geoff Miller – Heading back to the Tardis Construction Yards on Galifrey


Evelyn Campbell.

Evelyn Campbell.

For those in the group who were members during our time as Oban Operatic Society, you may have performed or worked with Evelyn Campbell. Sadly, Evelyn passed away a few days ago. She took part on stage whilst a member, most notably in 1990 playing Aunt Eller in the group’s first production of Oklahoma. Evelyn will be remembered for her passion for singing and was also a talented pianist. Our condolences to her family at this sad time.

A review of Rapunzel – By Easdale Primary

A review of Rapunzel – By Easdale Primary

Here is a review of Rapunzel – A Tangled Tale as seen through the eyes of the pupils at Easdale Primary School. Their drawings of the characters and their comments show just how much they enjoyed the panto and all the little details they noticed. Thank you Easdale Primary School for taking the time to do this for us.


Sad Times….

Sad Times….

Spotlight Musical Theatre Group are sad to learn of the passing of former member and friend, Maureen Miller. Maureen, along with her husband Geoff, was part of our group for many years.

Although Maureen did not take to the stage with us, her help and support off-stage was invaluable, including her talent for making us some lovely costumes and her tireless work front of house at many shows.

An elegant, kind lady with a wonderful sense of humour. We will miss her.

Our thoughts are with Geoff at this very difficult time.

Rapunzel – A Tangled Tale

Rapunzel – A Tangled Tale

Tickets on sale now for Oban’s 2017 panto, Rapunzel – A Tangled Tale, from the Corran Halls Box Office. Pop in and get your tickets or give them a call on 01631 567333.

This hair-raising tale comes to the Corran Halls every night from 6th – 9th December at 7.30pm with a matinee also on 9th December. Tickets from £6-£12 with a family ticket also available from £32-£35

So don’t delay, buy today! #Oban2017panto #Rapunzel


Pop-Up Box Office

Pop-Up Box Office

Tickets for Oban’s 2017 panto, Rapunzel- A Tangled Tale, will be on sale* this Saturday (14th Oct) from 11am – 1pm at Atlantis Leisure.

Why not pop in and see our ticketing team up by the viewing window outside the main hall and secure the best seats for this hair-raising tale of love, betrayal, and a whole bunch of high jinks!

  • * Please note we can only accept payment by cash or cheque.
Hilary going pink for Breast Cancer Now on 19th Oct

Hilary going pink for Breast Cancer Now on 19th Oct

Hilary will be raising funds for Breast Cancer Now at rehearsal on Thursday 19th October as a Wear it Pink event. Anyone wanting to support this can wear pink, yes, even the guys, and give a £2.00 donation.  She will also be making some pink fairy cakes and for an extra 50p you can hopefully enjoy one.

Fairy Good is pretty convinced she can nail this one!

See you there in pink.

Thanks, Ellie (sent on behalf of Hilary)


Reminder: Subscriptions now due

Reminder: Subscriptions now due

Member Rubber Stamp Showing Membership Registration And Subscribing

Hi everyone

Just a reminder that subscriptions are due for renewal by the end of the month!  Cost is £30 for adults and £15 for concessions.  If you need a form they are available from Sheena at rehearsal.  Cheques should be made payable to Spotlight Musical Theatre Group (SCIO).

Remember, if you don’t pay you aren’t insured!

Thank you

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