The Encore Story
Encore started life as a Cabaret group, the brainchild of Annette (Netta) Sands. In the late 1980’s she put together a group of singers and entertainers to perform cabaret shows in support of various charitable causes. For over a decade Encore performed, literally here, there and everywhere, in golf clubs, schools, old people’s homes, even at boxing clubs and at charity events in various local venues including at the Compass Theatre, where we are now based. All the profits from Encore’s shows went to charity – either by way of a donation or through staging shows for specific causes.
After 2000 Encore took a break, its members were busy either with other shows or pursuing careers and raising families. But in 2008 a group of the original members reunited to put on a surprise ‘for one night only’ show for Netta at her 80th birthday party. Despite all its members wanting to get Encore back on the road again, it didn’t happen and sadly the next time Encore performed was as a tribute to Netta who died in 2010.
The memorial show rekindled the Encore dream but by now the members, most of whom went back to the original show in 1989, came to the conclusion that perhaps they were getting a bit old for cabaret! So Encore was reinvented and by early 2013 Encore Cabaret had evolved into a vocal group, Encore Voices, to be joined a year later by Encore Junior Voices and Encore Junior Dance.
There was never really a plan to develop beyond this but, in January 2014 a few of the original Encore Cabaret group got together over a glass or two of wine and decided it was time to put on a ‘proper musical’. That proper musical was Seussical which burst on to the Compass stage in October 2014 with a fresh new company of talented performers and was met with full houses, standing ovations, NODA nominations and fantastic reviews. Exactly 2 years later the company staged Avenue Q at the Winston Churchill Theatre, but not before staging Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Little Mermaid Jr and Annie Jr in between!
Encore today is a highly ambitious company with a reputation for excellence. In April 2016 we were honoured to be asked to stage a cabaret in support of the Mayor of Hillingdon’s charity and in July 2016 Encore Voices provided entertainment at Brunel University’s alumni celebrations.
The Company is thriving and never stands still, always looking for new exciting projects, fresh challenges and new people to be a part of the adventure.