Footloose

September 2012

Putney Arts Theatre

Ravenna Road

Putney

Director: Matthew Eberhardt
Musical director: James Beal
Choreographer: Della Bhujoo

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Synopsis

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the adjustment to his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the local laws - including a ban on dancing - which are the brainchild of a local preacher bent on exercising control over the town's youths.

When the Reverend's rebellious daughter sets her heart on Ren, her boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation and many of the locals are eager to believe the worst about the new kid. With its Oscar'-nominated hit score (the film soundtrack album has sold over 15 million copies world-wide) the celebrated film musical now bursts explosively onto the stage.

Ren - Adam Walker

Ariel - Frances Leak

Shaw - Jonny Clines

Willard - Tom Cane

Rusty - Katy Goddard

Vi - Nicola Roscoe

Chuck - Rich Gladwell

Urleen - Kate Soper

Wendy Jo - Becky Robertson

Ethel - Gilly Low

Lyle/Travis - Nathan Benson

Coach - David Jefferies

Eleanor - Steph Ramplin

Wes - Mike Gibson

Lulu - Harriet Pauly

Principal - Susan Sworn

 

Male Ensemble

Tommy Cawkwell, Nicholas Dore, David Hamilton, Callun Lewis, Charlie Richards, Daniel Stephenson

 

Female Ensemble

Emily Ayers, Becky Blake, Laura Crowley, Lucy Hennessy, Bianca Lloyd-King, Holly Matthews, Gemma Melhuish, Sarah Norton, Steph Ramplin, Sally Reeve

 

Photos

Photography by Nicole Rush


Guys and Dolls

18th - 21st January 2012

London Oratory School Theatre

Seagrave Road


London
SW6 1RX


Director: Jonny Clines
Musical director: Steven Geraghty
Choreographer: Kim Findlay

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Synopsis

Desperate to find money to pay for his floating crap game, Nathan Detroit bets Sky Masterson a thousand dollars that Sky will not be able to take a local Salvation Army girl, Sarah Brown, to Cuba. While Sky eventually is able to convince Sarah to join him, Nathan battles with his fiancé of fourteen years, Adelaide.

Meanwhile in Cuba, Sky ends up falling in love with Sarah and tries to reform his gambling ways. When he returns back to New York, he bets all the members of the floating crap game that if he wins his roll of the dice, they will all have to go to church and repent. If he loses, he will give them each a thousand dollars. He ends up winning and all the gamblers end up visiting the mission and repenting their sins.

Characters

Sarah Brown - Danielle White
Sky Masterson - Alan Reiss
Miss Adelaide - Katy Goddard
Nathan Detroit - Mark Smith
Nicely, Nicely - James Brookbanks
Benny Southstreet - Olly Medlicott
Rusty Charlie - Seamus Grey
General Cartwright - Susan Sworn
Agatha - Fran Hughes
Harry The Horse - Gavin Murphy
Big Jule - Rob Malone
Lt Brannigan - Liam Walls
Joey Biltmore - Mike Gibson
Master of Ceremonies - Daniel Stephenson
Mimi - Jan Reiss
Arvide - Charlie Richards

Hot Box Girls - Bianca Lloyd-King, Flo Nash, Ceris Thomas, Jess Bunker, Natalie Leong, Angie Schultz, Sarah Norton, Jan Reiss, Sally Reeve, Ruth Cocks

Female ensemble - Kizzy Jackson, Aimee Parnell, Sarah Hurley, Gilly Low, Philippa Stone, Clare Hurley, Annmarie Wilson, Rebecca Blake, Jessica Tanner

Male ensemble - Nathan Benson, Mike Gibson, David Hamilton, Daniel Stephenson

Photos

Photography by Nicole Rush

 

Show Reviews

“Cygnet Players should once again be rightly proud of what they achieved with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Comedy is notoriously difficult to do well but they sailed through this with ease, giving us frequent laughs, toe-tapping dance routines and left me wanting to download the cast recording so I could re-live some of the numbers.”

 “Rachel Kitchen’s portrayal of Jolene was one of the highlights of the show for me. She had great energy and led the number Oklahoma brilliantly.”

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

“Jonny Clines as the leading con man was suave and projected the regal feel essential for his unlikely background as a deposed prince … His rendition of ‘Love sneaks in’ was the musical highlight of the show.”

“Charlotte Donald, a superb dancer as well as an excellent singer, was perfect for the part giving it real presence.”

Tony Sweeney
NODA Review

“The highlight is Hughes as Freddy ... so very natural and understated in the role that it is perfectly pitched. From rookie swindler, to devastated sufferer of Dance Fever, to PC-challenging Ruprecht, each role is effortlessly portrayed with comic timing to boot.”

“What I really enjoyed ... was the amount of dance and ensemble movement ... Choreographer Kim Schenkelaars created simple, beautiful routines that seamlessly complemented the songs.”

"Cygnet Players have once again charmed me with their simple and precise portrayal of a show.”

From the House Seats Review

“The comedy duo that really came into their own during act two was Katy Thompson and Russell Bramley. They were perfect together, and their post-coital scene on the balcony was laugh-out-loud funny. Russell particularly had exceptional comic timing throughout.”

“I also absolutely adored all the costumes. The whole show was a rainbow of colour.”

Jess Pether
Sardines Review

"Rachel Kitchen (Elle) was ideal for the role and her transformation from a blonde airhead to a strong savvy woman really gave the show backbone and was delivered to perfection"

Tony Sweeney
NODA Review

"Kate Chesworth played the comedic role of Paulette and this was an example of perfect casting. Her facial expressions alone had me laughing along with Paulette, with the Irish section in Legally Blonde remix being a perfect example."

"This is a fun production which is worth seeing for Rachel Kitchen as Elle alone. It stays true to the spirit of Legally Blonde and they balance the froth on the surface well with its true message of looking beneath the surface. Well done to all at Cygnet players for another success!"

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

"It really was a bright and lively piece, which sits up there with several previous Cygnets shows."

"The show's final number, 'Look at me', left me in tears - these three ladies were a true triumph and all equally impressive."

"The production line of outstanding productions continues apace. Congratulations to all involved."

Steve Macvicar
NODA Review

"The was an excellent production of a technically complex show, and should be considered a great achievement for this rapidly expanding company."

"Charlotte Donald, Helen Burgess-Bartlett and Rhian Roberts effectively owned the stage each time they appeared, ensuring all eyes were upon them, and playing off each other very effectively."

Chris Abbott
Sardines Review

Past Show Photos

Sweet Charity

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Footloose

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The Importance of Being Earnest

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