Footloose

September 2012

Putney Arts Theatre

Ravenna Road

Putney

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

Read the NODA review
Read the Sardines Magazine review

 

 

 

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

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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

Review from RemoteGoat
Review from SardinesMagazine
Read the NODA review here

 

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

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Show Reviews

"Jamie Miller-Hughes brought both her acting experience, and first-hand knowledge of All Shook Up, to the roles of Director/Producer. Attention to detail was obviously stressed as the end product was both precise and polished. The entire show ran smoothly and the full house witnessed a superb show."

"Kim Schenkelaars (Choreographer) and Aoife Considine (Assistant Choreographer) combined to ensure a huge amount of pace and energy in all dance routines."

"Barry Lattimore-Quinn took on the hugely demanding role of Chad. Barry’s dancing skills and athletic movement were perfect for this high-energy role and character. Overall, Barry delivered an excellent performance."

"Jessica Laing gave a superb performance as Natalie/Ed. Jessica has a fabulous singing voice, which was repeatedly demonstrated throughout the show, together with maturity, apparent ease and great humour. A fabulous all-round performance."

"Alex Blackie demonstrated his fine character acting as ‘nerdish’ Dennis. Alex’s general awkwardness, diction and facial expressions were great and his singing skills came to the fore in the wonderful solo 'It Hurts Me'."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"Threatening to steal the show with her vocals was Harriet Ruby as Sylvia. Ruby had a brilliantly strong belt who knew how to use it and also knew when the song needed a more tender treatment."

"In all of the big ensemble numbers the harmonies were spot on and sounded really full. I can tell that M.D Michael Searle would have worked really hard with the cast to get that sound."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

 

"Aimee Parnell is to be congratulated as Director for this wonderful piece of theatre. Attention to detail was precise, the movement of props during the musical numbers was effortless and the overall pace was terrific."

"Kim Schenkelaars deserves huge credit as Choreographer and for including so much energy and variety into the dance routines.... the choreography was fabulous and really added to the show’s appeal."

"Glen Jordan portrayed Moritz ... with just the right amount of teenage angst Glen’s emotional acting of his songs showed a total understanding of what he was portraying."

"Josh Yard and Laura Harrison both did exceptionally well in playing every adult part and for delivering some chilling moments together with humour and even sensitivity. Their scenes as grieving parents were extremely well handled and all their various characters carefully reflected general attitudes of the time period."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"I was impressed at the strength of the cast across the board. Matthew Wright played Melchior opposite Veronique Piercy’s Wendla. Wright’s self assurance contrasted nicely against Piercy’s youthful innocence. Piercy opened the show with ‘Mama Who Bore Me,’ and her assured clear tone set the bar high for the rest of the night."

"The music was also beautifully delivered with Harriet Oughton at the helm. They mastered the score from the rocky aggressive numbers which really packed a punch to the beautifully balanced and harmony rich numbers"

"It is shows like that that help blur the line between amateur and professional theatre."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

"Phoebe Fleetham must first and foremost be congratulated for her role as Director and ensuring this production was slick, highly polished and a resounding success."

"Keith Walters, Rosie Orchard, Joanne Frazer and Paul Nicholas Dyke provided the principal ‘line up’ for this show and it was impossible to fault their performances in anyway. Virtually on stage throughout the entire production, I was hugely impressed with the characterisation of each principal, their consistent accents and vocal ranges. They were nothing short of superb."

"Will Prescott (1st Man) and Russell Hughes (2nd Man) provided additional light relief and certainly worked well together. Carefully maintaining their accents and characters throughout, their standout moment came in their duet ‘Brush Up You Shakespeare’."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"The highlight of the show for me had to be the opening of Act 2 with ‘Too Darn Hot.’ Vicki Rice, the choreographer had devised a number that all of the cast could execute with real flair and a huge amount of energy and had clearly drilled them repeatedly. This resulted in a real feast for the eyes and ears."

"I must congratulate Cygnet Players on a high standard of production; with a sizzling production number, leads that oozed their characters and a wonderful orchestra this is a great show to see if you love the golden age musicals."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings

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