Anything Goes (2019)

 

Welcome aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where nightclub singer/ evangelist Reno Sweeney is en-route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.

The show was performed by the Little Theatre, Donnington, Shropshire
from 12th to 15th June 2019

Photos courtesy of Lucy Stevens (Photography), Idraroop Chakraborty, Vicki Stevens, Geoff Powell, Megan Gradwell and Society members.

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Production Team:

Director – Vikki Lee
Musical Director – Garry Bailey
Choreographer – Verity Coton-Matthews
Assisted by – Jessica Bracken
Rehearsal Pianists – Jennie Hesketh and CJ Allen
Stage Manager – Sarah Jane Taylor
Assisted by – Ryan Wesley
Set Design – Stewart Lee
Technical – Co-Ordinator CJ Allen
Lighting – Mark Aveley and Jaydn Simpson
Sound – Lucy Stevens
Props – Claire Hall
Prompt – Annika Rose Dixon
Wardrobe – Cynthia Shaw
Photographs – Vicki Stevens and Lucy Stevens
Programme Printing – Plus Two Media – 01952 522562 / jamesGplus2media.co.uk / 07977481186
Box Office – Denise Olenik & Jenny Oakey
Front of House and Bar – Members of The Little Theatre

Band:

Keys I – Jennie Hesketh
Keys II – Nykko-Mickael Gregoire
Keys III – Grant Wellings
Flute I – Kate Prentice
Flute II – Sue Rawlings
Reed I – Adam Farrington- Horsfall
Percussion – CJ Allen

Cast:

Reno Sweeney – Jenny Olenik-Pritchard
Billy Crocker – Stephen Oliver-Davies
Moonface Martin – Stewart Lee
Hope Harcourt – Catherine Rawlings
Lord Evelyn Oakleigh – Simon Lloyd Roberts
Evangeline – Carol Robertson
Elisha Whitney – Mike Rawlings
Erma – Sian Kyle
Captain – Geoff Powell
Purser – Indraroop Chakraborty
Luke – Dale Pritchard
John – Phillip Shropshire
Henry T Dobson – Kurt Hassall

Sailors:

Andy Reed, Tom Griffiths, Kurt Hassall, Rob Grant

Reno’s Angels:

Megan Gradwell, Eleanor Conway, Chloe Mann, Jess Bracken

Passengers:

Sarah Bennett, Kimberley Cassells, Andrea Conway, Marie Griffiths, Lauraine Howles, Leigh Kendal, Hayley Mack, Carol Melhuish, Amanda Nicolle, Emma Pritchard, Cynthia Shaw, Vicki Stevens

The Unexpected Guest

By Agatha Christie

The Horeshay Amatuer Dramatic Society, Shropshire

February 2019

Synopsis:

On a foggy night, Michael Starkwedder enters the home of the Warwicks through a window in the study. He finds the dead body of Richard Warwick, and finds Richard’s wife, Laura, holding a gun that supposedly killed him. Michael does not believe she killed him, and she soon tells him she is innocent.

The two decide to place the blame on an enemy from the past, MacGregor, a man whose son was killed by his car run over while Richard was drunk. As the story progresses, it is revealed Laura was having an affair due to Richard’s cruel nature, and was vouching for the man she was cheating with when she claimed to have killed Richard.

The show was performed by the HADS at Horsehay, Shropshire from 7th to 9th Feb 2019.

(Photos – Courtesy of Alan Foster, Mike White, Jen Edwards and Andy Reed)

The Production Team:

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Production:

Director – Jen Edwards
Set Construction/Decor – Edward Davies, Alan Foster, Gerald Parkinson, Rachel Aitchison
Scenic Artist – Rachel Aitchison
Lighting – Teresa Wilson, Kev Jackman
Sound – Rachel Aitchison, Kev Jackman
Properties – Sally Riley
Prompt – Jan Jackman
Publicity – Jen Edwards
Front of House – Liz Davies, Saki White, Mike White, Rich Harris, Gerald Parkinson, Carol Edwards,
Rob Fisher, Cath Fisher, Eileen Woolley, Mike Camilla, Chris Caudill, Mary Richards, Rona Sheldon, Sheila Hood, Robin Cooper.

Cast:

Michael Starkwedder – Ray Callister
Richard Warwick – Norman Lincoln
Laura Warwick – Lisa Kane
Miss “Benny” Bennett – Jane Parkyn
Jan Warwick – Alex Edwards
Mrs Warwick – Shirley Gladwin
Henrietta Angell – Karen Brittle
Constable Cadwallader – Emily Walker
Inspector Thomas – Kane McCabe
Julian Farrah – Andrew Reed

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Pygmalion

By George Bernard Shaw

The Horeshay Amatuer Dramatic Society, Shropshire

October 2018

Synopsis:

Based on classical myth, Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion plays on the complex business of human relationships in a social world. Phonetics Professor Henry Higgins tutors the very Cockney Eliza Doolittle, not only in the refinement of speech, but also in the refinement of her manner. When the end result produces a very ladylike Miss Doolittle, the lessons learned become much more far reaching. The successful musical My Fair Lady was based on this Bernard Shaw classic.

The show was performed by the HADS at Horsehay, Shropshire from 11th to 13th Oct 2018.

(Photos – Courtesy of Mike Wite and Andy Reed)

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Production:

Director – Russell Lawrence
Set Design and Decor – Edward Davies
Set Construction – Edward Davies, Alan Foster, Karen Brittle, Rachel Aitchison, Andrew Reed
Stage Management – Russell Lawrence, Edward Davies, Alex Edwards, Key Jackman, Andrew Ray
Lighting – Jan Jackman
Sound – Lisa Kane
Prompt – Hugh Jones
Properties – Karen Brittle, Rachel Aitchison
Publicity – Jen Edwards
Front of House – Society Members

Cast:

Mrs Eynsford-Hill – Cath Fisher
Clara Eynsford-Hill – Emily Walker
Freddie Eynsford-Hill – Alex Edwards
Eliza Doolittle – Jen Edwards
A Bystander – Sue Blackburn
A Sarcastic Bystander – Andrew Reed
Colonel Pickering – Kane McCabe
Professor Henry Higgins – Rob Fisher
Mrs Pearce – Shirley Gladwin
Alfred Doolittle – Mike White
Mrs Higgins – Eileen Wooley
Parlourmaid – Annalie Jarvis

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Made in Dagenham

Made In Dagenham - April 2018

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Based on the 2010 film of the same name, Made in Dagenham is drawn from the real-life 1968 sewing machinists strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, Essex. This strike was influential in the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1970. The musical focuses on the leader of the strike, Rita O’Grady, as she encourages the women of the Ford factory to walk out after they are re-classified as unskilled workers, while their male counterparts see their wages increase.

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Production:

Director – Samantha Thomas
Musical Director – Lydia Farnham
Choreographer – Lucy Warrilow
Stage Crew – Pete Cooper, John Brown, Robin Cooper, Louisa Kempster
Costumes – Annika Dixon, Mary Dixon and cast
Readers in at Audition – Ryan Sayce & Annika. Dixon
Independent at Audition – Emnaeline Venn
Front of House Manager – Maxine Kee
Front of House – Friends of TADLOP

Cast:

Rita O’Grady –  Róisin Weaver
Eddie O’Grady –   Kurt Hassall
Connie Riley –  Helen Madden
Monty – Richard Lecrivain
Beryl – Rosemary Gouge
Claire – Lou Zukiewicz
Sandra Beaumont – Caroline Slack
Cass – Sian Kyle
Harold Wilson – Rich Kee
Barbara Castle – Shirley Gladwin
Mr Hopkins – Jack Cotton
Lisa Hopkins – Beth Gibson
Bill/MC – Daniel Hiller
Sid/Aide 3 – Rob Lampitt
Emma – Lyndsey Bird
Rachel – Rachel Cuthbert
Tracey – Jill Davies
Barry/Cortina Man – Ethan Slack
Mr Tooley – Adam Wheeler
Ron Macer/Mr Buckton – Andrew Reed
Mr Hubble /Chubby Chuff – Andrew Murray
Aide 1/Reporter – Philipp Penning
Aide 2/Reporter – Brian Penning
Tannoy – Robin Cooper

Introducing
Harry Beamson and Daniel Martindale as Graham O’Grady (alternating performances)
Amy Clowery and Demi-Lee Slack-Eggerton as Sharon O’Grady (alternating performances)

The Company
Amanda. Bailey, Nicola Bartlett, Sue Bradley, Abby Capplernan, Annie Crozier, Becky Doyle,
Mandy Gunter, Zoe Harney, Leigh Kendal, Sam Lampitt, Sue Pointon, Daisy Sukara-Fielding,
Louise Van. Straaten, Anita Williams, Dilys Williams

Musical Numbers

Act 1
Busy Woman – Rita, Eddie, Sharon, Graham & Women
Made in Dagenham – Company
This is What We Want – Women
Union Song – Men
Wossnarne – Claire and Women
Always A Problem – Harold Wilson & Men.
Pay Day – Company
I’m Sorry I Love You – Eddie, Rita & Men
School Song – Graham & Men
Same Old Story – Connie
Everybody Out – Company

Act 2
This Is America – Tooley & Company
Storm Clouds-  Company
Cortina! – Cortina Man & Company
The Letter – Eddie
Ideal World – Barbara Castle
Nearly Had it All – Women
Viva Eastbourne – Company
Stand Up – Rita & Company

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Allo Allo

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Synopsis:

Based on the hugely successful British television series that ran for seven seasons, this uproarious comedy relates the adventures of a hapless cafe owner, Rene, in occupied France. You can see all of your favourite TV characters in the flesh, including Rene’s tone-deaf wife Edith, Gestapo officer Herr Flick and his companion Helga. And, of course, Michelle “of the Résistance” Dubois – “Listen very carefully, I will say this only once” …

The show was performed by the HADS at Horsehay, Shropshire from 8th to 10th Feb 2018.

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Production:

Director – EDWARD DAVIES
Set Design & Decor – EDWARD DAVIES
Construction – ALAN FOSTER & KEV JACKMAN
Properties – SALLY RILEY & JANE PARKYN
Prompt – CHRIS CANDLIN
Lighting & Sound – KEV JACKMAN
Costume Supervisor – ANDREA CLAYDON
Publicity – ROGER CLAYTON

Cast:

The French

Rene – ROB FISHER
Edith – CATH FISHER
Yvette – JEN EDWARDS
Le Clerc – MIKE CANDLIN
Michelle – JAN JACKMAN
Mimi – LISA KANE

The Germans / Italian

Col. Kurt Von Strohm – ANDY REED
Herr Otto Flick – ALEX EDWARDS
Helga – KAREN BRITTLE
Lieut. Gruber – MIKE WHITE
General Von Schmelling – RUSSELL LAWRENCE
Capt. Bertorelli – KANE McCABE

The British

Crabtree – HUGH JONES
1st Airman – ADRIAN WOOLCOTT
2nd Airman – LESLEY CLAYTON

Peasants, Soldiers etc.

SUE BLACKBURN, MARY RICHARDS,
ROGER CLAYTON, RICHARD HARRIS, ANDREA CLAYDON

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Singin’ in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain is a 1952 American romantic comedy musical. It was directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds.

 A lighthearted story of Hollywood in the late 1920’s where we see the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to the “talkies”.

The show was performed by the Little Theatre, Donnington, Shropshire
from 2nd to 4th Nov 2017.

The Production Team:
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Show Photos
The Videos
The Programme 

Production Team:

Director – Vikki Lee
Musical Director – Garry Bailey
Choreographer -Verity Coton-Matthews
Production Assistant – Anne Marie Lawrence
Rehearsal Pianists – Nykko-Mickael Gregoire, Jenny Hesketh
Set Design – Stewart Lee
Lighting – Sarah Bennett
Sound – Jessie Bracken
Technical team – Stewart Lee, CJ Allen
Stage Manager – Sarah Jane Taylor
Assisted by – nLynne James
Movies filmed by – Simon Whitehouse and Mark Allen
Movies edited by – Simon Whitehouse
Prompt -Carol Robertson
Wardrobe – Cynthia Shaw and Amanda Nicolle
Photographs – Vicki Stevens
Programme Printing – Plus Two Media
Box Office – Denise Olenik & Jenny Oakey
Bar – Ian & Judy Martin
Front of House – Members of The Little Theatre

Cast:

Don Lockwood – Stephen Oliver-Davies
Kathy Selden – Jenny Olenik-Pritchard
Cosmo Brown – Rich Kee
Lina Lamont – Zoe Hailey
R. F. Simpson – Simon Whitehouse
Roscoe Dexter – Andy Reed
Production Singer – Geoff Powell
Dora Bailey – Amanda Nicolle
Zelda Zanders – Nina Aver
Miss Dinsmore – Cynthia Shaw
Diction coach – Geoff Powell
Sid Phillips – Dale Pritchard
Roz – Lauraine Howles
Young Don – Jack Pooler
Young Cosmo – Jethro Swindley-Watson
Dancers – Nina Aver, Eleanor Conway, Megan Gradwell, Chloe Mann
Chorus – Tom Griffiths, Mary Lee, Hayley Mack, Emma Pritchard, Mark Allen, Lucy Stevens, Vicki Stevens, Eric Westwood

Nude With Violin

Nude With Violin
HADS at Horsehay, Shropshire
Feb 2017

 

Synopsis:

Nude with Violin is a light comedy play set in Paris in 1954. The famous painter, Paul Sorodin, has died. His relatives and hangers-on converge on his studio, hopeful of financial gain, and are stunned to learn from his valet, Sebastien, that Sorodin has left a letter in which he admits to some surprising.

Photos – Courtesy of Alan Foster and Mike White

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Production:

SET DESIGN & DECOR – EDWARD DAVIES
CONSTRUCTION – ALAN FOSTER
PROPERTIES – SALLY RILEY
PROMPT – RUSSELL LAWRENCE
SOUND AND LIGHTING – BRIAN HUGHES
PUBLICITY – ROGER CLAYTON
FRONT OF HOUSE – SOCIETY MEMBERS

Cast:

SEBASTIEN LACREOLE – SIMON PHILLIPS
MARIE-CELESTE – SUE BLACKBURN
CLINTON PREMINGER, Jnr – ANDY REED
ISOBEL SORODIN – JANE PARKYN
JANE (her daughter) – JEN EDWARDS
COLIN (her son) – KEV JACKMAN
PAMELA (Colin’s wife) – KAREN BRITTLE
JACOB FRIEDLAND (an art dealer) – RAY CALLISTER
ANYA PAVLIKOV – JAN JACKMAN
CHERRY-MAY WATERTON – EILEEN WOOLLEY
FABRICE – HUGH JONES
OBIDIAH LEWELLYN – KEN BROOKES
GEORGE (a press photographer) – EDWARD DAVIES
STROTESBURY – ALEX EDWARDS

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Inspector Drakes’s Last Case

 

 

Synopsis:

Inspector Drake’s Last Case is a Murder Mystery spoof comedy by David Tristram.

No-one could have foreseen the strange events that took place one dark evening at the home of Mrs Gagarin. We see her taking a stroll. Next she screams, “Who is it? Oh, it’s you!” Next a gunshot! It’s up to the world’s greatest detective to solve the crime. But, in the words of Sergeant Plod, “don’t believe everything you see …” After all, is it safe to say that Mrs Gagarin is actually dead?

I played the part of Butler the guest, as opposed to Guest, the butler.

Performed by the Little Theatre, Donnington from 7th to 9th Apr 2016.

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Cabaret

 

The Little Theatre, Donnington, Shropshire

November 2003

Synopsis:

Cabaret revolves around the downtown ‘Kit Kat Klub’ in 1930?s Berlin, Germany, where the decline of the social openness and decadence of the Weimar Republic conflicts with the rise of Nazism. Amongst the glitz and the glamour of the club two romances develop only to be suddenly enveloped by an evil force that would alter history forever.

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The Programme 

Production Team:

Director – Cynthia Shaw
Assistant Director – Michael Rawlings
Musical Director – Jim Hough
Choreography – Jill Hine, Amanda Robertson
Production Assistant – Gina Ryder
Pianists – Ann Jones, Chris Stubbs
Stage Manager & Scenic Artist – Roy Bird
Set & Large Props – Alan Shaw
Properties – Gina Ryder
Costumes – Cynthia Shaw (Assisted By Various Cabaret Cast Members)
Lighting & Sound – John Sutton, Richard Foxcroft
Prompt – Florence Hall
Backstage Refreshments – Maureen Bird
Type Setting – Alan Shaw
Photography – Ian Martin
Box Office – Denise Olenik, Jenny & Bill Oakey
Bar Manager – Pat Freeman

Cast:

Master Of Ceremonies – Michael Rawlings
Sally Bowles – Vikki Lee
Clifford Bradshaw – Matthew Allen
Fraulein Schneider – Cynthia Shaw
Herr Schultz – Ian Martin
Ernst Ludwig – Andy Reed
Fraulein Kost – Carol Robertson
Customs Officer – Tony Jones
Emcee’s ‘Girlfriend’ – Uncredited

Company:

Cynthia Shaw, Michael Rawlings, Vikki Lee, Matthew Allen, Ian Martin, Andy Reed, Carol Robertson, Tony Jones, Zoe Hailey, Sally Ann Eaton, Amanda Robertson, Helen Elkington, Emma Norry, Verity Matthews, Emma Pritchard, Craig Painter, Adrian Pritchard, Dorothy Lindsay, Sally Warren.

 

 

Frankenstein

Dramatized by Tim Kelly from the classic by Mary Shelley

The Belfrey Theatre, Wellington, Shropshire

July 1995

Synopsis:

Based on Mary Shelley’s novel, “Frankenstein” tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a promising young doctor who, devastated by the death of his mother during childbirth, becomes obsessed with bringing the dead back to life. His experiments lead to the creation of a monster, which Frankenstein has put together with the remains of corpses. It’s not long before Frankenstein regrets his actions. Written by Robert McElwaine

(Photos – Courtesy of Iain Wilson)

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