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LITTLE THEATRE COMPANY

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June 2017

 

OUR (very funny) JUNE PRODUCTION


...which you don't want to miss....

AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment on Avenue Q which is home to some lively and off-the-wall characters performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets!

Life may suck on AVENUE Q but being homeless, politically incorrect and having sex ( … and that’s just the puppets) are just some of the topics featured in the terrific songs of this show.

Cross Sesame Street with South Park and slap on a Government Health Warning that too much laughter can make your sides ache and you’ve got AVENUE Q.

It’s amazing what you can get away with when you’re fuzzy and cute!

Tuesday 27th – Saturday 1st July 2017

7:30 each evening plus Saturday matinee at 2:30pm

Tickets: £12 adults / £10 concessions(Concessions available Monday to Wednesday only – Matinee tickets all £10)

Brewhouse Box Office 01283 508100

Our "Avenue Q" cast couldn't contain their excitement when they finally got to meet their puppets for the first time!
The cast and crew have been fortunate to be able to work with two puppetry experts to give them some ‘hands on’ knowledge and tips on how to bring their puppets to life.  A few weeks ago, Sam Thorogood, from Stage Screen, came along to one of the rehearsals and gave the cast some really useful, practical advice on connecting with their puppets to help them bring out the characters’ emotions.

A second workshop will be held on Sunday 11th June at the Brewhouse, following the rehearsal scheduled for 2pm. This will  led by Laura Bacon, a 2014 Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist with her lovely puppet Patsy May, and all LTC members are welcome to attend. Laura has worked with puppets for many years professionally on shows such as Sesame Street, the Muppets and also Avenue Q so is perfectly placed to offer her expert advice to the cast to get the best performance out of their puppets.

Take a look at a fun video about how puppet Kate Monster is preparing for her arduous role by clicking HERE.





WELCOME BACK

SUE!

After an absence of 10 years from the Brewhouse, both onstage and backstage - but two lovely children later - we are delighted to welcome back Sue McPhee. Sue will be Stage Managing "Avenue Q" and we hope she will soon be gracing the stage in an acting role. Sue last performed onstage in "The King & I" and was backstage for "The Secret Life of Adrian Mole". Lots of happy memories there.
LES MISERABLES

Easter 2017

 
Performing to sell-out audiences, our third (and, hopefully, not last) LTC Youth production of Les Mis was another outstanding success.

The review by Caroline Kay in the Burton Mail reads:

"Oliver Last is hypnotising as Jean Valjean and surely a career on the West End awaits him? If not, I want to know why! Last's in a chain gang who breaks parole and betters himself.

Teamed with Edward Watchman who plays the menacing Javert to a tee, the pair really do make for a truly captivating and believable performance.

If anyone was born to play the part of the abusive but hilarious innkeeper Thenardier, it has to be Jim Haywood. Excellently cast alongside Nina Ball who plays his wife Madame Thenardier, the pair bring a convincing dark humour to the story.

LTC Youth is packed with home-grown talent and if I didn't know better I would think I had watched a professional production. From scene shifters to choreographer (Katie Haywood), from director (the ever-excellent John Bowness) to the gifted cast - many of them taking on several roles - the complete ensemble is pure perfection.

I found it impossible to hold back the tears at Scarlett Marchant's haunting rendition of I Dreamed a Dream. Mix that in with the hilarity of Master of the House where I giggled my way through the song, On My Own, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Building the Barricades and the perfectly executed and spine-tingling Bring Him Home (Oliver Last) I spent the evening riding on a rollercoaster of emotions - and I loved every minute of it.

Outstanding performances from all on stage and LTC Youth have certainly done the biz with Les Mis!"

You can read the full review HERE 
 
COMING SOON

A great show for all the family

If you thought that working with puppets was difficult, try working with a pig!
Coming up in November is the wonderful "Betty Blue Eyes", a play with music set in 1947 and based on Alan Bennett's hilariously funny screenplay for the film "A Private Function".

Belts are being tightened and the country’s long-suffering citizens are being told by the government that there will be fair shares for all in return for surviving Austerity Britain. Meanwhile local officials feather their own nests by taking far more than their own fair share. Having won the war Britain seems to have lost the peace, and the country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Betty, an adorable pig, is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with Spam. The result is an utterly British musical with a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score. full of eccentric characters, and of course, our star, Betty the pig.

The show runs from 13-18th November with a matinee on the Saturday.


COMING UP IN 2018

We are thrilled to announce a really wonderful programme for next year:
In addition to a special show exclusively for LTC Patrons in March, LTC Youth are delighted to be presenting one of the finest musicals ever written, Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" at Easter.


 

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize, "South Pacific" weaves together tales of romance, duty, and valour to bring you a funny, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking Broadway musical.

Nellie, a spirited nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with Emile, a French plantation owner. At the same time, U.S. Lieutenant Cable falls for a beautiful island native named Liat. On this island of paradise, can true love survive cultural prejudices and the threat of war? 




In June we will be performing the hilarious comedy "One Man, Two Guvnors". 

Set in sleazy Brighton in the 1960s, the play is a glorious celebration of British comedy featuring a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.

This internationally acclaimed smash-hit has been seen by over one million people worldwide.

Francis Henshall, fired from his skiffle band, becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who’s been killed by her boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers.

Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but, to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.




Our November show will be the wonderful "Into the Woods" by Stephen Sondheim. 

 

Fairytales come to life in the most unlikely of places.

This classic, award-winning musical brings together well-known fairy tale characters, but ‘Happily Ever After’ turns out to be far from the end of the story.

Whilst all the elements are there – a golden slipper, corn-yellow hair, a milky-white cow, a blood-red cloak, magic beans and, of course, the curse of a witch – the familiar find themselves in very unfamiliar circumstances.

Prepare for a musical full of wit and intelligence that is far more than ‘Once upon a time…’

Featuring the timeless songs 'Children Will Listen' and 'No-one Is Alone', this Tony Award-winning musical was recently made into a successful Disney feature film starring Meryl Streep, James Corden and Johnny Depp.

FANTASTIC NEWS FOR JACK!

Some of you will remember little Jack Dent debuting for the LTC as that cute Oliver Twist in the musical "Oliver!" almost 13 years ago.

In news hot off the press, Jack has just been awarded the AIMC Silver Star - Associate of the Inner Magic Circle. This is the highest examination for a magician in the UK and involved him performing on stage at the London Magic Circle HQ to a full theatre audience of 150 magicians, including 4 hidden magician judges making notes. Jack had to present an act of between 8 and 12 minutes and chose to perform 3 routines which explained in his words the “PRESTIGE" of magic.

Achieving the pass mark of over 90%, Jack is now one of only 300 worldwide members of the prestigious organisation. As a result of this achievement, Jack has also now been formally accepted into the International Brotherhood of Magicians, which is by invitation of the president only. This now allows him to perform as an “International Magician” all over the world.

Jack commented “I’m excited to share my news with my LTC family who have continually supported me ever since I joined in 2004. They all deserve a medal for putting up with me for so long!"

(Err, no, Jack! You're the one with the medals and we're all really proud of you!)

 
Click HERE to have a look at his website.
 

Below you can see Jack performing his examination routines.
 
 
 



 
DRAMA SCHOOL SUCCESS


Congratulations to Ed Watchman - Javert in this year's production of "Les Miserables" - who has won a place at the prestigious Guildford School of Acting ( GSA) to study a BA Hons 3 year degree in Acting-Musicianship. 

Meanwhile James Clarke - Dakin in "The History Boys" and LeFou in our 2013 production of "Beauty and the Beast" - is about to start his final year at LAMDA, the UK's oldest drama school and world-leading conservatoire. Best of luck, James!
BADAC BURSARY AWARD WINNERS 2017

Congratulations to LTC members Nina Ball, Ewan Bourne, Wil Pearson and Roberto Storey who have all been awarded a BADAC (Burton & District Arts Council) bursary.
CONGRATS (again) WIL!

Congratulations to Wil Pearson who has won the Dalesmen Music Student of the Year. This annual Competition is organised and funded by the Dalesmen Male Voice Choir. Wil astounded the musically aware audience, and importantly impressed the panel of expert adjudicators, with his high standard of performance, combining a very polished and mature delivery with excellent stage presence.

He was presented with the Reg Dean trophy and a cheque for £400 by Dalesmen President, Gordon Bright.

Wil performs fairly regularly at the Red Carpet Cinema at Barton Marina, and you can catch him there on Fathers' Day June 18th HERE



 
Don't miss the next GEM Recital, organised by Ed Robinson, THIS SATURDAY at the Brewhouse. You can have a sneaky advance listen to the ensemble by clicking HERE!


Ed graduates from the Royal Northern College of Music this summer and will stay on to study for a Masters Degree in Opera. He will be appearing as Antonio - and understudying Figaro - in Clonter Opera's production of "The Marriage of Figaro" from July 22nd to 29th. The theatre is at Swettenham Heath near Congleton in South Cheshire, about an hour's drive from Burton. For more information and tickets, click HERE.

JOSH TAPS HIS WAY ON THE WEST END STAGE!

Former LTC Youth member Josh Andrews - Enjolras in the 2009 "Les Miserables" - is appearing as Swing in the massively successful 42nd Street on London's biggest stage, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Josh is sharing the stage to critical acclaim and nightly standing ovations with Grammy Award winning pop star Sheena Easton - whose voice is quite sensational. It's Sheena's West End debut, while Josh is an old hand, having appeared in "The Book of Mormon" in 2015. Josh describes Sheena as "lovely" and regularly helps her with the crossword backstage!
 





STAGE SCREEN FILM FESTIVAL
 
Plans are being finalised for a film festival in Burton this July, which will showcase the work of youngsters at a new, part-time performing arts school. StageScreen, run by LTC member Heather Gallagher, launched in the town in April for 6 to 18-year-olds who want to learn about drama and comedy acting, musical theatre and film production and performance. It is based at the Burton Albion Community Hub, Grange Street, Burton on Trent, DE14 2ER, every Saturday morning in term time from 10am to 1pm.

Young pupils are already working towards their first end of term project, where work they have produced will be showcased at a film festival for family and friends on July 22 at Fleet Street Studios.

There is still time for local youngsters to get involved – and they can attend their first morning of classes free before deciding whether to enrol. To book, email  info@stagescreen.co.uk.

To find out more about the school CLICK HERE.


 

If you're aged 6-18 and would like to have some summer fun performing on stage and film......

.......look no further!

Join Stage Screen for a 5-day summer intensive based on the musical HAIRSPRAY!

Over the week you will be equipped with all the skills and techniques to perform scenes and songs to camera. You will work with professionals in musical theatre, acting and TV & film!

The final performance will be filmed and released to our YouTube channel.

GO JOEL!

LTC member - Sir Galahad in last November's production of "Spamalot" - and ex Brewhouse assistant technician Joel Kirkpatrick, will spend the summer touring the UK as Company Stage Manager for Oddsocks Productions. Based in Derby, Oddsocks create comic musical retellings of Shakespearean classics, and this season are performing a Mods vs Rockers "Romeo and Juliet" as well as a Steampunk inspired "Macbeth".  The tour has already visited Lichfield and Leicester, and started it's nationwide tour on Monday 5th June. To book tickets (and see the enormous set that has to be constructed by Joel and company for each and every show!) visit oddsocks.co.uk or click HERE.
Heather Gallagher and LTC corporate patron Elaine Pritchard are taking part in a Summer Solstice Walk in aid of St Giles Hospice. Completing their team of three is Burton businesswoman Karen Kirby. Karen is a former pupil of the old Burton School of Speech and Drama and appeared with Elaine in "The Happiest Days of Your Life" at the Little Theatre in 1977.

If you would like to donate to their shared fundraising page for the night walk on Saturday June 17, just click HERE.


 


 

Pictured: Karen (centre) as Barbara Cahoun; Elaine (right) as Mrs Peck with Adrian Reed as Rev Peck.
FOLLOWING OUR FANTINES!

Congratulations to our 2017 Fantine, Scarlett Marchant, who has recently got engaged while on holiday in New York. Her boyfriend, now financé, Ben, got down on one knee at midnight on the top of the Empire State Building.  It doesn't get more romantic than that!


Grace Clarke, who was our 2012 Fantine, will be graduating in July with a degree in Fashion Communication at Northumbria University. She plans to move down to London to start a career in fashion journalism. 


Meanwhile our 2009 Fantine, Ellie Holmes, (who now goes by her stage name of as Ellie Ann Lowe) is currently performing as one of an elite group of four on the six star cruise ship Seabourn Quest as it sails around Scandinavia, Iceland and Canada.
IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE (BREW)HOUSE?

Three former LTC Youth members, Tom Jones, James Lane and Steve Waite, will all be graduating as doctors this summer. Many congratulations guys!
JOIN THE LTC "FAMILY"
We're looking for new members

The Little Theatre Company is currently looking for new adult members (18+) interested in working with us onstage or backstage – or both. Backstage roles include assisting the Stage Manager and actors with scenery, costumes and props, continuity (prompt), lighting and sound.  All new members will be asked to take on a backstage role for their first performance to enable them to get an understanding of what we do, how we work as a team and what will be expected from them as a group member.  No previous experience is necessary but a positive, proactive attitude and willingness to works as a team will be beneficial.  Successful applicants will be invited to an audition.

For more information, please contact us with details of any previous experience at:

 
Little Theatre Company, 377 Rosliston Road, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent, DE15 9RJ
Telephone: 01283 542446  
E-mail: info@little-theatre.co.uk

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