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September 2018

INTRODUCING OUR NEXT SHOW
 

Stephen Sondheim’s classic, award-winning musical, "Into the Woods", 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…’ The message is clear: be careful what you wish for.

 

Performances are at 7:30 each evening plus a Saturday matinee at 2:30pm

Tickets: £12 adults / £11 concessions

(Concessions available Tuesday to Thursday only - Matinee tickets all £11)

Stephen Joshua Sondleim was born in 1930 in New York City and wrote his first musical aged just 15. His brilliance at writing both music and lyrics broke new ground for American musical theatre and has resulted in an array of awards including several Tonys, Grammys, an Oscar and a Pulitzer Prize. In 2008 he was presented with a special Tony award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

"Into the Woods" premiered on Broadway in 1987 and went on to win Tonys for both book and score. It remains one of Sondheim's most popular musicals, and in 2014 was
 made into a successful Disney feature film starring Meryl Streep, James Corden and Johnny Depp.

 

 
LTC YOUTH IN CONCERT: “A MILLION DREAMS"
 
FRIDAY and SATURDAY 21st and 22nd SEPTEMBER 2018
at 7.30 each evening
Tickets: £10.00

 
We at the LTC are hugely proud of our Youth Group and their annual productions have been greatly applauded. We're delighted to announce that you won't have to wait until next Easter to see them perform.
 
2018 marks 10 years since LTC Youth performed their first full-length youth production of “Summer Holiday” at the Brewhouse. Since that time many talented young people have gained experience, made life-long friendships, moved into the professional theatrical field and even married another LTC Youth member!
 
To mark this milestone, LTC’s acclaimed youth company is thrilled to be presenting a two-night concert featuring songs and scenes from some of their previous shows plus some new surprises. Normally it's only really the four members of the “judging panel” at auditions that gets to hear the depth of talent we have in these young people, and casting shows after hearing the auditions is invariably a really hard job because there will be several people perfectly capable of singing the songs well, but only one can be cast for each role.
 
This show will give all LTC Youth members – there will be about 30, ranging in age from 8 to 23 - an opportunity to showcase their abilities, with some, who may have missed out on a role they’d love to play, getting the opportunity to perform part of it. It also allows members to perform songs from their favourite musicals that we might not be able to perform due to licensing restrictions etc.
 
The concert features a variety of solos, duets and company numbers from well-known musicals. More than just singing the songs, the concert will include acting and dancing, with some dialogue sequences to introduce them.
 
The event will feature songs from “Matilda”, “Mary Poppins”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Hairspray”, and “Carousel” among others plus songs from LTC productions including “Miss Saigon”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Joseph”. We’re thrilled that former LTC Youth members Katie Ireland and Jack Hawkins will be joining us to reprise their roles from “Evita” and “Phantom of the Opera” respectively.
 
This is a bar event and so numbers are limited. Tickets, in the first instance, are being offered to members of the cast with any remaining tickets soon to be up for grabs. Should you wish to attend this special event, please email Peter Clemson at info-littletheatre.co.uk


(Pictured, clockwise from top left, are scenes from the LTC Youth productions of "Evita", "Phantom of the Opera", "Miss Saigon" and "Joseph".)
 
LOOKING BACK: ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS
Great fun was had by audiences and actors alike at our June production of "One Man Two Guvnors".

Writing in the Burton Mail, theatre critic Caroline Kay crafted a lengthy and hugely complimentary review, part of which read:

“What a treat…The play is, for me, the perfect recipe to get my chuckle muscles working overtime. Take a huge dollop of French farce, along with a smattering of silent comedy slapstick, sprinkle with a stellar cast and what do you have? A mouth-watering dish served up right on the doorstep.

Rob Tunley is simply brilliant as the confused and bemused leading man Henshall. He plays the role magnificently with impeccable comedy timing. In fact I don't think the role could have been better cast if the search had been on nationwide.

The rest of the cast is simply sublime. Jim Haywood, as always, is outstanding and gives a sparkling performance as 87-year-old waiter Alfie. Jim is a shining light on the Burton stage and his talent knows no bounds.

One Man Two Guvnors is fast and furious with quick-witted dialogue and more twists and turns than you can shake a stick at.

Hilarious from start to finish this has to be the must-see comedy of the year - if not the decade!”

Thanks Caroline! Pictured above are Rob as Henshall and Jim as Alfie.

 
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2019

We've got two absolutely cracking shows lined up for next year....
Stepping Out, which enjoyed a hugely successful West End run in 2017 and won Evening Standard Best Comedy Award when it was first performed in 1984, is a warm and very funny play about the lives of a group of women (and one man) attending a weekly tap-dance class in a dingy North London church hall.

Based on Charles Dickens’ much-loved A Christmas Carol, this spectacular, festive musical is a wonderful, feel-good story about hope and the kind of happiness that money can’t buy.

LTC YOUTH MEMBERS SHINE IN MUSICAL THEATRE EXAMS

We're very proud of our young members - all taught by LTC's Heather Gallagher - who have notched up fantastic results in recent Musical Theatre exams.


Pictured from top left, clockwise, are:
 
Grade 3 Hope Page Distinction 91%
Grade 3 Harry Dawber Distinction 86%
Grade 5 Ruby Stewart Distinction 92%
Grade 5 Anna Milne Distinction 98%!!!

 Anna was the overall highest scoring student of the 3 day exam session and also the only student to gain full marks for a song - 25/25 for Alexander’s Ragtime band. She also made the examiner shed a tear with her rendition of Promise Me This from "The Theory of Relativity".


Harry, Ruby and Anna will be appearing in the LTC Youth Concert on 21st and 22nd September. Anna will be singing 'Beauty and the Beast' which promises to be a real highlight.

 
In the Spotlight this month is the very versatile Matt Bancroft - equally as happy on stage as in the Tech Box.
 
How did you come to work at the Brewhouse and join LTC?

I had moved back to Burton in the summer of 1998 having spent the previous couple of years living and working in Manchester. I got a job at what was then Abbey National in the High Street, with a plan to save some money to enable a move down to London to continue working in theatre there. I wrote to the Brewhouse, asking if I could be of any help as a Volunteer while I was around. A few days later I got a phone call from the Brewhouse General Manager, a certain Michael Mear, (whatever happened to him?) and soon after an informal interview, I became a volunteer assistant to the Brewhouse Technician (and LTC founder member) Keith Gould. Within just a couple of months I was taken on as a part time employee and a couple of years after that I became the full time technician as Keith went part-time, easing down a bit towards retirement.

I joined LTC in 2003, when I was persuaded to come down to audition for a part in the November production, (Mike Harding's “Comfort and Joy”). I remember nervously walking into the Drama Studio expecting to have to audition for the director (Leon Ratcliffe). My audition consisted of, “Hi, are you Matt? Here’s a script, you’re playing Jimmy!”. Just as well really!



How do you manage to combine irregular hours at work and on stage with a young family and a working wife?
                               
The honest answer is by not being on stage anymore! My last appearance on stage was in the June 2016 production, "Much Ado about Nothing". I really enjoyed it, but I’d missed so many rehearsals due to work and family commitments, I decided it wasn’t fair to the company (or our audiences) to keep putting myself forward for roles if I couldn’t commit to the necessary rehearsal time. Since November 2004’s production of “Oliver”, it’s been my privilege to get to design the lighting for the majority of LTC’s productions, and I really enjoy the creative opportunities that affords me, and working with John and Peter on developing the look and feel of the productions is just as thrilling as being onstage for me. I’m sure they’ll be chances to return to the stage in the not too distant future, but I’m quite happy being in the box for now.



Did you honestly panic – even just a little bit – when you had to deliver Penny? (His daughter, born on the sofa in March this year)

There just wasn’t time to panic. Everything happened so quickly, we just had to get on with it!


When you’re in the box, do you wish you were onstage, and/or vice versa? Any specific incidences?
                               
Yes, that happens. I would have loved to have been in "Betty Blue Eyes” or “Avenue Q”; likewise I would have loved to have been in the box for “Dad’s Army”, “Calendar Girls" and “The Ladykillers”, to see how it all looked from out front.


Favourite Film/Movie? 

Just one? I’m a bit of a sci-fi geek, so I’ll say “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (Great Lighting!)


Best production you’ve seen in the theatre?
                               
As a punter (which sadly doesn’t happen very often), "War Horse", an incredibly powerful production. At work, quite a few years ago now, Hull Truck Theatre Company brought a production of "Frankenstein" to the Brewhouse, it was sensational. I loved LTC’s 2001 production of “Little Women” which was the first LTC show I came to see.


Which part that you’ve performed has been your absolute favourite? And (if possible) why?
                      
That is a tough one, but I would have to say Phil in "Brassed Off”
(see picture below). I’m not normally one for wanting to be a certain character in a play, but in this case, I really wanted that part and I was so thrilled when John cast me in it! I loved Stephen Tompkinson’s performance in the film and I really wanted a crack at playing it myself. I’ve played a lot of comical characters with LTC, so the opportunity to twist that expectation with a little bit of pathos was very satisfying as an actor.      



Which part in which play/film would you most like to have performed? 
                               
I in “Withnail and I”, I think that film could be adapted really well to the stage, so many quotable lines!



Favourite Actor and Actress? 

Gary Oldman. Not always an easy watch, but always a compelling one. And Julie Walters. I’m reading her autobiography at the moment.


What/whom do you like to watch on TV?
                               
Did I mention I was a bit of a geek? Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, science documentaries. We’re big fans of Professor Brian Cox in the Bancroft house!



Favourite LTC moment?
                               
LTC Youth’s production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”, getting to collaborate with Tilley on the lighting and video elements, challenging ourselves to do something we hadn't done before, not to mention the fantastic performances of the cast.


From the world of film and theatre, now and in the past, who are the six people you’d invite round for dinner?
                             
Stephen Fry, Eric Morecambe, David Lean, Maggie Smith, Victoria Wood and Audrey Hepburn. I’d just sit and listen, and top up people’s drinks.

 
A number of LTC members are involved in this fun show which we are assured bears NO resemblance in any way to TV's The Good Old Days! It's called 'Have I Got A Night At The Music Hall for You', to emphasise the fact that much of the Victorian and Edwardian music hall material was comedy songs making fun of politicians and current affairs. You can pay on the door on the night or contact Elaine to buy a ticket in advance, on 07889 821348 or at elaineforstretton@gmail.com

CONGRATULATIONS JULIETTE!

We're wishing LTC Youth member Juliette Marchant every happiness for her forthcoming marriage to Josh Williams. 

They met when he was her waiter as she dined out in a restaurant. They discovered that they had a shared passion for Disney and the fact that they had been neighbours when she was 5 and he was 8. Their first date was at the cinema to see "Beauty and the Beast" and romance blossomed. 

Because "Beauty and the Beast" was such a key point in their relationship, they have chosen to get married - on 12th October - at the Old Library in Lichfield, a beautiful, traditional building which reminded them of the film. The fairy story doesn't end there as Juliette and Josh are expecting a baby and can't wait to meet their own little princess next January!

 

A new chapter has arrived for StageScreen as they expand their classes offered! StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates is a brand new elite performance and training associate scheme offering advanced level training in Musical Theatre. Places are limited and are offered on an audition only basis. Auditions have been held on 2 dates across the summer and the Company has now been formed for 2018. The first performance of the company will be at Her Majesty’s Theatre, West End London In December.
 
Further auditions will be taking place on December 12th for a few remaining places (max 8) to join the Company for the remainder of the season from January – July 2019.
 
Details can be found by clicking HERE where you can also register for an audition.
 
Our resident teachers include Heather Gallagher (Musical Theatre, Vocals, Acting, Dance and Supervising Choreographer), Megan Daniels (Musical Theatre and Singing), Viki Wilkinsons (Musical Theatre and Dance), Macauley Carruthers (Tumbling, Acro, Strength Training and Choreography). We also have numerous Guest Teachers lined up including Tom O’Brien (West End Director), Anghared Sanders (West End MD and Vocal Coach), Anne Leatherland (Vocal Process associate teacher) and Andy Reiss (West End and Touring ‘Les Miserables’ and Beyond the Barricade)
INTRODUCING NEW MEMBER ELLIOT.......


Elliot Bishton joined LTC earlier this year. His first stage role with us was in "One Man Two Guvnors and he will be appearing in "Into the Woods" as Cinderella's Prince". (Lucky Cinderella!) We popped a few questions to him: 

Previous stage experience?
I did a few plays at school, then a couple at university... but it all came to an abrupt halt after delivering a car-crash performance as Picasso in "Picasso At The Lapin Agile". That kept me away from the stage for the next 10 years, but I made a return last summer as Mr Darcy in "Pride and Prejudice".
 
 
What was it like being in 1M2G?
A lot of fun. I only had three lines in the whole play (as Rob enjoyed telling the audience each night), but I've never enjoyed watching a show so much from the wings. Despite having been through dozens and dozens of performances of the show, I still took enormous pleasure in following each scene night after night. I thought the cast was very talented and the company felt really cohesive. It was a pleasure to be part of it.
 
 
Thoughts on being Prince Charming?
It's a lot to live up to! My mother still thinks I've been mis-cast, but I'll do my best to convince her otherwise come the performances!


We're always on the lookout for talented new members. If you're interested, please get in touch by clicking HERE.
NEWS FROM SOPHIE

The lovely Sophie Towns is keeping busy! She (second on the right) has performed with Michael Auger from Collabro (Britain’s Got Talent winners) at the Phoenix artist club right in Leicester Square, and also did backing vocals for Tony Hadley's (ex Spandau Ballet) song 'Take Back Everything' from his album 'Talking to the Moon'. 

This month she's embarking on a six month voyage on the super-luxury cruise liner Silver Muse, singing for her supper across the Mediterranean and on to Asia, Australia and New Zealand!
LTC Youth member Ewan Bourne had a great week recently playing Titus Andronicus at the Edinburgh Fringe. He's now preparing for Uni - he's off to study History at Sheffield Hallam. 
BABY UPDATE

We're very pleased to report that LTC's youngest members - Jake Whitehead, Zach Gill and Penny Bancroft - are all doing well. As you can see, Zach is already rehearsing for "The Lion King"
We're delighted to welcome Woodrow Horticulture to our list of corporate patrons. Based in Findern, Woodgrow have been supplying the Landscape, Building & Leisure Industries with horticultural products for over 35 years.

For more information about Woodgrow check out their website www.woodgrow.com.

 

If you'd like to support us, you can become a patron of Little Theatre Company for £15 as an individual or £30 as a corporate patron.  Your name - plus logo for corporate patrons - will appear in all our theatre programmes and you will receive priority booking on tickets. You'll also receive two free tickets for our bi-annual Patrons' Evening entertainment.

Please click HERE to contact us.

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