Shrek The Musical : Cast Announcement

Shrek The Musical is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. It is based on the 2001 DreamWorks Animation film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek!.  Cygnet Players are excited to bring this brilliantly fun musical to the Oratory School Theatre, Fulham, in February 2020!

Cast & Creative Team:

 

All Shook Up Review

We had an absolute blast performing All Shook Up at the Putney Arts Theatre, and judging by the reception from the audience, they enjoyed watching the show as much as we enjoyed performing it!

Des Wilby, our NODA representative, came to watch on the Saturday evening - here are a few of his comments:

"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 with no delays or distractions and the ‘full house’ witnessed a superb show."

"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.  This was a hugely challenging role but one Barry looked to be greatly enjoying.  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."

"The quality of the music was excellent and the timing was spot on".

"Congratulations to everyone involved at Cygnet Players for another first-class production"

Read the full review here.

Spring Awakening NODA Review

Cygnets had a fabulous time at the Stockwell Playhouse last week, performing the stunning musical Spring Awakening to packed houses!

Judging from the audience reaction the show went down a storm - a view shared by our district NODA representative, Des Wilby, who had some lovely words to say. Here are a few snippets:

"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." 

"All movement from the 13-person cast conveyed real emotion and truly reflected the action.  The graveside scene was moving and poignant, the various fight scenes were realistic and worrying but it was the passion, frustration and release of teenage anger that was exceptional.  Overall, the choreography was fabulous and really added to the show’s appeal.

"Veronique Piercy gave an excellent performance as Wendla demonstrating not only a fabulous singing voice but some exceptionally strong acting skills. Challenged with portraying this naïve girl, whose mother was too embarrassed to tell her the facts of life, Veronique interpreted the role beautifully and gave a believable performance."

"Matthew Wright was ideally cast as Melchior. With great stage presence, and an excellent singing voice, Matthew gave a terrific performance." 

Read the full review here.

All Shook Up: Cast

After an audition process of an extremely high standard, we are delighted to announce the cast for our September show, All Shook Up, is as follows:

NATALIE HALLER – Jessica Laing
CHAD – Barry Lattimore-Quinn
JIM HALLER – Rob Malone
SYLVIA – Harriet Ruby
LORRAINE  –  Natalie Simmonds
DENNIS – Alex Blackie
MISS SANDRA – Beci Sageman
MAYOR MATILDA HYDE – Kate Chesworth 
DEAN HYDE – Philip Ruby
SHERIFF EARL – Will Prescott
HENRIETTA  –  Sally Reeve

ENSEMBLE

Ali Coates-Newman, Ed Steward, Elsa Maria Metni, Emma Clandon, Emma Ollis, Gemma Miles, Georgie Crotty, Ian Green, Jess Bunker, Jon Bradly, Jonathan Billins, Kob Yeboah, Laura Smith, Lauren O’Mara, Maggie Murray, Nika Borsic, Peter Beaven, Rosie Smith, Sally Reeve, Sinead Burniston, Stephanie Parr

Congratulations to all! We can't wait to get started!

All Shook Up: Creative Team and Audition Dates

We are excited to announce the creative team and the audition dates for our September musical, ‘All Shook Up’!

Jamie Hughes (Director) is a long standing Cygnet, having performed in countless shows and currently busy being the society’s deputy chairman! Jamie directed the very successful Secret Swan Speakeasy back in September and was recently associate director for the brand new musical ‘Just Pretend’ for PLOS. (Photo credit: Paul Aylin)

Michael Searle (MD) is a Cygnets newcomer, but a very safe pair of musical hands! He has recently MD’d the PLOS panto and is currently working on ‘Funny Girl’ - we can’t wait to have him on board.

Kim Schenkelaars (Choreographer) is no stranger to the Cygnet stage, having choreographed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in 2017 and performing in many other shows. She is currently choreographing our next musical, ‘Spring Awakening’, so has a very busy summer ahead! 

Head to our Auditions Page to see all the Audition details and read more about this fabulous show!


2019 NODA Award winners!

 

Exciting news!

We have scooped up best musical, best play and best cameo performance in a play for district 3 in this year’s NODA awards!

Congratulations to everyone involved - we are so proud of you!

Spring Awakening - Cast

We are excited to announce our cast list for Spring Awakening!

Wendla - Veronique Piercy
Martha - Ellie Jones
Thea - Rosie Miles
Anna - Carly Bond
Ilse - Jamie Miller-Hughes
Melchior - Matthew Wright
Moritz - Glen Jordan
Hanschen - Lewis McKenzie
Ernst - Nigel Fullerton
Georg - Barry Lattimore-Quinn
Otto - Nick Dore
Adult Woman - Laura Harrison
Adult Man - Josh Yard

Well done to all who auditioned - we were blown away by the standard!

We can’t wait to get started!

Kiss Me Kate Review

The review of our recent production of Kiss Me Kate has arrived, and our NODA representative Des Wilby was suitably impressed with his evening!

You can read the full review here, but here are some highlights:

"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"

"Choreography was arranged by Vicki Rice and was simply fabulous ... , what appeared almost effortless was definitely the result of extensive rehearsal, dedication and commitment"

"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" 

"Kiss Me, Kate’ is a demanding show for any society to perform.  All in all, this was a sparkling and energetic production, imaginatively directed with a most talented and enthusiastic cast"

Congratulations to all involved!

Spring Awakening Creative Team Announced!

We are thrilled to announce Cygnets’ first ever all-female creative team, who will be working together on our new July-slot musical, Spring Awakening!

Taking the helm is long-time Cygnet member Aimee Parnell, in her directorial debut. As well as being in many Cygnet musicals and plays, Aimee was assistant director for both Top Hat and Merrily We Roll Along this year, and we are very much looking forward to seeing what she will do with this show.

Musical direction will be in the sound charge of Harriet Oughton. Harriet has previously played in the pit for Cygnet shows (such as Top Hat) and is an extremely skilful  MD - anyone who saw PLOS’ recent production of West Side Story will attest to that!

Rounding off the team is choreographer Kim Schenkelaars. Having previously choreographed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for Cygnets (to great success), Kim is currently choreographing the PLOS panto whilst also dancing in Kiss Me, Kate and being on the Cygnet committee - we’re sure Spring Awakening will be just the restful break she needs!

Spring Awakening will be performed at the Stockwell Playhouse from 10th to 13th of July 2019. Audition information will be available soon!

 

Calendar of Events

Sat 10th August 2019


Cygnets BBQ


Our annual BBQ where Cygnets old and new can get together and catch up!

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Wednesday 4 - Saturday 7 September 2019

All Shook Up

Bookending our 2019 with another nod to Shakespeare, our final show of the year will be All Shook Up, which we will perform at Putney Arts Theatre.

 

 

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Show Reviews

"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

"Zoe Dobell brought her directing experience to this production and is to be congratulated for a hugely successful show. This was a classy performance delivered to a high standard by a quality cast. The attention to detail throughout ensured everything ran like clockwork." 

"The three leads were quite simply exemplary, and carried the show with great confidence. Andrew Overin, as Franklin Shepard, is both a great singer and a consummate actor.  Andrew was more than ably matched by Adam Walker-Galbraith as Charley Kringas and Olga-Marie Pratt as Mary Flynn. Most of the songs are narrative and required considerable acting skills as well as emotional delivery to get them across. It was soon apparent that in the hands of these three it was never going to be a problem. Together they owned the stage and held the audience’s attention perfectly."

"This show proved to be yet another excellent production.  I am quite certain that the entire audience, like me, left feeling hugely impressed with the quality of this cast and Cygnet Players in general."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"I watched the show with a composer, arranger, conductor and sometime performer of Sondheim musicals. He and I were blown away."

"The show takes off with the television interview scene in which Charley Kringus lets rip at Franklin in the number named after him. The audience were close to a standing ovation as Adam Walker-Galbraith (and the orchestra) concluded this spectacularly complex piece of musical dexterity."

"Russell Bramley does an excellent job of building his Joe Josephson character backwards from a broken cuckolded man to confident impresario. Russell notes in the programme that he fell in love with this show when it played at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013. I would be surprised if this Cygnet performance does not at least equal the 2013 show."

Frank Kaye
Sardines Review

"This was quite simply an exceptional show that oozed class and quality throughout."

"The quality of the band, and music produced, was of a very high class and never overshadowed those speaking or singing."

"Kim Findlay (Choreographer) ensured this show delivered what was expected – a truly stunning visual spectacle from a 17-strong tap dancing ensemble. The quality of dancing, precision and timing were nothing short of superb."

"The extremely versatile, and talented, Nick Moorhouse was perfectly cast in the lead male role of Jerry Travers. The sheer quality of dancing, whilst singing, was exceptional and appeared almost effortless."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"Charlotte Donald, who I have seen tread the boards many times for Cygnet Players, was Dale Tremont. This is possibly my favourite role I have seen her in as it really showed off her dance ability and as that famous line goes, she did it all backwards and in heels!"

"Adam Walker-Galbraith verges on stealing the show as the hilarious Beddini. His attention to detail in his character ensured that he ensured every moment he was on stage was pure comedy."

"Top Hat is a show Cygnet Players should be proud of. With polished dance, strong principals and ensemble and an impressive set works together to create an enjoyable and impressive show."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

"Huge congratulations must go to Adam Walker-Galbraith on his musical directing debut and for delivering such a resounding success. The non-stop action, and overall pace, ensured the audience was immediately involved in, and remained enthralled throughout, the entire show. As musical directing debuts go, this was a fantastic achievement and something to look back on with pride."

"Congratulations must also be given to Lauren O’Mara who choreographed this show superbly."

"Jamie Miller-Hughes was truly fantastic in the hugely demanding role of Doralee. Not only did Jamie look, and act, the part of a country girl but she sang beautifully and had a terrific Southern accent."

"Kate Chesworth excelled as Violet, the long suffering supervisor who’d been repeatedly passed over for promotion in a male-dominated office environment. Kate’s acting and singing were both superb and I particularly enjoyed ‘Around Here’, where she introduced Judy to Consolidated Industries’ lengthy list of high expectations."

"This truly was an excellent performance, a very enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment, and most definitely ‘value for money’ in anyone’s eyes."

Des Wilby
Noda Review

"Cygnet Players is fortunate to have a formidable trio of women take on (the lead) roles. The moments where these 3 women were on stage fronting a number were consistently high standard and really stood out."

"Charlotte Donald ... had a nice vulnerability and awkwardness about her and knew how to time her comedy well. Her big number 'Get Out and Stay Out' deservedly drew cheers from the audience."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

 

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