The Wedding Singer

9th - 12th March 2011

Director: James Derbyshire

Musical director: Steven Geraghty
Choreographer: Nicole Rush

Lighting Designer: Dan Bunn

Lighting, rigging, staging and sound equipment: DBSL

London Oratory School Theatre
Seagrave Road
London SW6 1RX

Read the NODA review
Read the Sardines Magazine review

 

 

Cast

Robbie - John Wright
Julia - Flo Nash

Glen - Mark Smith

Holly - Katy Goddard

George - Anthony Hagan
Sammy - Kevin Shen
Linda - Angie Schultz

Rosie - Sarah Hurley

Ensemble
Aimee Parnell, Alison Walters, Beatrice Fairbarin, Bianca Lloyd-King, Ceris Thomas, Charlee Simmons, Charlie Richards, Emma Filtness, Florisa Tanpoco, Glen Bryan, Hilary Benson, Janaka Jayasingha, Jemma Louise Smith, Jenn Wilson, Jenny Stopher, Jess Bunker, Katy Humphreys, Linda Vavricova, Lisa Di Mascio, Martin McCutcheon, Natalie Grover, Natalie Leong, Renee Sharky
, Russell Towney
, Sally Bourne, Sally Reeve
, Samantha Williams, Tina Hines
, Veronica Stone

Synopsis

It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Heart, who still lives in his grandmother's basement, is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party until his fiancé, Linda, leaves him at the altar.

Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. When he meets Julia, an admiring young waitress, Robbie falls madly in love. Only trouble is Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

With a score that pays loving homage to the pop songs of the 1980s, The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

Photos

Photography by David Croft at Soundstagestudio

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Albums

Stags and Hens

21st - 25th June 2011

Director: Sarah Hurley

Jubilee Theatre

Digby Stuart Drive


Roehampton University

Roehampton Lane


SW15 5PU

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Cast

Eddy - David Jefferies

Robbie - Mark Smith

Kav - Sam Cunningham

Billy - Glen Bryan

Peter - Mike Gibson

Dave - Alan Reiss

Roadie - Gavin Murphy

Bernadette - Victoria Swaine

Linda - Jan Reiss

Maureen - Hilary Benson
Frances - Bianca Lloyd-King

Carole - Ruth Cocks

Synopsis

Like much of Russell’s work, the play reflects working class society in the 1970s and is a witty yet sharply observed and thought provoking piece. The action takes place in the gents and ladies loos of a tacky Liverpool club where Dave and Linda (bride and groom-to-be) have decided, unbeknownst to each other, to hold their stag and hen parties.

The play is a brilliant observation of working class communities in those times and the hilarious one liners (which any girl or guy in a club trying to score might well want to take note of today!), just keep on coming! The play’s main focus is on the group’s collective struggles to find companionship and a sense of belonging, both within their friendship circle and in the area as a whole. The comedy is fast and feisty and the language gritty. The characters are well-drawn, and well-defined, and the social pecking-order is easy to see.

 

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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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