Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture, Sister Act tells the story of aspiring disco diva Deloris Van Cartier. Trying to work her way to the top in 1970s Philadelphia, Deloris falls in love with a very tough—and very married—gangster boyfriend named Curtis. However, when Deloris witnesses him commit a murder she ends up in hiding on police orders, in a convent whose parish has fallen on hard times. Though the sequin-free lifestyle doesn’t agree with her, Deloris finds her calling working with the choir, and breathes new life into the dusty convent while discovering a sisterhood she’s never had before.
Brownhills Musical Theatre Company return to the Lichfield Garrick after previous award-winning hits Beauty & The Beast and The Producers. Sister Act promises to be a hilariously, feel good musical, which will leave you wanting to 'Raise Your Voice' in joy!
The cast are led by Alanna Boden who has taken on the principle role of Deloris Van Cartier made famous by Whoopi Goldberg in the 1992 film. Leading a cast of 40 plus Sisters (and Brothers) this vibrant, energetic company are bringing some ‘Sunday Morning Fever’ to the Garrick stage from 5 to 9 May.
To book tickets, you can call the ticket Secretary directly on 01785 715368, book online by clicking here or call the Lichfield Garrick box office direct on 01543 412 121.
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House of Greasepaint Productions will be presenting Hot Mikado at Lichfield Garrick this May.
The production company was set up to showcase the Staffordshire University Foundation Degree Musical Theatre Programme and they will be performing the hilarious musical adaption of Gilbert and Sullivan's most famous operettas from 27 to 30 May.
Hot Mikado sees East meet West head-on in this 1940's-style update and features classic songs including A Wand'ring Minstrel I, Three Little Maids and many more. Watch as the colour of Japanese design combine with the big band sights and sounds of popular, American song and dance.
The principal cast has been announced and includes Daniel Roberts, Abbie Mead, Jamie Jones, Rachel Wrighte, Alfie Kentesber, Kaii Songhurst, James Rowney, Vitalyia Harbord and Elliot Lolley, directed by Laurie Asher, with choreography from Katie McDonagh.
Hot Mikado plays at Lichfield Garrick from 27 to 30 May. For more information and to book tickets for this show click here or call Lichfield Garrick’s box office on 01543 412 121.
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SSA Drama are looking a 17-25 year old petite girl to play the role of Catherine Earnshaw in their May production of Wuthering Heights. The show will be running from the 27 - 30 May and important rehearsals will also be held on the 24 and 26 May, for which attendance is crucial.
Rehearsals take place on a Monday and Thursday evening at Alderbrook School from 7:30pm.
If you are interested, please get in contact with Charlie Smith, the director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07929 359 124.
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Here is our top 10 theatre picks for April. From amateur to professional, get your diaries at the ready to pop some of the most important dates in...
31 March to 26 April
Shrek The Musical
1 to 3 April
South Staffs Musical Theatre Company at Wolverhampton Grammar School
7 to 11 April
Tamworth Arts Club at Landau Forte Sixth Form Centre
8 to 11 April
A View From The Bridge
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
14 to 18 April
Peterbrook Players at Solihull Arts Complex
21 April to 2 May
21 to 25 April
Studley Operatic Society at Redditch Palace Theatre
23 to 25 April
A Man For All Seasons
Union Theatre at St Edburgha’s Church, Yardley
27 April to 2 May
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
28 April to 2 May
Solihull On Stage at Solihull Arts Complex
Solihull On Stage are bringing the infectious Madness musical, Our House, to Solihull Arts Complex from 28 April to 2 May.
Madness’ greatest hits come to Solihull, as the award-winning Solihull on Stage presents Tim Firth’s fantastic musical. Marking a Solihull Arts Complex premiere, the cast will be performing the triple Olivier award-winning musical, featuring some of Madness’s greatest songs including Baggy Trousers, House of Fun, It Must be Love and, of course, the title song Our House.
The story follows Camden lad Joe Casey who, on the night of his 16th birthday, makes a decision that will change his life. To impress Sarah, the girl of his dreams, Joe breaks into a building development, but things take a turn for the worse when the police turn up. Joe’s life splits into two; the Good Joe who stays and gives himself up and Bad Joe who flees, leaving Sarah to run from the police.
Our House follows the two paths that Joe’s life could take after that fateful night. Over a period of seven years, and two alternative lives, Joe deals with the consequences of that night. All this is watched by Joe’s deceased father, who pulls the two stories together.
Set in London this new classic musical will have the audience on the edge of their seats and roaring with laughter as the songs of the 80s are given a life of their own. Fizzing with energetic numbers and humour, this show is a must for Madness fans and musical goers alike.
Solihull On Stage present Our House at Solihull Arts Complex from 28 April to 2 May. For more information and to book tickets click here.
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The NODA award-winning St. Augustine’s Musical Theatre Company have just announced the cast for their November production of Sister Act, which will also be the Solihull premiere of this infectious musical treat.
Loretta Parnell will be leading the cast, in the vocally demanding role of Deloris van Cartier - the part made famous by Whoopi Goldberg in the film version of Sister Act. This will be Loretta's debut with the company and she brings extensive stage experience to the role. Loretta will be joined by St. Augustine’s MTC regular Rachel Pattinson as Mother Superior, whilst Sister Mary Robert will be played by Alice White, Sister Mary Lazarus by Sarah Furmage, Sister Mary Theresa by Alison Tumber and Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours by Dianne Bennett. Deloris’s backing singers, Michelle and Tina, will be played by Laura White and Charlotte Costello.
Produced and directed by Veronica Walsh, with musical direction from Stephen Powell and choreography by Liane Hughes, this show promises to be an absolute delight.
The show runs at Solihull Arts Complex from 17 to 21 November. For more information about the show and St. Augustines MTC click here.
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St Alphege Musical Production Society (STAMPS) are on the lookout for talented singers and dancers, for their November production of Crazy For You.
This wonderful Gershwin musical follows the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. This high energy comedy includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music including I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You and Someone To Watch Over Me.
So, if you can sing, dance and are free on Wednesdays before and during the first week of November, then you could be the man or woman STAMPS want. Tap dancing workshops and a show introduction begins on 15 April, 7.30pm at Oliver Bird Hall (see map below).
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Award-winning Peterbrook Players return to Solihull Arts Complex this April with their latest musical offering. Following on from their recent successes, including The Producers, Me & My Girl, Annie and Oliver, the Solihull troupe take to the stage with the Broadway blockbuster, 42nd Street.
The story follows Peggy Sawyer, a young girl with the hope of hitting the big time in New York City. After securing a role as a chorus girl, fate strikes and Peggy has a decision to make. Could this be the opportunity of a lifetime?
With a fantastic score, featuring classics like Lullaby on Broadway, Dames and We’re in the Money, 42nd Street is brimming with high octane tap dance and fantastic music, combined with a witty script that offers entertainment for all.
42nd Street runs at Solihull Arts Complex from 14 to 18 April. To book tickets for this energetic show, just click here or call Solihull Arts Complex box office on 0121 704 6962.
Please note tickets are selling fast, so to avoid disappointment and secure the best remaining seats, early booking is advisable.
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Birmingham Savoyards’ production of The Mikado opens at the Old Rep Theatre on 24 March.
Written in 1885 and set in an imaginary Japanese village, The Mikado is one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operettas. Many of the songs are well known classics and audiences still roll with laughter at Gilbert’s wonderful ability to poke fun at British morals, sensibilities and institutions of the day through his imaginary 'Japanese' characters.
The town of Titipu hasn’t had an execution for a while and the Lord High Executioner (KoKo) is informed that his own head may soon be for the chop if the situation isn’t remedied. This poses a double dilemma as KoKo (who can’t even bring himself to kill a fly) either needs to find a suitable volunteer to be beheaded, or face being beheaded himself. And how can an Executioner execute himself?
Birmingham Savoyards present The Mikado from 24 to 28 March at the Old Rep Theatre. Click here to book tickets, or call the Old Rep Theatre box office on 0121 359 9444.
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