In 2008 David Reynolds and Laura Foxcroft met as the incoming production team for a local Stafford youth group, putting on Seussical the Musical. They quickly realised they enjoyed working with the other, and had the same drive to develop talent in young people, and strive for excellence. They went on to produce Children of Eden (which won two NODA awards), Les Misérables, Footloose and West Side Story.
Knowing West Side Story was the last show David and Laura were scheduled to do together, an idea formed. As they prepared for opening night of West Side Story, in a brief moment in the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford - in that one moment - the idea to run their own theatre company was born.
And now, just one year later, Theatre1 brings you Songs For A New World, by Jason Robert Brown.
Songs For A New World is a song cycle - a suite of songs about that one moment where you have to decide whether to carry on or give up. Each song tells a story of one of these moments - from the suicidal New York debutante, to the man contemplating leaving his wife in a train station, to the mother of a soldier gone to war.
Theatre1 offers young adults a chance to perform contemporary musicals in the intimate venue of the MET Studio at the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford.
Songs For A New World runs from 14 to 18 July in the MET Studio, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre and tickets are available from theatre1.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01785 619 080.
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