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All Star Productions presented a new chamber production of Leonard Bernstein’s 1953 musical WONDERFUL TOWN.
The show tells the story of two sisters, Ruth and Eileen, who move from a rural town in Ohio to experience the bright lights, the big city, and the crazy characters of Greenwich Village, New York City. Ruth is an aspiring writer and Eileen is a dancer who wants to pursue a life on stage. One sister can’t find a man no matter what she does, the other can’t keep them away. Together, these two sisters take on the world, pursuing their dreams and finding love along the way.
WONDERFUL TOWN features a bright Leonard Bernstein score, including such classics as A Little Bit in Love, One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man, A Quiet Girl and Ohio.
Presented on a thrust stage the production presented a number of problems including the fact that there were nearly always a row of rather unprepossessing empty chairs behind the actors rather than set. The lighting had to be three dimensional which meant that wherever I shot from there were shadows on some of the actors faces in virtually all the scenes.The splendid dancing was energetic and fast and it was quite difficult to get as far back from the stage as I would have liked to get everyone in.
Some of my images of the Brontes-inspired show WASTED, which was first showcased at BEAM16 and is to be premièred at West Yorkshire Playhouse in October, are featured on the Entertainment & Arts page of the BBC News website.
This award-winning musical, about an Ipswich community healing itself after the murder of five prostitutes, reveals the real-life story of the residents of London Road, the street where serial Killer Steve Wright lived, as they struggle to make sense of the murders and re-build their lives. Discover their stories
The brief was to take pictures of the cast in character for a new production of London Road to be used in the programme and publicity. The images were to be gritty and ‘warts and all’ to suit the subject matter of the show (the murder of prostitutes in London Road, Ipswich and the reaction of the local people to this).
The Guildford School of Acting’s final-year student Courtney Bowman claimed the £1,000 first prize in The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition, held at the Novello Theatre on Sunday 15th May. Courtney’s Sondheim song of choice was “Me and My Town”, reprising her role of corrupt Mayoress Cora Hoover from GSA’s production of Anyone Can Whistle in June 2015.
Runner-up was Eleanor Jackson, a final-year student at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, who sang “Sunday in the Park with George” from Sunday in the Park with George and claimed a £500 cheque.
In the Stiles + Drewe Prize – divided into two parts this year – the £1,000 Best New Song award went to Tim Connor’s “Back to School”, and winner of the much-coveted MTI Mentorship award was composer/lyricist Darren Clark and book writer Rhys Jennings for Wicker Husband. Student Ashley Reyes, who sang Tim’s winning song, also received a £100 bonus prize.