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This November: Chicago
Broadway’s longest-running American musical, Chicago is a dazzling and satirical look at fame, justice, and the media machine. Set in 1920s Chicago and based on real-life murders and trials, Chicago follows Roxie Hart, a wannabe vaudevillian star who murders her lover and is arrested, despite her attempts to convince her pushover husband, Amos, to lie for her. In the Cook County Jail, Roxie meets her hero, the famed double-murderess and nightclub performer Velma Kelly. When both acquire the same lawyer, the greedy and lustful superstar, Billy Flynn, tensions come to a head as they vie for the spotlight-- though instead of onstage, they’re mugging for the flashbulb of the newspaper reporters. With catchy music and timeless lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a funny, intelligent, and utterly engaging book by Kander and Bob Fosse, Chicago is a musical spectacular that is as addictive as gossip rags and as unforgettable as any trial of the century.
The show will take place on the 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th & 25th November.
Our 2015 Production: Sweeney Todd
One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror.
Our 2014 Production: Les Miserables
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story
of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament
to the survival of the human spirit. Ex-convict Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless
policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s
young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Featuring the songs “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and “On My Own” –
Les Misérables is the show of shows.
Our 2012 Production: The Phantom of the Opera
Phantom of the Opera was the tenth large scale production in a row and audiences were privileged to see
probably the best yet. The set, which had been created for the performance by the school Design Department
and a professional local scaffolding company, allowed the staff and students to make excellent use of the
high stage area, as well as two huge front of stage extensions, on which the Phantom and other cast members
appeared. Indeed, much of the action extended well beyond the confines of the traditional proscenium arch
and in many places either mirrored, or dare we say even added to, the original West End production.
In addition there was some clever theatrical sleight of hand, involving such devices as the throne of the phantom;
from which he disappears into thin air (literally to gasps of astonishment from the audience!), as well as the highly
effective use of pyrotechnics.
Our 2013 Production: Miss Saigon
Our 2013 production of Miss Saigon took place on 25th-30th November 2013 in our newly refurbished Main Hall.
Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story
about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim
is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon night club owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as
'The Engineer'. John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night. That night
will change their lives forever.
The music and sound were both astonishing. The orchestra itself was comprised roughly half of students from the school,
past and present, and half professional musicians from Birmingham Conservatoire and other Birmingham orchestras.
This was further enhanced by the flawless sound production and the atmospheric lighting and chandelier.
Due to the phenomenal success and popular demand of our production in November, the show was re-run in February.
Friday and Saturday evenings were 'Black Tie' events. Prior to the start of the show the audience were treated to
canapes, drinks and hot food. Amongst our guests for the performances were Mr Michael Hastilow (Regional Councillor
for the National Operatic and Dramatic Association), Ms Phyllida Furse (Birmingham School of Acting),
Sir Geoff Hampton (University of Wolverhampton) and Mr Tony Collins (Chief Executive, Virgin Trains).
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