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A stage musical with fabulous songs, a riveting story-line and spectacular foot-tapping dance routines will be the next offering from a group of talented young Lichfield people.
Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre is noted for its effervescent productions, so Fame – The Musical is an apt choice for the company.
The cast of 50 are currently busy rehearsing for the April production with musical director Oliver Rowe, director Aimee Berwick and choreographer Jessica Lambert. The three were all previous members of Youth Theatre.
Fame is a bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of gruelling artistic and academic work. With candour, humour and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today.
Heading the cast are Amy and Laura Mallaband, Chris Buckle, Grace Lambert, Jack Moreton, Esme and Gus Wade, Rob Glynn, Jon Baraket and Charlotte Middleton.
MD and chairman Oliver Rowe said: “We last performed Fame – The Musical as our ‘come-back’ show in 2007, hot on the heels of our 20th Anniversary Concert. It was the first full scale production under the new Youth Theatre committee and so a lot hinged on the success of that production.
“We felt, five years on, it would be great to perform Fame once more with an almost entire new cast of aspiring actors, singers and dancers to help celebrate five years of outstanding success.”
Audiences expect high standards from this group, so the cast and production team are pulling out all the stops to ensure that they are wowed by the sheer talent Lichfield and the surrounding area’s young performers have.
Of the four adults who are featuring in the production, Oliver said: “We have some fantastic support from members of Lichfield Operatic Society: Julie Mallaband (who directed our award-winning production of Oliver!), Tim Berriman and Dawn Welch who have a guest starring role as our adult teachers in this production, and who all appeared in the same roles five years ago. We also welcome Steve Brunton of Lichfield Players who joins us in a guest role as one of the Fame school teachers.”
The cast are supported by a full professional show orchestra, a dedicated team of lighting, sound and stage crew, many of whom work in the industry, and who give their time freely to support LGYT.
Fame runs at the Lichfield Garrick from April 3 to 7 at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
Ticket prices range from £10 to £15 from the box office on 01543 412121 or online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com.
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