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Lichfield actress to take on multiple roles as she prepares to make professional debut

A Lichfield actress and singer will showcase her range of skills by taking on a number of roles in a musical show.

Charlotte Middleton will play a number of characters in Ain’t No Angels, a show featuring the songs of two musical greats – plus the fabulous sound of a live big band.

Charlotte Middleton

Charlotte Middleton

It tells the stories of the lives, loves and music of Frank Sinatra and Al Jolson.

Charlotte, also known to Lichfield audiences for her choreography for Lichfield Operatic Society productions, plays a number of women in the life of Al Jolson – wives Erle Galbraith and Ruby Keeler, and also Sinatra’s mother Dolly and daughter Nancy.

“I am really enjoying the challenge of tackling so many different characters in one show,” said Charlotte. “It is nothing like I have done before and is so enjoyable.

“My favourite character to play has to be Sinatra’s Mother, Dolly. She is quite a character and I am really enjoying getting to know her.”

This will be Charlotte’s first professional production. She has been performing on the local amateur scene for many years, firstly as a member of Lichfield Musical Youth Theatre and now with Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company and Lichfield Operatic Society.

She has played many principal roles including Rita (Made in Dagenham), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Mary (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Ann (Half a Sixpence) to name but a few.

Devised by musician Ken Wragg and presented by Role-Play Productions, Ain’t No Angels reveals what could happen if Sinatra and Jolson met up in the afterlife.

Two chronological biographies are revealed in one show. The two men reflect on their errors and successes, and the people they have perhaps wronged – characters like Ava Gardiner, Marilyn Monroe and Mia Farrow, to name but a few.

It’s witty, poignant and fact filled, as well as being packed with a whole host of their most popular songs all delivered with the help of a full swing band.

Heading the five-strong cast in the lead roles are two singers/actors well known to Lichfield audiences. Paul Lumsden, noted for performances with Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company and Lichfield Operatic Society, plays Sinatra. Baritone Paul Roberts, a firm audience favourite in the earlier days of Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park, plays Jolson.

The production at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall is the launch event of the new Friends of the Town Hall initiative that will see a calendar of events and activities arranged to raise funds for significant repair work to the building.

The Town Hall will benefit from half the proceeds from the show on June 5 & 6.
Tickets for the show on June 5 and 6 are available from the box office on 0121 296 9543 or online at www.townhallsuttoncoldfield.co.uk.

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