West Midlands am dram theatre round up

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West Midlands am dram theatre round up

Musical Mix Up, who are performing a Backwards Broadway-style concert this month

What would it be like if a group of musical theatre performers took a collection of songs from shows and swapped the genders around?

This format is known as Backwards Broadway, and in simple terms means if a song is usually sung by a female, a male performer will sing it and visa versa.

Well, that’s exactly what a group of friends from Wolverhampton are doing in an effort to raise funds for Compton Hospice.

Kate, Abbie, Beth, Laura, Ben, Chris, Marcus and Joash will be performing their concert, entitled Musical Mix Up, on July 14 to 15, at The Lindens on Tettenhall Road.

The programme includes Luck Be a Lady sung by Kate Webber, Bring Him Home sung by Abbie Rai, Defying Gravity sung by Ben Perry, I Am Telling You sung by Chris Eastup and Losing My Mind sung by Joash Musundi.

Add to that an all-girl Jersey Boys medley and a mixed sex version of The Cell Block Tango from Chicago and it is musical mayhem, but very entertaining and ideal for those who like something a little different.

For tickets, which are just £10 and include a fish and chip supper, call Kate Webber on 07841 463651 or email katewebber@hotmail.co.uk

For those who prefer something a little more traditional, The Marston Singers, a mixed voice choir who are now 50 years old, is holding a summer serenade on July 16 at Penn United Reformed Church with special guests, The Jackfield Brass Band.

Expect to be treated to excerpts from Lloyd-Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma and Benicitis by Karl Jenkins to name but a few.

It starts at 7.30pm and for tickets, which are just £6 each and include refreshments, call Gill on 01902 787963.

At the Towers Theatre within Tettenhall College from July 14 to 16 there’s murder afoot as Secga Theatre Company presents the thriller Dead Man’s Hand by Seymour Matthews.

Described by the group as an ‘edge of the seat thriller with more twists and turns than a bent corkscrew’, this is a play within a play.

Two couples are lured to a remote Italian villa, only to be murdered one by one. But all is not as it seems. We suddenly realise we are in fact watching the actors rehearse their own murder mystery, but then in a cruel twist of fate, two of the actors are really murdered, leaving us terrified and wondering what the real reason is for this whole charade.

Sounds intriguing. For tickets priced at £7 each call 01902 650996 or click here.

Land lovers beware! Wombourne and District Choral Society will be performing their next concert on July 16 at Beckminster Methodist Church in Penn Fields and the theme, and indeed the title of the concert, is The Sea! The Sea!

For tickets, which include light refreshments and are priced at £10 each for adults and free of charge for children under 16, call 01902 744447 or simply purchase on the door on the night.

Aldridge Youth Theatre intends to brighten up these damp summer evenings with two plays presented by their junior and intermediate groups from July 14 to 16.

The juniors will be presenting the amusing tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes by Kaye Umansky, while the intermediates will perform The Willow Pattern by Judith Johnson.

These are both classic tales, but told in a new and fresh format and have a similar theme. The original version of The Emperor’s New Clothes was of course written by master storyteller Hans Christian Anderson, and depicts the antics of a vain, spoilt king who makes himself look silly. The Willow Pattern is also the tale of a ruler brought down by his own pride and power.

Tickets are £7 for adults and £6 for youngsters and concessions, available from Aldridge Youth Theatre box office on 01922 458615, or pay on the door.

Rainbow Pantomimes, who perform at the Mill Theatre in Sedgley, is holding an open evening on July 14 for prospective new members, at the Coseley School, Henne Drive off Ivyhouse Lane at 7.30pm. The evening will offer you the opportunity to meet existing members and the production team and discuss how you could contribute to this established pantomime company. 

Finally this week, we have a shout out for young men aged between 10 to 20 years old to join The Young Ones, a Dudley-based group who perform at Netherton Arts Centre.

The group are looking forward to getting started on rehearsals for their next production, High School Musical, which they will perform in February next year – but the lack of young men is causing a problem.

Obviously the storyline of this show relies heavily on American High School kids and an even balance, particularly for the basketball number, is essential.

Come on guys! This show is a cracker and the most fun you can have on stage without actually visiting America.

For details of how to audition, contact Chris Sykes on 01384 895266 or Kaz Washbrook at kazziebubbles@aol.com

Alison Norton
Alison Norton

Well, that’s all for this week. Please keep those emails coming to a.norton@expressandstar.co.uk, call me on 01902 319662 or follow me on Twitter @AlisonNorton

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