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Arthur Kipps, an orphan, is an over-worked draper’s assistant at Shalford’s Bazaar, Folkestone, at the turn of the last century. He is a charming but ordinary young man who, along with his fellow apprentices, dreams of a better and more fulfilling world, but he likes his fun just like any other, except not quite. When Kipps unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society, it confuses everything he thought he knew about life.
Watching him wrestle with his new identity is his childhood companion and not-quite girlfriend, Ann Pornick, who sees with dismay how Arthur is being made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham. She is always there with helpful hints on how Arthur could improve himself and make his life richer and more meaningful, if only he would believe in himself, and listen to her. Both of these young women love Arthur – there is no doubt about that – but which should he listen to? With the help of his friends, Arthur learns that if you want to have the chance of living the right life, you need to make the right choices.
This new stage version of Half A Sixpence, which returns to the H. G. Wells semi-autobiographical novel, “Kipps”, in order to reinvent the musical “Half a Sixpence” for the modern age, has a stellar creative team and reunites bookwriter Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the musical team that co-creator Cameron Mackintosh first put together to create the smash-hit stage adaptation of Mary Poppins with Disney. Julian Fellowes’ masterful adaptation returns the musical to its literary roots, in a timeless and contemporary way, and Stiles and Drewe’s brilliantly infectious new score harnesses the David Heneker classics with a joyous verve.
I think it’s safe to say that after this week’s rehearsals, we’ve all got ‘Money to Burn – Part Two’ on the brain.
This week’s rehearsals were FULL ON – we sang, we danced, we banjoed and the results are looking phenomenal. Luckily, the cast are loving every minute because the energy needed for this number is quite extraordinary. However, we are taking on the challenge with gusto! Who knew that we would all be so good at drinking and dancing in the pub?
The previous night also had some magical moments all of its own. ‘Joy of the Theatre’ is one of those addictive songs and as you can see, the cast involved have been working hard to master the slick, energetic choreography that Louisa presented them with. Did I mention that this week’s rehearsal needed lots of energy?!
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Another week has flown by and what a week it was! Exhausting and fun in equal measure, we have been working hard on two of the biggest dance numbers in Act One – ‘Proper Gentlemen’ and ‘Money to Burn – part 2’.
The cast have well and truly dusted off their dance shoes and are on top form, pulling out all the stops to produce some impressive partner lifts, banjo dancing and upper class motor driving!
This week has been especially exciting as we can now announce that our tickets are live for purchasing!
We want everyone to come and see this fantastic show so book early to ensure you don’t miss out!
Who doesn’t love a garden party? We certainly do! And that’s been exactly the focus of this week’s rehearsals, piecing together the gorgeous and very classy musical number “If the Rain’s Got to Fall”. The number concludes the end of Act One of ‘Kipps: Half A Sixpence’ at a rather dramatic garden party, leaving Kipps in a bit of an awkward situation.
Enthusiasm has been at all time high this week. Everyone has put on their ‘posh’ faces and dancing shoes this week, creating this spectacular feast for the eyes. We’ve got lifts, we’ve got summer sports and we’ve got turning around a maypole – it’s been fantastic! I think everyone has truly embraced their ‘posh’ side.
It will be a true treat to see this number in its full glory with props and costumes. Do come along and join us! I’d hate for you to miss out.
Book tickets from 21st September! Available online or come and support our jumble sale at Patcham Methodist Church on 21st September.
The introduction night’s for the next show, Kipps: the new Half a Sixpence musical, will be the Thursday 25th and Friday 26th July 2019 at Patcham Methodist Church at 7:30pm, please come along if you are interested in joining this amazing show!
If you’re interested in coming along to the introduction evening, please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 07775546400 to let us know you’re interested in coming!
Following the sad news today that Doris Day has passed away, it makes Barnstormers performances this week of the stage adaptation of one of her most famous musical films “Calamity Jane” especially poignant.
We are proud and honoured to be paying tribute to a very talented and much loved musical performer.
Book your tickets to join us in celebrating the work of this wonderful lady, in Barnstormers’ production of Calamity Jane: https://www.barnstormers.org.uk/tickets