A number of our members are admirers of Charlie Stemp, the actor that played the leading role of Arthur Kipps in the West End ‘Half A Sixpence’, since we first watched him perform in Chichester. His birthday seemed the perfect day to celebrate our wonderful cast and crew. It isn’t long to go until we will performing our version of ‘Kipps: Half A Sixpence’and we are so excited! Here is our very own Arthur Kipps hoping to do Charlie Stemp proud.
So on Saturday 30th November, Charlie Stemp’s birthday, a number of wonderful Barnstormers headed straight to the sea for a bit of inspiration for our upcoming show ‘Half A Sixpence’. We all dressed up in our costumes and embraced the fresh air to help us learn more about our characters.
Our cast have had another hugely successful week. Thursday’s rehearsal turned into a bit of a workout, as we refined the movement for the end of ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop!’ before quickly moving on to the reprise after a few moments of trying to catch our breath in between. It’s an exhausting but hugely exciting end to the show so we’ve all been building up our stamina in preparation for February. It’s already feeling and looking pretty spectacular! Wait until we get our props…
On Friday, we spent a bit more time working on the scenes that develop the romantic relationship between Kipps and Ann. Kipps and Ann sing the most beautiful number, ‘Long Ago’ in Act Two but it requires an extraordinarily long note at the end, which both Kipps and Ann are working hard to perfect. Maxwell, Mrs Walsingham, James, Kipps and Helen also had a catchy and rather amusing number to learn on Friday, which soon evolved into a scene full of drama and conflict.
On Saturday, Barnstormers were lucky enough to have a stall at the Christmas market at Patcham Methodist Church.
We were pleased to sell a number of tickets for our performances but it does mean that we have very limited seats left available. If you still haven’t got your tickets, you will need to act quickly, as they will soon be gone!
We can’t wait to show audiences all our hard work! It’s going to be a FANTASTIC show!
What a picture! What a picture! Yes, you guessed it. It was finally the week to learn the choreography for the iconic number ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop!’
As you can see, we’ve been working on our photogenic faces and positions to get that all important group photograph. It turns out that it’s harder than we thought to get the perfect picture!
One of our favourite parts of this wonderful song are the stories that run throughout it. Here is Anne Boleyn’s last photograph just before her head ‘rolled off the block…’ You’ll have to book tickets to see the rest of the stories and we promise, you won’t be disappointed.
This number is one of the highlights of ‘Half A Sixpence’ and we’re putting all our energy into rehearsals to ensure audiences will be truly wowed. Now, we’ve got to go and work on our smiles, before the photographer has one too many drinks…
We’re officially half way through our rehearsal run and time is just whizzing by!
The challenges of Act Two are well under way and this week especially has had us all sweating bucketfuls. Dancing ‘Pick Out A Simple Tune’ has certainly been exhausting but gosh, it’s a fun number! We’ve all been working hard to isolate random body parts and play with spoons, whilst singing beautifully in harmony. I think we’re doing a grand job so far.
We also had the pleasure of revealing our poster for the show and doesn’t it look professional?! We’re so proud of the show and it’s a real treat to have a poster for the whole world to see. It’s time for everyone to book their seats before they run out!
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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