Titanic Week 9 Rehearsals

So, we’re half-way through the rehearsal period now and we are more or less where I wanted us to be, in terms of what we have covered, so well done to you all and thanks to Hannah P, Margaret and Russell for what you have done already. Hannah P is doing a great job and working you hard with the singing, and I am very grateful to her for her commitment to the show, despite her hectic and demanding career. Margaret continues to be wonderfully creative with the choreography, of which there is a lesser amount required in this show, so do make the most of the dance numbers and give them, and Margaret, your all. It was lovely to have Russell with us last Thursday and I hope that those involved were suitably “Pyjama’d out”.

Our costume dept, are really getting things sorted now and Caroline C is going to visit her contact tomorrow to pick out things to borrow. She’ll be like a child in a sweet shop and hopefully we may have some of those costumes to view soon. Laura M. and the crew are also working well getting props together and sorting out who is doing what. Thanks to Gary, Karen A. and Nick P’s step father for taking on specific projects. I’ve had an initial meeting with Paul S. about lighting and Alex has kindly taken on the preparation of the text which will be projected showing the date, time and location on the ship throughout the show.

Having spoken about other people, so to my thoughts in all this. Barnstormers’ continues to astound me in the talent, enthusiasm and warmth that exudes from it. This was never going to be an easy show to direct, with it’s complex score, the sensitive nature of the story line and of course, the amount of characters and “doubling/tripling up” needed, but all this I knew. When I first saw this show, it had such an impact on me, even though the sound quality was very poor, I knew I was passionate enough to want to direct it. Since the day I found out that we had got the license to perform the show, and after the initial panic, my mind has been a logistical whirlwind of possibilities. How to simulate an 11 storey high cruise ship? How can they get changed in time to another character? How to ensure the tragic story line is deal with sensitively? Could we have a Bridge on a different level with such a small stage and low ceiling? You get the idea, and a director will always have so many things to take into consideration, regardless of the show, so nothing new there. For me, it’s a relatively new experience, having only co-directed before, and I’m actually enjoying it, for the most part anyway! The sleepless nights pondering, endless scribblings, diagrams, meetings, emails and phone calls all become so worthwhile when a scene comes together and it evokes an emotion. I’ve already had quite a few “moments” where I have been so amused or “moved” by the intensity of characterizations and interaction and we are a long way from port yet, so well done and keep it up.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been impressed with how the accents are developing, so don’t be afraid to go with them and get used to how they sound. Also, as I said, you are really working on your characterizations and to help even more, have a look over/research your character’s information, get into their psyche. Think how they would have behaved, their demeanor and how they fit in with the characters around them.

Some of you are memorizing your lines and being able to put your books down for certain parts which means that really your acting can be more animated, so now’s the time to have a go mastering one scene at a time.

I have now decided that we will go ahead with doing a Jumble Sale and Coffee Morning on Saturday 13th October to help with the costs for this show, so I’ll need loads of offers of help to make it successful. Please let me know if you can help am/pm or both, sorting, selling, in the kitchen, clearing up, taking away left overs etc and it’s first come get the choice they want regarding which stall to be on. I’ve attached a poster for displaying in windows, cars & local shops and flyers to hand around, so please print them off soon. Jumble can be brought along to rehearsals any time now. Crew, please note that this date is instead of the crew painting/preparation day.

Jumble Sale poster        JUMBLE WANTED flyers

I hope that by trying to schedule rehearsals more exactly, it helps you to know when you are needed and when you may leave although as we get further on in, this may not be quite so possible. I know that people have lives and are busy and I do appreciate your prompt time keeping. It is so helpful to me and your fellow actors and means that others are not delayed. Do keep advising me of any holidays/absences asap please, (by email,) as it is a major problem putting together a rehearsal schedule only to find that people are away on the day.

Finally, (you say,) this week goes like this;

Thursday 6th September No Hannah P, Hyder, George or Becky H.

Ruth has very kindly offered to play the piano for us so that we can refresh staging for previously learned songs

5.30-7.15pm   Those who have arranged for early rehearsals with Hannah P to go into the church via the Fellowship Room and not via the main hall please. If you would still like to run through something individually, in a pair or small group, please email Hannah to arrange at hannah.pool@doctors.org.uk

7.30- 8.00pm   All required with me (not pit singers)
Going over 2f – 2K 

8.00- 8.20pm   Jig dance refresh with Margaret. All ladies in this needed, not spectating men though.

8.00- 8.20pm   James and Stephen to work on accents with Bob – Act 1 Scene 5

8.00- 8.50pm   Gary, Officers, Seb & Nick H to work alone on their scenes and learn lines when not needed, under the command of your Captain!

8.20- 8.50pm   All in Act 1 Scene 5 – Lady’s Maid with me to refresh staging of the scene and song.

8.50- 9.05pm   Break

9.05- 9.30pm   Dancing with Margaret all in “Dressed in your Pyjamas”

9.05- 9.30pm   James & Paul with me Act 1 Scene 7 refresh

9.30-10.00pm  All in Act 1 Scene 9 to go over the scene for tomorrow’s run through.

Friday 7th September No Hyder, George, Clare J, Becky H or Beth

Please go and see Paul Harrington to have your photo taken if you missed out before and he will be taking shots of you in action during the Act 1 run-through. Becky K you will need your Darlene costume and photo taken. Russell will be filming for rehearsal purposes and thanks to them both.

7.30- 7.40pm   Paula S & Keith with Hannah P for “The Glinka 1”

7.30-7.50pm    James with me to refresh staging for “Barrett’s Song”

7.40- 7.50pm   Hannah M with Hannah P for “The Glinka 2”  (can the word “glass” be changed to “drape” please as this will be done in front of the curtains)

7.50- 8.15pm   Paula S & Keith with me refreshing staging of “The Glinka 1” & 17b “I Have Danced”

7.50- 8.15pm   James, Ann, Louisa, Matt, Gary, John C, Nick P, Hannah M, Seb with Hannah P for Scene 9 solo parts (as much as can be managed)

8.15- 8.30pm   All in “Doing The Latest Rag” dancing and singing with Margaret & Hannah P.

8.30- 8.45pm   Early break

8.45-10.00pm  Run through of Act 1 -Good luck everyone, give it your all.

Titanic Week 8 Rehearsals

Hello there everyone.

Well, 8 weeks down and 10 to go, so nearly half way through our rehearsal time already. How time flies, and we have achieved so much, but there is still lots to do. Please do make a real effort to learn your lines & song lyrics as we’re nearly into September now and before you know it, it will be time for no books to be used. Next Friday, 7th Sept, I am still planning to try a run thorugh of Act 1, so all will be needed. No doubt it will be bitty, but it will give everyone an idea of how it fits together.

As well as last week’s busy and productive rehearsals, the costume dept were busy forging ahead with getting people’s costumes sorted or ideas for them. Gary, the officers & 3 Kates (for 3rd Class,) don’t panic as we are hoping to hire your costumes. Costume dept have asked if Gary and the officers could please find their own white shirts and black shoes and can all the ladies please source some black shoes with small heels, (character shoes would be ideal,) if you don’t already have them, that are relatively quiet.
I have scheduled in specific slots on Friday for required people to go up to see the costume people, to alleviate waiting around or missing out, so I hope that helps.

We are also doing well regarding props, and thanks to those of you who have offered items for loan. We have some dates booked for the backstage crew to work on scenery/props & painting, and if anyone if available on any of the following dates to give a hand, even if only for a couple of hours, that would be really helpful. You don’t need to be an artist or a carpenter, just willing. Jill & Gordon M. and Julie & Adrian Walker will join us from “stage up” day.

Sat  8th  Sept   1.30pm – 5pm
Sat 22nd Sept       9am – 12.30pm
Sat 29th Sept      10am – 1pm 
Sat  6th  Oct        10am – 5pm
Sun 21st Oct  stage out and stacked pm,12.30-5pm
Sat 27th Oct  stage up and static from then on 10-5pm

We have also booked the 13th October, but I am thinking about trying to fit in an autumn jumble sale, to boost this show’s profits, but more about that later.

So onto to this week and Hannah P is not with us at all but Russell is with us on Thursday;

Thursday 30th August (absences advised-Hannah P, Stephen, Becky H, Laura & Rita)

7.30-9.00pm   Singing with Russell – those who are in 23 “Dressed in Your Pyjamas” plus pit singers
Ruth, Bob, Katy G, Ann, Hyder, Hannah J. Bert, George, Becky K, Paula G, Katy G, Nick H, Rachel J, Hannah T, Natalie, Natasha, Rachael B,
Paula S, Keith, Clare J & Hannah M (2nd class from part way through)
Louisa, Claire F & Laura to learn the song also, to sing off stage with 2nd class.

7.30 – 8.00pm  Staging with me Gary,Seb & Nick P for Act 2 Scene 4 p87-88

8.00 – 9.00pm  Staging with me Seb for Act 2 Scene 8, “Mr Andrew’s Vision

9.00 – 9.15pm  Break

9.15 – 9.50pm  Staging/movement with Margaret for “Dressed in Your Pyjamas” (All those above in the song, unless needed for singing)

9.15 – 9.50pm  Singing with Russell Paula S & Keith (in church please) 7 “The Glinka 1 (Beanes) p28) & 17b “I Have Danced)
(if time) Clare J & Hannah M  7a “The Glinka 2 (Charles)

9.15 – 9.50pm  Staging with me Gary, Paul, Seb & Nick H Act 2 Scene 4 Radio Room P89-90 then Gary, Seb & Nick H Act 2 Scene 4 “The Blame” p91-93

9.50 – 10.00pm Run “Dressed in your Pyjamas”, singing & staging

Friday 31 August (pit singers not required)  Absences advised – Hannah P, Hyder, John C, Becky H, Stephen, Beth, Sue & Rita.

7.30 – 8.10pm  Dancing with Margaret “Doing The Latest Rag” All those who were in it last week

7.30 – 8.00pm  Could Hannah M, Clare J, Keith & Hannah J see costume people upstairs please.

8.10 – 8.30pm  Could Louisa & Claire F see costume people about their 1st class costumes please.

8.30 – 8.55pm  Could Paula G, Becky K, Natasha & Rachael B. see costume people please.

8.30 – 8.55pm  Staging with me – Louisa, Claire, Laura & Matt to refresh 2e, 2f & Act 1 Scene 5 plus Lady’s Maid

8.55 – 9.05pm  Break

9.05 -10.00pm Staging with me  8 “What a Remarkable Age”  & the rest of Act 1 Scene 3  All of those who are in this are needed. I need to concentrate on getting the  chairs and table laid out, so particularly Natasha & Rachael B as you weren’t here when we did it last.


Titanic Rehearsals Week 3

Well done last Friday, we got through quite a lot and thanks for arriving and being ready to start on time and to those who assisted with the moving of the communion table afterwards. This week has been hard to organize because we have quite a few people away, which was always going to happen at this time of year. Can I ask that if you do know that you are going to be away, can you please let me know by email asap so that I can allow for this when I am planning the rehearsal schedules.

A couple of gripes that I will get out of the way first. Can you all please collect, wash and dry up your own mugs, cups, plates etc as I don’t want to be there until gone half 10 each week doing kitchen duty. Thanks to those who always do make sure this is done. Secondly, if you know that you will be dancing, please wear suitable footwear that will stay on your feet.

Ok, that done, now to this week. Hannah P is away so we will not be learning any new songs, therefore pit singers will not be needed.

Thursday 26th July

7.30pm Margaret will go over and run the “Ladies Maid” additional jig dance that will come at the beginning of Act 1 Scene 5, before the dialogue starts.
Those needed are; Louisa, Claire F, Laura, Matt, Rachel J, Becky H, Natasha, Rachael B, Natalie, Becky K, Hannah J, Clare J, Hannah M, Paula S (dancing)
Keith, George, Bob, Hyder, (clapping)
(Hannah T, Paula G, Nick H, Bert and Stephen are also in this but are away)
Those who I have not mentioned have not been put in this due to “doubling up” already.

7.30pm I will work with James on the staging for “6 Barrett’s Song.”

8.00pm I will work with Gary and John C on staging for “10 Cap Lights” (Lightoller, Nick P is away)
and touch on staging for “11 To Be A Captain” with John C.

8.20pm Louisa, Claire F, Laura and Matt to work with me on Act 1 Scene 5 dialogue, (page 40) then staging for “Ladies Maid” song.

8.50pm Break

9.05pm All needed-Margaret will re-run “2e-2j” and make sure that everyone knows when they go on, where they will be and iron out any problems for the Opening Finale.
(apart from those below working with me)

9.05pm I will work with James, Paul B, Becky K and Becky H on staging “2, 2a & 2b”

Friday 27th July

Many of you indicated that you would like to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, which starts at 9pm with a pre run-up starting at 8.12pm, so there will not be a formal rehearsal that evening to allow for this. However, if anyone does not particularly want to watch it and they would like to work on something specific, do email me and I’ll see who’s interested and what I can arrange.

Bearing in mind that we will have had only one rehearsal for two weeks running, that will put us a little behind schedule so it will be “all hands on deck” next week.
Our Barnstormers’ prayer group will meet again on Friday 3rd Aug at 7.10pm and each Friday thereafter for anyone who wishes to attend.

Have a good week everyone.

Titanic Cast List & Week 1 rehearsals

Hi everyone

Welcome to week 1 of rehearsals for “Titanic The Musical,” and thanks to all who came along to the launch/audition evening last Friday and for your patience during “read throughs.” This especially applies to the ladies, who were not utilized as much as I had planned, due to time running out. However, I hope that you all enjoyed the evening and well done for great readings and characterizations.

The exciting yet mammoth task of casting has now been done, and many things have been taken into consideration, not least the wonderful talents that you all have and obviously, your vocal ranges.  Other considerations include past roles/opportunities, rehearsal availability and the how to double-up characters without them clashing in the same scenes. Sorry that couldn’t get this to you earlier in the week but we have been updating the group email address list, ready for use.

So….here is the cast list that I know you all want to get to.

It is in the order of characters taken from the script books which is grouped into Officers/Crew, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Class Passengers, On Shore & Other Crew Members/Staff which is not necessarily in order of importance. I have indicated what nationality the character is, if other than British.


Thomas Andrews    –   The Designer & Builder        Seb   (doubles as Hartley, Bandmaster)
J.Bruce Ismay           –   The Owner  Nick Herriott  (doubles as John B. Thayer, & 1st man)
Capt. E. J. Smith    –   Captain                                  Gary
Murdoch                   –   First Officer (Scottish)        John Corin  (doubles as 2nd class pass)
Lightoller                 –   Second Officer                      Nick Poyner (doubles as 2nd class pass)
Pitman                       –   Third Officer                        Bob  (doubles as the Major, & 4th man)
Boxall                         –   Fourth Officer                 Katy Gerard (doubles as Taylor & Rogers)
No Hitchens                 –                                                         ————-
Harold Bride            –   Wireless Operator         Paul B.
Frederick Barrett   –   Stoker (Yorkshire)        James  (doubles as Fleet-Lookout)
Frederick Fleet        –   Lookout                          James (doubles at Barrett & poss 1st/2nd)
Joseph Bell                 –  Chief Engineer Stephen (doubles as Carlson, Widener & 2nd man)
Henry Etches             –  Senior First Class Steward     Bert     (doubles 3rd class Steward)
Bellboy                        –   Natalie              (doubles as 3rd class passenger)

FIRST CLASS PASSENGERS (all double as 3rd Class passengers)

Isidor Straus             –  (Jewish)                              Hyder             (doubles as German man)
Ida Straus                  –  Isidor’s wife (Jewish)        Ann
John J. Astor             –                                               George
Madeleine Astor       –   J.J.’s young bride             Hannah Trott
Benjamin Guggenheim     (American)               Matt (doubles as Jim Farrell & 3rd man)
Madame Aubert         –   Benjamin’s mistress (French)    Rachel Jaap
John B. Thayer            –   Nick Herriott (doubles as Ismay the owner & 3rd class 1st man)
Marion Thayer            –   John’s wife                       Paula Gerard
Jack Thayer                 –   John & Marion’s son        Katy De Lucia
George Widener         –   Stephen         (doubles as Bell, Carlson & 3rd class 2nd man)
Eleanor Widener        –   Becky Knight (doubles as Darlene, & Stewardess Robinson)
Charlotte Cardoza     –   (Italian)                              Ruth
Edith Corse Evans      –                                               Hannah Jaap
J. H. Rogers                   – (American)Katy Gerard(doubles as Boxall & Taylor, (bandsman)
The Major                     –                                                Bob  (doubles as Pitman & 4th man)


Alice Beane                 –  (Amercian mid-west)    Paula Steel
Edgar Beane                –  (American mid-west)   Keith     (doubles as 3rd class passenger)
Charles Clark               –      Clare Jaap      (doubles as 1st class & 3rd class dancer)
Caroline Neville          –     Hannah M.     (doubles as 1st class & 3rd class dancer)

THIRD CLASS PASSENGERS (all double as 1st class passengers)

Jim Farrell                   –   Irish       Matt     (doubles as Benjamin Guggenheim & 3rd man)
Kate McGowan            –   Irish        Louisa
Kate Mullins                –    Irish        Laura C.
Kate Murphey            –    Irish         Claire F.
(Laura will play the youngest of the Kates, so here Mullins
and Murphey are in reverse order)


Frank Carlson              -Stephen      (doubles as Bell, George Widener 3rd class 2nd man)


No Andrew Latimer        –                                                              ———
Stewardess Robinson
  Becky Knight (doubles as Eleanor Widener & Darlene)
Stewardess Hutchinson  Becky Hardy    (doubles as Bride’s wife & 3rd class passenger)
No DaMicos                   –                                                             ———
Wallace Hartley      –
Bandmaster Seb (doubles as Thomas Andrews, designer & builder)
Taylor                         –  Bandsman Katy Gerard (doubles as Boxall & J.H. Rogers, 1st class)
No Bricoux                      –                                                            ———–
Nurse to Ida Straus  –       Natasha K.       (doubles as 1st, 2nd & 3rd class)
Maid to Madeleine     –     Rachael Bourne (doubles as 1st, 2nd & 3rd class)

Congratulations to all, I am very excited by this line up and hope that you are too. There maybe extra small parts to take on as we go but you will all be busy don’t worry!
I will be sending more in depth information about your individual characters later, so that you can really get a feel for them.

We will be rehearsing every Thursday and Friday with the exception of next Thursday 19th July.

Thursday 12th July

7.30pm Issue of the scripts/scores and taking of subs, then Hannah P. will crack on with singing 2e – 2j from Act 1 Scene 1. All needed, including pit singers.
Later, we will start staging this section and pit singers may leave if they wish to.

I shall be meeting with our new stage manager Laura Mason (Debbie Gaston’s daughter,) to discuss set ideas.
(Jill & Gordon M. and Julie and Adrian Walker will be joining the team from stage-up day and from thereon in.)

Friday 13th July No Margaret Taylor.

7.30pm We will start with singing 2c- All crew, hotel staff & pit singers are needed with Hannah P. (excluding Stephen)   I will work with Seb on 1a.

8.20pm Leading onto 2d singing (Nick H, Seb & Gary,) when pit singers may leave. I will work with Paula S. Keith, Clare J & Hannah M. on Act 1 Scene 3, (7 & 7a)

8.50-9.05pm Break. After break we will sing 2, (James,) 2a (James & Paul) and 2c (James, Paul, Seb.)

I will work on Act 1 Scene 3, 8a & 8b with Natalie, Bob, Nick H. Gary, Matt, John C. & then 8C with Natalie, Bob, Becky K, George, Paula G, Hannah T. Nick P, Gary and remaining 1st class passengers & staff.

Once you are no longer needed, you may either leave, or watch the rehearsals, (quietly please.)

Louisa, Claire F, Laura & Stephen will not be needed tonight but again, do come along if you want to watch/listen.

Titanic auditions

A great turn out last night and I hope that you got a feel for the show and had fun too. Great “read-throughs” and enthusiasm thanks, and the singing and dancing sounded and looked great too.

Rehearsals will start next Thursday 12th July and continue every Thursday and Friday, with the exception of Thursday 19th July. The mammoth task of casting now starts and a cast list will be produced before next Thursday’s rehearsal.

“Joseph” – Out of the Desert (Part 2)

Camel caravan in a desert

So, there we were: show week.  For 15 weeks it had been sitting on the far horizon just beyond our reach and nicely out of view.  Now that reprieve was over and it was right there in front of us shining with its jazz hands glittering in the spotlight.  Or something like that.  Whether you like the metaphor or not it was right there coming at us like a steam roller.  Ok, enough.

The thing was that those of us on the creative team had seen its shadow looming and heard the roar of the feedback some weeks before.  We had tried so hard to remind everyone that it was coming and would not be stopped.  The notebook had been out in full glory and it had started to look like dividends would be paid.  And then again there just didn’t seem to be that spirit of urgency that us creatives were feeling.  Other people might refer to it instead as clinical stress.  I call it creative fever.  Desperate were we to get the whole production over the line yet happy was everyone else to plod on to the finishing line like Brummy Wildebeest from the days of Just So.  Oh how hard it was to stay calm and enjoy “the process” from T (thereabouts) to Z (err, Zuper?)  Thank goodness for prayer and jelly beans.

Jelly beans (by L Taylor)


So there we were.  Dress rehearsal day.  The set was already built and standing in its theatrical glory.  The pyramids were set onto the blue sky background and cunningly covered up by the black back-cloth (with its tasteful yet accidental tie-dye effect).  The doorway disguised as a Bible was in place and ready to be opened to reveal Joseph in his opening dream sequence.  The giant Pharaoh’s head was painted and waiting in the wings with Joseph’s glorious chariot of gold.  So much promise and potential waiting to be brought to life.  Dress rehearsal day was the day of delivery for two other important pieces of set: the steps and the chaise lounge.

You will remember my excitement and trepidation in forming the Joseph Children’s Choir for the show.  The whole plan had hinged on them being able to sit on raised steps which would sit at stage height and rise above the stage so they could always be seen by the audience (and could also see the on-stage action too).  This had started to look like an impossibility.  We were trying to think of other ways to create height differentials but none of them filled me with excitement or anything other than dread.  Then I remembered a very nice man mentioning that he might be able to ask for a loan of some stage steps from the school where he works (Thank you, Alex!).  The possible problems were too many to consider.  What size would the steps be?  Would they be high enough?  Small enough?  Bright green (always a possibility although admittedly unlikely)?  Yet, on that fair dress rehearsal day (actually I think it was raining but go with it for a moment), he came up trumps and with a little help from the man with the van (thank you, Gary!) the much-longed for steps arrived. 

In the words of someone in the cast of “Cinderella”: “it fits”!  Ok, the grammar is bad and poor but it was amazing to see them in situ.  The steps were exactly as I had visualised and within 2 inches of the space we had on the stage for them.  They were not a funny colour but black, just like the rest of our stage, and they were the perfect height.  Not too high so that anyone on them would suffer from vertigo but not so small that the Choir would never been seen by anyone beyond the front row.  They fitted the space perfectly and allowed us to have them on a slight angle exactly as I had originally planned (and drawn in my notebook).  I have never before thought of steps as an object of beauty but, on that day, I did.  I really did.  I practically hugged them.  The steps, that is. 

Not just did the steps arrive in their glory (and they have been photographed enough that they will never be forgotten) but another critical piece of stage kit also arrived that day.  For weeks we had been asking around for anyone with a chaise lounge to come forward.  Yes, it was a long shot.  A very long shot, but you never know and if you don’t ask, you don’t get.  Nothing had come up.  We were debating how to make a garden chair and a footstool look like a chaise and be sturdy enough to be stood on safely by one Mrs Potiphar during a rather vigorous dance routine as she seduces Joseph.  However, little known to us, a very nice man (thank you, Philip!) was ringing around all the local charity shops and anywhere he could think of to see if anyone had a chaise lounge we could borrow for the week.  He clearly had a wonderfully persuasive manner and, after many calls, won over a local charity who just happened to have a blue chaise in one of their furniture sales shops.  So there it was, a beautiful, traditional, blue chaise lounge.  Ours for the week for the price of a donation and some notifications.  Every night it made a starring appearance in the Potiphar number and, like the steps, has paraded its face in front of our cameras enough that it too will stay in the Barnstormers’ archives long after its return to the shops.

And so it was that the final set was ready.  All that remained was the big workshop day, dress rehearsal, technical set up and rehearsal, extra costume run and then, the big day.  Curtain up.

To be continued….

[Photo of “Camel caravan in a desert” by m_bartosch: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=681 ]

Joseph – the aftermath

“Way, way back 15 weeks ago

Not long after rehearsals began

I looked at the size of the cast for this show

And said to myself: “Is this a good plan?”


Barnstormers doing Joseph again

So much to do and so little time

Barnstormers doing Joseph again

A crazy few months but it all worked out fine!”


I can’t believe that all those 15 weeks of rehearsals, kilos of cakes and too many bananas for anyone to really ever want to think about have all gone so quickly.  It barely seems 5 minutes since I started testing early staging ideas on the set of Snow White (not during the show, Clare, honest).

Cheesy though it is, words are not going to be enough to express just how proud I am of everyone involved in Joseph.  Perhaps my rather emotional episodes at the end of the last two shows say enough.  If not, then the enormous smiles on the faces of everyone in the audience proved to us all that we had given them a show to remember.  You were all stars!  Being part of the audience was a fantastic experience – getting to see first-hand the stunning amount of energy, enthusiasm, talent and fantastic singing that Barnstormers is becoming so famous for.  All those cheers and standing ovations were for real!  You should all be very, very proud of the fantastic show you performed night after night whether you were on stage, in the band, singing in the pit, part of the crew (backstage, sound, lighting, make-up, costumes or anything else I should know better than to forget!)   

It was so amazing to watch you all get better and better every night until it became clear that my infamous notebook was surplus to requirements.  May it rest in peace.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the entire team on stage and off who helped give life to the dreams I had for this show and literally made my dreams (and Joseph’s) come true.  It was better than I could ever have imagined!  From the patience of the backstage and props/scenery crew creating giant Pharaoh heads, bony sheep and golden chariots and the lighting team’s creation of “sad desert” lighting, to the costume team’s creation of Joseph and Pharaoh’s glitzy numbers and smoking lounge attire for “Potiphar” – it just could never have been what it was without you.  Thanks to you all this production of “Joseph” will always have a very special place in my heart.

I know many of you will be waiting expectantly for me to reveal the real casting for Joseph…watch this space and the Barnstormers website…all will be revealed…!

Have a fantastic few weeks catching up on rest and getting make into “normal” life (whatever that it).  Hopefully see some of you on Friday evening (see separate email) and look forward to seeing the rest of you at the introduction night to A Christmas Carol and the AGM.  Until then, I’ll leave you with the challenge of trying to get those colours out of your head…red, yellow….

Thank you again, and God bless.

Louisa x