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.

OFFICERS & CREW

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)

SECOND CLASS PASSENGERS

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)

ON SHORE

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

OTHER CREW & STAFF

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)
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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.

From the Producer – April 2012

Good Afternoon Folks,
 
“Joseph” – the Final Countdown
 
We are in the final month and preparations for the four performances are hotting up with non-stop run throughs for the cast, creative work for costume and set/props construction, assembly of teams for the other off stage roles with everyone focussed on putting on a great show for the 400+ people who will be coming to watch.
 
Tickets
 
We have sold over 80 tickets for Thursday night which fully justifies the extra performance. There are now, however, a few tickets available for Friday night as a result of some people swapping to Thursday. 

Stage Out
 
I have previously asked for volunteers to help me get the stage blocks out of the cupboard on Easter Monday. To date I haven’t had a single offer. I originally said I was planning to do it in the afternoon but I can’t do that now so are there 5 or 6 people  available to help from 10.30 am? It will only take 2 hours, at the most, as we only have to stack the blocks at the back of the hall for the backstage crew who will be coming in on the following Saturday to set the stage and set up (see below for further details). 

Make-Up

 
I’m delighted to say that we have now got a full team so thanks to those who have rejoined and welcome to the newcomers – it’s great to have you on board.
 
Costume
 
If you haven’t sorted yourself out with the Costume team please do so next week.
 
Dates
 
Don’t forget we will be back to 2 rehearsals a week from next week. Final dates are as follows;
 
Thursday 12/4, 7.30 pm  – Rehearsal
Friday      13/4    ”                  ”
Saturday  14/4    ”          – Stage & set construction all day. Jill has a good team already but if you would like to help, contact Jill

Thursday  19/4   ”           – Rehearsal

Friday       20/4  ”                   ”

Saturday   21/4 1.00 pm  – Pre-Dress Rehearsal Workshop
     ”            ”    7.30 pm  – Dress Rehearsal

Sunday     22/4  1.00 pm  – Technical Set-Up

Monday     23/4  7.00 pm –  Technical Rehearsal

Tuesday    24/4  7.30 pm –  Final Rehearsal

Thursday   26/4  1.00 pm –  Hall, changing areas etc set-up.

Thursday   26/4  7.30 pm –  Performance

Friday       27/4  7.30 pm –         ”

Saturday   28/4  2.00 pm –         ”

     ”            ”     7.30 pm –         ”

 

Note:

 

  • Cast members, please make every effort to get to all the remaining rehearsals but, if you can’t, please let Louisa know asap.
  • Photographs, in costume, will be taken immediately prior to the dress rehearsal.
  • General help won’t be needed for the technical set-up and rehearsal but individuals may be asked!
  • On performance days, would cast please arrive 1.5 hours before curtain up and go straight to make-up. They have a lot of people to do so please don’t leave it until the last minute.
  • If any of the above dates or times change, Louisa or I will let you know.

 
Easter In Church
 
There will be two services over the weekend. The first will be on Good Friday at 10.30 am and will feature drama and other contributions from the younger members of the Church and the Choir will be singing. On Easter Sunday the service will also be at 10.30 am when the Choir will, again be singing to, and with, the Congregation.The services will also be supported by the Church Orchestra. Please come, if you can, to join in with this very important weekend in the Church calendar.
 
Greater Than Gold
 
This is something that I have mentioned previously – it is a drama being led by our own Minister, Andrew, and I have attached a letter from him giving further details. It’s something that Barnstormers members could certainly contribute to so, if you want to be involved, contact Andrew 

AGM
 
Just a reminder that the meeting will be held on Friday 29 June at 7.00 pm. There will be at least three changes to the Production Team (Caroline Dewar as Christmas Carol Director, Hannah Pool as Christmas Carol Musical Director and a new Producer to be elected at the meeting) so it would be great if we could have a good attendance to give them your support.
 
Christmas Carol
 
As you are probably aware, this is a licensed production, which needs more rehearsal time than our normal pantos and cabarets. Consequently, we will be starting a month earlier than normal.
 
Read through/auditions – Friday 6 July at 7.30 pm.
Rehearsals start           – Thursday 12 & Friday 13 July at 7.30 pm and twice weekly thereafter.
 
We realise that quite a number of people will have holidays during the rehearsal period but we will have to work around them as best we can.
 
I will be sending a synopsis to you after “Joseph” to give you an idea how the show works and, maybe, you might find a role that you fancy putting your name forward to the Director for consideration.
 
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I’ve probably forgotten something, I usually do, but there is a lot of information above so it’s best if I sign off now.
 
Have a great Easter everyone and come to next week’s rehearsals refreshed and ready to perform.

Bert