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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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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