Wednesday 24th Thursday, 25th Saturday 27th February, 2010 School Hall, Handsworth King Edward VI Handsworth and Aston Schools present S et during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street (1980-1984), “Fame—The Musical” is a bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of gruelling artistic and academic work. With candour, humour and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today: issues of prejudice, identity, self-worth, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance. FAME-THE MUSICAL was first presented at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida in 1988 Song List Narisha Bhaktar and team (sixth form) are selling refreshments during the interval to raise money for ACT I ‘bid services’, a Birmingham-based charity which • Pray, Pray, Pay - Students provides a range of specialist support and advice to not only the deaf community but also to people and • Hard Work - Company organisations regarding deaf issues. • I Want to Make Magic - Nick ACT II • Can’t Keep it Down - Joe and Students • I Want to Make Magic (Reprise) - Nick and • Tyrone’s Rap - Tyrone Students • There She Goes! / Fame - Carmen and Students • Mabel’s Prayer - Mabel and the Girls • Let’s Play a Love Scene - Serena • Think of Meryl Streep - Serena • Bring on Tomorrow - Schlomo and Carmen • Dancin’ on the Sidewalk - Tyrone and Students • The Teachers’ Argument - Miss Bell and Miss • These are My Children - Miss Sherman Sherman • The Pas de Deux (dance) - Tyrone and Iris • Hard Work (Reprise) – Students • In L.A. - Carmen INTERVAL • Let’s Play a Love Scene (Reprise) - Nick and Refreshments are available in the Serena Playroom • Bring on Tomorrow (Reprise) - Company. The Cast The Chorus Izzy Cafferty Gizelle Grant Lydia Finnegan Grace Winpenny Tanveer Nazran Amelia Broom The Actors Sanum Jain Shanice Moncrieffe Helen Goaley Morven Binning Tramika Blackwood Sandy Bell Bethany Down Christina-Jane Crossman-Barnes Nirali Nathwani Jenny Marples Kiran Kadara Amy Simmons Harriet Dymond Lidia Gasiorek Trishna Naik Amber-Renee Gayle Hannah Desveaux Fallon Lindsay Laura Henshaw Victoria Hill Amy Brown Keisha Michael Frankie Hurst Hannah Wall Sarah Atkinson Ophelia Charles Lucy Currigan Serena Katz Nick Piazza Joe Vegas Jordan Charles Lucinda Brown Megan Thorpe Candice Nembhard Olivia Dowd Jessal Naran Immy Murray Aekta Sharma Cherose Morris-Downes The Dancers Keiron Hamilton-Amos Joshua Tipping Katherine Lanham Peter Brookes Shyelle Pescod Victoria Smart Christie McGoldrick Hannah Porter Peter Desveaux Caitlin Law Daniel Harrison Romarna Campbell Anton Foster Kayleigh Wijesinghe Sam Pszonka Georgina Silverton Tyrone Jackson Carmen Diaz Iris Kelly Mabel Washington Dominic Forbes Sarah Hunt Maddy Thickett Kavina Minhas The Band The Musicians Jess Holland Flute Adham Naguib Trumpet Grace Winpenny Saxes and Clarinet Michael Begg Trombone Graham Payne, Duncan Wall, Katherine Griffiths Keyboards Ellis Mason Guitar Jamie Wall and Mr Parry Bass Guitar Romarna Campbell Drums Schlomo Metzenbaum Grace ‘Lambchops’ Lamb Goodman ‘Goody’ King Matthew Williams and Oliver Bardsley Percussion Chris Ranger Cecily Stevenson Daniel Green The Teachers Music Director’s Note I t has been a great pleasure to prepare the music for Fame with such a talented group of students. It’s a challenging score with many tricky corners, but they have risen to that challenge wonderfully. While it may be best known for its Gospel-tinged ballads – and, of course, the title song – the interweaving of music, drama and dance in Hard Work is musical theatre at its best. My thanks to the band for their dedication over several months and to the chorus for understanding (most of ) the complex rehearsal schedules. Have a good evening. Miss Esther Sherman Miss Greta Bell Mr Myers Mr Sheinkopf Mr Heppel Amy Harrison Eleanor Ingamells Sean Mannion Peter Brookes The Production Team Direction: Mr. Dawes, Christie McGoldrick Musical Direction: Mr. Heppel Choreography: Mrs Brown, Miss Skinner and team Sound: Mr. Hockey, Joanna Burden Lighting: Mr. Dawes and team Costume: Mr. Dawes, Emma Swann Set Design: Mr. Bassett, Mr. Parkinson, Mrs Pittaway, Julia Barbour, Jessica Bonehill, Hannah Price, Katharine Griffiths, Kiran Kadara, Amrita Dhallu Stage Management: Mr. Dawes, Lauren Archer Properties: Mrs Haynes Set Building: Mr. Vann, Mr. Vann Jnr, Mr. Sroay, Cadismount Ltd Ticket Sales: Ms Wheatley Photos: Mr Hockey Artwork: Programme Design: Sandra Burden Make up and hair: Mrs Hubble and team Refreshments: Narisha Bhakta and team Director’s Note A s most of you will know this is my first full scale production at King Edwards Handsworth. The students have attended numerous rehearsals and have worked extremely hard to deliver a professional production that is energetic and moving in equal measure. From nailing the multitude of accents to embellishing the characters on the stage with a sense of truth I have been inspired and humbled with the dedication and drive of all the students from Handsworth and Aston respectively. My thanks to the students and the production team. I know you’ll enjoy the show! Mr Dawes Special Thanks Stage Electrics, for help and advice on lighting and special effects. Cadismount Ltd, for generous sponsorship of the set building. Mr. Daniel, for coordinating rehearsals. Mr. Allmark, Mr. Sroay, Ms. Potter, Mr. Baptist for security and on-site parking. Thank you to all the staff and pupils who have helped both back stage and front of house.
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