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ISLAND STARS: The Ballakermeen West End Gold Choir

ISLAND STARS: The Ballakermeen West End Gold Choir

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THE ever-popular back catalogue of musical composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber will get an all-singing all-dancing airing at the Villa Marina later this month.

West End actors and musicians will join local performers for West End Gold on March 24, featuring some of Webber’s biggest hits.

Songs from Phantom of The Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Sunset Boulevard and Whistle Down the Wind will feature in the show, brought to the island by West End actor and Manxman Stephen Palfreman, best known for his long-running stage role as Mickey in Blood Brothers.

Stephen will be joined by London-based colleagues including stage and screen actor Cameron Jack, who recently appeared on film in The Dark Knight Rises, having clocked up West End credits in We Will Rock You, Les Miserables, All the Fun of the Fair and South Pacific.

Also making the trip is stage stalwart Chris Holland, currently starring in Les Miserables playing Jean Valjean.

His starring roles have included Chris in Miss Saigon, Vince Fontaine in Grease, Pharaoh in Joseph and Harvey in All the Fun of the Fair.

They will be joined by Louise Clayton, best known for playing Linda in Blood Brothers, and her previous Isle of Man performances include the pantomime Aladdin at the Gaiety Theatre. Her concert appearances also include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th birthday celebrations at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Currently starring in Viva Forever in the West End Rebecca McKinnis also adds to the West End Gold talent pool, alongside Bleu Woodward, a veteran of a world tour of Mama Mia and currently appearing in Priscilla Queen of the Desert as Diva.

The talented live band will be made up of experienced theatre players, led by musical director Andy Smith, whose conducting credits include Thriller, We Will Rock You, The Lion King, Cats, Les Miserables, Chicago, Aspects of Love and Jesus Christ Superstar.

He has also arranged music for productions on almost every continent, and continues to teach musical theatre at colleges around the UK.

Other guests include Janet Warburton, a cellist with the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra, and two up and coming young singers – Ballakermeen High School student Francesca Glover and Georgia Maddocks, who was seen playing the Mistress in last year’s production of Evita at the Gaiety Theatre.

They will be joined by all 50 of Ballakermeen’s West End Gold Show Choir.

Tickets for the show cost £22.50, available by calling 600555, or from the Villa Marina reception or Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal.

Some of the cast are to stay an extra day to host a theatre workshop at Ballakermeen Studio Theatre.

This is being hosted by Stage-ed Workshops, ahead of their West End Summer School for 10-18-year-olds later this year.

See www.stage-ed.com for more.

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