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weLCOme OnCe AGAiN tO the PALACe theAtRe AnD tO the LittLe theAtRe COmPAny’S PRODuction OF tim Rice AnD AnDRew LlOYD webbeR’S SmaSh hit muSicAl “jeSuS ChRiSt SupeRStAR”. The musical started off as a rock opera concept recording before its first staging on Broadway in 1971. The musical is loosely based on the Gospels’ account of the last week of Jesus’s life, beginning with the preparation for his arrival into Jerusalem and ending with his crucifixion. One of the show’s main highlights is the political and interpersonal struggle between Judas Iscariot and Jesus, which results in Judas betraying Christ. At first the show was met with heavy criticism and controversy, but has since grown in popularity and has been performed all around the world and has won many top theatre awards. The show has also been made into a film twice - in 1973 with Ted Neeley in the role of Jesus and in 2000 with Glenn Carter in the title role and Rik Mayall as Herod. I was extremely lucky to see a preview show of the 1996 revival starring Steve Balsamo at the Lyceum and since then I have regarded it (in my opinion) as one of the greatest shows ever produced. When we were first granted the rights to perform this musical, I was a little nervous and wondered if we had made the right choice as it is a massive production and comes with such high expectations. This feeling was quickly extinguished when a whole host of truly talented, eager and excited LTC members stepped forward to produce and appear in it. The rehearsal period has been extremely different for the company: unlike most musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar is all singing and practically no spoken dialogue. I do know however, that the whole team has enjoyed it immensely and is extremely excited to be performing for you and I am very proud of them all! With fantastic musical numbers such as “Heaven on Their Minds”, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”, “Everything’s Alright”, “Gethsemane” and “Superstar” I know you are in for a real treat. We hope you enjoy this production and look forward to seeing you back at the Palace for our 2012 season consisting of “All Shook Up”, “Calendar Girls” and “Dracula the Musical”. Tim Cater – Chairman

NOte fRom the DiRectoR “Jesus Christ Superstar” is primarily a great musical which gave birth to the phrase “Rock Opera”. It is indeed a very challenging sing for any performer, whether amateur or professional. It contains wonderfully passionate music and incredible story telling in the superb lyrics. The themes of destiny, belief, courage, power, love and betrayal universal and together with the backdrop of occupation, oppression, political unrest, and cruelty they are absolutely as relevant today as they were when Jesus was alive. Indeed, these themes are constantly on our TV screens and in the news somewhere. With these similarities in mind, the question arises - What would happen if Jesus came today? Whatever your view of the Bible, it seems clear to me that Jesus felt his suffering as a man and bore it with great bravery. This is a great rock musical, but what attracts me to it emotionally is that the events and people were real: I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to portray them. This story has always moved me; I hope that our theatrical setting of it moves you too. Dave Lobley


SynopSiS of SceneS & muSiCAL numbeRS act i

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Judas is beginning to worry about Jesus (Heaven On Their Minds). He doesn’t believe that Jesus is the son of God as many others now seem to think, and he is afraid that if Jesus starts getting too loud, they will draw attention from the Romans who will then crush them. That Friday night in Bethany, the apostles are asking Jesus about his plans for the future (What’s the Buzz). While they pester Jesus, Mary Magdalene seeks to comfort him by rubbing his feet and hair with oil. Judas arrives and asks Jesus what he is doing with a woman of Mary Magdalene’s reputation (Strange Thing Mystifying). Jesus says to leave her alone, not to throw stones unless your slate is clean, and states that no one there cares about him. Mary Magdalene tries to calm Jesus down (Everything’s Alright) and soothes him, telling him not to worry. Judas, meanwhile, is asking Jesus why good money was used on expensive ointments instead of the poor. Jesus replies that they can’t be helped, and alludes to his death, saying that they’ll be lost when he’s gone.

It is Thursday night in the garden of Gethsemane, and Jesus is presiding over the Last Supper (The Last Supper). The apostles discuss how they’re glad to be where they are now, while Jesus suffers from doubt. He announces that Peter will deny him and another of his twelve chosen will betray him. Judas confronts him, telling Jesus that he knows very well that Judas is the one that will be the betrayer. Judas leaves, and the other apostles go to sleep. Jesus stays awake, and prays (Gethsemane). He wants to know why he must die, why he must go through with his Father’s plan.

The following Sunday in Jerusalem, High Priest Caiaphas is with Annas and other priests discussing what to do about Jesus (This Jesus Must Die). When Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, the crowd is ecstatic, and sings hosannas (Hosanna). Simon Zealotes tries to convince Jesus that he can persuade the people of Jerusalem to arm against Rome (Simon Zealotes). Jesus answers that no one understands what true power or glory is, and that to conquer death one must die (Poor Jerusalem). The next day, Pontius Pilate has a dream about Jesus, and his role in his death (Pilate’s Dream). Jesus arrives at the temple in Jerusalem to find it a haven for moneylenders and merchants. He chases them out in anger (The Temple). He is then surrounded by lepers and the poor, begging to be healed. Jesus yells at them to heal themselves. Mary Magdalene tries to comfort him again (Everything’s Alright (Reprise)). After Jesus is asleep, Mary Magdalene tries to decide how to deal with her love for him (I Don’t Know How To Love Him). On Tuesday, Judas goes to talk with Caiaphas and Annas (Damned For All Time) and tells them where to find Jesus on Thursday night (Blood Money). A distant choir tells Judas, “Well done.”

Judas arrives later, and betrays Jesus with a kiss (The Arrest). Caiaphas asks if he is the Son of God, and Jesus answers that that is what others say that he is. Peter denies he ever knew Jesus to three people (Peter’s Denial). Mary Magdalene wonders how Jesus could have known. Jesus is taken to Pilate, who sends him off to Herod, since Jesus comes from Galilee (Pilate and Christ). King Herod asks Jesus to perform miracles to prove that he is the Son of God; if he does, Herod will let him go free (King Herod’s Song). Jesus refuses, and he is sent back to Pilate. Judas sees the bruised and beaten state Jesus is in, and wonders how he could have done such a thing to Jesus. He is tormented by this thought and kills himself. Pontius Pilate tries to help Jesus, and tries to satisfy the crowd’s cry for crucifixion with 39 lashes (Trial Before Pilate). But the crowds still clamour for Jesus’s death, and he is sent to be crucified. The voice of Judas is heard as Jesus carries his cross (Superstar). He wonders why Jesus chose the particular time and place that he did, and why he chose to sacrifice himself for others. Jesus is nailed to the cross (The Crucifixion). He dies, and into his Father’s hands he commends his spirit. His body is then taken to a tomb (John Nineteen Forty-One).


caSt in oRdeR of appeaRence Superstar Choir.................................................................... Sue Kelly

Apostle woman/Herod’s courtier/Soul girl/Ensemble.........Lianne Larthe

Superstar Choir................................................................. Sue Morley

Apostle woman/Herod’s courtier/Ensemble....................... Sharon Gibb

Superstar Choir.............................................................. Sheila Nichol

Apostle woman/Herod’s courtier/Soul girl/Ensemble.............. Hana Cox

Superstar Choir.............................................................. Joy Kingston

Apostle woman/Soul girl/Ensemble................................ Laura Deaves

Superstar Choir.................................................................Edna Smith

Apostle woman/Ensemble............................................. Laura Browne

Superstar Choir.............................................................Joan Hubbard

Apostle woman/Ensemble...........................................Lucy McFarlane

Superstar Choir............................................................ Elaine Doherty

Apostle woman/Herod’s courtier/Ensemble.............. Stephanie Redgate

Soldier/Ensemble........................................................Richard Morley

Apostle woman/Herod’s courtier/Ensemble...............Gemma Carracher

Soldier/Ensemble......................................................... Mark Spooner

Herod’s courtier/Soul girl/Ensemble...................................Carla Cater

Citizen/Superstar Choir............................................ Leia Eaton-Griffin

Herod’s courtier/Soul girl/Ensemble......................... Debbie Smallbone

Citizen/Superstar Choir................................................. Abi Lockwood

Herod’s courtier/Ensemble............................................. Sarah George

Citizen/Superstar Choir.................................................... Audrey Bott

Mary Mother of Jesus/Herod’s courtier/Ensemble............ Gill Robertson

Citizen/Superstar Choir....................................................... Katie Neil

Soul girl/Ensemble.............................................................Jo Adams

Citizen/Superstar Choir.................................................Sally Lightfoot

Herod’s courtier/Ensemble.................................................Jo Whitnell

Citizen/Superstar Choir.................................................... Elaine Steel

Ciaphas (High Priest).................................................... Paul Allwright

Citizen/Superstar Choir................................................ Elizabeth Kelly

Annas (Former High Priest)............................................Bradley Green

Citizen/Superstar Choir............................................ Patrick Gallagher

Priest/Soldier/Ensemble................................................Stuart Gravely

John/Ensemble...........................................................Jamie Redgate

Pontius Pilate..................................................................Paul Tarrant

James the Greater/Ensemble.................................... Dave Hannington

King Herod...................................................................... Gerry Davis

Thomas/Ensemble......................................................... Antony Smith Phillip/Ensemble..............................................................Kane Davis Thaddeus/Ensemble................................................. Ross Sowerbutts Bartholomew/Ensemble..................................................... Chris Jolly

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Andrew/Ensemble.............................................................. Colin Bott

MD/Keyboard...................................................................... Paul Day

Judas Iscariot................................................................. Scott Roche

Keyboard 1.............................................................. Rachael Plunkett

Matthew/Ensemble.................................................... Steve Wilkinson

Keyboard 2...................................................................Clare Penfold

Peter/Ensemble...............................................................Barry Jones

Guitar 1................................................................ Richard Langstone

Simon Zealotes/Ensemble................................................ Rob Burdett

Guitar 2............................................................................ Peter Bray

James the Lesser/Ensemble............................................Liam Phillips

Bass Guitar.................................................................Phil Langstone

Priest/Soldier/Ensemble...................................................... Mark Delf

Woodwind....................................................................Rob Downing

Priest/Soldier...............................................................Darren Harper

Trumpet.............................................................................Phil Davis

Jesus of Nazereth......................................................... Simon Bristoe

Horn...............................................................................Oliver Smith

Mary Magdalene............................................................ Claire Wilson

Percussion.................................................................... Malcolm Ball

Maid by the fire/Apostle woman/Ensemble................. Sarah Mummery

Drums....................................................................... Steve Robinson


Simon BRiStOe Simon’s interest in performance and musical theatre began as a child when he and his brother used to perform together to entertain friends and family. It was this which spurred him on to join the Dance World Stage School in Basildon, which he attended through to his teens. At this time he also appeared in various productions at the Towngate Youth Theatre and worked with other local groups, including the Thalian Theatre Group, Leigh Operatic and Dramatic Society and Basildon Operatic Society. In later years, Simon was resident singer at the Players Retreat Bistro in Westcliff, and appeared in productions such as “West Side Story”, “Cabaret”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “The Hot Mikado” playing a variety of characters. In 1993 he and his brother appeared in the music video for Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” for inclusion in their Division Bell Tour. This is Simon’s first show with the Little Theatre Company and when not rehearsing, he enjoys travelling, theatre, music and history.

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Scott Roche “Jesus Christ Superstar” is Scott’s 8th show with the Little Theatre Company and he is thrilled to be playing one of his all time favourite roles. Since joining the LTC, Scott has been privileged to play some great roles, including Curly (Oklahoma), Ritchie Valens (Buddy), Steve (Summer Holiday), the voice of Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors) and Sweeney Todd in our award winning production. He was also very proud to make his directorial debut in our last production of “South Pacific”. As a member of Rainbow 2000, Scott’s other roles include Tinman (Wizard of Oz), Hero (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Benny Southstreet (Guys & Dolls), Alberto Bertorelli (Allo,Allo) and Ugly (Honk). Scott has also taken lead roles in concert versions of “Les Miserables”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Phantom of the Opera” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, as well as classical pieces Handel’s Messiah and Stainer’s Crucifixion.

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CLAiRe wilSon Claire has been performing in amateur shows since she was 12 years old. She has belonged to a number of amateur dramatic societies, including Southend Operatic and Dramatic Society, Forrest Operatic Society and Stage One Theatre Company. She has played many principal roles, including Sally (Cabaret), Lucy (Jekyll & Hyde), Charlie (Charlie Girl), Bianca (Kiss Me Kate) and Polly (The Boyfriend). Her first show with the Little Theatre Company was “Little Shop of Horrors” where she played the part of Crystal and she was then seen as Dinah (South Pacific). Claire is relishing the opportunity to play this wonderful role in “Jesus Christ Superstar” and to sing Mary’s amazing songs.

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barry jones

Paul started his musical career with the Little Theatre Club (as it was then called) in 1973 and is very grateful that the Company has welcomed him back for “Jesus Christ Superstar”. He has played many leading roles with this and other groups, including Tony (West Side Story), Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls) and Mozart in the Rug Opera production of “Lacrymosa” last year, here at the Palace Theatre.

Gerry made his stage debut with the Little Theatre Company in “Camelot” in 1967 and the following year he played the title role in “Oliver” at the Palace Theatre. He then trained at Italia Conti Stage Academy and played alongside Ginger Rodgers in “Mame” at Drury Lane. After giving many radio performances and appearing in TV shows in the UK and Europe, Gerry joined the Dougie Squires Second Generation song and dance group, with whom he toured the world. He then played Bobby in the West End production of “A Chorus Line” until a back injury prevented him from continuing. However, Gerry stayed with the company as Technical Stage Manager until the show closed. He then returned to the LTC where he has taken many principal roles, such as Don (Singing in the Rain) and Fagin (Oliver), as well as choreographing and directing several LTC productions.

Barry has been with the LTC since 2003. His principal roles include Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd), Jerry (Summer Holiday), Big Jule (Guys & Dolls), Gerald Bolingbroke (Me and My Girl), and Danny Gilmartin (Calamity Jane). He is a former member of The Benfleet Operatic Society, where he performed as Fyedka (Fiddler on the Roof) and Big Jule (for the first time!). On a more classical theme, he appeared as Liberto in Monteverdi’s “The Coronation of Poppea” with The Essex Opera Workshop. Barry has served on the committee of the LTC and is Managing Director of Tabor-Jones Ltd., as advertised in this programme.

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Paul is a founding member of RUG Opera and was most recently seen on stage at the Buxton Festival with South Anglia Savoy Players playing Bunthorne in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience”.

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rob burdett

paul allwright

bradley green

As director of a local IT Consultancy firm, Rob likes to unwind and socialise with good friends at the LTC. He joined the company 2 years ago. So far, as well as appearing in the award- winning “Sweeny Todd”, “Mack and Mabel” and “South Pacific”, he has put his hand to helping backstage for “Buddy”. Previously, when a member of Leigh Operatic and Dramatic Society, he played a variety of roles, including Edward (Summer Holiday), Charlie (Annie Get Your Gun), Motel (Fiddler on the Roof) and Mr Snow (Carousel). As a guest at Chelmsford Operatic, Rob was involved in “Beauty and the Beast” and played the part of Cornelius (Hello Dolly). He has also been involved in other projects playing ‘Eddie’ in Slice of Saturday Night and ‘Saucy Jack’ in the cult show ‘Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens’.

Since joining the Little Theatre Company in 1984, Paul has enjoyed playing a number of principal roles, including Jigger (Carousel), The Pirate King (Pirates of Penzance), Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls), The Dentist (Little Shop Of Horrors – 1996), Curly (Oklahoma), Mack Sennett (Mack & Mabel – 2000 and 2010) and, most recently, Emile de Becque (South Pacific). He has also competed successfully in both local and national singing competitions and has compered a number of shows helping to raise money for local charities.

This is Bradley’s 9th show with the LTC taking principal roles, including The Big Bopper (Buddy), Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd), Ali Hakim (Oklahoma!), Fattie Arbuckle (Mack & Mabel) and, most recently, The Professor (South Pacific).

Simon zealotes

Rob has loved “Jesus Christ Superstar” since the tender age of 17 when he took his mum to see it in the West End. It is his favourite musical and he knows the music religiously (no pun intended) so he is delighted to be playing Simon Zealotes.

Caiaphas

Having first heard the “Jesus Christ Superstar” score in his teens, Paul is now looking forward to playing the rather less than palatable character of Caiaphas the High Priest who, along with Annas, effectively ‘manages’ the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Annas

Before he joined the LTC he performed many varied roles in a great number of shows, including Nicely Nicely (Guys & Dolls), Doody (Grease), Francis Fryer (Calamity Jane), Reuben (Joseph), Quack (Lust), Bullfrog (Honk!), Hysterium (A Funny Thing....Forum), René (‘Allo ‘Allo), Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors) and the Bishop of Basingstoke (Jekyll & Hyde). He received the Brentwood Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical for “Honk!” and “Guys & Dolls”. His performance of Quack (Lust) can be heard on the cast recording of the show. Bradley has also been a member of the production teams for a few of our recent shows, a place where he feels very comfortable. He was thrilled to be given the chance to direct his favourite show ‘Little Shop of Horrors” last year and is looking forward to taking up the challenge again for our next show ‘All Shook Up!’.


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joan hubbaRD

ChRiS jolly

joy kingSton

Lianne LaRthe

SARah mummeRy

SheilA Nichol

katie Neil

LiAm PhillipS

jAmie ReDgAte

Elaine Steel

Antony Smith

Ross SoweRbuttS

jo whitnell

Steve wilkinson

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tim Rice Lyrics Tim Rice was born in 1944. He began songwriting in 1965 in which year the first song he wrote, ‘That’s My Story’ ” (tune as well as words) was recorded by a rock group called The Nightshift whose career never recovered. That same year he met fellow budding songwriter Andrew Lloyd Webber whose musical ambitions were in theatre rather than rock or pop. They teamed up and wrote four musicals together from 1965 to 1978. The first, The Likes of Us (196566), was performed for the first time in 2005 and became available on CD a mere 40 years after its creation. The other three, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1969-71) and Evita (1976-78) were more immediate successes. Feeling certain that they could never top this lot, the pair went their separate ways in the early eighties, whereupon ALW immediately topped that lot with Cats. TR then wrote Blondel (1983), a mediaeval romp, with Stephen Oliver, which ran for a year in London. (It was last revived professionally at the Pleasance, Islington, in 2006.) This was followed in 1986 by Chess, in collaboration with ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. Chess had a healthy run in the West End but flopped on Broadway in 1988, the New York Times bloke (since replaced) being particularly forceful in his disapproval. There have been countless productions worldwide since then, with wide variations in quality and indeed storyline. A notable recent production was in concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2008 starring Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal and Marti Pellow. A new production of Chess, directed by Craig Revel Horwood, is currently touring the UK. In 1989 Tim translated the famous French musical Starmania (by Michel

Berger and Luc Plamondon) into English, which merely resulted in a hit album – in France. In the 1990s he worked primarily and happily with the Disney empire, contributing lyrics to the movies Aladdin (music Alan Menken) and The Lion King (music Elton John and Hans Zimmer) and to the stage shows Beauty and the Beast and King David (both Alan Menken), The Lion King and Aida (both Sir Elton). Between Disney commitments he wrote the words for Sir Cliff Richard’s theatrical blockbuster Heathcliff (music John Farrar), which toured the UK in 199596. For Dreamworks, he and Sir Elton joined forces yet again to write the score for the 2000 animated film The Road to El Dorado. Tim is currently (a) producing, in partnership with Lee Menzies, From Here to Eternity, a brand new musical written by Stuart Brayson, (b) writing and presenting a year-long Radio 2 series, American Pie, and (c) working on a show based on the life and times of Machiavelli. He has won a variety of awards, mainly for the wrong things, or for simply turning up. These include a Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, three Oscars, four Tonys, five or six Grammys and 13 Ivor Novellos. He is a trustee (former president) of the Marylebone Cricket Club and chairman of the UK charitable Foundation for Sport and the Arts. Tim lives in London, Cornwall and on the motorway between the two, has three children, his own cricket team and a knighthood. The first volume of his autobiography, Oh What a Circus, was published in September 1999. If his publishers ask, he is currently working on part 2, due out five years ago.

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andRew lloyd webbeR music Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of The Likes of Us, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita, Variations and Tell Me On A Sunday later combined as Song & Dance, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game, The Woman in White and Love Never Dies. He composed the film scores of Gumshoe and The Odessa File, and a setting of the Latin Requiem Mass Requiem. As well as many of his own shows his producer credits include Daisy Pulls It Off, Lend me A Tenor, Shirley Valentine, La Bête, the ground-breaking Bollywood musical A R Rahman’s Bombay Dreams, his smash hit production of The Sound of Music starring Connie Fisher, The Wizard of Oz starring Michael Crawford and Danielle Hope and the film of The Phantom of the Opera. His latest musical Love Never Dies, which continues the story of the Phantom and Christine, received its world premiere at London’s Adelphi Theatre in March 2010, in July 2011 a reworked production opened in Melbourne and is transferring to Sydney in January 2012.

He pioneered television casting for musical theatre with the Emmy award-winning BBC series How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?. He repeated his success with Any Dream Will Do which cast the title role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and I’d Do Anything which cast the roles of Nancy and Oliver for Oliver!. In the 2010 BBC series Over The Rainbow Danielle Hope was cast in the role of Dorothy for his new production of The Wizard of Oz which opened at the London Palladium in March. His awards include seven Tonys, three Grammys including Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, two International Emmys, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre and The Kennedy Center Honor. He currently owns seven London theatres including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the London Palladium. He was knighted in 1992 and created an honorary life peer in 1997.

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FOR the LITtLE theAtRe COmAPANY Director.......................................................................................................... Dave Lobley Musical Director/Chorus Master.............................................................................Paul Day Choreography.........................................................................Sharon Allwright, Sharon Gibb Assistant Director/Chorus Mistress................................................................. Sally Lightfoot Production Stage Manager.............................................................................. Tony Godman Lighting Designer..........................................................................................Robert Watson Sound Designer/Engineer............................................................................ Glenn Oxenbury Wardrobe..........................................................................................................Carla Cater Deputy Stage Manager................................................................................ Kim Newcombe Assistant Stage Managers.......................................................... Lauren Ashton, Clare Lawler Stage Crew......................................................................................... Si Deaves, Sam Ellis Set Design....................................................................................................... Peter Finlay Set Construction................................................... Peter Finlay, Roy Foster, Sarah Mummery, .............................................................................Dave Lobley, Paul Seed and HQ Theatres Fight Directors............................................................Maddie Ayres, Jim Carter, Dave Lobley Wardrobe Assistants...............................Doreen Goodfellow, Joan Hubbard, Karen McFarlane Additional Costumes................................................. Ariel Company Theatre, Julie Robertson Hair and Makeup..................................................................... Sharon Allwright, Mollie Gibb Jesus’ Wig.................................................................................. Shepperton Wig Company Special make-up effects..................................................................... extrememakeup.co.uk Lighting Operator No. 2..................................................................................... Mark Smith Audio No. 2..................................................................................................... Dave Rymer Follow Spot Operators................................................. Jo Ellis, Ron Couldridge, Laura Travail Props............................................................... Lauren Ashton, Tony Goodman, Clare Lawler Props Coordination.....................................................Elaine Heckingbottom, Lindy Robinson Additional Lighting, Sound and AV Equipment...............................................MRL Productions Rehearsal Pianists........................................Jane Compton, Maddie Maxwell, Rachel Plunket Publicity Material & Programme Design...........................................................Bradley Green Programme Photography................................................................................... Jeff Hooker Programme Editor......................................................................................... Sally Lightfoot Publicity Team........................Gemma Carracher, Laura Deaves, Bradley Green, Helen Keough Front of House Photography........................................................................... Gareth Poxon

FOR SOuthenD theAtReS Theatre Director.......................................................................................... Ellen McPhillips Programme Co-ordinator....................................................................................Kate Hazell Marketing & Development Manager...................................................................Paul Driscoll Marketing Officer........................................................................................... Emma Harley Marketing Assistant................................................................................... James Wareham Education & Community Development Manager...............................................Emily Malcolm Administration Manager............................................................................... Caroline Hatley House Manager, Palace Theatre........................................................................ Georgie Holt Stage & Technical Manager.................................................................................. Paul Seed Stage Technicians..........................Kez Hughes, Michael Lewins, Chris Lowe, Glenn Oxenbury, ............................................................................................ Darren Wilson, Glen Witherall

dave lobley director This is Dave’s 14th show with the LTC and his 4th on production, having been Director for “Summer Holiday” and Assistant Director for “Oklahoma” and “Little Shop of Horrors”. He has played leading roles in many LTC productions, including Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls), Rico Castelli (Copacabana), Sergeant of Police (Pirates of Penzance), Mr Mushnik (Little Shop of Horrors) and, most recently, Luther Billis (South Pacific). He is also a member of Southend Shakespeare Company. Dave bought the original concept album for “Jesus Christ Superstar” and grew up with it through his youth, so the show holds a special and nostalgic significance for him. He therefore jumped at the opportunity to direct ‘the greatest story ever told’.


paul day

sally lightfoot

sharon allwright

sharon gibb

This is Paul’s 10th show with the LTC having joined for “Copacabana” as Chorus Master, and his 8th as Musical Director. Before he joined the LTC, Paul spent a number of years onstage with Rainbow 2000 and played roles such as Arvide Abernathy (Guys & Dolls), Percy Fortesque (Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’be), Asher (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) and Monsieur Le Clerc (‘Allo Allo). He has also MD’d for many local operatic societies, including MAPA, Rayleigh Operatic, Thundersley Operatic and Ingatestone Operatic. Paul started his musical career at the age of 8 playing flute and guitar. He is currently Chairman of the Southend Philharmonic Orchestra where he plays flute (and percussion when “persuaded”) and he also sings in local choral societies.

Sally learnt her theatre craft at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she studied singing and drama, qualifying as a specialist Drama teacher. She has been a member of the LTC for 35 years, her first show being “Bitter Sweet” in 1976. During that time she has played numerous leading roles, including Mame (Mame), Aunt Ella (Oklahoma), Thelma (The Farndale series of Comedies), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd) and, most recently, Bloody Mary (South Pacific). She has also directed shows, worked as Chorus Mistress on numerous other shows and served on the LTC committee for many years as a committee member and then as Chairman. As well as taking part in LTC productions and activities, Sally sings with RUG Opera.

Sharon has been a performer with the Little Theatre Company for the past 22 years, during which time she has had the opportunity to take many principal roles, her most recent being Nellie Forbush (South Pacific).

This is Sharon’s 9th show with the Little Theatre Company and her 3rd as Choreographer. On stage, she has performed in many dancing and chorus roles, which she particularly enjoys. However, our production of “Summer Holiday” saw her take on her first principal role as Angie.

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Jesus Christ Superstar has a special place in Paul’s heart as he first sang the part of Jesus at the age of 11 at the Cliffs Pavilion; it has been a favourite ever since.

assistant director/ChORuS miStReSS choreographer

She was thrilled to be given the chance to choreograph “Jesus Christ Superstar” alongside her good friend Sharon Gibb, with whom she started her dance training. It has proved to be a challenging but rewarding first time experience for her and she can now fully appreciate all the hard work which goes into putting a show of this size together.

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Sharon has taken a break from performing on stage more recently, enjoying the new challenge of choreographing our productions of “Mack and Mabel” and “South Pacific”. “Jesus Christ Superstar” has given her the opportunity to team up with Sharon Allwright, with whom she has been good friends since starting their dancing days together while training at Wendy Headford’s school - SETS. Sharon is very excited to be back on stage for this show, joining the dancers and chorus once again.


tony godman production stage manager Tony’s involvement back stage stems from experience with Lindisfarne Players and Focus Youth Theatre. He studied Engineering at Southend Technical College, moving on to develop his professional and technical skills in the entertainment industry. He has assisted many local amateur drama groups, local bands and organisations: this includes Garland Theatre School’s productions at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon. For the Little Theatre Company, Tony was a spot operator on “Mack and Mabel” and was Stage Manager for “Little Shop of Horrors” where he engineered a solution to drop plant vines onto the audience! He was again Stage Manager for “South Pacific”, a production which included the use of real flaming torches.

carla cater wardrobe Carla has been a member of the LTC since 1996 when she appeared as Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors). She has since gone on to perform in many shows both as chorus and in principal roles, including Laurey (Oklahoma 1998 & 2008), Hattie (Kiss Me Kate), Grace (Annie) and the title role in “Calamity Jane”. When not appearing on the stage, Carla has still been involved in many shows in assisting

wardrobe, but this show marks the first time that she has headed up the Wardrobe team. It has been a massive undertaking, but Carla is thrilled to have worked with such a committed production team.

rob watson lighting designer Rob Watson is proud to be associated with the local Amateur Dramatic scene and has been involved with many events. A sense of community is important to Rob, and his work with local theatre groups, enhancing their productions with the use of imaginative lighting, gives him great satisfaction. As a freelance lighting technician, as well as working in theatre he also works with the BBC, ITV and Sky TV. He has now successfully worked on set for many TV shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Britain’s Got Talent 2010, 10 o’clock show, X Factor and Got To Dance.

gleNn oxenbury sound designer Glenn has always had a keen interest in Performing Arts, starting from performing on stage to playing in orchestras and bands as a keen drummer and pianist. He studied Multimedia Technology and Music Production at the University of Derby, from which he graduated in 2006, and then worked

freelance as a Broadcast Vision and Sound Engineer for a year. He has worked for Southend Theatres for nearly 10 years, on and off, and is now Head of Sound. Over the last three years he has been designing and engineering the sound for locally produced musicals at both the Cliffs Pavilion and The Palace Theatre, including the LTC productions of “Oklahoma!”, “Summer Holiday”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Buddy”, “Mack and Mabel”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “South Pacific”.

PeteR FINLeY Scenic Design Peter started in theatre at 5yrs old as a dancer, joining the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, when he was 11. Although he actually took on photography as a career, he kept his links with theatre by joining the local theatre company wherever he worked, including Weymouth, Plymouth and Southend. He joined Southend Shakespeare Company in 1974 where he performed numerous roles before stepping off the stage to concentrate on lighting and sound with over a hundred show credits to date. He began directing in ’77 and is currently directing ‘Rashomon’, his twenty-first production for the SSC. He has also written seven feature length screenplays as well as shorts and produced a short for the NHS which he directed.

the Little theatRe Company would like to thank the following people foR theiR kind aSsiStance in pRepaRing foR thiS pRoduction: Peter Finlay, Roy Foster, Sarah Mummery, Paul Seed, Southend Theatres, Maddie Ayres, Jim Carter, Buster Kingston, Mr and Mrs Mummery, Jim Lobley, Ali Lobley, Jeff Hooker, Lancaster School, Star Studios (Canvey), Sandcastles Nursery, Thames Ambulance Service, Chalkwell Hall Junior School, Tom King (Echo News), The Enquirer, Southend Radio, Dave Feathers, www.gunmanairsoft.co.uk and Southend Arts Council.


Past Productions 1949-2011

President Lady Dorothy McAdden Vice Presidents Mrs Sandra Burford Ms Joanne Ellis Bailey Mrs Doreen Goodfellow Mrs Sally Lightfoot Mrs Iris Lucas Mr Michael Matlin Mrs Sheila Melville Mrs Sheila Nicol Mr Brian Odell Mrs Pat Odell Mrs Lynne Young Honorary Patron Gemma Craven Life Members Mrs Annette Blake Mr Michael Burford Mrs Pat Collop Mrs Ann Couldridge Mr Ron Couldridge

Mr Gerry Davis Mr Paul Green Mrs Wendy Hatton Mr Brian Houser Mrs Sue Morley Mr Ray Newby Mrs Beverley Onslow Mr John Onslow Miss Madeline Palmer Mr Colin Simmonds Mrs Debbie Smallbone Mrs Olive Smith Mr Derek Smith Mr David Stokes Mrs Sheila Thomson Mr Brian Topsfield Mrs Valerie Wilcox Mrs Stephanie Wilson Mrs Shirley Wolfe Mr Jim Wolfe Mr Roger Young

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We’re always looking for new members. So whether your forté lies on stage, backstage or even making costumes, there surely isn’t a better way to make so many friends and most of all have fun!

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If you would like to be part of the Little Theatre Company, please contact our membership secretary Doreen Goodfellow on 01702 349277 or email membership@littletheatrecompany.co.uk

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1981 Variety ‘81 The Sound of Music Salad Days 1982 Orpheus in the Underworld Golden Variety ‘82 1983 Oklahoma! Variety ‘83 1984 South Pacific 7 Brides for 7 Brothers**## 1985 Fiddler on the Roof Variety ‘85 1986 Showboat How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1987 Guys & Dolls Camelot 1988 Sweet Charity The Pirates of Penzance 1989 Variety ‘89 7 Brides for 7 Brothers 1990 Carmen++ The Pajama Game## 1991 The Mikado Gentlemen Prefer Blondes++ 1992 Carousel Godspell 1993 Half a Sixpence Variety ‘93 1994 Guys & Dolls 42nd Street*## 1995 The Pirates of Penzance Kismet 1996 Will Rogers Follies*## Little Shop of Horrors* 1997 Singin’ in the Rain She Loves Me*##(2) 1998 Oklahoma!## La Cage Aux Folles 1999 Some Like It Hot* The Wiz 2000 Mack & Mabel*** The Slipper & the Rose* 2001 Annie Crazy For You## 2002 The King and I## Oliver!

No No Nanette The Girlfriend Mr Cinders Please Teacher Me & My Girl Blue for a Boy Anything Goes South Pacific Love from Judy Kiss Me Kate Girl Crazy South Pacific Annie Get Your Gun Flower Drum Song++ The Music Man++ Carousel Love from Judy Oklahoma! The Pajama Game Flower Drum Song Camelot Half a Sixpence** Showboat How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Carousel West Side Story The King & I Half a Sixpence No No Nanette Me & My Girl Charlie Girl The Music Man Rose Marie Camelot Robert & Elizabeth Variety ‘75 Bitter Sweet Variety ‘76 Kiss Me Kate Variety ‘77 Mame West Side Story The King & I Variety ‘79 Love from Judy The Dancing Years *

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2003 Anything Goes Me & My Girl 2004 Calamity Jane 42nd Street## 2005 7 Brides for 7 Brothers Hello Dolly! 2006 Guys & Dolls Kiss Me Kate## 2007 The Pirates of Penzance Copacabana 2008 Oklahoma! Summer Holiday 2009 Sweeney Todd## Buddy* 2010 Stepping Out* Mack and Mabel Little Shop of Horrors## 2011

Our last production: South Pacific

South East Essex Premiere

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South Pacific

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Chairman Tim Cater Treasurer & Vice Chairman Joanne Ellis Bailey Secretary Doreen Goodfellow Business Manager Steve Wilkinson Entertainments Officer Pat Pepper Press and Publicity Officer Bradley Green General Committee Paul Day & Darren Harper

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BUST – Lady McAdden Breast Screen Unit The link to the LTC... Lady Dorothy McAdden, who gives her name to the BUST unit, is the President of the Little Theatre Company. Dot, as she has always been affectionately known to us in the LTC, was a member of the Company when the first production was staged back in 1949. Her husband was the LTC’s first President for many years and when he died Dot took on the role. Over the last few shows we have tried to demonstrate our support to the BUST unit in a practical way by making a donation from each opening night’s ticket sales: this has amounted to a total of over £4,000. As well as this, we have taken a collection as our audiences have left the theatre on these opening nights and we know that these have amounted to a generous sum. Once again, we will be making a donation to BUST from the first night of this show and taking a leaving collection.

Where it all started... The Lady McAdden Unit, affectionately known as BUST, has provided a major health function for women since the unit opened in 1976. The official opening followed a massive fund raising campaign which was spearheaded by the South East Essex ‘Federation of Townswomen’s Guilds’ to whom the charity remains affiliated, and supported by Lady Dorothy McAdden, wife of the late Sir Stephen McAdden, then MP for Southend East.

Why breast cancer screening is important... Screening aims to detect cancer in its infancy. Early detection of breast abnormalities could have a significant effect on treatment and beating the disease. In addition countless women have their fears allayed.

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The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) Founded in 1899, is the main representative body for amateur theatre in the UK. It has a membership of some 2500 amateur/ community theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to village halls. Members have access to a wide range of benefits. NODA is divided into eleven national Regions, each headed by an Region Councillor who sits on the Council (the ruling body of the Association), supported by a network of Regional Representatives and other volunteers. These volunteers are the vital link to the grass roots of the Association, the amateur theatre companies themselves. The Association is administered from its Headquarters in Peterborough, with a knowledgeable and friendly staff able to deal with virtually any enquiry relating to amateur theatre. There is a broad spectrum of ages involved with amateur theatre nationwide, from a burgeoning number of youth groups to adult companies, which meet the needs of all levels of both performers, whether dramatic or musical, and enthusiasts involved backstage, front of house or in administration. NODA aims: To give a shared voice to the amateur theatre sector • To help amateur societies and individuals achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance • To provide leadership and advice to enable the amateur theatre sector to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century


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We offer highly competitive rates on the hire of professional lighting, costumes, theatrical equipment and props. Lighting Hire

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Props, glorious props As with our costumes, having staged over 130 productions we’ve amassed a huge array of props, including scenery, all of which is available for hire. There are far too many props to list, but from rifles to bicycles, swords to birdcages and musical instruments to suitcases - all, as always, at great rates it’s always worth giving us a try.

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