2018 PRODUCTION - HAIRSPRAY
20 to 25 November 2018
Welcome to the 60s!
Our November 2018 production is the 60s extravaganza HAIRSPRAY.
Based on the original 1988 John Water's film, with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, the smash hit stage version of HAIRSPRAY won 8 Tony awards, including Best Musical, and is a show piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.
It's 1962 in Baltimore and the lovable plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire, to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show on TV. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network, all without denting her hairdo!
HAIRSPRAY is packed to the rafters with catchy musical numbers such as Good Morning Baltimore, The Nicest Kids in Town, Mama I'm a Big Girl Now, Big, Blonde & Beautiful, Without Love, (It's) Hairspray, I Know Where I've Been, You Can't Stop the Beat and many more.
Come along and enjoy this feel-good musical - it's guaranteed to have you up on your feet. Unlock that secret dancer and join the cast in a night of laughter and fun!
HAIRSPRAY will be a first for St. Augustine's MTC and also a première for The Core Theatre, Solihull. Remember - "You Can't Stop the Beat!"
We are delighted to announce that NAOMI O’BORNE has been cast as TRACY TURNBLAD for our 2018 production of Hairspray.
Naomi studied Musical Theatre in London and, as well as performing, she also works as a music and singing teacher in the local area. We warmly welcome her to her first role with St. Augustine’s MTC. Naomi takes on the central role of Tracy Turnblad, the larger-than-life young lady with a big heart and even bigger hair!
See the Current Productions page for all the cast announcements so far!
The show won 12 Tony Awards for the original Broadway production and 3 Olivier Awards for the original London Production, including 'Best New Musical'.
We are very excited to bring The Producers to The Core Theatre, Solihull in 2019. More details will announced when available!
21 to 25 NOVEMBER 2017
Here is just a small selection of the fabulous audience comments received for Fiddler on the Roof. Thanks to everyone who came to see the show!
“Congratulations to everyone involved in Fiddler On The Roof this evening. It was a thoroughly enjoyable production that you should all be very proud of.”
“Saw opening night tonight - it was brilliant - huge cast, live band, a great job done by all..."
“Congratulations to the whole cast for a very polished performance! Excellent night out! Well done everyone.”
“Great show, well cast and good performances all round. Good show, funny and sad.”
“Loved it! Well done to all.”
9 to 5 performed from Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 November 2016 at The Core Theatre, Solihull
Our colourful and vibrant production of 9 to 5, with a fabulous musical score by Dolly Parton, performed in Solihull from 15 to 19 November and the audiences loved it! Thanks to all who came along to see the show - we really appreciate your support. Here's a selection of audience comments:
“Huge congratulations to everyone involved with ‘9 to 5’ last night, was a brilliant opening night.”
“What a great show! Well done!!”
“What a great opening night. Lots of song, dance, music and so much laughter. Well done to all.”
“Well done all great show”
“Great show, enjoy the rest of the week!”
“Fabulous, funny and fantastic performances at tonight's ‘9 to 5 - The Musical’ at The Core in Solihull. Congratulations to the cast and orchestra.”
“Fab show! Loved it”
“Absolutely fantastic show. Well done to all cast and crew.. just brilliant. Xx
Good Luck for the rest of the week too..”
“Fantastic show, loved it !”
“Great show last night, well done to all cast and crew.”
“Loved it! So funny!!”
“Brilliant show, everyone, absolutely superb!!!!!”
“Another amazing show from you all, well done and keep up the great work”
“Well done to all involved in ‘9 to 5’ including the fantastic band - throughly enjoyed the matinee performance on Saturday. Thank you”
“A totally brilliant performance by everyone. Passionate & amusing. Congratulations to all involved. Highly recommended…..”
“Congratulations to all involved. A very professional show and enjoyable”
“Fabulous show last night - congratulations to the whole team. This must be the best am dram company around.”
Watch our recent trailer for the show below:
Our production for November 2015 was the brilliant new musical SISTER ACT.
Based on the film of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg, this was a premiere production for Solihull and the area.
“Awesome show! All of you .. Brilliant!”
“Well done!! Fantastic show.”
“WOW!!! simply... Just wow!!! You are all brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyed all of you and your performances tonight. Well done and enjoy the rest of the run.”
“We loved it.”
“Well done to the whole cast of Sister Act!!! The best show I have ever seen!! No wonder it's a sell out!”
“Fantastic show…Very entertaining & you should all be very proud of yourselves.”
See more information and photos on the 2015 - Sister Act production page.
Our June 2014 production of Stepping Out was a big hit with the audiences and has now won the NODA Best Drama Award 2014 (West Midlands Region 6) at the awards ceremony held on Sunday 19 April. Read more on the 2014 - Stepping Out production page, and see some rehearsal photos.
“What a great show. Well done everyone, a fab night of entertainment with lots of laughter.”
“Wow…..it was brilliant!! Please pass on my congratulations to ALL the cast.”
'Another Op'nin, Another Show' - the performance week of Kiss Me, Kate ran from 18 to 22 November 2014 and was a big hit with the audiences! Here are a few comments:
“Brilliant show! Very professional, with strong characters and lots of humour. This was the first night so it'll probably get even better!”
“…you were fantastic... Great character work well done.”
“Top notch first night performance of Kiss Me, Kate at Solihull Arts Complex. Well done St Augustine's MTC.”
“Saw the opening night last night and it was absolutely fantastic. A must see!”
“Enjoying a night at the theatre watching ‘Kiss Me, Kate’….Great show!”
“Congratulations STAG, a really lively and funny show with the excellent standard of performance that you always give.”
“Great performances from cast & orchestra tonight of ‘Kiss Me, Kate. Thank you .”
“Congratulations on such an excellent performance tonight. It was a truly awesome production. The opening number of the second act took my breath away. Orchestration and vocals were excellent, choreography dynamic and all the cast were awesome.”
Ben Field played Fred Graham/Petruchio, Chloe Rawson played Lilli Vanessi/Katherine. Bill Calhoun/Lucentio was played by Gavin Whichello and Lois Lane/Bianca by Gemma Smyth.
More casting, show photos and information for this production can be found on the 2014 - Kiss Me, Kate production page.
On Thursday 20 November 2014, several of our notable members were presented with long service awards from NODA representative Joyce Eyre. Congratulations go to former Chairmen Lawrence Conway (40 years) and Gill Nevin (15 years), current Chairman Sandra Simpson (15 years), Gill Salter (25 years) and Mark Hughes (20 years).
St. Augustine's MTC celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2014. Alongside two exciting productions in June and November, we also held a grand Anniversary Ball on Saturday 18 October 2014.
The Anniversary Ball took place at the St. John's Hotel, Warwick Road, Solihull. This was a fabulous evening, with a 3 course dinner, a live band and two special guest performers to celebrate 40 wonderful years of St. Augustine's MTC. Many current and past members and friends of the Company attended.
A big thank you to all who were involved in this amazing production - cast, production team, committee, backstage team, orchestra - everyone that helped to make St. Augustine's MTC an award winning company once again!
Pictured receiving the award are Liane Hughes (Choreographer) and Veronica Walsh (Producer/Director).
Congratulations to all who were involved in West Side Story. An all-around great production which has been tremendously received with great feedback. Thanks to everyone who came to see it!
"A fantastic opening night to West Side Story...." "It was brilliant...." "....great show...." "Well done to the cast of West Side Story for an amazing opening night..." "...saw a stunning West Side Story last night...."
See more on the 2013 - West Side Story production page.