9 to 5 performed from Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 November 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:
We are excited to announce that, following 9 to 5, our next two productions will be Fiddler on the Roof in November 2017, and Hairspray in November 2018.
Fiddler on the Roof is a hugely popular musical which tells the story of Tevye and his five daughters as he attempts to maintain his Jewish and cultural traditions while outside influences threaten his family's lives. Fiddler on the Roof is packed with well-known songs such as Tradition, If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise Sunset, Matchmaker Matchmaker, Miracle of Miracles, Far From the Home I Love and many more. The original Broadway production opened in 1964 and was the first musical in history to surpass 3,000 performances and has remained a firm favourite ever since. However, this will be the first time St. Augustine's MTC has performed this amazing show and we're really looking forward to it!
And then…Baltimore comes to the Midlands! We will be staging the Solihull première of the fabulous Hairspray. Set in 1962, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad dreams of being able to dance on The Corny Collins Show on TV. When she wins a place on the show, Tracy goes from social outcast to overnight celebrity but decides that it's not fair that the black kids only get to dance on the show once a month and can't mix with the white kids. With her new-found power and amazing array of friends, she sets out for equality and to racially integrate the show for everyone! This multi-Tony award-winning show is big, bold and full of inspiration, dreams and good fun. Influenced by the pop, rock and soul of 1960s, the musical score is full of catchy, bright numbers such as Good Morning Baltimore, The Nicest Kids in Town, (It's) Hairspray and You Can't Stop the Beat.
More information will be posted here about the productions and auditions, when available - keep an eye on this page! We'll also post on our Facebook page
15 to 19 November 2016 at The Core Theatre, Solihull
Here are our three fabulous leads for 9 to 5 - Judy (Lauren Clarke), Doralee (Jo Smith) and Violet (Loretta Parnell). Rehearsals are storming along and this promises to be a great show with a musical score packed with catchy songs, great choreography and an evening's entertainment packed full of a whole lotta darn tootin' fun!
Book your tickets now. All the details are on the Tickets page, or go straight to The Core Theatre website.
See you there!
15 to 19 November 2016
Our November 2016 production will the brilliant new musical 9 to 5.
Based on the well-known 1980 film of the same name, the stage show has a sparkling score written by Dolly Parton, who also wrote the lyrics. Nominated for 4 Tony Awards, a Grammy and 15 Drama Desk Awards, 9 to 5 has all the ingredients for a great show to perform and a great night out for the audience.
Set in the late 1970s this hilarious story of friendship and revenge is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. The music is most definitely a ‘Theatre’ score, not a ‘Country’ score, and includes the Oscar nominated title song from the film.
Pushed to boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy - giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains ‘otherwise engaged’, the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down.
This high-energy show features three central female leads, two lead males, plus other roles, and a large ensemble with plenty of opportunities for chorus and dancers. With its jubilant score and characters, 9 to 5 is the perfect show for everyone!
See the Current Productions page for for details, including casting. Also read a synopsis of the show and to watch the trailer for the recent UK Tour production.
Following recent auditions, we are delighted to announce the three central lead characters for our November production of 9 to 5.
Doralee Rhodes will be played by Jo Smith, Violet Newstead by Loretta Parnell and Judy Bernly by Lauren Clarke.
Loretta starred as Deloris van Cartier in last year’s sell-out production of Sister Act, while Jo and Lauren are new to the Company.
See more information about the show and casting on the Current Productions page.
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.
Photos of the evening will be uploaded here soon!
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.