2019 PRODUCTION - THE PRODUCERS
Tuesday 19 to Sunday 24 November 2019
'Springtime for Hitler' !
Our November 2019 production is the hilarious Mel Brooks musical THE PRODUCERS.
**** AUDITION CALL **** INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE - SEE CURRENT PRODUCTIONS PAGE FOR DETAILS!
**** AUDITION CALL **** INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE - SEE CURRENT PRODUCTIONS PAGE FOR DETAILS!
Based on the original 1967 film, with lyrics by Mel Brooks and music by Mel Brooks, arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman, the smash hit stage version of THE PRODUCERS has won a whole collection of awards including a record-breaking 12 Tonys. Those of you who are familiar with Mel Brook's work will know that you're in for an enormous amount of fun and laughter!
It is 1959 and Max Bialystock, once the toast of Broadway, is now a washed-up has-been who spends his time romancing wealthy old ladies to finance a series of second-rate theatre shows. A chance encounter with an accountant, Leo Bloom, starts the idea of making more money from a theatrical flop than a hit. Leo is a nervous man prone to hysterics, but he lays out a plan for Bialystock to produce the worst musical EVER on Broadway! They plan to get finance from Max's 'ladies' to give them enough money to stage the show and when it flops on the first night, they will take off to Rio to live the good life!
Having found the worst story, Springtime for Hitler, written by deranged ex-Nazi Franz Liebkind as a loving tribute to Franz's hero Adolf Elizabeth Hitler, the show will be so inappropriate, it will close down instantly! Max and Leo hire a second-rate, cross-dressing producer Roger de Bris to direct the show, which unexpectedly becomes a hit with the audience who find it fabulous and hilariously funny! It's a hit - just what they didn't want!
THE PRODUCERS is packed with brilliant musical numbers such as The King of Broadway, I Wanna Be a Producer, Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop, Keep it Gay, When You've Got It Flaunt It, Along Came Bialy, That Face, and of course Springtime for Hitler.
Come along and enjoy this off-the-wall, clever, crazy, fabulous musical spectacular - it's guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat with laughter!
To quote Mel Brooks himself: "You don't want to miss it. The best laugh you'll have in ages! Only Mel Brooks could have written this show. It's wonderful!"
THE PRODUCERS will be a first for St. Augustine's MTC - some come and join in the antics and fun!
More information can be found on the Current Productions page. Details of auditions will be posted here soon!
JOHN MORRISON - MAX BIALYSTOCK
We are delighted to announce that JOHN MORRISON has been cast in the role of MAX BIALYSTOCK for our 2019 production of The Producers. This will be John’s first role with St. Augustine’s MTC and his first time performing in Solihull, but he has been involved in musical theatre in Birmingham for the past 20 years.
John has performed in shows with Bournville MTC, The Arcadians and Argosy MTC, playing a range of principal parts including Fred Graham/Petruchio (Kiss Me, Kate), Moonface Martin (Anything Goes), Vernon Hines (The Pajama Game), Cosmo Brown (Singin’ in the Rain), Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Guys and Dolls), and has previously played the role of Max Bialystock in The Producers. Last year, John also directed his first show, Legally Blonde, for Bournville MTC.
John is married with two sons and his whole family is involved in musical theatre, including his wife who he met 18 years ago playing opposite her in Call Me Madam. Welcome to the Company John!
More principal casting will be announced shortly on the Current Productions page.
The Producers runs at The Core Theatre, Solihull from 19 to 24 November 2019. Tickets are on sale now - visit The Core Theatre website to book online for the best seats!
PRODUCTION TEAM APPOINTMENT - CHOREOGRAPHER
We are delighted to announce that Sharyn Hastings has been appointed to the Production Team as Choreographer for our 2019 show - THE PRODUCERS.
Sharyn is absolutely no stranger to St. Augustine's M.T.C., having been Choreographer for a number of productions with the Company several years ago. Since her time previously with Stags, Sharyn has worked hard to achieve further teaching degrees in all genres of dance and is now a Fellow of the International Dance Teachers' Association (IDTA). Sharyn is also an adjudicator for regional and national competitions, and for Theatre Dance Council International (TCDI) Championships.
Sharyn runs a successful dance school based in Kenilworth - The Whiteman Dance Academy (www.thewhitemandanceacademy.com), which continues to go from strength to strength. Currently TWDA is working towards a performance at Disney. Sharyn's most recent work as Choreographer was for the pantomime Sleeping Beauty for Little Wolf Productions at The Core Theatre, Solihull.
We warmly welcome Sharyn back to the Company!
Due to work commitments, Liane Hughes has reluctantly decided to step down as Choreographer for the Company. As well as being Choreographer for many years, Liane also has a very busy job as a Project Manager with Barclays and currently, international projects connected to Brexit have made work very full-on! We wish Liane all the best with her ongoing projects.
Liane's association with St. Augustine's M.T.C. goes back a long way - she has appeared in many productions as a performer, beginning with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in 1985. She has also been Choreographer for a number of productions including The Full Monty, Little Shop of Horrors, Red Hot & Cole, The Wizard of Oz, The Wedding Singer, South Pacific, West Side Story, Kiss Me, Kate, Stepping Out (in which she also took the lead role), Sister Act, 9 to 5, Fiddler on the Roof, and most recently Hairspray where she also played the role of Prudy Pingleton.
We are, of course, sad to see Liane go and we would like to say a huge thank-you for all the work she has put into the Company over many years. Thank you Liane!
20 to 25 NOVEMBER 2018
Welcome to the 60s!
Our November 2018 production was 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..
Here are just a few of the audience comments received about HAIRSPRAY :
"Congratulations STAGS on a brilliant show!! What a flawless line up of principals...thoroughly enjoyed it."
“WOW What an awesome production of Hairspray! Incredibly talented cast! Didn’t want it to end! Huge congratulations to all the cast and crew!”
“What a fabulous performance last night and a much deserved standing ovation."
“FANTASTIC production of Hairspray and a thoroughly enjoyable evening at The Core Theatre tonight. Congratulationsto everyone involved - a show to be very, very proud of."
“What a performance!! Thanks to the whole cast for a fabulous evening. Very enjoyable. What are you doing next?”
“Wow! Slick, smooth, fantastically cast, awesome choreography, wicked vocals! Well done all in STAGS. A feel good fun and face beaming show. You should be super proud!"
“It was absolutely fabulous!!! Words can not describe it! Truly a wonderful night. You all did fantastically well."
See more information and photos on the Hairspray production page.
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.”
See more information and photos on the Fiddler on the Roof production page.
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 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.