KIPPS - The New ‘Half a Sixpence’ Musical
We will be back later this year with our new production of KIPPS, to be performed at The Core Theatre in November 2022!
We are delighted to be staging KIPPS, the brand new, exciting, revised version of ‘Half a Sixpence’, which includes many of the original favourite songs with new arrangements, plus new songs from the writing team of Stiles and Drewe (Honk, Betty Blue Eyes and Mary Poppins) and a new book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. The new version of the show premiered at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2016 followed by a successful West End transfer. St. Augustine’s MTC’s production will be a première for The Core Theatre, Solihull.
More information can be found on the Current Productions page
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Help us to keep the company going - you can make a difference!
A whole range of talented people have come through our doors over the years since we started in 1974 - we’ve had great performers in our casts and the photos above show just a small number of them. Quite a few have gone on to train and work in the theatre profession.
Our longstanding Production Team members, headed by Producer/Director Veronica Walsh, have created many wonderful shows, assisted by dedicated committee members and other helpers.
Veronica has been the company’s Producer/Director for 27 years, and was Assistant Producer and performer for a number of years before that. We obviously want her to carry on being the driving force of the company into the future. We have exciting productions coming of KIPPS in 2022 and SHREK in 2023.
Since March 2020, things have been so disruptive for everyone on the work-front and, of course, on a personal level. Like many theatres and the Arts in general, St. Augustine’s MTC has also been affected. As we had to postpone a show for a second year running in 2021, by 2022 STAGS will have earned no income for two years and we will have to rely on our limited financial reserves to get back into action for the next production.
We will do it, but we need your help!
STAGS has meant so much to so many people, so If you feel you can make a donation to the company, however small (or large!), you will really be helping us to stay on a secure footing and allow us to keep producing high-quality local theatre entertainment for you in the years ahead.
If you’ve been to any of our shows in the past and enjoyed them, maybe think of donating the cost of the ticket you could have bought this year.
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Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far, it means everything! If you haven't donated yet, please consider helping us - thank you ♥️🎭
From: All the team at St. Augustine’s MTC
2021 PRODUCTION - Shrek The Musical
19 to 24 October 2021
** Announcement **
Shrek - The Musical - St. Augustine's Musical Theatre Company - October 2021
We are very sorry to announce that, after careful consideration, we have had to make the difficult decision not to go ahead with our production of Shrek this October.
Even though it looks like things are hopefully likely to improve for us all as this year progresses, there is still virtually no chance to be able to rehearse and prepare a large-scale theatre production by October, bearing in mind that for a local theatre company like us, this would mean getting work started in the spring. There is unfortunately still no realistic prospect of that happening at the moment.
Until the lockdown roadmap shows signs of success over the next few weeks/months, the theatre knowing when it can re-open and able to offer more than 50% audience capacity for ticket sales, and for us even to have a venue to rehearse in, we have reluctantly decided that it’s not feasible to begin the process this year. This is obviously a major disappointment, having already postponed our 2020 production, but it seems the only sensible thing to do in the circumstances.
This is once again only to be a postponement however, so the good news is that Shrek will be rescheduled for November 2023 and our postponed production of Kipps will be coming to The Core Theatre in November 2022!
We are really looking forward to when we can get back to rehearsing and performing and we thank you for your good wishes during what has been an extraordinary year for everyone. We hope you will stick with us and continue to help support the company - look out for more about that here soon!
More information about Shrek can be found on the Future Productions page.
2019 PRODUCTION - THE PRODUCERS
Tuesday 19 to Sunday 24 November 2019
'Springtime for Hitler' !
Our production in November 2019 was the madcap Mel Brook musical The Producers.
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 won a whole collection of awards including a record-breaking 12 Tonys.
Here are a few audience comments:
“What a stellar opening night by St. Augustine’s Musical theatre Company - they did Mel Brooks proud!” (The Core Theatre).
Well done St. Augustine’s Musical theatre Company, a really fantastic production that we enjoyed tremendously last night. Great staging, some really neat production touches, super singing and definitely some of the best individual performances we have seen on the Core's stage for a long time!
“Wow and wow! What a brilliant show tonight, well done.”
“Massive congratulations to STAGS on your performance of The Producers! It was brilliant, very funny and so enjoyable!”
“Just got in from watching The Producers at The Core Theatre Solihull . Absolutely amazing show.”
“Was an absolutely fab night - never laughed so much - me and my hubby thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to everyone.”
“OMG everybody!! Amazing show tonight. I laughed my head off!”
“Brilliant show, fabulous band."
“Wonderful show. You were brilliant. Well done to all the cast.”
“Brilliant show, thoroughly enjoyed it.”
“The Producers at The Core Theatre is fantastic…. you are brilliant I am loving it.”
THE PRODUCERS was a first for St. Augustine's MTC - we hope you enjoyed the antics and fun!
See more information and photos on the The Producers production page.
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.