FAME The Musical


Rotherham Civic Theatre / 7 - 12 November 2005

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The Show!

FAME poster

Set during the last years of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street (1980-1984), “Fame—The Musical” is bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of gruelling artistic and academic work. With candour, humour and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today: issues of prejudice, identity, self-worth, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance.

The Cast!

MAIN CHARACTERS

THE ACTORS
Nick Piazza - Rob McVeigh / Serena Katz - Amy Vickers / Joe (José) Vegas - Nick Walton

THE DANCERS
Carmen Diaz - Nicola Jeffs / Tyrone Jackson - Daniel Baker / Iris Kelly - Megan Louch / Mabel Washington - Helen Wilson

THE MUSICIANS
Schlomo Metzenbaum - Will Martin / Grace (Lambchops) Washington - Becky Hart / Goodman (Goody) King - Adam Wilson

THE TEACHERS
Miss Sherman - Rachel Marshall / Miss Bell - Jude Gray / Mr Myers - Geoff Fenwick / Mr Sheinkopf - Simon Kelly

School Staff Beverley Bailey, Chris Fenn, Harold Howarth, Marsha Kelly, Sheila Lockett, Jenny McAndrew, Shirley Michalski, Sue Skidmore

Acting Class Niki Carter, Natalie Chaim, Alison Darkus, Liz Dawson, Liz Goddard, Scott Johnson, Denise Marshall, Jo Pelham

Dance Class Clare Barker, Gemma Bartholemew- Kenyon, Louise Bashford, Alicia Cutler, Louise Drury, Amy Farrell, Adam Hague, Jordan Hinchliffe, Clare Markham, Laura Mills, Claire Mullins, Caroline Myers, Emily Rust, Louise Turner, Nina Ward

Music Class Emma Elliott, Victoria Marriott, Emily Morement, Deborah Stacey, Natasha Stacey, Ashley White

The Production Team!


Co-Director : Elaine Demaine

Co-Director / Choreographer : Dee Bennie-Marshall

Musical Director : Heather Jackson

Director's Cut

Co-Director - Dee Bennie-Marshall
"I feel that we have all become very emotionally attached to this show and there will be a lot of tears shed on our last performance. I can’t praise the cast enough for their hard work, determination and commitment which has made my job so much easier. Thank you to every talented performer on stage."

The Reviews!

Click the review below to read the write up!

NODA - John Sykes

Exceptional

As a self-confessed 'wrinkly' it was with some trepidation I approached this production having only seen a bit on TV. Yes the sound does knock you back a big at first but you soon get used to it and then! In modern terms this show had the WOW factor - W - wonderful, O -outstanding, W - worthy of the west end. My trepidation was allayed, I was hooked, every minute of this production grabbed my attention, from the energy and enthusiasm of the company to the minute attention to detail of the direction and choreography - exceptional.

Rotherham Advertiser - Terry Ellis

A truly wonderful,
exhilarating show

Grizzly, cliche-ridden pro soccer managers are very fond of saying that kids—young players—don't win you anything. That's as may be, but in the world of theatre, that ain't necessarily the case and, most definitely, not this week at Rotherham Civic Theatre.

Rotherham Teachers' Operatic Society's older members have mostly taken a back seat this year to allow a production of Fame The Musical to go ahead. Where Teachers has managed to find so much young talent is an amazing mystery, but the end product is a truly wonderful, exhilarating show, which is an absolute pleasure to behold.

Co-directors Elaine Demaine and Dee Bennie—who is also dance director—have created something special here, maintaining pace and fierce attack from the pulsating, imaginative dance routines to the less frequent, but equally effective, dramatic interludes.

Much praise also for MD Heather Matthews, in command of an excellent orchestra, and lighting designer, Gareth Craven, whose splendid lighting plot adds even greater gloss to the evening. There is one thing that makes by neck hairs stand up more than a wonderful portrayal from a mature performer—that is when a young person setting out, or not far into the journey in the marvellous world of theatre, also shines brightly.

Amy Vickers, as Serena Katz, who just cannot make the connection with Nick Piazza , has a tremendous voice, highlighted by the numbers Let's Play a Love Scene and Think Of Meryl Streep. Rob McVeigh (Piazza), has now firmly established himself as a major force in the area in his age group and here, again, that reputation is confirmed.

I particularly liked Megan Louch (Iris Kelly). Her dancing has an eye-catching, stylish grace and, although her dialogue was limited, there was more than a hint that she can go far. Will Martin plays the Jewish student Schlomo Metzenbaum with sensitive polish and insight and I predict he can go on to become much more than a musical performer.

Incredibly, Nicola Jeff's Carmen Diaz is her first principal role. She lights up the stage with her dancing, acting and, importantly, her personality. This is an outstanding, almost stunning performance, and one she—and most probably the audience—will never forget.

Amid all the praise for the young people, I can't omit the substantial contribution of Rachel Marshall, the high school boss, Miss Sherman. As professional as you will see an amateur in this type of role, her songs—a feisty duet with Jude Grey (Miss Bell), The Teachers' Argument, and solo, These Are My Children—set standards even the younger cast members can look up to.