Good Enough To Eat

Our first Sunday rehearsal and a fine turn out as it happened. One or two people were missing and there were a couple of cold/flu victims who decided not to spread their bugs about but, all in all, a great rehearsal. I have to say that the bits I get to watch when I am not on stage look fantastic and, according to those who are watching when I am on stage, the bits behind me also look brilliant. Some of the pictures taken today show people acting with gusto and relish (who are not an Italian Operatic Duet!).

Dancing Daniel

For example, Daniel is playing various roles including the bookseller, Monsieur D’Arque and the Carpet. Today he performed in the guise of a carpet and hopped around a bit, got carpet beaten, fell over, got up and ran off stage. Sounds a bit dreary doesn’t it? But set it to music, throw in some expert timing and Daniel becomes a dancer and it looked really good.

Daniel faints when he is confirmed as a Dancer

Christine Meadows is the Director. She is an accomplished Director and Choreographer having directed Magic Musicals, Annie, Oliver and choreographed Magic Musicals, Annie and Oliver. She has a great eye for the stage and scenery and vision to bring out the best in us. Her standards are high and we endeavour to achieve them and she gets the job done. As can be seen this is the first show with us where she has not combined Direction and Dancing and I think that she has enjoyed putting the principals through their paces.

Louise Putting the Dancers through their paces.

The movement is provided by our choreographer, Louise Pettitt, and is energetic and keeps everyone on their toes. Nobody relaxes and everybody has something to do. Hardly surprising as Louise is a professional Actress, Singer and dancer and has toured the UK and Germany in shows such as Beauty and the Beast, Cats and Starlight Express. It is amazing to listen to the cast during the quiet moments who all appreciate the activity and movement in the chorus numbers and, frankly, have no breath left to speak. The whole cast have appreciated the work both Christine and Louise have put into the show so far and we still have six weeks left to go.

That leaves the Musical Director Ed Nurse. He is an accomplished musician and Musical Director. He also stars in a number of Ed TV productions with classics such as Bolognese with a Twist TV parts 1 and 2 and Drinks Making TV (Myriad Edition). A selection of factful short films which have received critical acclaim. However, to see them you need to be his mate on Facebook!! Ed is MD-ing his first show with us at Urmston.

Mrs Potts and Belle sing with the Chorus

He has kindly posted our harmonies onto the internet which means we have no excuse during those songs which require harmony. We have seen him regularly as a musician in our orchestra and also as society pianist so we know quite a bit about him.

All in all, a great combination comprising our production team which will hopefully show in our portrayal of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The final complement today which said it all. The run through today would have been almost good enough for show week but there is room for improvement. Gosh, we have set ourselves a benchmark!!

If you want tickets then ring 0161 408 1288 or visit the website at This show promises to be a cracker and you don’t want to miss out.


~ by UMT Stage on September 12, 2010.

2 Responses to “Good Enough To Eat”

  1. Looks great and really looking forward to it. How much are the tickets by the way and what week is show week.

    • Oooops! Should’ve said shouldn’t I? Tickets are £10 Adults and £8 Children and Senior Citizens. Party rates for block bookings of 10 or more by ringing the ticket line. SHow week is the 26th to the 30th October 2010 at the Poolside Theatre, Urmston Leisure Centre, Bowfell Road, Urmston.Thanks for pointing it out, Mary.

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