2019 – Someone in the Crowd

Have you ever wondered where that stranger sitting opposite you on the train is going? Imagined the story of their life and future? Or experienced moments of excitement and eager anticipation for what your own future may bring? Musical theatre has a spectacular catalogue of songs that capture those moments where characters take a step out from the crowd, follow their dreams and suddenly have their voices heard.  

Performing four unique and touching storylines through a mix of songs from both classic and current Broadway and West End musicals, the award-winning Festival Players are bringing their touring show to venues in Sawston, Cambourne, Cambridge, Foxton, Newmarket and Haslingfield. Join us and see if Someone in the crowd could take you where you want to go. 

Dates

Friday 15 February: Haslingfield Village Hall
Saturday 16 February: Cambourne Village College
Friday 22 February: Foxton Village Hall
Saturday 23 February: Robinson Theatre, Hills Road 6th Form College
Sunday 24 February: The Racing Centre, Newmarket
Friday 1 March: Sawston Village College
Saturday 2 March: Cambridge University Press, Cass Centre

Cast

Damion Box, Michael Brum, Marie Buda, Philippa Clark, Catriona Clarke, Lauren Gonnella, Harriet Graves, Alastair Horne, Paulina Levin-Ander, Jacob Nightingale, Rosie Parrish, Seren Wilson, Simon Young, Magda Zun,

The NODA Review

Featuring a cast of fifteen talented singers, Festival Players provided an evening of entertainment of sterling quality.
Devised and Directed by James Hayward, and under the musical direction of Ana Sanderson, an appreciative audience were treated to an eclectic mix of music with songs from a selection of shows from across the spectrum of musical theatre which more than showcased the talents of the cast. The talent in the Band was pretty good too with Andrew Taylor and MD Ana on Keyboard, Oliver Fisher on drums and James Hayward on guitars.
The standard of singing and presentation was, at all times, of the highest quality, and the well thought out theme of the programme provided a good variety. The little scenarios in each of the four sections worked well.
In The Commute we heard songs from La La Land, Merrily We Roll Along, Company, Chicago, Nine to Five and The Producers. In The Audition shows included Copacabana, A Chorus Line, Smash, Cabaret, Funny Girl, and Greatest Showman. After the interval we moved on to The College Years with songs from Mean Girls, Heathers, Wicked, Avenue Q, Carousel and Hairspray. In Date Night I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Les Miserables, Waitress, Hamilton, All Shook Up, Dear Evan Hansen and finally
We Will Rock You. I have to admit one or two of the shows from which the songs came were unfamiliar but a little bit of retrospective research solved that problem.
The Ensemble tackled the programme with talented enthusiasm leaving the audience in no doubt that their enjoyment was also theirs. In between the Ensemble numbers were a number of impressive solo performances. In fact all had either a solo number or a duet.
I saw the final performance of the tour and the evening had somewhat of a party atmosphere which was lovely. The performances of Someone in the Crowd’ on 23 February raised £1700 for Multiple Sclerosis research at Addenbrooke’s and the Cambridge and District Group of the MS Society and on Sunday 24 February raised around £800 for the West Suffolk branch of The Samaritans.
Congratulations to Festival Players and the whole team on the success of the 2019 tour and thank you for an excellent two hours of quality entertainment.
Julie Petrucci
Regional Representative NODA East District Four South