Touring Show 2023 – Call for Creatives

Calling all creatives. The much loved Festival Players Touring Show is back in 2023! If you’d like to throw your hat into the ring for Director , MD or Choreo please contact secretary@festivalplayers.org by Saturday 7th May. You don’t need to have any sort of worked up concept at this stage, but maybe just general idea of how you see the production setting up.

We are *especially* keen to hear from first-time creatives. The Touring Show is an ideal way to dip your toes into the work of directing MD’ing or choreographing a show for the first time and we encourage anyone who has ever thought ‘hmmm, maybe I could….’ to put yourself forward. The committee will provide you with plenty of support and guidance to bring your vision to fruition.

Kinky Boots Cast Announcement

Introducing our fabulous ‘Kinky Boots’ cast! The creative team of Director Emily Starr, MD Ana Sanderson and Choreographer David Mallabone were extremely impressed by the high standards at the auditions and we want to thank everyone who took part for their commitment and preparation, and for making the choices so tough!

Tickets are now on sale! www.adctheatre.com/kinky

Introducing our Lola!

Marcelle/Marilyn

We knew that finding the right person to play the leading role of Simon/Lola in our upcoming production of Kinky Boots was not going to be easy. All we had to do was track down a triple-threat “with a prize fighter’s physique draped in satin, a cross-dresser with a killer voice and winning ways.” A rare beast indeed. But through some extraordinary twists and turns of fate, and a whole load of determination to make what seemed impossible possible, we are now delighted to finally announce that Marcelle LaBrecque/Marilyn Monhoe has been cast in the role, and they definitely meet *all* the criteria!

Marcelle/Marilyn joins us direct from the New York City drag scene, where they have been working and training exclusively with artists who have worked on the professional Broadway production. They will be flying over from the United States in early April to dive straight into rehearsal for this fabulous production, opening on 2nd June at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge.

We’ll be very excited to welcome Marcelle to the UK, and for us all to begin work together on this amazing project!

Tickets are now on sale – http://www.adctheatre.com/kinky

‘Merrily We Roll Along’ Nominated for ‘Best Musical’!

Always exciting to receive a nom! ‘Merrily…’ was directed by Cat Nicol (who is directing our current production of ‘KIPPS’), MD’d by Ana Sanderson (who is MD’ing our current production of ‘KIPPS’) and choreographed by David Mallabone (who is choreographing our next production, ‘Kinky Boots’) . The winners are announced in April! 🤞.

‘Let The Sunshine In’ Tickets NOW ON SALE

Click the indicated button to book tickets for our performances of ‘Let The Sunshine In’ at Haslingfield Little Theatre (1st Oct), Christ the Redeemer (9th Oct), or Cambourne Village College (16th Oct).

‘Kipps’ is back at the ADC in January!

Auditions are now open for “Kipps – The New Half a Sixpence Musical”. The show will be performed at the ADC theatre, Cambridge in January and you can be part of it!

Please note, this is a rescheduled run, so some parts have already been cast.

Auditions will take place on Tuesday 24 August and Tuesday 7 September.

For an updated audition pack, click here. (Those roles that are already cast have been struck through).

‘Let The Sunshine In’ – Cast Announcement

Here is our cast for ‘Let the Sunshine In’! Thank you to everyone who auditioned – the panel we’re hugely impressed by the talent, commitment and preparation on show and it was a tough set of choices in the end. We’re now looking forward to bringing you a show full of uplifting music in a few short weeks. Stay tuned for performance dates, venues and ticket details!

Brian ‘Tommy’ Thomas, 1931-2020

All Festival Players, past and present were deeply saddened at the news that our former Chairman, Musical Director, Life President and friend, Brian ‘Tommy’ Thomas, has passed away aged 89.

In his own inimitable words, earlier in 2020 Tommy had been ‘awarded a certificate by the Bone Marrow Failure Clinic and the prize of regular blood transfusions’. Sadly, during a stay in Addenbrooke’s in early December he contracted COVID, and died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Wednesday 23rd December 2020.

Tommy conducted the first Festival Players production in 1973 and went on to MD or direct a further 58 society productions. He conducted over 60 symphony concerts, had his orchestral works published and publicly performed and wrote compositions used in television. However, his first love was musical theatre and, although he was Musical Director for countless productions with other societies, he always regarded Festival Players as his ‘home team’.

Tommy was an incredibly special man, with personal connections to so many of us. We will miss him terribly. Our thoughts are with his wife Linda, son Ian and their family.