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NODA - PINAFORE PIRATES 2011

Production Team - Emma Parker, Alison Rowlands Roberts, Helen Woodman and Gemma Bridges

The Leisure Centre Bridgnorth


What a wonderful night's entertainment especially for G & S enthusiasts. I must commend BSA for tackling this difficult style of singing and with children ranging from the age of 6 to 18 they really did pull it off.

There were some very tricky patter songs but the principles and chorus sung them with much gusto. 

A special note for Daisy played by Chloe Sheldon and for the pirate queen and her 2nd in command: Jo Xiourouppa and Becky Turner - What beautiful voices. Definitely stars of the future.

Excellent performances also from the fairies (Aveni Johnson and Alice Parr), the Magnificent seven (Olivia Parr, Esther Prithard, Emilia Gennard, Ewan Poole Gleed, Zoe Seal, Katrina Themans and Naomi Berry)

Christopher was played by Becky Hughes. A fantastic supporting comedy role played by Bella Crampton who played Sam O'nella the irish cook. She managed to keep the irish accent going throughout the show and with great comic timing.

A Special mention for Pirate Pip played by one of the youngest on stage, Kate Woodman, another star in the making.

Well done to all at BSA. A Treat for us G & S Fans.

- Alf Rai deputising for Jean Beard.

(Amateur Stage Magazine, September 2011)



SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT


BRIDGNORTH Musical Theatre Company members are celebrating after winning the the National Operatic and Dramatic Association’s West Midlands Best Musical Award for their 2010 show ‘Brigadoon’.

Chairman Ron York and his wife Sue attended the annual awards ceremony in Sutton Coldfield where he was presented with an engraved silver salver and winner’s certificate.

“As well as being BMTC chairman at that time, Ron also played the leading part of Tommy Albright in ‘Brigadoon’ so it was particularly appropriate that he accept this award on behalf of the Company,” said BMTC press officer Alison Pipe.

“Brigadoon’s principals’ director was Mike James, musical director was John Biddulph and chorus and choreography director was Karen Ridley.

“This accolade is the icing on the cake following a very successful production of ‘The Merry Widow’ in February 2011.

“The company is now actively preparing for its 60th anniversary year which commences next February  with the modern musical production of Walt Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Then follows ‘The Sound of Music’ in February 2013.

“With these two popular shows the company hopes to work more closely with its junior section The Bridgnorth Stage Academy.

“The children are presently in rehearsal for the musical ‘The Pinafore Pirates’ to be performed at Bridgnorth Sports & Leisure Centre on June 25 and 26,” she added

The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA), founded in 1899, is the main representative body for amateur theatre in the UK.

It has a membership of some 2,500 amateur/community theatre groups and 3,000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK.  Bridgnorth is a member of the West Midlands Region and competed against 20 theatre groups for this coveted award.


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Wind in the Willows

Bridgnorth Stage Academy

The Team : Emma Parker,Helen Woodman,Alison Rowlands-Roberts,Gem Bridges and Deb Lewis.
Venue : Bridgnorth Sports and Leisure Centre, Bridgnorth

Another new society to district 7 and what a pleasure it was to see so much young talent on stage all enjoying everything they were doing and entertaining mums,dads,aunts and uncles, grandparents and the Noda rep!
It was a delightful production. Lovely costumes, make up and props. A great deal of hard work had gone into the production and it paid off. The children were well drilled and performed with enthusiasm. I am sure every performance would play to a full house and I look forward to the next show.

(NODA News, West Midlands edition, Winter Edition 2010, www.nodawestmidlands.org)








Future looking bright for musical theatre group

These young ladies are what the Bridgnorth Stage Academy is all about, they are making an important contribution to the Bridgnorth Musical Theatre Companie's production of "The Merry Widow" which runs at the leisure centre from next monday to saturday, Including a matinee performance on saturday afternoon.
They will be singing and dancing and delighting audiences with their youthful and fresh approach to this light operetta, Pictured from left are :
Olivia Parr, Becky Turner, Chloe Sheldon and Jo Xiourouppa.
Chloe has already appeared in BMTC's Iolanthe as well as (along with Olivia) Oklahoma and Brigadoon.
For Becky and Jo this is their first senior producition but all 4 have already excelled themselves in BSA's "Wind in the Willows" and "For One Night Only".

(Bridgnorth Journal, 18th February 2011)

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Curtain up on classic

Bridgnorth Stage Academy presented ‘Wind in the Willows’™ – the Musical’ recently to an audience at the town’s sports and leisure centre.

Bridgnorth Stage Academy
The young cast of Bridgnorth Stage Academy’s production of Wind in the Willows

This new musical is based on the classic story by Kenneth Grahame and follows the adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger and the infamous Mr Toad.

The academy, set up as Bridgnorth Musical Theatre Company’s junior section, aims to give children between the ages of six and 16 the opportunity to get involved in musical theatre by developing their skills and confidence in acting, singing and dance.

The group, now affiliated to The National Operatic and Dramatic Association, plans to stage two productions each year. There is a membership of around 60 children with a waiting list for new members.

(Shropshire Review, September 2010)







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