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Cast Announcement: The Admirable Crichton

Stone Revellers are delighted to announce their cast for The Admirable Crichton, the comedy play that takes place Wednesday 4th until Saturday 7th September 2019 at St Michael’s Hall in Stone, Staffordshire.

The cast:

Bill Crichton: Jason Whitehurst

Earl of Loam: Tim Clegg

Eliza Tweeny: Jen Dixon

Lady Mary: Emma Wilson

Lady Catherine: Hannah Adams

Lady Agatha: Lauren Turner

Lady Brocklehurst: Sue Coles

Lord Brocklehurst: Alex MacIvor

Reverend John Treherne: Michael Duckworth

Ernest Woolley: Rob Stanway

Miss Fisher: Zoe Andrews

Lead Ensemble: Bill Coles

The Admirable Crichton (1902), a play by J. M. Barrie and adapted for Stone Revellers by Kath Walton, is a satirical comedy dealing with class and social structure, about a butler who rises to become the leader of his aristocratic employers after they are all stranded on a deserted island.

J.M. Barrie was a Scottish novelist and playwright best known for the world famous Peter Pan.

This production follows the success of last year’s play – One Man, Two Guvnors (September 2018) directed by Harri Bailey, which delighted a record audience with an extra performance added and won the NODA award (Revellers 4th in 5 years).

The current production team aim to produce a show of similar caliber. Director Kath Walton makes her debut for Stone Revellers following her graduation from Liverpool Hope University with a Masters in Performance. She will be ably assisted by Charl Andrews – also making her directorial debut for Stone Revellers.

TICKETS are on Sale from Monday 1st July from The Home & Colour Centre on Stone High Street (01785 817307) or here on our website – checkout with your card securely and with no booking fee.

Stone Revellers

Stone Revellers have been producing theatre in Stone for 41 years and continue to thrive as a society, welcoming new members for every show through open auditions. On their 40th anniversary last year the group kick started the Crown Wharf Theatre Trust, a project in partnership with Joules Brewery to bring a 150 seater theatre to Stone by 2021 – with an ambitious £300,000 fund raising target.

Revellers are always looking for volunteers in the areas of Set Building, Technical (lights and sound), Stage Management, Costume design and all associated roles for our 4 shows each year. If you are interested in joining Stone Revellers then please contact us via the website, social media or e-mail: info@stonerevellers.org.uk.

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Producers for The Admirable Crichton: Joanne Whitehurst & Rob Stanway.

For Press enquiries please contact stonerevellerspublicity@gmail.com

Audition for our next Play – we’re particularly looking for men aged 20-35

Further auditions are to be held for our play: The Admirable Crichton on Tuesday 25th June 2019 from 7.30pm – 9pm at St Michael’s Hall.

All roles are still up for grabs, but we are particularly looking for male actors with a playing age of 20-35 as we have a wide range of brilliant roles available.

Character List:

CRICHTON – A Butler, early 30s, RP
EARL OF LOAM – Master of the Household, 40s/50s (3 grown up daughters), RP
LADY MARY – Loam’s Eldest daughter, approx. 22 years old, RP
THE HONOURABLE ERNEST WOOLLEY – Loam’s nephew, 20s, RP
CATHERINE – Loam’s Second daughter, approx. 20 years old, RP
AGATHA – Loam’s Youngest daughter, approx. 18 years old, RP
TWEENY – Servant, ‘In-between’ maid, late teens to 20s, Cockney or Other (not RP)
LORD BROCKLEHURST – Lady Mary’s Fiancé, approx. 20 years old, RP
LADY BROCKLEHURST – Lord Brocklehurst’s Mother, 50s-70s, RP
REVEREND JOHN TREHERNE – Clergymen, approx. 20 years old, RP
MISS FISHER (ENSEMBLE) – Maid, approx. 20 years old
TOMPSETT (ENSEMBLE) – Male Servant, 20-40 years old
ENSEMBLE – Servants & Other parts, teens-60s

The Admirable Crichton (by J.M. Barrie) will be performed here in Stone on Wednesday 4th September – Saturday 7th September 2019 with a Saturday matinee.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE AUDITION PACK (INCLUDING AUDITION PIECES)

In this Audition Pack you will find a Synopsis, Character List, Character Descriptions and Audition Pieces.

If you would prefer a smaller part, please see the Ensemble section of the Audition Pack. These roles will have a small amount of line learning and movement and are perfect for those who are looking for a smaller role.

Your production team:
Director: Kath Walton
Assistant Director: Charl Andrews
Co-Producers: Rob Stanway & Joanne Whitehurst

Synopsys

The Earl of Loam fancies himself a radical, modern thinker, a true futurist and intellectual, and to prove that class is non-existent and all men are equal, throws a tea for his household staff once a month, and forces his three indolent, fashionable daughters, and any guests
they might have at the time, to serve as hosts.

This social transgression annoys his entire household, especially Crichton, the butler, a man who holds strong opinions about the dignity of the British ruling class, the sanctity of the established order, and the tendency of Nature to have the elite few rule over the many. To
prove his point, Lord Loam takes a group composed of himself, his daughters — Mary, Catherine, and Agatha — his nephew (and suitor to Agatha) Ernest, and Treherne the clergyman (suitor to Catherine) on a sea voyage with only two servants — Crichton and
Tweeny, the humble “between maid” — to take care of them, a form of “roughing it” in the wild Atlantic waters.

When the party is shipwrecked on a deserted island, where a living can be hewn from the wilderness only by those with the skill to do so, the admirable Crichton proves to be the most intelligent, resourceful, and able man to command the party. After a brief resistance on everyone’s part, survival compels them to follow his lead, and after two years’ time, Crichton builds a utopian island home, an ingenious little civilization where he rules, kindly but firmly, believing that on an island, Nature requires him to step into the elite role of
master, and the formerly aristocratic others, now his worshipful servants, live a life composed of healthy exercise and willing labour.

Crichton’s happiness is nearly complete when Lord Loam’s eldest daughter, Mary, happily accepts his proposal of marriage. But when the party is rescued, the new social order crumbles as Lord Loam reasserts himself, Mary returns to her stuffy fiancé, and Crichton
steps back into his former role.

Will Mary’s mother-in-law to-be discover the scandalous events of the past two years? Will Crichton’s sense of self-sacrifice stand up to extreme insult? Will Ernest, who has written a thrilling memoir of the island, starring himself, ruin everything by letting slip the truth?

Hilarity and hypocrisy run rampant, and upstairs/downstairs meets indoors/outdoors in J. M. Barrie’s fantastical adventure comedy The Admirable Crichton, which explores divisions of social class, the strict hierarchical orders in place at the time — and indeed, in many times
— and the effects of Nature on all sorts of behaviours.

Audition Information for The Admirable Crichton

Auditions for the Admirable Crichton will take place at St Michael’s Hall on Thursday 20th and Sunday 23rd June.

This is the Audition Pack for The Admirable Crichton by J.M. Barrie which will be performed here in Stone on Wednesday 4th September – Saturday 7th September 2019 with a Saturday matinee.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS

In this Audition Pack you will find a Synopsis, Character List, Character Descriptions and Audition Pieces.

If you would prefer a smaller part, please see the Ensemble section of the Audition Pack. These roles will have a small amount of line learning and movement and are perfect for those who are looking for a smaller role.

Your production team:
Director: Kath Walton
Assistant Director: Charl Andrews
Co-Producers: Rob Stanway & Joanne Whitehurst

We can’t wait to see what everyone brings to the audition!

Good luck!

The Production Team

Dad’s Army Audition Information

Here at Stone Revellers, we’re always straight on to our next production. As you know for 40 years we have delivered a varied programme of shows – this time it is the comedy classic “Dad’s Army”.

The show is being performed 12th to 15th June 2019 and we will be feeding our audience with Fish & Chips between acts!

We will rehearse at St Michael’s Community Hall, Lichfield Street Stone – Tuesday and Thursday and pre-arranged Sunday’s

We now have audition information
Thursday 11 April 7.30 to 9.30
Sunday 14 April 2.30 to 4.30

Cannot make those dates, need more information or cannot access the link?
email info@stonerevellers.org.uk or reply to this email ASAP – we may be able to add Tuesday 16 April if required

Audition details and script are available by clicking the link button below

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW AUDITION MATERIALS

All auditions are open to all and we welcome you to Stone Revellers whether you are a current member or not. Our current show Director Martin Popov will make a neutral decision in the best interests of the show to deliver an excellent, balanced cast.

He will be ably assisted by his production team:

Co-director: To be confirmed, following auditions

Producers: Rob Stanway, Nichola Abbott and their team.

Good Luck!

Audition Details for THE WEDDING SINGER!

Here’s all you need to know about our upcoming auditions for THE WEDDING SINGER – to be performed in the first week of April 2019 with a 13 week rehearsal process prior.

Audition Workshop – Monday 10th December at 7.30pm

  • Come and meet the team
  • A quick introduction to the show and some of the music
  • A basic dance so that you can see what we’ll be doing in certain numbers if you’re a dancer!

AUDITION #1 – Tuesday 11th December 7.30-10pm

  • Simply turn up, fill out an audition sheet.
  • First come, first served.

AUDITION #2 – Sunday 16th December 2.30pm-5pm

  • Simply turn up, fill out an audition sheet
  • First come, first served.

All the above takes place at St Michael’s Hall and we welcome all members and non-members, whatever your age or ability – if you like the idea of being part of this enjoyable production then come to audition.

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN and are judged on the auditions only. There is no bias or clique in our production team.

What’s it all about?

SYNOPSIS

It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Heart, who still lives in his grandmother’s basement, is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party until his fiance, Linda, leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie is so distraught that he makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. When he meets an Julia, an admiring young waitress, Robbie falls madly in love. The only trouble is that Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. With a score that pays loving homage to the pop songs of the 1980s, The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just have been the coolest guy in the room.

Roles & Audition Pieces

ALL AUDITION PIECES ARE HERE IN PDF FORMAT and are referred to below by their page numbers. Simply follow this link, choose your character and you will find the relevant PDFs. You will also find the YouTube links to use below.

Robbie Hart

The lead singer of a band. Handsome and charismatic. A truly ‘nice’ guy that has the classic lead singer aura and personality. Also a bit of a dreamer. In love with love until Linda leaves him at the altar and breaks his heart.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Lead
Tenor
Vocal range top: C6
Vocal range bottom: B3

Audition Piece – Pages 3-5 “Robbie’s Introduction”.

Audition Songs:
It’s Your Wedding Day

Pages 105-110

Grow Old With You

Pages 226-229

Julia Sullivan

Waitress. The pretty “girl next door” in looks and personality. Engaged to Glen but falls in love with Robbie and is conflicted as to who to choose. Empathetic, caring, and brave.
Gender: Female
Lead
Soprano
Age: 20 to 35
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Audition Piece: Pages 77-78 “Julia trying on her dress”.

Audition Song: Come Out of the Dumpster

Pages 146-149

George

The wedding band’s keyboardist and one of Robbie’s best friends. Based on Boy George. He is sensitive and somewhat flamboyant. The foil to Sammy’s super guy attitude. He’s not-so in the closet, but the other guys seem oblivious.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 35
Supporting Lead
Tenor
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Supporting Lead

Audition Piece: Pages 26-27 “Robbies Lost It”

Audition Song: Georges Prayer

Pages 153-154

Holly

Julia’s cousin. Sexually promiscuous and always up for a good time, but wants to be loved and is looking for romantic fulfillment in all the wrong places. She is in love with Sammy.
Gender: Female
Supporting Lead
Age: 20 to 35
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Audition Piece: Pages 64-67

Audition Song:
Saturday Night In The City

– Look at Holly’s last note in the song, that is the highest note of the show.
Pages 163-174

Sammy

The bass player in the wedding band and one of Robbie’s best friends. A total guy’s guy, but beneath his pretending to love being a bachelor he is actually in love with Holly. A smooth operator – at least he thinks he is.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 35
Supporting
Tenor
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Audition Piece: Pages 72-73 “At The Bar”

Audition Songs:
Single

Pages 194-201

It’s Your Wedding Day

Pages 105-110

Glen Guglia

Julia’s fiancé. A Wall Street broker. He is rich, shallow, and materialistic. Constantly tries to buy Julia’s love with money. He is a womanizer.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 45
Supporting Lead
Baritone
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Audition Piece: Pages 13-14 “Glen’s Phone Call”

Audition Song: All About The Green

Pages 175-186

Rosie (Grandma)

Robbie’s grandmother who raised him. Motherly but adventurous and always trying to remain “hip” despite her age.
Gender: Female
Supporting
Soprano
Acting Age: 50 to 80 (We will make someone older)
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Audition Piece: Pages 14-16 Rosie & Robbie
Pages 68-70 – Rosie & Julia

Audition Songs:
A Note From Grandma

Page 138

Move That Thang

Pages 217-221

Linda

Robbie’s fiancé who leaves him at the altar. Keeps Robbie around as a back-up plan. Is more in love with the idea of Robbie being a rock star than she actually is with Robbie.
Gender: Female
Supporting
Age: 18 to 30
Mezzo-Soprano
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Audition Piece: Pages 83-85 “Robbie is indesposed”

Audition Song: Let Me Come Home

Pages 208-211

COMPANY

SONG: It’s Your Wedding Day (Finale)

Lyrics: Pages 97-100

GENTS Company Pages 9-10 “The Boys, Talking”
LADIES Company Pages 64-67 “The Girls, Hungover”

We also have Couples (Harold & Debbie, Shane & Donatella, Crystal & Mookie); their various Wedding Guests; Stockbrokers; and impersonators.

Impersonators are company members overall and will double up as wedding guests, couples and stockbrokers – but bring your best impression if you’d like to be considered for one of the celebrity impersonators! Small roles will be split between company throughout the show.

Mr. T
Male
Featured
Spoken

Tina Turner
Female
Featured

Imelda Marcos
Female
Featured

Billy Idol – Audition Pages 93-94
Male
Featured
Baritone

Cyndi Lauper
Female
Featured

Company roles include: David/Drunk Guy, Angie (Julia’s Mum), Cousin Steve, 2 Male Waiters (a couple).

All Audition Pieces are available on PDF here

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU TO STONE REVELLERS!

YOUR PRODUCTION TEAM:

Director: Rob Stanway
Musical Director: Carl Gratty
Co & Staging Director: Dan Rich
Choreographer: Angela Whitney
Producer: Craig Chesters

Announcing our Spring Musical

SAVE THE DATE!

Stone Revellers are delighted to announce that our next musical will be THE WEDDING SINGER.

It was a smash hit on broadway but was first released as a film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

Tickets will be on sale by 5th December and are expected to sell extremely quickly, so don’t miss out!

AUDITIONS will be in December (the week after our panto) at St Michael’s Hall. We’re looking for strong actors, dancers & singers. No experience necessary and you don’t have to be a member to audition.

We are an open and inclusive society. Rehearsals are 3 times a week (Tuesday eve, Thursday eve and Sunday afternoon – 2.5 hours each) for 12 weeks. All at St Michael’s Hall in Stone.

Audition pieces and character profiles will be released VERY SOON!

REVIEW (Sentinel) – One Man, Two Guvnors

STONE REVELLERS
present
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

Beg, Borrow or beg some more for a ticket to see this show. It promised an incredible night of comedy. It delivered, in fact it was better than that!
Based on The Servant With Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, author Richard Bean’s comedy masterpiece is a wickedly funny seaside farce set in Brighton in 1963.

As Director Harri Bailey so succinctly put it “the script is a work of genius filled with technical, physically demanding challenges”. Challenges she, together with her talented cast presented impeccably.

The play itself follows the story of Francis, brilliantly portrayed by Alec Voss who gets himself into a lot of trouble after taking on two jobs as both turn out to be with high profile gangsters.

All is not what it seems as events become more and more confusing for Francis, who tries desperately to stay on top of his lies and serve both Guvnors at the same time!

Alec’s portrayal was amazingly physical, he worked the audience to perfection, involving them at times to great comic effect. Hats off to you sir.
He provides muscle for Guvnor One, Kath Walton as Roscoe Crabbe. He’s also manservant to Guvnor Two, boarding school graduate, Stanley Stubbers; played by Leo Capernaros. Equally demanding, equally nasty in their own way or are they?

The strong cast all brought their collective ‘A’ Game to the production, superb timing, slap stick, just plain funny, great really well observed performances all round. I don’t want to single anyone else out but just must mention Alfie the doddering geriatric trainee waiter; Mark ‘Noz’ Norris, who was a joy to watch.

Performed across two split stages, literally putting the audience right in the middle of the chaos. The only pc part of this show was Chris Povey as the Police Constable, one of his many roles.

Fantastic evocative backing music used throughout the show, great sound, very effective lighting. I am reliably informed that No Australian’s were hurt in the production of this show!

I’ve not seen anything quite this funny for a very long time.

One Man, Two Guvnors runs from Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th September at St. Michael’s Hall, Stone.

Review by Alan Bruce

Come and AUDITION for the Panto – this week!

Audition Information PANTOMIME 2018

This year Stone Revellers present Al Baba and the Forty Thieves – 5th to 8th (inc Sat Mat) December 2018.

We have planned the auditions, to be held at St Michael’s Hall, Lichfield St Stone on;
Sunday 2 September 10.00 until 12.30
Wednesday 5 September 7.30 until 9.30

Arrive at St Michael’s Hall between these times, on either date, prepared to ‘wow’ the audition panel with your ‘performance’ of the part you would like and to also sing ‘Thank you for the Music’

The Character Information, Music and Audition pieces can all be accessed from the link below.
What If you cannot access the link or you want further information? Email info@stonerevellers.org.uk – we will then email you any information you require.

Your production team this year;
Director – Alec Voss
Musical Director – James Duckworth
Producer – Craig Chesters
Choreographer – Simone Plant

Rehearsals;
Tuesday – 7.30 to 9 All cast, 9 to 10 – principal Adults
Thurday – 7.30 to 10 Adult Principals
Sunday – All Cast 2.30 to 5.00
subject to change.
The Director will ensure any cast know who is called when.

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR AUDITION PIECES

Amazing comedy in Stone for just one week this September: One Man, Two Guvnors.

Presented for just one week this September at a converted studio theatre space just off the bottom of Stone High Street, limited tickets remain for an incredible night of comedy.

Our next production “One Man, Two Guvnors” is going to be very special.

The play itself follows the story of Francis (Alec Voss) who gets himself into a lot of trouble after taking on two jobs – both turn out to be with high profile gangsters. All is not what it seems as events become more and more confusing for Francis, who tries desperately to stay on top of his lies and serve both Guvnors at the same time!

It is impossible not to laugh at this outrageous script – and the show is suitable for just about anybody with a sense of humour.

For this one, we have decided to transform the hall again with a split stage, literally putting the audience right in the middle of chaos (for maximum side-splitting enjoyment!). As you can see from the seating plan – there isn’t a bad view in the house BUT there are not many seats and they are selling well.

Revellers productions continue to grow in popularity and we expect to sell out completely within a few weeks, so don’t miss out  and get your tickets now!

It’s so easy to buy online – click here to buy yours securely and with no booking fee OR head into Home & Colour to buy them in person. We can’t accept reservations but you can confirm your seating preferences on 01785817307 before you pay online should you wish.

Please come and join us for an outrageous adventure at St Michael’s Hall this September. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets are available now!

You can now buy your tickets for One Man, Two Guvnors here on our website, or by visiting Home & Colour (Call 01785 817307).

For this highly anticipated production, we recommend ordering early to guarantee your seats, as tickets are already selling fast.

Tickets are £12.50 whilst concessions (under 16s or over 65s) are priced at £10.50. Proof of age will be required for concessions.

Click here to order yours now…