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9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL

Plaza Theatre Romsey, Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st April 2018

9 to 5: The Musical is based on the 1980 movie of the same name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. The musical premiered in Los Angeles, prior to playing on Broadway and completing both a US and UK national tour. The plot follows three secretaries who work at ‘Consolidated’ under their smug, sexist and egotistical CEO, Franklin Hart. Deciding that enough is enough, the trio hatch a plan to get their own back and make Consolidated a better place to work.

The three leading ladies are superb. Kerry Butcher (Violet) oozes confidence and command in this particular role. I have seen Kerry perform in a number of shows, and she can clearly take on any character, make it her own and knock ’em dead every time! Imogen Johnson (Judy) is a joy to watch on stage with excellent vocal ability and stage presence. Her rendition of ‘Get out and stay out’ is a particular highlight of the show. Hannah Scanlan (Doralee) is simply a tour de force: a wonderful interpretation of the role with strong vocals, excellent command and a mean country accent thrown in for good measure! The three ladies complement each other perfectly. Elsewhere in the production, Danielle Fletcher (Roz) provides great support with plenty of comedic appearances and her hilarious number, ‘Heart to Hart’, is one not to be forgotten! The entire ensemble provides terrific support to the principals with bucket-loads of energy and enthusiasm in group numbers

With a thirteen-piece band and a cast of over twenty, this production is certainly a challenge. Credit must go to Kevin Jones (director) and Rebecca Bailey (associate director) for pulling together such a high standard of performers. Teddy Clements (musical director) hits all the right notes with his impressive band. I have visited the Plaza on many occasions and sometimes struggled with the clarity of the sound system, but everything tonight was crystal clear, which makes such a difference to the overall production and enjoyment value, so credit to Chris Moses (sound).

The show is billed as ‘A Stickman Production in association with RAODS’. Stickman Productions have a strong reputation and grounding on the local amateur dramatic circuit. Already, I am eager to see their next production. 9 to 5: The Musical runs every night until 21 April at 7.30. You are in for a ‘Dolly’ good time!

Ryan Bishop, Sceneoneplus.com

The Bakewell Bake Off

Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Toton

Thursday 18th – 20th April 2017

As the name suggests, set in the Derbyshire town of Bakewell, competition organiser Victoria Sponge (Marie Ridley) carried the show impressively and introduced the contestants and judges. With all ten performers seizing their opportunity to rise to the occasion, Director and Choreographer Elle Watson made good use of all the ingredients to deliver an excellent show. The judges; Mary-Rose Finden (Griselda Pratt-Dewhurst), Holly Ind (Susie Sunflower) and Mark Hill (Hugh Dripp) had the most lines although Musical Director Teddy Clements was a constant source of merriment as cross-dressing contestant Henrietta Apfelstrudel. Laura Bunyan was a fruity Tina Tartin, Alicia Fairhurst pure of voice as Sister Mary and Daniella Gambier also sang well as Flora Drizzle. Mike Alborough was likeable as shy postman Freddie Twist, Felicity Farrell cute as Holly Berry and Asha Nayaka a spicy Pradeepta Smith. Inter-action with the audience added to what was a very enjoyable show, jam-packed with laughs. A recipe for success.

Alan Johns, Southern Daily Echo

 

The Cast

Freddie Twist – Mike Alborough

Tina Tartin – Laura Bunyan 

Henrietta Apfelstrudel – Teddy Clements

Sister Mary – Alicia Fairhurst

Holly Berry – Felicity Farrell

Griselda Pratt-Dewhurst – Mary-Rose Finden

Flora Drizzle – Daniella Gambier

Hugh Dripp – Mark Hill

Susie Sunflower – Holly Ind

Pradeepta Smith – Asha Nayaka

Victoria Sponge – Marie Ridley

Ethel – Harriet Carey

Herbie Baton-Burg and Steve – George Storry

 

Book, Music and Lyrics by THE BAKING COMMITTEE

 

Directed and Choreographed by Elle Watson

Musical Direction by Teddy Clements

Producer and Assistant Director Kevin Jones

Executive Producer Adam Case for Stickman Productions

Lighting Design Martin Whitaker

Sound Design Chris Moses and Steve Moulster

Costumes Jean Jones and Sue Bunyan

Properties Rebecca Case

 

The Band

Piano – Harriet Carey

Percussion – George Storry

 

Tomorrow, Maybe

Asante Coffee Shop, Romsey

Tuesday 5th – 23rd April 2016

Never was a song lyric “something extraordinary” so apt to describe this award winning production written by Amies and Clements. Revamped a little from last years original, it concerns the rotational visits of various customers and staff to Italian ex-pat Rosa’s coffee shop (a naturally pure and effortlessly empathetic performance from Mary Rose Finden) via sung stories of love and loss, battle of the sexes and regret tinged with hope. Flawless direction enhanced a beautiful score of both funny and haunting songs with contemporary lyrics encompassing all aspects of modern life from tv remote hogging, childbirth, commuter travelling, loneliness, stalking, loss and gain in all it’s forms. An ensemble piece, the singing was pure joy to listen to, especially as the frequent 9 part harmonies came from around your seat enveloping you in it’s precision and grace: characterisation so precise and focussed you forgot there were only 9 performers regularly on stage. Immaculate musical theatre heaven.

DAVID PUTLEY Southern Daily Echo

Tomorrow, Maybe has a strong reputation to uphold. Originally conceived in 2014 by song-writing duo Stephanie Jayne Amies and Teddy Clements for Stickman Productions, it was performed last year in Asante Coffee Shop to critical acclaim. It is here it returns tweaked and awaiting an already sold-out three week run. The show is a site-specific song cycle that follows Rosa, the owner of a coffee shop that has recently returned from the UK and watches as everyday life passes her by. It’s nice to see Mary-Rose Finden’s Rosa given a more established storyline, effectively setting the tone and anchoring the show around her life choices. The rest of the characters are multi-roled by eight performers and this is where the real strength of the show lies. Musical Directors Teddy Clements and Sam Dando had a daunting task teaching complex harmonies but have more than succeeded. When the full cast are performing as one such as in Separate Lives and Leaving Home, the mixture of voices is nothing short of stunning. Some individual lines are sometimes drowned out by the volume, such as in Commuters’ Lament, but this is forgivable given the quality of talent on display. The cast are universally strong but special mention has to be made to Eliza Joy. She shows herself to be an incredibly versatile performer able to command the audience’s attention, whether being playful in songs such as He’ll Never Know or in her more grounded moments. Daniel Ferrett, a new addition to the cast, also shines in tunes like Lightning Strike Me Down and All There, and Laura Bunyan’s performance of Facing the Rain is incredibly moving. Song cycles can sometimes lack drive and this can occasionally slow the pace of the show down, but Amies & Clements have managed to vary the tones of the songs to keep the audience’s attention, whether it is in the touching, guitar-driven Little Wooden Boat or the hilarious One Way Ticket to Mars/Venus. The two clearly have a great ear for a melody, although sometimes suffer from an over-abundance of syllables, such as in Not For Me. Directors Kevin Jones and Rebecca Bailey have taken an ordinary coffee shop and turned it into a theatrical event that effectively captures the hustle and bustle of a busy London coffee shop and filled it with suitably weird and wonderful people. Their imaginative use of limited space has allowed the show to become a strong showcase for all involved. It rightly deserves the appreciation it has received and as it continues to develop is most certainly worth looking out for in the future!
ROB MCGOUGH Curtainup South
 
Twitter: 
 
Julia Clarke@juliaclarke57 Apr 5

@StickmProd You were all fantastic tonight. Loved the show.#Tomorrow,maybe

 
Georgie@_ohmygee_ Apr 13

‘Tomorrow, Maybe’ is 1 of the most amazing shows I’ve seen ever! I’m an emotional wreck now! @amiesclements @StickmProd I’m still speechless

 
Ryo Tabusa@ryotabusa Apr 13

@TMaybemusical then @HamiltonMusical then @WaitressMusical Never have I ever fallen in love with this many musicals at once! #lovemusicals

elle wolf@wolfawoo Apr 15

An amazing show of @TMaybemusical – the cast knocked it out the park & @amiesclements are just ridiculously talented! #originalmusical

EOMS@EOMSociety Apr 16

@TMaybemusical at @asantecafe was sensational. A brilliant and cleverly written new musical. Watch this space!! Well done to all the cast.

 
Sam W R Quested@QuestedS Apr 19

I’m incredibly proud of the whole cast and everyone involved in @TMaybemusical Sung and acted tremendously. Many ‘eargasm’ moments. #Bravo

Book, Music and Lyrics by Stephanie Jayne Amies

Additional Music and Arrangements by Teddy Clements

Directed by Kevin Jones and Rebecca Bailey Musical Direction by Teddy Clements and Sam Dando

Producer for ACJ Productions Jamie Hemingway

Executive Producer for Stickman Productions Adam Case

2016 Cast
Rosa – Mary-Rose Finden
Woman 1 – Daniella Gambier
Woman 2 – Eliza Joy
Woman 3 – Rosie Sommerville
Woman 4 – Laura Lamb
Man 1 – Daniel Roy
Man 2 – Sam Gregory
Man 3 – Daniel Ferrett
Man 4 – Jonathan Underhill
Henry – Tony Jardine  / Colin Russell / Malcolm Clarke

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Urinetown The Musical

The Plaza Theatre, Romsey

24th – 26th September 2015

2015 Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards

Nominated for

Best Director of a Musical: Rebecca Bailey, Teddy Clements and Kevin Jones

Best Choreographer: Christina Finn

Best Actress in a Musical: Emma Bryant

We were incredibly excited to stage our biggest production to date, the South coast premiere of Urinetown (the musical)

“Having researched several YouTube versions of the show I was not filled with hope.However, all doubts were dispelled upon seeing co-directors Rebecca Bailey, Teddy Clements and Kevin Jones had cast a veritable who’s-who of local talent.The story in brief: a drought had prompted a water-shortage and the use of public toilets fell under the control of corrupt Caldwell (Mark Hill on-form).The arrival of his daughter, Hope (an overdue return by the excellent Emma Bryant) and her unlikely relationship with cleaner Bobby Strong (the equally impressive Mike Alborough) forms the basis of the witty script.Matt Sackman was very confident as the narrator, Officer Lockstock, with Georgie Nutt debuting well as Little Sally but everyone played their part.Christina Finn’s vibrant choreography once again featured and Sam Dando led a fine quartet.” Alan Johns Southern Daily Echo

“Stickman Productions (whom I always admire because like us, always take a risk to bring something new to local audiences) – I had the pleasure of working on ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ with them.  I thought it was exceptionally brave to bring ‘Urinetown’ to Romsey – following its commercial failure in the West End last year, however, it went to prove that if you work on something 100% and bring passion and hard work to any project you will get it to work…. They did just that – absolutely brilliant show, well executed, well cast, funny, clever and with high production values.” Adam Myers Adams Stagey Blog

“It was fantastic. I genuinely felt blown away by it all!! Amazing!” Vikki-Jo Keens (Facebook)

“Brilliant fun. And very polished! A great production.” Nick Longland (Facebook)

“We came to the Thursday performance and loved it. So funny and what a talented cast. Congratulations to all involved” Kirsty Mellish (Facebook)

“Congrats to all involved with Urinetown @StickmProd. A great production.” @CPYTheatre (Twitter)

“So NOT a ‘piss poor’ show…@StickmProd‘s Urinetown was so clever, so brilliant, so funny. Amazing cast…Loved it!” @youththeatreFYT (twitter)

“Congrats @StickmProd – Urinetown was the best am dram show I’ve ever seen in my life. Encore!” @minii_lexii (Twitter)

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Cast
Officer Lockstock: Matt Sackman
Penelope Pennywise: Laura Lamb
Bobby Strong: Mike Alborough
Little Sally: Georgie Nutt
Dr Billeaux: Daniella Gambier
Mr McQueen: Daniel Farrell
Senator Fipp: Liam Baker
Officer Barrel: Peter Ward
Hope Cladwell: Emma Bryant
Old Man Strong: Rob McGough
Tiny Tom: Ian Watts
Soupy Sue: Amy Devine
Little Becky Two Shoes: Elle Wolf
Betty the Stockfish: Rosie Sommerville
Caldwell B. Cladwell: Mark Hill
Josephine Strong: Stephanie Amies
Mrs Millenium: Stacey Barnett
Hot Blades Harriet: Lizzie Dunn
Billy Boy Bill: Jonathan Underhill

Creative Team

Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann

Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis

Directed by Kevin Jones, Rebecca Bailey and Teddy Clements

Musical Director Sam Dando

Choreographer Christina Finn

Producer Daniella Gambier

Lighting Design Martin Whitaker

Sound Design Kevin Jones

Executive Producer Adam Case for Stickman Productions

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Tomorrow, Maybe

Asante Coffee Shop, Romsey

Tuesday 5th – 15th May 2015

2015 Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards

Winner:

PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

BEST MUSICAL OR OPERA

BEST NEWCOMER

Nominated:

Best Director of a Musical: Kevin Jones and Rebecca Bailey

Best Musical Director: Sam Dando and Teddy Clements

 

“As a ‘work in progress’ this new musical by locally-based pair Stephanie Jayne Amies and Teddy Clements has a lot going for it. Twenty-two original songs chronicling the lives and loves of customers in a commuters’ coffee-shop were performed by an exceptionally talented cast of nine, each one playing a variety of parts. The self-declared intention that the piece be ‘immersive’ proved successful, with actors often seated amongst the audience, almost unnoticed until they sang. The songs themselves varied greatly in subject-matter, from the shy love-struck couple to the ‘interesting’ contents of a sales-woman’s suitcase. Each vignette was delivered with impeccable solos and harmonies, matched by Sam Dando’s keyboard accompaniment. Such is the quality of the acting, lyrics and music that Directors Kevin Jones and Rebecca Bailey, along with the writers, deserve that this show be performed in major venues for years to come. Love Rent? You’ll love this too!” Alan Johns Southern Daily Echo

3 is #TomorrowMaybe by @amiesclements with @StickmProd. By far the best musical they’ve written & I love intimate shows! #TopTheatre2015   @rmcg73 (Twitter)

Excellent evening @asantecafe watching @StickmProd‘s ‘Tomorrow, Maybe’. So clever, funny, moving…and cake too!! #lovelivetheatre #harmony @youththeatreFYT (Twitter)

I saw the @StickmProd of #TomorrowMaybe by @amiesclements today. Absolutely stunning show. So proud of everyone involved! @rmcg73 (Twitter)

What a wonderful #NewMusical from @amiesclements @teddyclements89 @StickmProd – ‘Tomorrow, Maybe’ – congrats all involved! #MusicalTheatre @TheStageDoorSO (Twitter)

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Book, Music and Lyrics by Stephanie Jayne Amies

Additional Music and Arrangements by Teddy Clements

Original Production Directed by Kevin Jones Musical Direction by Teddy Clements and Sam Dando

Producer Daniella Gambier

Associate Director Rebecca Bailey

Executive Producer Adam Case for Stickman Productions

Original Cast
Rosa – Mary-Rose Finden
Woman 1 – Daniella Gambier
Woman 2 – Eliza Joy
Woman 3 – Rosie Sommerville
Woman 4 – Laura Lamb
Man 1 – Daniel Roy
Man 2 – Richard Spencer
Man 3 – Jeremy McCabe
Man 4 – Jonathan Underhill
Henry – Tony Jardine  / Colin Russell
Male Swing – Teddy Clements
Female Swing – Rebecca Bailey

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

September 2013 Hanger Farm Totton

Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards 2014

Steven Lilly Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Leaf Coneybear

Wayne Ings Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Vice Principal Douglas Panch

Adam Myers Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, William Barfee

“The audience were rocking with laughter even before the show started as the cast strolled among them, trading wisecracks. Kevin Jones and his debutante co-director Rebecca Bailey used their ‘who’s-who’ of local talent to maximum effect. Set around an American spelling competition, the entrants display their diverse personal characteristics as they take to the microphone. Steven Lilly’s facial contortions as hyperactive Leaf Coneybear were a joy to behold. It was just as difficult to take your eyes off Adam Myers (oddball William Barfee), Peter Ward (Tolentino), Wayne Ings (Panch) and Mike Alborough (ex-con Mahoney), who all were exceptionally funny. Natalie Thorn (Marcy) signed-off from the local am-dram scene in style, alongside the undoubted talents of Katherine Evans (Olive), Laura Lamb (Logainne) and Jemma Hunt (Rona). The minimalist set worked well, ‘Teddy’ Clements’ band and Dannie Spencer’s choreography were equally faultless, and, some occasionally indistinct dialogue apart, it all spelled H-I-L-A-I-R-I-O-U-S!!” Alan Johns Daily Echo

SPELLING BEE was sheer perfection!! I have never seen an amateur show so perfectly casted and performed!! Loved every minute of it!! Thank you for such a good evening!! Congrats to everyone involved” Joey Warne (Audience Member)

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The Spellers

Chip Tolentino – Peter Ward

Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere – Laura Lamb

Leaf Coneybear – Steven Lilly

William Barfee – Adam Myers

Marcy Park – Natalie Thorn

Olive Ostrovsky – Katherine Evans

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The Adults

Rona Lisa Perretti – Jemma Hunt

Vice Principal Douglas Panch – Wayne Ings

Mitch Mahoney – Mike Alborough

Team Colour

Directed by Kevin Jones and Rebecca Bailey

Musical Direction from Teddy Clements

Choreography by Danielle Spencer

Lighting Design Martin Whitaker

Sound Design Kevin Jones

Producer Adam Case

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The Last 5 Years

August 2010, Hanger Farm Arts Centre

Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards 2010

Best Newcomer for Kevin Jones, Director, The Last Five Years

Becky Milne Nominated for Best Actress, Cathy Hyatt, The Last Five Years

Richard Spencer Nominated for Best Actor, Jamie Wellerstein, The Last Five Years

“This musical is currently part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  The performances by Rebecca Milne (Cathy) and Richard Spencer  (Jamie) would not be out of place at that venue…

…The music covers many styles from ballad to jazz and the musicians (Matthew Cundy – who was also the Musical Director – and Matthew Howells) completely complemented the talents of the two actors.

This was a flawless one act musical ably directed by Kevin Jones – a fitting showcase for Stickman Productions’ first project.” – Jim Rumsey Daily Echo

“This was a innovative and professional production, which made me want more.” – Rebecca Case Daily Echo

 

 

 

 

 Cathy – Rebecca Bailey

Cast

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Directed by Kevin Jones

Musical Direction by Matthew Cundy

Lighting Design Martin Whitaker

Sound Design Kevin Jones

Producer Adam Case

 

 

 

 

 Jamie – Richard Spencer