About

It's Carnival time in Argentina and a small community dance group are preparing for the annual Samba competition.

Whilst fighting his own inner demons, former dance champion Andre tries to instill a passion to succeed but senior dance tutor Jose's bullying and bigotry does little to raise morale. Jose is consumed with contempt for the people who surround him. A bible-quoting misogynist who physically and mentally abuses his wife Teresa, Jose delights in trying to humiliate the flamboyantly camp drag queen Carmen and is determined to quash the growing romance between his daughter Cristina and Duarte, whose only crime is the colour of his skin. When the embittered Maria persuades Teresa and Cristina to escape Jose's clutches, a heart-wrenching tragedy unfolds. Can the dance troupe survive and win against this adversity?

This new musical written by Norman Mark with hauntingly original music by Robert Orledge and directed by Andrew Lynford, will make you laugh and cry, it will shock and inspire and most importantly remind us to fight injustice and prejudice and embrace our wonderfully diverse communities.

Author & Lyricist

Norman Mark

Norman was a principal with Sybil Cuthbert's Theatre Workshop for many years and sang professionally. He later studied Graphic Design. After a career in fashion Norman retrained in Psychiatric Nursing and Counselling, worked in Occupational Therapy and Residential Social Work; mainly with people experiencing mental health challenges. He then embarked on a training career specialising in mental health, Equality & Diversity and social care.

Under various non de plumes Norman has written novels and plays and has, for some years written columns for an English language Portuguese newspaper as well as a popular ‘agony aunt’ column.

Norman wrote the book for Carnival Dreams whilst living in Madeira. His experience of working in theatre abroad made him aware of how deeply conservative communities impacted on young diverse people and he wanted to create a vehicle for them to express themselves and challenge prevailing attitudes. He knew that evangelising the Equality agenda to people was often met with cynicism and resistance and hoped that an entertaining theatrical experience might be more productive. He was commissioned to write Carnival Dreams by the Ministry of Culture as part of a cultural programme to help counter the prejudice that was evident.

On his return to the UK a chance meeting with composer Robert Orledge led to a creative and collaborative relationship resulting in the realisation of a dream; the diversity musical, Carnival Dreams.

Composer

Robert Orledge

Robert began his intermittent theatrical career at the age of 13, accompanying a concert party in his native Bath. While he was a student at Cambridge he became Musical Director for the Footlights, working with Clive James, Julie Covington, Pete Atkin, Russell Davies, and other luminaries. He was also MD for several of Keith Hack's Brecht-Weill productions which, with the Footlights, went on to the Edinburgh Fringe in the late 60s and early 70s. After his doctorate in 20th-century French music, he decided to go into University teaching, rising to Professor at Liverpool in 1991, whilst also playing New Orleans jazz four nights a week as another type of 'professor'.

Robert has always composed, but has found a lot more time for this since he took early retirement in 2004, when he began completing the unfinished theatre works of Claude Debussy and various embryonic works by Erik Satie. Among many such projects, Debussy's Edgar Allan Poe opera The Fall of the House of Usher has achieved international success.

Robert was commissioned to compose a score for Kinny Gardner's Krazy Kat Theatre production of Petrushka (2008) and in June 2013 his new songs for Linda Wilkinson's musical drama Diamond were performed to critical acclaim at the Dome Studio Theatre. Having been bitten by the 'musicals bug', he could not resist collaborating on the colourful libretto for Carnival Dreams with Brighton author Norman Mark. This South American dance show covers a wide musical spectrum with recurring musical themes and a strong emphasis on harmony and structure.

Director

Andrew Lynford

Andrew is a director, television presenter, producer, choreographer and actor. He trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. He has had many theatre roles including Ralph in Bouncers; Tim in Up On The Roof; Adrian in The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole and Hal in Loot, among others. He is also a veteran of musical theatre, starring in The Little Shop Of Horrors; Oliver!; The King & I and Anything Goes.

In 1996 Andrew joined the cast of East Enders where he played Simon Raymond, the Gay brother of Martine McCutcheon's character, Tiffany Raymond. His character made headlines in the British press, following a kiss with the show's Tony Hills (Mark Homer), who happened to be dating his sister at the time. After leaving East Enders, Andrew started presenting various shows for television, including Wild Thing, Taste Today and the comedy quiz Arty Facts, which he also devised. He still acts and has recently appeared as Mike in Making Time, a BBC pilot and on tour in various plays around the UK.

Andrew has written a 1970s musical called Disco Crazee, which was produced by Bruce James in 2005 at the Edinburgh Festival and subsequently toured Britain. He has also scripted many pantomimes across the UK.

Since 2005 Andrew has been a freelance director and writer. His directing credits include The Cheeky Chappie, Side By Side by Sondheim and Ken Hill's The Curse of the Werewolf. He directed the comedy Dirty Dusting at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin and on tour in Ireland and Scotland and Menopause the Musical at the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin and on tour. He recently directed Mum's the Word and Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather. Other credits include Don’t stop the music (Leicester Square Theatre); the National Tours of A night of Dirty Dancing; The Cemetery Club; Girl’s Night-the Musical; Who Killed Agatha Christie?; The Spirit of the Musical; The Boogie Belles; Misery; Wuthering Heights; the UK Tour of the Nell Dunn play Steaming; Oklahoma!; Alice in Wonderland; Julius Caesar; Thoroughly Modern Millie; a Christmas Carol; Barnum and Dirty Dancing.

He also works as a theatre producer for Paul Holman Associates.

Choreographer

Penelope Simons

Penelope trained at the MTA (Musical Theatre Academy) and graduated in September 2015. Credits include: Jean Henshaw in Sunshine on Leith, Beauty and the Beast (BGAC), Something Old, Something New, Just So, Just the Ticket (Bridewell) and Ting Tang Mine (Courtyard).

“This seemed like an exciting project and I was delighted to be asked to choreograph the show and be part of the ensemble. Having trained in dancing since the age of 3, with a particular love for the ballroom and Latin style, the choreography is heavily influenced by the salsa/samba rhythms in Carnival Dreams. Getting the chance to work on new music and ideas is rare so I feel privileged to have this creative opportunity”.

Musical Director

Michael Lovelock

Michael is a composer, musical director and musician with over 14 years experience in the theatre and music industry, holding a BA (Hons) in Popular Music Studies from Bretton Hall and an MA in Musical Theatre from Goldsmiths.

Composer and arranger credits and commissions include Mad About The Musicals (UK Tour), the opening ceremony of the 2009 GB Special Olympics, The Teaching Awards ceremony and the BBC. More recently, Musical Theatre composition credits include Cycles (Jermyn Street Theatre), composing facilitator for the Geraldine Connor Foundation Summer School and 1st Impressions (Page to Stage - Landor Theatre). His new musical Dave, The Less Than Average Fairy was showcased at the Tristan Bates Theatre (London) in September 2013 and he is currently working on an upcoming musical adaptation of Tall, Thin & Blonde by Dyan Sheldon.

Musical Director credits include Saturday Night Fever (Scandinavia), The West End Experience (UK Tour), The Jungle Book (MD & Co-arranger, West Yorkshire Playhouse), Love Changes Everything (UK Tour), Carnival Messiah (Royal Albert Hall, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Queens Hall Trinidad, Harewood House), The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Bugsy Malone (Redditch Palace Theatre), The West End Experience (Somerset House, St Ives Guildhall), The Magic of Eurovision (Holland Tour), Goodnight Mr Tom and Animal Farm (Redditch Palace Theatre), A Waiting Room For Journeying Souls (Peepul Centre, Leicester) and Fire in Ice (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Keyboard / Programming credits including Little Shop of Horrors and The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Michael is currently Musical Supervisor for Paul Holman Associates, overseeing their nationwide roster of pantomime productions. Musical Director and programming credits for Pantomime include Aladdin, Snow White, Mother Goose, Jack & The Beanstalk, Beauty & The Beast and Peter Pan (Paul Holman Associates) and Cinderella, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty (Jordan Productions).

Aside from performing, Michael is the director of Artsphere Creative, a digital agency providing web and media services for the creative industries.

Producer

Stuart Morrison

Stuart is the General Manager/Producer of The Theatrical Emporium, a theatrical production company specialising in producing high quality comedy entertainment and drama.

Stuart is an established Producer, Director and Actor. His career has taken him across most genres of entertainment, including the music industry with 7 singles to date and over 30 national theatre tours. He has starred in over 20 of the top UK pantomimes. He worked on the hugely successful, national touring production of Ladies Night; first as Assistant Director, then Director and eventually becoming Co-Producer. He has also co-produced, directed and written the highly successful pantomime at Chesham’s Elgiva theatre for the past 10 years. In 2011 he ran the Elgiva Summer School, writing a bespoke musical based on the songs from Glee.

Stewart and his colleague Robert Warner (Executive Producer) have Co-Produced 6 successive commercial productions at the Cresset Theatre Peterborough. Together they are responsible for unleashing Wildboyz the Show in 2012 as a national tour to critical acclaim. In 2012 they presented Beauty and the Beast as the Christmas pantomime at the Shaw Theatre, London as the Christmas pantomime. They have also presented the most northly Professional Pantomime in the UK for the last 4 years at the award winning An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway on the Island of Lewis. Also within the last 4 years, they have presented high quality rep style plays in Co Production with The Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon including Romeo and Juliette, Macbeth, Misery, Same Time Next year, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lysistrata, Billy Liar, Dracula, Wuthering Heights.

Designer

Cleo Pettitt

Training: B.A. (hons) Theatre Design & M.A. Scenography, U.C.E. Birmingham; Linbury Prize for Stage Design finalist, 1997.

Cleo has designed many shows in Bermuda, including The Pirates of Penzance, South Pacific, The Producers, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver!, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Ragtime, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls, Cabaret, Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, Fiddler on the Roof and The History Boys. Productions in Dubai include: Fame, Blood Brothers, Woman in Black, Annie, High School Musical (1 & 2), Abigail's Party and The Sound of Music (Time Out Award: Best Musical) which transferred to Bahrain. In Canada, the opening two seasons for the Montgomery Theatre, Prince Edward Island, with works from Wilde to Coward and Shaw. Regular designs for pantos include Watford Palace Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Elgiva Theatre and Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Opera: The Marriage of Figaro, Lyric Hammersmith, Cosi Fan Tutte, Tosca, Christs Hospital, Horsham; Simon Boccanegra, The Merry Widow Bloomsbury Theatre; Don Giovanni, Heaven, Charing Cross; The Magic Flute, The Sound of Music and The Pirates of Penzance, Anchorage Opera.

Other work includes: Missing Persons, Trafalgar Studios; Boy in a Dress, Oval Theatre; Art, Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds; Ladies Cage, Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester; Macbeth, Robin Hood, The Snow Queen, Creation Theatre, Oxford; Around the World in Eighty Days, Liverpool Playhouse; Façade, Birmingham Symphony Hall; The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Cyclops, The Scoop, South Bank; Company, The Wizard of Oz, Toad of Toad Hall, Palace Theatre, Westcliff; Quest for the Green Knight, Circus Tent, Clapham Common; Swollen Tongues, National Tour; Trust Byron, Gate Theatre and Tour; Joyisms, Looking Glass Theatre, Off-Broadway; Hedda Gabler, RSC Fringe.

Publicist

Yvonne I'Anson

Yvonne has enjoyed a long and varied career, which has spanned over 40 years. Her first job was at York Theatre Royal, initially as Assistant Front of House Manager and later as Publicist. During this time she worked with Artistic Director Richard Digby Day, who was instrumental in developing her enduring passion for theatre. After three years she moved to Watford Palace Theatre as Assistant General Manager followed by a year at the Swan Theatre, Worcester as their first professional Publicity Officer. She then returned to Watford as Acting General Manager.

Yvonne worked as a Junior Agent for seven years with Peter Browne Management and then joined the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage as Marketing Manager. She went on to work as a freelance Publicist/Marketing/General Management consultant for 8 years. As a freelancer she specialised in pantomime, which is a genre she loves, and often gave talks and compiled Education Packs to accompany the productions. However, she also worked on a variety of other projects including national tours, variety shows and personal publicity for various artists. She was also Marketing Consultant at the New End Theatre, Hampstead working on some very diverse and exciting productions with actors such as David Soul and Denis Quilley. In 1999 she joined Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts as Head of Marketing where she stayed for 13 years, during which time she developed a love of musical theatre. After leaving Mountview she joined Associated Studios, London as General Manager for two years, and remains involved with the company as Senior Consultant.

Yvonne now works as a freelance Marketing and General Management Consultant. She also offers 1-2-1 Advice session for actors giving career and development guidance. She regularly contributes articles to various publications including the very popular ‘Just Ask Yvonne’ Advice Column. She sits on the board of Iris Theatre, the in-house theatre company at St Paul’s Church Covent Garden (The Actors Church).

Production Manager

Giles Stoakley

Giles has worked extensively as a production manager for The Elgiva Theatre and also for TTE productions, working on some twelve shows in the last five years. These shows include everything from pantomimes to musicals and classical theatre.

Giles also works as a stage manager for companies like the National Centre for Circus Arts, working with their degree students and National Youth Circus, and Premier Stage Productions, working on International Tours like Sesame Street Live and The Barney Show. He also works as a voice over artist, having done voiceovers for companies like Transport for London and Shell.

Lighting Director

Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson

Fridthjofur, or Fiffi as he is more commonly known, is from Iceland. He is a consultant at Theatre Projects, working with architects, engineers and other clients to design the world's greatest performance buildings. Additionally he designs lighting for live performance (theatre, dance, opera etc.) and events.

Fiffi graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Performance Lighting Design and also gained an MA in Performance Design and Practice at Central St. Martin's College of Arts and Design in 2013. His work and studies have taken him all over the World. He has mentored students at both Central and St. Martins, held workshops on lighting design in Iceland, taught Vectorworks to lighting departments and individuals and has been engaged in conferences, panel discussions and other platforms. Fiffi has also lead various groups both in the UK and Iceland has participated in and lead various youth work.

Sound Engineer

Simon Hancock

Simon has been a sound engineer and designer for 10 years, working in professional theatre and live events at a variety of venues. He has worked with Michael McIntyre and Beverley Craven amongst others. Recently he has begun to supply AV design for everything from pantomime to Shakespeare.

Now running his own recording studio, Bear Bad Studios, working with local and professional performers. He also tours with his band Primitive Graven Image. For more information, visit his website Bear Bad Studios.

Cast

Cheryl Fergison (Teresa)

Cheryl hails from London and trained at the Rose Bruford College on the Community Theatre Arts course.

After a few years of touring to young people with various Theatre In Education Companies, she landed her first West End role in Man of the Moment at the Gielgud Theatre directed by Alan Ayckbourn. Further Theatre credits followed with Dance of Death (Almeida Theatre), Measure for Measure and The Blue Angel (Royal Shakespeare Company), Robert Lindsay’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac (Haymarket Theatre), a Season at London’s South Bank open air venue The Scoop, appearances in Chicago and The Wind in the Willows, topping the bill in her Pantomime debut as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella for Evolution Productions, Jack and the Beanstalk & Beauty and the Beast for Paul Holman Associates and Cinderella for Extravaganza Productions.

Cheryl has played featured roles in many TV Productions. Amongst her favourites are; Big School opposite David Walliams, Derren Litten of Benidorm fame’s The Spa, Doctor Who, Little Britain, Casualty, Bad Girls, The IT Crowd, Little Miss Jocelyn, The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle, Middlemarch, Allo Allo, Cold Enough for Snow, Eskimo Day and of course the much loved, long running character of Heather Trott in Eastenders. Her Feature Film credits include Irvine Welsh’s Atlantic and the soon to be released A Bus Could Run You Over.

Cheryl has made Celebrity appearances on : Celebrity Mastermind, Famous Rich & Hungry, Your Face Sounds Familiar (first episode winner), Children in Need (Harry Hill A-ha spoof), The Weakest Link, The Paul O'Grady Show, Lets Dance for Sports Relief, Shooting Stars, The Hairy Bikers Cook Off, Barbara Windsor's Comedy Roast, Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two, All Star Family Fortunes, Celebrity Pointless, This Morning, Lorraine, Harry Hills TV Burp, The Saturday Night Show, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, Celebrity Come Dine with Me, Lets Do Lunch with Gino and Mel, John Bishops Only Joking, Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire, The Alan Titchmarsh Show & Celebrity Juice amongst many others.

Cheryl is a skilled musician and multi instrumentalist as well as being an accomplished singer /song writer.

Nicholas Ransley (José)

Tenor Nick’s singing career has taken him all over the world and he’s performed roles at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera North, Scottish Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Theatre work includes Stanley Kowalski - A Streetcar Named Desire, Val Xavier - Orpheus Descending and Heathcliffe - Wuthering Heights all at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and Frank Churchill/Mr Weston - Emma for Re-Creation Theatre Co.

He has performed around forty Opera roles including Don José - Carmen, Rodolfo - La Boheme, Don Ramiro - La Cenerentola and Nadir - The Pearlfishers. He appeared as Neil Armstrong in Jonathan Dove’s Man On The Moon for Channel 4 and starred as Mike in BBC Television’s award-winning Flashmob - The Opera. Film work also includes Debt collector Jack - Body in The Boot and murderous husband George McGinley - Doused in Violet. Broadcasts include Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2 and In Tune on BBC Radio 3.

He has performed most of the major Oratorios at venues throughout the UK including The Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Barbican Hall. Works include Verdi Requiem, Handel Messiah and Elijah with Sir Willard White. He made his Italian debut at the Parco della Musica, Rome singing Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

Engagements this season include The Officer - Ariadne auf Naxos in his debut at The Royal Opera House and covering the Earl of Leicester - Maria Stuarda also ROH, Danilo - The Merry Widow for Singapore Lyric Opera, Don José in Dublin and concerts in Mexico, Venezuela, Vienna, Bratislava and Seville.

Akintunde Esuruoso (Duarte)

Akintunde trained at Tring Park for the Performing Arts and then went on to study at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He graduated in 2015.

He recently made his professional theatre debut in the critically acclaimed Showboat at the Crucible Theatre.

Theatre credits include: Show Boat Sheffield Crucible, Ensemble in The Last Days of Troy Shakespeare’s Globe.

Radio credits include: Holding Esther, The Cat of Bubastes.

Television work includes: Autopsy.

Tom Whalley (Carmen)

Tom trained at Associated Studios, London. A native Geordie, he made a name for himself as a performer and has written his own pantomimes, sketches and a musical. Following an appearance on BBC Three’s ‘Shoplife’, Tom has worked with a number of theatre companies, directors and creatives in the North East and London.

Training: Associated Studios, London. Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Theatre credits include: PC Pong, Aladdin (Sunderland Empire), Frid, A Little Night Music (The Rose and Crown), Glinda/Wicked Witch of the West, Looking for Oz (UK Tour); Pilate, Jesus Christ Superstar (Durham Cathedral); Ensemble Cover Georg/Arpad, She Loves Me (Landor Theatre); Mr Waltham, The Wind Road Boys (Sunderland Empire); Banquo, Macbeth (The People’s Theatre).

Concert credits include: Soloist, Associated Studios Christmas Concert (St Paul’s Church); Compere, BFCS Family Christmas Spectacular, (St George’s Hall).

Cabaret credits include: She Loves Me NOT (Landor Theatre); Four Corners (Teahouse Theatre).

Television credits include: Shoplife (BBC Three).

Connie Jackson (Christina)

Connie Trained at Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance.

Theatre credits include: Martha in Hansel & Gretel (Hertford Theatre), Lucy Westenra in Dracula & Tamsin in Jekyll & Hyde (The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Kentish Town) , Original cast of Jackie the Musical (The Gardyne Theatre, Dundee), Bess in Smugglers the Musical (Elgiva Theatre, Chesham), Ensemble in House on Whispering Point (Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth) Yum-Yum in Hot Mikado (Studio Theatre, Sidcup).

Liz Watts-Legg (Maria)

Liz trained at The Guildhall Hall School of Music and Drama.

Theatre credits include Nancy in Oliver! at Theatr Clywd, Eponine in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre, Cinderella with Ronnie Corbett at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley and The New Theatre, Cardiff. Cinderella at York Theatre Royal and Colchester Mercury Theatre. Princess in Aladdin at the Beck Theatre Hayes. Sybil in Lord Arthur Savile’s at Manchester Royal Exchange, Alice in Alice in Wonderland at Richmond, Toni in The Young Ones Edinburgh Royal Arch Halls.

West End Booth Singer credits include Time, Grease, Hair and Cats.

Liz was a regular member of the Stephen Hill Singers appearing in many musicals and concerts for radio 2 including Mack and Mabel, Kiss Me Kate, La cage aux Folles and Happy Birthday Happy New Year at the London Palladium. She has also appeared as Star Singer on Friday Night’s Music Night, The Magic of the Musicals and the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Cast recordings include Cats, Grease and the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert at the Albert Hall.

TV credits include presenter on Play School and Play Days for the BBC, Sleeping Beauty, Galloping Galaxies, Sorrel and Son and Sunny Side Up for Yorkshire TV. She has also presented 12345 for radio 5 and Play Time for radio 4.

Liz is also a session vocalist and writer.

Davis Brooks (André)

Davis was born in Ottawa, Canada and trained at the University of Windsor in Ontario (BFA honours Music and Theatre). After traveling and working across the globe he now calls London home. As well as his stage and screen credits, Davis is a voice over artist for commercials, cartoons and video games.

Theatre and film credits include: Viva Voce The Musical (Veritas Tour), Hoff the Record (Dave TV), Queen and Country (Short feature), White Christmas (Manchester, Lowrey Theatre; Edinburgh festival Theatre), Assassins (Best Production- Off West End Awards, Union Theatre), Legacy Falls (Charing Cross Theatre), Godspell (Union Theatre), The Full Monty (English Theatre Frankfurt), Naked Boys Singing (Arts Theatre), Sweet FA (New Theatre Royal Portsmouth), Man Of LaMancha (Drayton Entertainment, Canada), Cabaret (New Yorker Theatre, Toronto, Canada) and Evita (St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto, Canada).

Davis has provided lead vocals in shows for many commercial entertainment companies including: Tokyo Disney Land, Paramount Parks, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Curtis Brown (Ensemble)

Curtis trained at Sheridan College in Toronto, Canada, and is a graduate of the M.A. Musical Theatre Program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Selected theatre credits: Dandini in Cinderella (Hawthorne Theatre), Paul in The Theory of Relativity (Drayton Arms), Lucas Beineke in The Addams Family (Edinburgh Fringe), Clown in The Girl Who (Edinburgh Fringe), Ritchie Valens/Dance Captain in Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story (Rainbow Stage), Oz/Joey in Come From Away (Theatre Sheridan), Larry Dixon in Colours in the Storm (Theatre Sheridan).

Curtis can be heard on the numerous recordings including The Theory of Relativity, Come From Away, Degrassi, HSBC: Tales From The Bay and The City of Brampton's Fire Safety Video. In 2016 he will be playing Sonny u/s Kenicke in Grease on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines new ship Harmony of the Seas.

Vicky Hoyles (Ensemble)

Vicky finished her training at London School Of Musical Theatre in 2009. Previous to this she came third in ITV's reality TV programme Grease Is The Word to play Sandy in the West End.

After her training she then went on to appear in Aladdin as princess Jasmine in Bridlington. She then went on to tour the UK as a lead vocalist with the show Dancing Queen for Spirit Productions in 2010. Another pantomime then followed with the part of princess Jasmine at Derby's Assembly Rooms, before sailing the seas with P&O cruise ships, in where she spent six months performing in nine different musicals. In 2013/14 she was then asked to be part of Thursford Christmas spectacular show in Norfolk and then went on to perform in the musical Blockbuster starring Paul Nicholas.

Vicky can also be seen appearing in the Bond Girls Live tribute show as she performs classic bond hits from over 52 years. This show was taken to the Arts theatre in Covent Garden, London for a New Years Eve celebration, and is now being taken all over the world onto fly on cruises and high end corporate events.

Aarron Macauley (Ensemble)

Professional Training: Leicester College of Performing Arts.

Theatre Credits: ‘Ensemble’ in Dick Whittington (Qdos - Dartford, Orchard Theatre); ‘Ensemble’ in Sleeping Beauty (Qdos - David Wood); ‘Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain’ in Aladdin (James Robinson); ‘Dance Captain & Ensemble’ in Jack and The Beanstalk (James Robinson); ‘Lead Male Dancer’ in Far From Over/Curves (Carnival Cruises Lines).

Tv and Film Credits: ‘Dancer’ in Super Drug Conference (N2o Production); ‘Dancer’ in Jackson/Blues on The Move (Stuart Bishop); ‘Model’ in Capezo/Porselli Photo Shoot (The Ballet People); ‘Dancer’ in Dancing on the Edge (BBC); ‘Character’ in Electric Cigarettes Advert (Voke).

Jamie-Leigh Nelson (Ensemble)

Jamie started her training at a young age at the Linda Finch Stage School. She undertook her professional training at the Reynolds Performing Arts Academy in Kent and graduated in 2008. She took the lead role of Calamity Jane in her graduation show.

Professional theatre credits include: An Evening of Dirty Dancing (UK & Norwegian Tour)- Cover & played Wendy & Silvia; Slave of the Ring at the Hazlitt Theatre production of Aladdin; Lead Vocalist in the Seaside Cirque Tour; Singer/Dancer with P&O Australia for Grayboy Productions; Singer/Dancer in Tribute to ‘Glee’ in Dubai and Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast for New World Productions.

Television and film credits include: Main feature of the Curry’s Ident –Scan Tan; Halifax TVC –Bride to Be; Featured Dancer for Bollywood films for Yash Raj Films and Challenge 2 Productions.

Lauren Alexandra (Ensemble)

Lauren trained at Arts Ed.

Credits include: The Lion King (understudy Nala & Young Nala) at London’s Lyceum Theatre, A Dream Across The Ocean (Fairfield Hall, Croydon), Ragtime (Landor Theatre) & The Olivier Awards.

Lauren will soon be seen in the new CBBC tv show Spot Bots.

Ryan Ogden (Ensemble)

Ryan graduated from Masters Performing Arts College in 2010 where he trained in dance for three years.

Ryan’s professional credits include three contracts with Norwegian Cruise Line, on the Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Star and Norwegian Sun.

Since relocating to London earlier this year he was worked with Ministry of Fun on several events around London; with Israeli Choreographer Oz Morag on a major corporate Burlesque event; and also with circus company Incandescence on their new work Ezmeralda's Night Circus at Glastonbury.

Most recently working on ATG's national tour Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as an ASM and has performed as Dandini at the Elgiva last Christmas.

Myles Cork (Ensemble)

Myles was born in London where he graduated three years training of musical theatre at Italia Conti.

Credits include: Rugby World Cup long pass, student in IET corporate video, Disney’s channels Disney’s Inbox, danced at Rugby Heineken Cup Final 2012, lead vocalist for TED in Algarve, Cyprus, Spain, Greece and Canary islands.

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