MARIA RAINER LUCY HUNTER - JAMES
Lucy was born in Oxfordshire and studied Acting at the Rose Bruford Drama School. She has worked extensively as an actress, singer and voiceover artist. Most recently Lucy could be seen reprising the role of Grace Farrell in ANNIE at the Madinat Theatre. This followed the reprisal of her favourite role - Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, having previously played it at the BIECC as the Headline Act of the Bahrain Summer Festival and for two sold out runs at the Madinat Theatre in Dubai.
Other theatre includes: Nancy in OLIVER!, Marie Fraticelli in WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, Miss Bell in
FAME, Mrs Lyons in BLOOD BROTHERS & Grace Farrell in ANNIE (First Group Theatre, Dubai), Glinda in THE WIZARD OF OZ (Madinat Theatre), Understudy to Yvonne O’Grady in the stage adaptation of the Stephen King thriller MISERY, Judith in BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE & Catherine in PROOF (Merlin International Theatre, Hungary), Sonia Walsk in THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG (European & Middle East Tour), Nickie Pignatelli in SWEET CHARITY (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Nina in THE SEAGULL (Chichester Festival Theatre), Roxie in BLUES BROTHERS UNLIMITED (Middle East), Alison Porter in LOOK BACK IN ANGER & Gail in TEECHERS (Madinat Theatre), Lady Brighton in ME & MY GIRL (London Palladium), Katie in THE STATE OF PLAY Workshop (ICM, London), Jennifer in I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE (Jermyn Street Theatre, West End & Madinat Theatre), Anna in SAUCY JACK & THE SPACE VIXENS (London & Edinburgh), Watson in DICK WHITTINGTON (Theatre Royal York), Sally Bowles in CABARET (The Gatehouse), Soloist in MUSIC FROM THE LAST CENTURY (Wycombe Swan), Princess in JACK & THE BEANSTALK (Theatre Royal Norwich), Duchess of York in RICHARD III (Shakespeare in the Crypt), Sister Sophia in THE NUN (ICA, London), Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET (US Tour), Snow White in SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARVES (Broadway Theatre, London) Lead Vocalist in SPIRIT OF BROADWAY (US & Asian Tour) & the Lead Vocalist for the maiden World cruise of P&O’s Aurora.
TV includes: SUGAR RUSH II (Channel 4), LORNA DOONE (BBC), HOLBY CITY (BBC), G-FORCE (Yorkshire Television), THE BILL (ITV), A LOSS OF ROSES (Canada), THE JAY LENO SHOW (CBS) & commercials for Emirates, Nokia Lumia, Intel, Fabulous Magazine, Harvey Nichols, Soft & Gentle, 3-Bit Chocolate & Clearasil.
For more information please see www.lucyhunterjames.com
CAPTAIN VON TRAPP PAUL ROBINSON
Paul was born in Bolton and trained at Arts Educational in London. Paul has worked extensively as a performer and choreographer.
His acting and performing credits include Don Lockwood in the West Yorkshire Playhouse's production of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at the National Theatre for which he received an Olivier nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. He recently returned to the role for a special concert of the show at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Other performing credits include Captain von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC for Popular Productions (QNCC, Qatar), Phil Davis in WHITE CHRISTMAS (Festival Theatre Edinburgh & Manchester Lowry), BBC PROMS 2012 (Royal Albert Hall), Strictly Gershwin (London Coliseum,
UK Tour and Royal Albert Hall), Sky Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS (Kilworth House), Mike Connor in HIGH SOCIETY (Shaftesbury Theatre and UK Tour), Billy Flynn in CHICAGO (Kuala Lumpur), TAP DOGS (World Tour), Slap in HOT SHOE SHUFFLE (UK Tour), Tom Jenkins in SCROOGE THE MUSICAL (UK Tour), Dick in DAMES AT SEA (UK Tour), David in SEESAW (Royal Theatre, Northampton), Arnold Fleischer in THE SECRET LIFE OF CARTOONS (Aldwych Theatre), MICHAEL BALL IN CONCERT (UK Tour), MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS (UK Tour), SUGAR BABIES (Savoy Theatre), SING FOR YOUR SUPPER (Ronnie Scotts) and the original cast of 42ND STREET at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Paul has recently completed work on the feature film CINDERELLA, directed by Kenneth Branagh and the forthcoming TV series GALAVANT for ABC.
Paul has released a CD SINGIN' IN THE RAIN on TER records.
For more information please visit www.colekitchenn.com
MOTHER ABBESS MARGARET PREECE
Margaret is an acclaimed international vocalist and actress. After training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the National Opera Studio, winning the John Scott and Peter Stuyvessant Foundation Awards, she established herself as a versatile and highly respected artist. She has performed many diverse leading roles both here and abroad for principal opera companies which include Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme; Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore; Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff; Fiordiligi and Despina in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte; Zerlina and Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni; The Vixen in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen; Rosalinda in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus; Hanna Glawari in Lehar’s The Merry Widow to name but a very few.
She has a great rapport and love for musical theatre, playing Susan Cooper in in the British Premieres of both Kurt Weill’s Love Life and as Mary Turner in Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing! and also played Vava in Shostakovich’s Paradise Moscow (in David Pountney’s lively production for Opera North and for the Bregenz Fesitval).
She was chosen by Sir Peter Hall for his production of Bacchai at the Royal National Theatre (The Olivier) and in Epidaurus. Margaret played Carlotta at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning production of The Phantom of the Opera for 18 months, and went on to sing the entire role for Minnie Driver in Joel Schumacher’s feature film of the musical in 2005, in which she also played the role of The Confidante.
For two and a half years she played The Mother Abbess in the stunning Andrew Lloyd Webber/David Ian production of The Sound of Music, directed by Jeremy Sams, at The London Palladium, and then continued her success with the role on the National Tour of the show, clocking up over 1,000 performances.
Margaret played Jean in the UK Tour of Dinner Ladies – Second Helpings, for Comedy Productions Ltd., and featured in a new show produced by The Words and Music Theater Company, celebrating the music of Noel Coward and Ivor Novello, called The Two Most Perfect Things, at The Jermyn Theatre, which was revived at The Riverside Theatre, Hammersmith and the Edinburgh Festival. She created the leading role of Auntie Rose in a heart-warming new musical called Kisses on a Postcard, based on his radio play, by the wonderful writer, Terence Frisby for North Devon Theatres, and played Princess Najla in the musical Flahooley at The Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells. She played Mrs. Jones and one of the two Nurse-Maids in The Opera Group’s acclaimed production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene at Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, and Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona,and returned to the role of The Mother Abbess in a brand new production of The Sound of Music, in Amman, Jordan, for JY Productions followed by a further production in Cairo. She has just returned from a successful year as part of the highly regarded Pitlochry Festival Theatre repertory company in Perthshire, playing a number of varied roles, including the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest in a glorious new production by Richard Baron.
Maggie, as she is often known, is an experienced concert and cabaret artist, performing all over the world, and released an album called Isn’t It Romantic? featuring seventeen glorious songs by Richard Rodgers and his two main collaborators, Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, with original arrangements by Kevin Amos. She also performs this as a cabaret, which was premiered at the Metropolitan Room, New York.
MAX DETWEILER CHRISTOPHER BLADES
Christopher trained at the Royal Academy of Music and in Rome with Tito Gobbi.
His theatre includes : THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Original cast (Her Majesty’s Theatre and the Royal Albert Hall 25th Anniversary), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (London Palladium / Dubai / Bahrain / Qatar), STREET SCENE (Palace Theatre London), JEKYLL AND HYDE (UK tour), CAROUSEL (Manchester Royal Exchange), JOSEPH AND HIS TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT (Dubai), THE FANTASTIKS (Brussels), ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Lyric Hammersmith). AMADEUS (Sheffield Crucible), ON THE RAZZLE, A PATRIOT FOR ME (Leeds Playhouse), WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Premiere (Brussels), HMS PINAFORE (Battersea Barge), Oliver! (Dubai), A Winters Tale - Premiere (Landor Theatre). Christophers
operatic credits include a repertoire of over thirty roles with companies including : Glyndebourne, Opera North, Scottish Opera, New Zealand Opera, Israeli Opera, Australian Opera, Brussels Opera, English Music Theatre, La Fenice. Venice, at the Festivals of Wexford, Schwetzingen, Buxton, Aldeburgh and The Maggio Musicale, Florence. Christopher has toured extensively in the Far and Middle East in Japan, The Yemen, Syria, Jordan, UAE, India, Pakistan and Nepal.
Christopher was assistant to the director for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Fiftieth Birthday Concert at Royal Albert Hall.
Recordings include : TUBULAR BELLS (Mike Oldfield), CARMEN, MARIA TUDOR, OEDIPUS REX and GURRELIEDER.
BARONESS ELSA SCHRAEDER KARA LANE
Australian-born Kara studied for a year in classical singing (Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music); a year in acting (MASQUE, Sydney); and a year in dance (Brent Street Performing Arts College, Sydney).
UK theatre credits include: Gertie Cummings in the revival of OKLAHOMA! (National Tour) starring Belinda Lang and Gary Wilmot; Dolly Tate in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (National Tour) starring Jason Donovan, Norman Pace and Emma Williams; Anais Nin in the UK premiere of THE MISTRESS CYCLE and creating the role of Zurline in CLAUS (Both at the Landor Theatre); the starring role of Reno Sweeney in ANYTHING GOES (Kilworth House); Rose Seller and first cover Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s OLIVER! (National tour) starring Samantha Barks and Neil Morrissey; First cover Diana Divane the Opera Diva in the world
premier of LEND ME A TENOR – THE MUSICAL (Gielgud Theatre, London’s West End) starring Matthew Kelly, Joanna Riding and Damian Humbley; Magenta/Usherette in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (National Tour and Singapore) Starring David Bedella with guest stars such as Ainsley Harriott, Christopher Biggins, Richard O’Brien and Tim Brooke-Taylor; First cover Eva Peron in EVITA (National Tour) starring Louise Dearman; Ghost of Christmas Past in SCROOGE (National Tour) starring Shane Ritchie; and Mary Magdalene in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (National Tour) starring Glenn Carter.
Australian credits include: Bridie O’Malley in the EUREKA workshop and concept album starring Rob Guest; Kelly in the Australian soap HOME AND AWAY; and Sarah in GARAGE DAYS (Alex Proyas feature film).
Kara also runs her own vintage trio group, The Girls From Oz!
LIESL VON TRAPP KATHERINE GLOVER
Katherine trained at Guildford School of Acting (Musical Theatre) and Exeter University (Drama).
Theatre includes: Mrs Mayor/ Bird Girl in SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL (International Tour), WORLD OF MUSICALS (German Tour), Kate Monster/ Lucy the Slut in AVENUE Q (Beck Theatre), Flora Drizzle in THE BAKEWELL BAKE OFF (Landor Theatre & Waterloo East).
Training Credits include: Amelia in BERNARDA ALBA (The Electric Theatre), Anne in ALL MY SONS (GSA), Julie Jordan in CAROUSEL (GSA).
Writing Credits include: THE BAKEWELL BAKE OFF (licensed by Rodgers & Hammerstein Europe).
Original Cast Recording: THE BAKEWELL BAKE OFF (SimG Productions).
Katherine is delighted to be returning to the Madinat Theatre to perform in her favourite childhood musical The Sound of Music – Enjoy
ROLF GRUBER MATT PARSONS
Training - Arts Educational Schools London
and The BRIT School.
Theatre credits include: Chaucer in THE CANTERBURY TALES (Spanish Tour), Frog Prince/Guitarist in FAIRYTALES AFTER DARK (Olympic Park), Young Ebenezer Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL (The Tabard Theatre) and Ray in PIPE DREAM (The Union Theatre).
Other credits include: Dancer in PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES, Married Gentleman in HARRY PRICE GHOST HUNTER (ITV), Fred in THE SCHOOLBOY (Little Hurricane Productions), Robert in HARDCORE (Workshop), Choir Member at The Olivier Awards 2012 (Royal Opera House) and THE MUSIC OF JONATHAN REID GEALT (St Andrew Church) and filming for Edusoft with Dream Team Films in Bulgaria.
Matt is absolutely thrilled to be playing the role of Rolf Gruber and to join the company of ‘The Sound of Music’ in Dubai.
FRIEDRICH VON TRAPP
MARCEL VAN HUYSSTEEN
LOUISA VON TRAPP
KURT VON TRAPP
BRIGITTA VON TRAPP
MARTA VON TRAPP
GRETL VON TRAPP
ADMIRAL VON SCHREIBER
ROISIN O' DONNELL
NICKEY VAN TOOREN
BLANCA DE LA FUENTE
MARIA RAINER LUCY HUNTER-JAMES
CAPTAIN VON TRAPP PAUL ROBINSON
MOTHER ABBESS MARGARET PREECE
MAX DETWEILER CHRISTOPHER BLADES
ELSA SCHRAEDER KARA LANE
LIESL VON TRAPP KATHERINE GLOVER
ROLF GRUBER MATT PARSONS
THE VON TRAPP CHILDREN
RICHARD RODGERS AND OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II - MUSIC & LYRICS
After long and highly distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (composer, 1902-79) and Oscar Hammerstein II (librettist/lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most successful partnership in the American musical theatre. Prior to his work with Hammerstein, Rodgers collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on a series of musical comedies that epitomized the wit and sophistication of Broadway in its heyday. Among their greatest successes were PAL JOEY, ON YOUR TOES and BABES IN ARMS. Throughout the same era Hammerstein brought new life to the operetta, culminating in the masterpiece, SHOW BOAT (music by Jerome Kern; Carnegie Hall '08). OKLAHOMA!, the first Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, was also the first of a new genre, the musical play, blending Rodgers' musical comedy style with Hammerstein's innovations in operetta. OKLAHOMA! was followed by CAROUSEL, STATE FAIR (film ’45, ’62; Broadway ‘96), ALLEGRO, SOUTH PACIFIC, THE KING AND I, ME AND JULIET, PIPE DREAM, CINDERELLA (television ’57, ’65, ’97; Broadway ‘13), FLOWER DRUM SONG and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Collectively, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals have earned 35 Tony Awards, 14 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards, and two Emmy Awards.
HOWARD LINDSAY AND RUSSEL CROUSE - BOOK
The Lindsay and Crouse partnership stands today as the longest collaboration of any writers in theatrical history, lasting for 32 years. Howard Lindsay was born in 1889 and died in 1968. He became an actor at nineteen and went on to become a successful Broadway playwright and director. Russel Crouse was born in 1893 and died in 1966. After serving in the Navy, he worked on New York newspapers, gaining his first renown through a signed column in the Post. In 1932 he became head of the publicity department for the Theatre Guild and in 1933 wrote his first Broadway show, collaborating with Corey Ford on the musical comedy HOLD YOUR HORSES. From 1934 on, Crouse wrote only with Lindsay. Their hits include THE SOUND OF MUSIC (with a score by Rodgers and Hammerstein); ANYTHING GOES and RED, HOT AND BLUE (with scores by Cole Porter); CALL ME MADAM (score by Irving Berlin); the long-running play LIFE WITH FATHER (which originally starred Lindsay); the Pulitzer Prize winning STATE OF THE UNION; and THE GREAT SEBASTIANS, written for the Lunts. Their producing credits included THE HASTY HEART, DETECTIVE STORY and ARSENIC AND OLD LACE.
JOHN PAYTON - DIRECTOR, MUSICAL STAGING & SET DESIGN
John trained as a director at the Court Theatre Company, London after reading Theatre at Lancaster University. He has directed over sixty productions for a wide variety of companies and theatres internationally.
Musicals as Director include: THE WIZARD OF OZ (RSC - Madinat Theatre);
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Madinat Theatre); OLIVER! (First Group Theatre), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (City Hall Theatre, Bermuda), DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Beck Theatre/HQ Theatres),
DISNEY’S CAMP ROCK (First Group Theatre), The award-winning production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC (First Group Theatre Dubai & BIECC, Bahrain & QNCC Theatre, Doha), BLOOD BROTHERS (First Group Theatre), FAME THE MUSICAL (Middle East Premiere), FOOTLOOSE (Beck Theatre - HQ Theatres), ANNIE (First Group Theatre), THE WIZARD OF OZ (RSC - HQ Theatres), SUMMER HOLIDAY (Beck Theatre), DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 1 & 2 (Centrepoint Theatre, Middle East Premieres), CAPTAIN LOUIE (Questors Theatre), BLUES BROTHERS UNLIMITED (Centrepoint Theatre),
FAME THE MUSICAL (Beck Theatre/Roda MacGaw Theatre/Questors Theatre/Leatherhead Theatre), THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG (Middle East Premiere), WEST SIDE STORY (Livenation/Beck Theatre & Watford Theatre),
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Nuffield Theatre/Beck Theatre), JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Watford Theatre), ASSASSINS (Barn Theatre, Hampton Court), ANYTHING GOES (Thorndike Theatre), THE BAKERS WIFE (Barn Theatre, Hampton Court), BUGSY MALONE (Beck Theatre/Richmond Theatre Maidenhead Theatre), NINE (Questor’s Theatre), THE FULL MONTY
(Beck Theatre), JEKYLL AND HYDE (Questors Theatre).
Plays as Director include: THE WOMAN IN BLACK (Madinat Theatre, Dubai/Jaheli Theatre, Abu Dhabi), Stephen King’s MISERY (First Group Theatre), WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (First Group Theatre), THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED (UAE Tour), TEECHERS (Epsom Playhouse/Madinat Theatre), STONES IN HIS POCKETS (Centerpoint Theatre & First Group Theatre), EDUCATING RITA (Madinat Theatre), 1984 (DS Productions), BETRAYAL (SFE Theatre Company), THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Seevic Theatre), LOOK BACK IN ANGER (Madinat Theatre), STAGS AND HENS (US Tour), BLOOD BROTHERS (Hampton Hill Playhouse).
His Stage Design and Video Design work includes: THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Qatar tour); WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (Dubai); THE WIZARD OF OZ (Madinat Theatre); THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED (UAE Tour).
John was an actor in a 'former life' appearing in many UK and European tours and West End productions. He is Co-Producer and co-founder of Popular Productions and Co-founder of the West End Stage Experience. John dedicates this production to the memory of his mother Maureen.
PHILIP SHUTE - MUSICAL DIRECTOR
University of Surrey (BA) Middlesex University (MA)
Credits as Musical Director include: SNOW WHITE (Hull New theatre); THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Bermuda); ANNIE (Madinat Theatre Dubai); ALADDIN (Hull New Theatre); THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Bermuda); THE WIZARD OF OZ (Madinat Theatre Dubai); JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Hull New Theatre); SOUTH PACIFIC (Bermuda); JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Madinat Theatre Dubai); SLEEPING BEAUTY (Hull New Theatre): THE PRODUCERS (Bermuda); OLIVER! (Madinat Theatre Dubai); A TALE OF TWO CITIES (Charing Cross Theatre); DICK WHITTINGTON (Derby Assembly Rooms); JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Bermuda); THE SOUND OF MUSIC (First Group Theatre Dubai); MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL (Shaw Theatre London, Tivoli Theatre Dublin, UK Tours and Irish Tours); ALADDIN (Derby Assembly Rooms); MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL (Kings Theatre Glasgow and UK Tour); THE WIZ (Milton Keynes Theatre); CINDERELLA (Derby Assembly Rooms); HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 (Centrepoint Theatre Dubai); HAIR (LIPA); THE CHEEKY CHAPPIE (Union Theatre and Arts Theatre, London); SPIRIT OF THE MUSICAL (UK Tour); FOOTLOOSE (Little Theatre Chicago); THE BLUES BROTHERS UNLIMITED (Centre Point Theatre Dubai); ANNIE, FAME and THE WIZARD OF OZ (Theatre Royal Windsor); SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (Derby Assembly Rooms); THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG (Madinat Theatre Dubai); SUMMER SPECTACULAR (Princess Theatre Hunstanton); SINS THE MUSICAL (Canal Cafe London); CINDERELLA and SNOW WHITE (Camberley Theatre).
For Stagedoor Manor New York he has been Musical Director on over 45 shows, including; CARRIE THE MUSICAL, EVITA, SIDESHOW, NINE, TOMMY, CHICAGO, CABARET, HAIR, OKLAHOMA, LES MISERABLES, GRAND HOTEL, FOLLIES, GODSPELL, SMILE, ANNIE, INTO THE WOODS, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, SWEENEY TODD, URINETOWN, JEKYLL AND HYDE, FOOTLOOSE, THE PRODUCERS, ME AND MY GIRL, THROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, THE BOY FRIEND, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, HELLO DOLLY.
Philip also works as an audition/rehearsal pianist and contemporary dance accompanist in London, he is the Musical Supervisor for Act Now Entertainment UK, and an MD at Headliners Theatre Company providing production shows for Carnival UK.
SCOTT MARSHALL - DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY
Scott trained at the prestigious Dance School of Scotland, Knightswood and went on to gain a musical theatre diploma at Laine Theatre Arts College, London.
Scott is a frequent choreographer for Popular Productions with work which includes productions of DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 (DUCTAC), FAME (Madinat Theatre), OLIVER! (Madinat Theatre), DISNEY CAMP ROCK
(Madinat Theatre) and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZINNG TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Madinat Theatre). He also choreographed ALICE IN WONDERLAND at the Madinat Theatre in 2014.
Scott has worked with music’s elite, in events such as the world famous American Music Awards, the Brit Awards, the Royal Variety Performance alongside superstars such as Cher, Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Pink, UK pop sirens Girls Aloud, Sugababes and Jamelia, transient legends such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Michael Buble and Sir Cliff Richard through to classical artists such as Vanessa Mae. Scott’s TV and film experience includes projects such as Beyond the Sea, directed by and starring Kevin Spacey, Johnny English as well as appearing in commercials for multinational brands such as Mazda, Nestlé and the American giant Target. He also choreographs a variety of Commercials and Tv specials for such companies as Etisilat and Toyota.
His choreographic career began with work for the P & O cruise lines staging theatre shows for a variety of their fleets. He choreographed the biggest Christmas production in the UK, ‘Thursford Christmas spectacular’ for 2 consecutive years working with 20 dancers, 50 singers and a 40 piece live orchestra. Over the years, Scott has choreographed a number of large-scale events in the Gulf region since setting up his company 'Diverse Choreography' in 2008. He has choreographed Flash-mobs for Du, Grosvenor House and the Award Winning Dubai Airport flash mob with 3.5 million hits on YouTube. Other work includes: the Dubai World Cup Opening and Closing Ceremony 2014, the Chinese New Year Opening and Closing ceremony 2014 and the grand opening shows for Yas Mall Abu Dhabi and Beirut City Centre.
Scott has provided dancers, bespoke choreography and singers for a great many gala dinners - 3 Oil Barons Charity Balls, most recently his performers took to the stage alongside Diva, Heather Small of M People. Scott was involved in the launch of the QE2 with the legendary Gypsy Kings, a spectacular Gala Dinner Show at Burj Al Arab and the VVIP, Dubai World Cup Gala Dinner in front of a glittering audience, among whom were some of the UAE Royal family. He has choreographed a variety of shows for F1 Abu Dhabi for 6 consecutive years, as well as numerous corporate events for Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdales, Saks 5th Avenue, DKNY to name just a few. Scott is the original and ongoing resident choreographer for the award winning VIVA dinner show at Pacha Ibiza Dubai.
CLEO PETTITT - SET DESIGN
Cleo Pettitt is a set and costume designer for theatre, working around the world in places as diverse as Alaska and Bermuda, as well as the UK, from her base in London.
Having trained as a teenager in scenic art at the Royal Shakespeare Company and later the Birmingham Rep., Cleo went on to study design, gaining a B.A. (hons) Theatre Design (finalist: Linbury Prize for Stage Design) and M.A. Scenography from U.C.E., Birmingham.
Theatre work includes: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, THE SOUND OF MUSIC', (Anchorage Opera, Discovery Theatre, Alaska); MISSING PERSONS (Trafalgar Studios), BOY IN A DRESS (Oval Theatre); ART, (Theatre Royal, Bury st. Edmunds); LADIES CAGE, (Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester); AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS (Liverpool Playhouse); FACADE (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); MACBETH, THE SNOW QUEEN (Creation Theatre, Oxford); AMADEUS (Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon); JOYISMS, (Looking Glass Theatre, Off-Broadway); HEDDA GABLER (RSC fFringe), many musicals at City Hall Theatre, Bermuda, including: SOUTH PACIFIC, THE PRODUCERS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, OLIVER!, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, INTO THE WOODS, DREAMGIRLS, CABARET, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE FULL MONTY, RAGTIME and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.
Productions in Dubai for Popular Productions include: FAME THE MUSICAL, BLOOD BROTHERS, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, ANNIE, DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (1 & 2), and 'THE SOUND OF MUSIC' (Time Out Award: Best Theatrical Production) which also transferred to Bahrain and Doha.
Opera includes: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO ( Lyric, Hammersmith); COSI FAN TUTTI, TOSCA (Christs Hospital, Horsham); SIMON BOCCANEGRA, THE MERRY WIDOW (Bloomsbury Theatre); DON GIOVANNI (Heaven, Charring Cross).
In Canada, the opening two seasons for the Montgomery Theatre, Prince Edward Island, with works from Wilde to Coward and Shaw.
Finally, the great British Pantos include: ROBIN HOOD, PUSS IN BOOTS, (Greenwich Theatre); JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, ALADDIN, CINDERELLA, ROBIN HOOD, MOTHER GOOSE (Watford Palace Theatre); THE WIZARD OF OZ, ALADDIN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (The Elgiva Theatre); JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, GOLDILOCKS (Paul Robeson Theatre); CINDERELLA (City Hall Theatre, Bermuda).
PAUL GOULD - LIGHTING
Paul Gould is a Lighting Designer & Programmer with a wealth of experience in many different lighting applications for Theatrical Productions, Corporate events, Architectural and Concert. He has extensive experience in touring both in the UK and Internationally.
Recent design credits include: MAN IN THE MIRROR (International tour), SPIRIT OF BROADWAY, (China) and Debbie Reynold’s ALIVE AND FABULOUS (West End, Apollo Theatre).
For Popular Productions designs include: Stephen King’s MISERY, DISNEY’S CAMP ROCK, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, FAME THE MUSICAL, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, BLOOD BROTHERS, DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 1 & 2, BLUES BROTHERS UNLIMITED, STONES IN HIS POCKETS, ANNIE, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT and THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED).
Other credits include numerous corporate conference and awards dinners and parties, London (including acts such as GIRLS ALOUD & CATHERINE JENKINS), relights of SPIRIT OF THE DANCE (KODAK theatre, Hollywood and San Francisco) and LE GRANDE CIRQUE (UK tour).
DAVID GATES - SOUND
David’s many Sound Design credits include GYPSY; THE FULL MONTY; SEUSSICAL; JEKYLL & HYDE; BAT BOY; THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE; BOOGIE NIGHTS; DREAMGIRLS (UK PREMIERE); GUYS AND DOLLS; ANNIE; RENT AND SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE.
David has been involved with musical theatre for many years and works as a Sound Designer and Sound Engineer for leading UK Youth Theatre Training Schools including The Theatre Academy and The Academy Arts in the South East of England.
Other shows include THE WIZARD OF OZ and PETER PAN at Richmond Theatre; THE WIZARD OF OZ and ANNIE at Theatre Royal Windsor, DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL at Fairfield Halls in Croydon and recently HAIRSPRAY at the Theatre Royal Windsor.
For Popular Productions, shows include; the Middle East Premiere of DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 at Ductac Theatre and at the Madinat Theatre - FAME THE MUSICAL, BLOOD BROTHERS, DISNEY CAMP ROCK, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, OLIVER!, THE WIZARD OF OZ and most recently ANNIE.
When not “on the road” David also works as a sound engineer on varied projects in his own studio in Surrey.
ANNA SAUNDERS - COSTUME
Anna studied Theatre Practice: Costume Constructions at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Previous credits as Costume Designer/Supervisor: THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Popular Productions, Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha & Bahrain Tour); SPRING AWAKENING, LUCKY STIFF and ZOMBIE PROM (Renegade Theatre Company); THE WIZARD OF OZ and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT (Popular Productions, Madinat Theatre, Dubai); THE TEMPEST (Curve Young Company, Leicester Curve); A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL (Tabard Theatre); I NEED A DOCTOR: THE UNAUTHORISED WHOSICAL ADVENTURE (Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2013); GREASE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, OUR HOUSE and WEST SIDE STORY (Wycombe Swan); JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, PETER PAN, CINDERELLA and SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES (Beck Theatre);
Anna is also a dresser for the English National Opera.
LUCY MAGEE - COMPANY MANAGER
In 2004 Lucy co-founded Popular Productions Ltd. Popular Productions is an international producer of quality theatre and entertainment with over thirty-five major productions to its name.
In 2008 Lucy also co- founded The West End Stage Experience the sister company of Popular, a training programme that gives upcoming talent the chance to audition for, rehearse and perform in large scale, professionally produced stage productions in the UAE.
Lucy has produced and ‘Company Managed’ all of the shows in the ‘Popular’ and ‘WESE’ catalogue – no mean feat considering one of the largest companies stood at 146+! She also acts as the Press and Sponsorship Officer for all shows.
Away from the Production Company Lucy is also ‘Head of Entertainment for GEM Entertainers’, a UAE based entertainment provider.
She is also a private performance coach specializing in acting and singing and freelances as a corporate Entertainment Director, Casting Director and Entertainment Advisor.
Work credits in these fields include The Winter Festival, Milkshake Media, The Big Pink Ball 2015, The Dubai Shopping Festival 2015 for which she produced and directed ‘West End to Broadway, The Dubai Christmas Festival 2014, Souk Al Waqif Winter Festival 2014 for which she produced, wrote and directed ‘Dino Park’, Rewind Festival, KidsFest Dubai and AbuDhabi, the relaunch of the QE2 New Years Eve 2011, Here and Now, The ARAMCO Summer Festival 2012, ITD Group, Bareface Casting, Emaar, Craft Digital, Serco, FIFA, Cancer Research, Somerset House, World Trade Group, Campbell Voices, Outsource World and GITEX.
For more information on Lucy please visit www.lucymagee.com
TYLER DAVIS-SMITH - CHILDREN'S RESIDENT DIRECTOR
London School of Musical Theatre and Diploma London College of Music (DipLCM) in Musical Theatre Performance.
Mad Scientist (Innovation Week, Dubai), MC (Transformers, Sahara Centre Sharjah), Wishee Washee (Aladdin, Cultural Theatre, Ras-Al-Khaimah), Buttons (Cinderella, Rixos, Ras-Al-Khaimah), Frosty (The Snow Queen, Muscat Amphiteatre), Bunion (Rapunzel, Muscat Amphitheatre), Squire McNasty (Mother Goose, Thameside Theatres, Gtr. Manchester), Muddles (Snow White and 7 Dwarfs, CHEOPS Theatre, Cairo), Muddles (Snow White and 7 Dwarfs, DUCTAC, Dubai), Sammy Tribal Leader (Tarzan, The National Theatre, Abu Dhabi), Bosun/Francisco (The Tempest, UK No.1 Tour & Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar), Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet, UK No.1 Tour & Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar), King Rat (Dick Whittington, Thameside Theatres, Gtr. Manchester), Principal Male Vocalist (Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, MV Bouddica) Tom (Gleeful, Menorca Tour).
Alongside performing Tyler has worked as a private singing teacher, guest lecturer in Musical Theatre at colleges in the UK, as well as teaching classes here in Dubai.
Recently he was Children’s Assistant Choreographer for opening ceremony of The World Future Energy Summit at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi.
Tyler is thrilled to be working with Popular Productions for the first time on
The Sound of Music.
JOHN PAYTON & LUCY MAGEE FOR POPULAR PRODUCTIONS - PRODUCER
Popular Productions is an international producer of quality theatre and entertainment with over thirty major productions to its name. Based in London and Dubai its producers are Lucy Magee & John Payton.
In 2015 the company produced THE WOMAN IN BLACK and ANNIE at the Madinat Theatre, Dubai to great success. Prior to this they presented THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Qatar National Convention Centre Doha. This followed hit productions of THE WIZARD OF OZ and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT both in Dubai at the Madinat Theatre.
Other theatre includes: the Timeout Dubai Nightlife Award winning production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Bahrain Summer Festival, BIECC and OLIVER! (First Group Theatre); The UAE premiere of Stephen King’s horror MISERY starring TV and West End’s Darren Day and Yvonne O’Grady (First Group Theatre), The 2011 record-breaking sell out production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC (First Group Theatre), the Middle East premiere of Disney’s new musical CAMP ROCK (First Group Theatre), WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (First Group Theatre, FAME THE MUSICAL (First Group Theatre), BLOOD BROTHERS (First Group Theatre), THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED (First Group Theatre), STONES IN HIS POCKETS (First Group Theatre & Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC), DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 (Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC), ANNIE (Madinat Theatre), DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC), BLUES BROTHERS UNLIMITED (Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC), John Godber's comedy TEECHERS and Neil Simon's comedy musical THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG (Madinat Theatre), Willy Russell's EDUCATING RITA, (Madinat Theatre), The hit London revival of the West End comedy musical I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, (London and Dubai), John Osborne's classic play LOOK BACK IN ANGER (Madinat Theatre) and the critically acclaimed production of Stephen King's thriller MISERY which starred Susan Penhaligon and Michael Praed (Kings Head Theatre, London).
MUSIC & LYRICS RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN
BOOK LINDSAY & CROUSE
DIRECTOR/DESIGN JOHN PAYTON
MUSICAL DIRECTOR PHILIP SHUTE
DANCES SCOTT MARSHALL
SET DESIGN CLEO PETTITT
LIGHTING PAUL GOULD
SOUND DAVID GATES
COSTUME ANNA SAUNDERS
COMPANY MANAGER LUCY MAGEE
CHILDREN'S RESIDENT DIR.TYLER DAVIS-SMITH
PRODUCER POPULAR PRODUCTIONS
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